Los Angeles Dodgers owner Mark Walter recently delivered a lengthy speech after his team had won the 2020 World Series title with a 3-1 victory against the Tampa Bay Rays in Game 6. First Take commentator Stephen A Smith was irked with the proceedings and wanted the rest of the Dodgers team to have their moment on the field instead:
What in God’s name is wrong with this owner of the @Dodgers? Who writes and reads a long-ass speech like that on the championship stage, stealing that time away from the players and managers and baseball people, like that? Who does that? Come on!
— Stephen A Smith (@stephenasmith) October 28, 2020
Indeed, the Dodgers players have every right to celebrate their much-awaited win in the championship stage. The team has already won eight consecutive National League West divisional titles but still failed to snag the ultimate prize in recent seasons. They appeared in back-to-back World Series in 2017 and 2018 only to lose against the controversial Houston Astros and the Boston Red Sox, respectively.
The victory ended a 32-year long championship drought for one of the league’s most decorated franchises. Dodgers shortstop Cory Seager was hailed as the World Series Most Valuable Player after batting .400 with two homers, five RBIs, and six walks against the Rays in Game 6.
His performance in the series-clinching game was highlighted with a sixth-inning grounder that allowed Dodgers right fielder Mookie Betts to rush home from third base with the go-ahead run. Betts also contributed with a homer in the eight-inning to increase their lead. Dodgers pitcher Julio Urias recorded the final seven outs to close out the win and snag the World Series title for the LA-based squad.
Just two weeks after the Los Angeles Lakers have won it all in the 2020 NBA Finals, the Dodgers gave another reason for fans to celebrate amidst a tough year for the city.