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FutureStarrLos Angeles Dodgers world series
The Los Angeles Dodgers defeated the Boston Red Sox to capture their 26th World Series title on Wednesday night, Nov. 1, at Dodger Stadium. The result was their first championship since 1988, coming back from a deficit of 3-2 in the series. Los Angeles's Yasiel Puig (R) and pitcher Josh Beckett share a laugh before a World Series baseball game against the Boston Red Sox in
The early 1980s were affectionately dubbed "Fernandomania." In 1988, another pitching hero, Orel Hershiser, again led them to a World Series victory, aided by one of the most memorable home runs of all time by their star outfielder Kirk Gibson coming off the bench, despite having injuries to both knees, to pinch-hit with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning of game 1, in his only appearance of the series. The Dodgers won the pennant in 2017 for the first time since their world series victory in 1988, aided by a Justin Turner walk-off home run on the same night of Gibson's iconic walk-off home run 29 years earlier. They went on to face the Houston Astros and lose in 7 games; however, the series became embroiled in controversy due to the Houston Astros sign stealing scandal. The Dodgers won the pennant in 2018 for a second year in a row, moving on to lose to the Boston Red Sox in 5 games. They went on to win the World Series again in 2020 by defeating the Tampa Bay Rays in 6 games, after playing a season shortened to 60 games due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The road jersey also has a red uniform number under the script. When the franchise moved from Brooklyn to Los Angeles, the city name on the road jersey changed, and the stylized "B" was replaced with the interlocking "LA" on the caps in 1958. In 1970, the Dodgers removed the city name from the road jerseys and had "Dodgers" on both the home and away uniforms. The city script returned to the road jerseys in 1999, and the tradition-rich Dodgers flirted with an alternate uniform for the first time since 1944 (when all-blue satin uniforms were introduced). These 1999 alternate jerseys had a royal top with the "Dodgers" script in white across the chest, and the red number on the front. These were worn with white pants and a new cap with silver brim, top button and Dodger logo. These alternates proved unpopular and the team abandoned them after only one season. In 2014, the Dodgers introduced an alternate road jersey: a gray version with the "Dodgers" script instead of the city name. (Source: en.wikipedia.org)
The Tampa Bay Rays of the American League made their second appearance in the World Series in franchise history and their first since 2008. They finished the shortened regular season with a 40–20 (.667) record, the best in the American League. They then swept the Toronto Blue Jays in two games in the Wild Card Series, defeated the New York Yankees in five games in the Division Series, and defeated the Houston Astros in seven games after leading 3–0 in the League Championship Series.
In 2019 Los Angeles won a franchise-record 106 games and cruised to another division championship. However, the team was stunned in its opening playoff series, where it was upset by the wild-card Washington Nationals. The Dodgers had the best record in the MLB during the 2020 season; however, that record was just 43–17 because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic that led to a shortened season with an expanded playoff field. After sweeping each of their two postseason series, the Dodgers fell behind the Atlanta Braves 3–1 in the NLCS before rallying to win the series in seven games. The Dodgers then won the championship that had evaded one of baseball’s best franchises over the previous decade with a six-game World Series victory over the Tampa Bay Rays. The Dodgers had another stellar regular season in 2021, winning 106 games and making the playoffs for the ninth consecutive year. The team advanced to the NLCS, where it again faced the Braves. However, this time Los Angeles was defeated in six games. (Source: www.britannica.com)