Greatest moments in Dodger history No. 5: Winning the 2020 World Series

The Dodgers pose with their World Series rings.
The Dodgers pose with their World Series rings.
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No. 5: Dodgers win the 2020 World Series (189 first-place votes, 18,313 points)

Is the 2020 World Series victory truly the fifth-greatest moment in Dodger history, or is it up so high because it is fresh in voters’ memory? We’ll find out when we do this again in five years or so.

Jorge Castillo was in Arlington, Texas for the victory, so we’ll let him take it from here:

It finally happened. The Dodgers beat the Tampa Bay Rays, 3-1, to win the series, four games to two, and claim their first World Series championship since 1988, the franchise’s seventh title and sixth since moving to Los Angeles.


“I’ve been saying ‘World Series champs’ in my head over and over again,” said Clayton Kershaw, the central figure in the Dodgers’ heartbreak since they won their first of eight straight division titles in 2013. “I can’t put it into words yet. I’m just so, so thankful to be a part of this group of guys, and so very thankful that we get to be on the team that is bringing back a World Series to Dodger fans after 32 years. They’ve waited for a long time.”

It didn’t happen according to the script. Tony Gonsolin, the rookie right-hander tasked to start the biggest game of his life, allowed one run in just 1-2/3 innings. But six relievers logged 7-1/3 scoreless innings to reach the end while the offense produced just enough after Rays manager Kevin Cash chose to pull ace pitcher Blake Snell in the sixth inning despite his dominance.

The decision backfired. The Dodgers immediately scored two runs to take the lead and added a third on Mookie Betts’ home run in the eighth inning. It was the only offense they needed to hoist the piece of metal they’ve coveted in the decades since Kirk Gibson hobbled around the bases.

Shortstop Corey Seager, the National League Championship Series most valuable player, was named World Series MVP after going eight for 20 with two home runs and five runs batted in. Seager finished the postseason with eight home runs, tied for second most in a single postseason.

By ending the season Tuesday, the Dodgers might have saved Major League Baseball’s bubble, created to avoid allowing the coronavirus to infect teams, from bursting before naming a champion.

The Dodgers’ principal owner, Mark Walter, spoke first at the trophy ceremony, reading a speech. Then president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman stepped to the microphone.

“We’re bringing the trophy home,” Friedman said. “It’s been too long.”

“We won a World Series!” Kershaw said later. “I can’t believe it. It just feels good to say. I’m gonna keep saying it a few more times.”

Previous greatest moments

No. 6: Orel Hershiser’s scoreless innings streak


No. 7: Dodgers win the 1963 World Series

No. 8: Fernandomania

No. 9: Vin Scully’s final game at Dodger Stadium

No. 10: Maury Wills sets the stolen base record

No. 11: Dodgers move to L.A.

No. 12: Don Drysdale’s scoreless innings streak


No. 13: Four straight homers against the Padres

No. 14: Sandy Koufax’s shutout in Game 7 of the 1965 World Series

No. 15: Dodgers win 1981 World Series

No. 16: Roy Campanella Night

No. 17: Rick Monday’s 1981 NLCS home run

No. 18: Rick Monday saves the flag


No. 19: Winning the 1988 World Series

No. 20: Winning the 1959 World Series

No. 21: Sandy Amorós’ catch in 1955 World Series

No. 22: Cody Bellinger’s catch in 2020 NLDS

No. 23: Justin Turner’s walkoff homer in 2017 NLCS

No. 24: Sandy Koufax strikes out 15 in 1963 World Series Game 1


No. 25: Mike Scioscia’s 1988 NLCS homer

And finally

Watch the final inning of the 2020 World Series by clicking here.

Until next time...

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