Not Your Typical October Baseball

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Sam Basich, Reporter

Due to the extreme effects of Covid-19, many sporting events, or even entire leagues have been placed on hold or forced to adjust their typical protocols. With the NFL season in full swing, as well as the recent conclusion of the NBA playoffs, sport fanatics are almost back to their near perfect environment, aside from not being able to actually attend live sporting events. What may be the most monumental sporting event of all those currently being held, the MLB World Series, has now gotten underway.  

This year’s MLB season was definitely the strangest one yet, causing an extreme amount of differences in comparison to a typical season. In a normal season, each MLB team plays a total of 162 games which starts in late March, with an all-star break that usually lands around July. This wide time period between March and October, allows each team to rest 1-2 days between each of their 3 game series. However, this year, the schedule saw quite a shake up.

This season was seen by many as a “race to the finish line” as the usual 162 game season saw a reduction down to 60 games, which shook up the playoff picture quite a bit. With less games to play, and therefore less rest needed, managers utilized their star position players and pitchers more and more on a game to game basis. 

After a season of struggling to dodge the hurdle of Covid-19, the MLB successfully reached the playoffs, in the month that every baseball player dreams of playing in: October. Many teams in the playoffs were seemingly unfamiliar, such as the Tampa Bay Rays, the Cincinnati Reds, and the Miami Marlins. But even with the change to the 60 game season and occasional double headers, one team did exactly what the world thought they would.

The Los Angeles Dodgers, the rival team to the bay area’s very own San Francisco Giants, have placed themselves in a great position to take home the World Series trophy. They were a team prepared for the pandemic, gathering up multiple star studded pitchers and position players in the off-season. One of these players is known to Dodgers fans as the “400 million dollar man.” That being the gold glove center fielder, Mookie Betts.

Tony Briceno, junior at our school and lifelong Dodger fan, shared his opinion on Mookie. 

“I was very pessimistic of the signing at first, as that’s a boat load of money to put into one player. But once he stepped out on that field and played a few games in the blue and gray, I knew it was a great move,” he said.

Betts has been outstanding for the Dodgers in more than just his typical gold glove fashion, knocking in multiple runs with his bat and flying around the base paths, constantly adding to the Dodgers’ leads. 

Tory Cain, another junior and Dodger fan at our school, added his thoughts on Mookie and the World Series. 

“The last few seasons have ended abruptly, and this is the year I think the dodgers make a change to that regimen. I think Mookie was the missing piece to the puzzle, and is exactly what we need to get over the hump,” he said.

Betts and the Dodgers sure are giving Dodgers fans something to cheer for, and making these unprecedented times feel a little less abnormal.