World Series hangover? Why Dodgers are confident they can repeat as champions

Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw, left, high-fives Justin Turner.

Dodgers beginning pitcher Clayton Kershaw high-fives Justin Turner after a playoff win over the Milwaukee. (Ashley Landis / Associated Press)

Clayton Kershaw reported to spring training Thursday, a day late due to the fact that a little pipeline burst in the back of his Dallas home after a winter season storm just recently damaged Texas, as a World Series promote for the very first time.

Over the next couple of days, as the remainder of the group signs up with the pitchers and catchers, he prepares for the group will invest a long time celebrating the accomplishment after the COVID-19 pandemic didn’t permit a correct event. The focus will then rely on 2021 and winning the World Series once again.

“The expectation is to win a World Series and so we have to remember that it doesn’t matter that we won last year,” Kershaw stated in a video conference with press reporters Sunday. “But at the same time remember that our team has a chance to be really special again. And we can’t take that for granted.”

Big League Baseball hasn’t had a group repeat as champ considering that 2000. The limitless variables render the accomplishment unlikely. World Series hangovers are among them.

The Dodgers didn’t win the 2017 World Series, however they went to 7 video games versus the Houston Astros and the results of the squashing defeat dripped into the 2018 season.

That group began the year 16-26. They didn’t climb up over .500 till they completed June 8 with a 32-31 record. The sluggish start required them to play capture up in the standings and a 163rd video game versus the Colorado Rockies to choose the National League West title. They won that video game and went on to lose worldwide Series once again.

However 3 years later on, after winning the franchise’s very first champion considering that 1988, the Dodgers don’t notice a hangover looming due to the fact that of the distinct scenarios the pandemic provided.

“I think it’s kind of natural that it has to feel a little bit different,” right-hander Walker Buehler stated. “But I talked to somebody about it the other day where last year, the 60 games, and all the stuff going on in the world, we really didn’t have that big kind of parade, celebration, kind of deal, so in some ways you feel like we kind of half won the thing.”

The Dodgers, in other words, may be more inspired to win another World Series than previous champs.

Dodgers players celebrate immediately after defeating the Tampa Bay Rays in Game 6 of the 2020 World Series.

Dodgers gamers commemorate instantly after beating the Tampa Bay Rays in Video Game 6 of the 2020 World Series to win their very first champion considering that 1988. (Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)

“We want to do it again to ultimately enjoy all the fruits of winning a championship and I think understanding the situation, what the climate was last year, we couldn’t,” Supervisor Dave Roberts stated. “But that’s something that’s a carrot out there for all of us to understand, number one, we have a lot of work to do. Long way to go.”

That’s not to state the Dodgers didn’t take pleasure in winning all of it. Kershaw, long haunted by October failures, possibly enjoyed the triumph more than anybody.

Kershaw on Sunday restated that he took pleasure in having the problem of failure raised throughout the offseason. He stayed inspired in his preparation for the season however the source for the motivation was various. He wasn’t sustained by failure. It was favorable.

“It’s like, ‘I want to get ready and be at my best for this team because we’re really good, we have a chance to win, I don’t want to squander that,’” Kershaw stated.

Kershaw, who turns 33 next month, published a 2.43 earned-run average over 89 innings in 15 starts in between the routine season and playoffs. He stays among the leading pitchers in the majors as he gets in the last year of his agreement. He insisted he doesn’t see himself retiring after the season and is open to talking about an agreement extension with the Dodgers.

“I have no intents of hanging ‘em up,” said Kershaw, who threw his first bullpen session of spring training Friday. “I’m only 32. …I feel like I have a few more years left in the tank. If you ask me right now, I really still love playing. I feel healthy right now.”

Now the goal is to win another championship in eight months, to have the opportunity to celebrate a title the way he’s constantly pictured.

“I just feel really fortunate that I’ve gotten to have as many opportunities as I’ve had to win a World Series,” Kershaw stated. “And now that we finally won one, you just don’t take that for granted.”

Stan Williams passes away

Former Dodger starting pitcher Stan Williams says he has still never gotten over.

Previous Dodgers beginning pitcher Stan Williams in 2018. (Mark Boster / For the Times)

Previous Dodgers pitcher Stan Williams passed away Saturday at age 84 after fighting a cardio-pulmonary disease, according to a Dodgers spokesperson. Williams had actually been hospitalized Feb. 11 and was under hospice care.

A right-handed pitcher, Williams was a Dodger for the franchise’s very first 5 seasons in Los Angeles, a member of the 1959 World Series group, and a two-time All-Star in Los Angeles prior to he was traded to the New york city Yankees after the 1962 season.

Williams played 14 seasons for 6 groups, completing his profession with a 3.48 PERIOD in 482 video games (208 starts). He then invested another 14 seasons as a big league pitching coach for 5 groups.

This story initially appeared in Los Angeles Times.

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.