[속보] LA 다저스, 32년 만 월드시리즈 우승 VIDEO: World Series 2020: Champs! The best Dodgers team ever ends L.A.'s 32-year title drought

World Series 2020: Champs! The best Dodgers team ever ends L.A.'s 32-year title drought

ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Kirk Gibson home run had endured, but it had also run its course. The clip remained a constant presence around the Los Angeles Dodgers, consuming their broadcasts and playing on a near-constant loop at their stadium. It stood as the seminal moment from a bygone era, of a championship captured more than three decades earlier. A new memory had long been desired.

"We've heard it a lot, and we've seen a lot of highlights, and it's fantastic," Dave Roberts, the fifth-year manager, said. "But we wanna make our own mark on Dodgers history."



[속보] LA 다저스, 탬파베이 꺾고 32년 만에 월드시리즈 우승

    미국 프로야구 로스앤젤레스 다저스가 탬파베이 레이스를 꺾고 32년 만에 월드시리즈(WS·7전 4승제) 우승을 차지했다.


다저스는 28일(한국시간) 미국 텍사스주 알링턴의 글로브 라이프 필드에서 열린 2020 메이저리그(MLB) 월드시리즈 6차전에서 탬파베이를 3-1로 제압하고 4승 2패로 정상에 올랐다. 1988년 이후 32년 만에 맛본 감격이다. 1955·1959·1963·1965·1981·1988년을 이어 구단 역대 7번째 우승이기도 하다. 


다저스는 2017년과 2018년 잇달아 월드시리즈에서 무릎 꿇고 준우승에 그친 바 있어 이번 우승 감격이 더 컸다. 

탬파베이는 1998년 창단 이후 첫 월드시리즈 우승에 도전했으나, 2008년을 이어 이번에도 준우승에 그쳤다.

한국인 타자 최초로 월드시리즈 무대에 선 탬파베이의 최지만(29)은 이날 1번 타자 1루수로 선발 출전해 2타수 무안타 1볼넷 1삼진을 기록하고 대타로 교체됐다. 


다저스는 1회초 탬파베이의 란디아로사레나에게 선제 우월 솔로 홈런을 허용하며 어렵게 출발했다. 그러나 6회말 1사 2, 3루에서 상대의 폭투로 동점을 만들고, 이어진 찬스에서 1루 땅볼 때 3루 주자 무키 베츠가 홈을 파고들어 경기를 뒤집었다. 다저스는 8회말 베츠의 중월 솔로포로 승리에 쐐기를 박았다. 베츠의 올 시즌 월드시리즈 2호 홈런이다.

이해준 기자 lee.hayjune@joongang.co.kr 중앙일보


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On Tuesday night, in a neutral stadium 1,400 miles away, at the conclusion of a bizarre season played amid a global health crisis, these Dodgers finally made their mark. Their 3-1 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays in Game 6 of the World Series won them their first championship since Gibson famously hobbled to the batter's box in 1988, a fitting coronation for a dominant franchise.

Tony Gonsolin, counted on to function as a traditional starter, recorded only five outs. But four relievers -- Dylan Floro, Alex Wood, Pedro Baez and Victor Gonzalez -- retired 13 of the next 14 batters, keeping the game within reach long enough for the Dodgers to get past an electric Blake Snell and tap into the Rays' bullpen.

After Rays manager Kevin Cash turned to Nick Anderson with one on, one out and the top of the order due up a third time in the sixth, the Dodgers' offense finally came alive. Mookie Betts doubled, Austin Barnes scored on a wild pitch, and Betts slid home safely on a grounder to the right side. Betts, the offseason acquisition who has somehow exceeded expectations, tacked on an important insurance run with a solo homer in the eighth, and Julio Urias cruised past the finish line, leading the Dodgers to the title -- 16 days after the Los Angeles Lakers completed their championship journey.

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Roberts, second-guessed for a litany of his October decisions in recent years, is a champion. Justin Turner, a lifelong Dodgers fan who identifies Gibson's homer as his first baseball memory, is a champion. Clayton Kershaw, ridiculed for his postseason shortcomings, is a champion. Kenley Jansen, stripped of his title as the team's closer, is a champion.

The Dodgers, kings of the National League West for eight straight years, are finally champions again.

"We've been through a lot as a team, especially the guys who have been here for as long," utility infielder Enrique Hernandez, who has finished his sixth and perhaps final season with the Dodgers, said before Game 6. "And the guys who have been here before me have been through even more."

Their journey began with the most aggressive move of the Andrew Friedman era, finalized on Feb. 10, when a substantial chunk of a promising future was sent to the Boston Red Sox for one season of Betts. The spring training that followed filled Friedman with a level of optimism he rarely allows. The older players looked sharp, the younger players had come into their own, and Betts was already striking an important tone about commitment.

Then the coronavirus pandemic swept through the United States, canceling what remained of spring training and shutting down the sport for more than three months.

"The most difficult thing professionally during the quarantine period was the periods of time when I felt like we would never get a chance to watch this team play," Friedman said. "That was extremely difficult."

When Major League Baseball resumed in July, the Dodgers proved to be one of the greatest teams in baseball history.

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