After 32 years, the Los Angeles Dodgers won the World Series. For more than three decades, Dodgers fans all across the country have been waiting to see their beloved southern California team take the gold. With many celebrations come many frustrations on the opposing side.
Among one of the happy fans was lifelong Dodgers fan, Cassandra Gonzales. Gonzales, a child development major and a junior at Cal Poly Pomona, has long waited for the moment to see the boys in blue hold up the commissioner’s trophy.
Gonzales stated, “I have wanted to see the Dodgers win the World Series for years now! It’s the first time I get to see my team hold up the trophy and I hope that they will do it again in the years to come.” Among students who were happy with the Dodger’s victory, many baseball fans were skeptical on the decision that Kevin Cash, Tampa Bay Rays manager, made to take Blake Snell out of the game after throwing 73 pitches.
One of the critics was CSUSB freshman, Jeff Ortiz. Ortiz has been a fan of the game and is not afraid to call out managers for making decisions that cost them the game, if not the series. Ortiz stated, “Kevin Cash taking out Blake Snell was one of the most stupid decisions I have ever seen a manager make. Snell only threw 73 pitches, and gave up just two hits. It doesn’t make any sense to take him out of the game especially if your team has the lead.” Many fans of the American League were not supportive of the Rays manager’s decision and believe he is responsible for costing them the World Series.
One of the fans that is unhappy with Cash’s call is CSUSB junior Nate Beltran. While he disapproved of Cash’s decision, Beltran expressed great satisfaction towards the Dodgers’ victory in the World Series. “I was not too fond of the decision to take Snell out of the game to say the least,” Beltran said. “However, I am happy that the Dodgers finally got their chance to hold the trophy once more. They have worked hard these past 6 years, and they finally won it.”
Now that the 2020 season has come to an end, Dodgers fans are more optimistic for what the future holds. Many LA fans are excited for spring training in 2021, many of which would like to see a repeat happen next year.