The Pandemic Has Created Some Bizarre Sports Memories. Here’s Another; LA Dodgers Vs Tampa Bay Rays In The World Series

Los Angeles Dodgers' Cody Bellinger watches his home run against the Atlanta Braves during the seventh inning in Game 7 of a baseball National League Championship Series Sunday, Oct. 18, 2020, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

Some people are made for big moments and some people aren’t. Put Cody Bellinger in the category of clutch ballers who not only recognize a moment, but they seize it. The Dodgers’ young superstar blasted a go-ahead home run in the seventh inning of Game 7 of the National League Championship Series Sunday night, leading the Los Angeles Dodgers to a 4-3 win over the Atlanta Braves and clinching a spot in the World Series.

Next up for the Dodgers will be the Tampa Bay Rays, and what an interesting matchup it will be. With almost no sports on TV for the better part of four months, all the major professional leagues ramped things up this summer and resumed or started their seasons, and the cities of Tampa Bay and Los Angeles have claimed the first two team titles. The Tampa Bay Lightning won the Stanley Cup championship, the Los Angeles Lakers took home the NBA title, and now the two cities will meet up in the World Series.

Of course, in the strangest year anyone living has experienced, the World Series will be held in a neutral sight, in Arlington, Texas, inside the brand new stadium of the Texas Rangers. It’s a home ballpark that the Rangers have not played in yet, but MLB decided to hold their biggest event here, in front of crowds that will be capped off at 11,000 or so.

The Dodgers haven’t brought a World Series title to Los Angeles in 32 years. Tampa has never won an MLB title. What city is officially going to be spoiled with multiple championships in the year of the pandemic? Game 1 is Tuesday night. 

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