Zach Calder – 23 Sports

It felt like it would never come, a season, much less the playoffs. I remember sitting outside in March hearing that the Mariners would play the first two weeks of their season somewhere else. What transpired between that message on my phone and right now is months of wondering and bickering, a shortened season on the brink of collapse twice, and then the playoffs. Now we are at the world series. Let’s dive in.

The Tampa Bay Rays, a small market team that have, for the most part, built from within. The Los Angeles Dodgers, a powerhouse with nothing but money. You could almost say it’s a battle between David and Goliath. Randy Arozerena, Austin Meadows, Tyler Glascow and Willy Adames vs Corey Seager, Cody Bellinger, Mookie Betts and Clayton Kershaw. I know which one of those lineups sound better to me. Hint: it’s the Dodgers. The Rays are resilient though. Up 3-0 to the Houston Astros the Astros tied the series at 3-3. This forced a game seven where most teams in the Rays position would’ve folded, but instead they came back and won game seven to get themselves to the World Series. 

The Dodgers obviously have more star power, but it stands to reason they are 0-2 in their last two World Series. I’m not sure they can get over the hump, this does seem like their year though. The Rays are a young team still building, I do think this could be their year too but I think they need to grow more as a team. This will be a very fun series and it’ll be great to see a MLB team crowned champion because it seemed unlikely it would happen. My prediction for the series is the Dodgers win in 6 games, and Mookie Betts wins World Series MVP. I can’t wait for it, and this will be inspiring to the NFL knowing that a season can be completed without a bubble.

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