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Dodgers Rally to Win N.L.C.S. and Reach 3rd World Series in 4 Years

  • October 19, 2020

But the celebrations on Sunday belonged to the Dodgers, who celebrated on the field as their fans in (roughly half of the 10,920 in the stands at the neutral-site ballpark), cheered them on.

Their manager, Dave Roberts, who has faced criticism over the past few years for decisions he has made in postseason failures, was particularly happy and emotional during his postgame speech. He cited the unique difficulties of the unusual season, including the coronavirus pandemic and the social unrest that roiled the country beginning in the summer.

Instead of a 162-game season, teams played 60 games and M.L.B. added a playoff round for all teams and then sent the winners to neutral sites with no days off to avoid extensive travel that might increase the chance of spreading the virus.

There were no fans during the regular season, and many games were postponed when players tested positive for the virus.

But after all of it, a World Series is set to be staged between the two best teams in baseball.

“It’s been a crazy year,” Roberts said, and then added, “This year is our year. This is our year.”

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