The Dodgers had played 5,014 regular season games and were in their 114th postseason game since Orel Hershiser struck out Oakland's Tony Phillips for the final out of the World Series in 1988, the same year veteran lefty Clayton Kershaw - the three-time NL Cy Young Award victor who won Games 1 and 5 of this Series - was born in nearby Dallas.
Instead, as with everything in 2020, we are talking about Covid.
Ok, so about last night?
After Clayton Kershaw won his second game against the Rays on Sunday night for a 3-2 Series advantage, Los Angeles opted against trying to use right-handed ace Walker Buehler to start on short rest Tuesday night.
But that wasn't the worst of it. As Rosenthal reported, the league also has questions to answer when it comes to Turner's appearance on the field. And so there he was-unmasked, kissing his wife, and commingling with his teammates.
"There have been a number of inconclusive tests, " Manfred said. While it seemed like the Dodgers could simply be making a defensive substitution at the time, it was later revealed that the infielder had tested positive for COVID-19.
Roberts said one of the team's athletic trainers relayed the order after the seventh inning.
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I'm reading about the politician guy who went for dinner with his family, flouted every single rule or advisory on mask-wearing and social distancing to see some silly big photo that he had to know would get out and expose him for the dope that he is. "So proud of this team & unbelievably happy for the City of LA #WorldSeriesChamps".
But it's hard to throw the blame onto Turner. When MLB Security raised the matter of being on the field with Turner, he emphatically refused to comply. Of course his team was going to welcome him with open arms, no matter the microbes that would pass between them. Had Tampa Bay won and forced a Game 7 on Wednesday, commissioner Rob Manfred would have faced the possibility of delaying his sport's showcase event while following health protocols and assessing whether Turner had infected others around him.
Betts extended the Dodger lead to 3-1 with a solo blast off Pete Fairbanks the bottom of the eighth, leading to an eruption among the Dodgers fans in attendance at Globe Life Park, which permitted about 11,000 in the 48,000-capacity stadium. "We're not excluding him from anything". Turner had to be pulled from the game, according to ESPN. Then, after finding out he was positive, there should have been a Greg Luzinski sized wall between Turner and that celebration.
As the clock crept past midnight on the East Coast the night just got stranger for Major League Baseball, at the conclusion a 2020 season that will never be forgotten. "I think he was mindful of other people, especially other people he hasn't seen around".
Los Angeles had come up short in the World Series twice in the previous three years. "Not under normal conditions, but under conditions that recognize that we're in a pandemic and we have a serious health issue on our hands".