Dodgers: Perception of the 2017 World Series altered by sign stealing
What will still be viewed the same from the 2017 World Series?
For one, the Dodgers still did lose the 2017 World Series and that will never change. There will be no retroactive parades down Vin Scully Avenue and even if the Astros were stripped of a title, which remains unlikely, the Dodgers are not the 2017 World Series Champions. The Dodgers had a chance to win in game seven at home and failed.
The Dodgers also blew a lead in game two thanks to Kenley Jansen. While it hasn’t been proven if the Astros only stole signs illegally at Minute Maid Park, it’s extremely unlikely that they did the same on the road. Jansen had a chance to seal a 2-0 series lead for the Dodgers and he failed. Blowing game two arguably cost the Dodgers the series as they went to Houston tied 1-1 instead of up two games to zero.
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Another thing that doesn’t change from the 2017 World Series is that the Dodgers struggled to hit with runners in scoring position, especially in game seven. While the team went 1-5 with RISP in their game two loss at home, the blue went just 1-13 and left ten runners on base in game seven. The offense simply did not show up in game seven and while Darvish put the Dodgers in a hole early, the offense showed zero fight.
Unfortunately, the Astros’ apparent cheating doesn’t change the outcome of the 2017 World Series but how that series is viewed is definitely changed forever. Rather than one of the best Dodger teams ever blowing a golden opportunity for a World Series title, they may have been up against the odds against a talented Astros club with some illegal aid.
How do the latest allegations against the Astros change how you view the 2017 World Series? Comment below!