Los Angeles Dodgers catcher Will Smith is so confident the team will be in the World Series in 2020, that he delayed his wedding day.
Every player grows up dreaming of playing on the biggest stage of them all and winning a World Series. Entering his first full season with the big club, Los Angeles Dodgers catcher Will Smith rightfully has his eyes set on the club winning a World Series in 2020. Nothing will stand in the way of him being there.
Not even his wedding day.
Speaking with Stu Mitchell of SportsNet LA, Smith touched base on a few interesting topics. Among them, Smith mentioned his impending nuptials and how they might interfere with the team’s World Series aspirations.
As one might expect, the Coronavirus lockdown is moving everything, and the baseball season has been just another casualty as the nation fights the battle with the disease. Smith, who originally had his wedding planned for mid-November, likewise had to adjust his wedding date with the prospect of the World Series sliding later into the year.
“So we actually had to move it back about a month, into December. Umm, it was kind of mid-November and most likely they are going to push back the season a little bit. I felt like the World Series would be around that time of our wedding and I wasn’t going to miss the World Series for a wedding. So we went ahead and pushed it back.”
The most important word is that entire quote is “we” because it goes without saying that those plans wouldn’t have been changed without approval of the bride, World Series or not.
Still, it is good to hear that Smith has his hopes set high for the 2020 season and that his fiance is amenable to his pursuits with the Dodgers. I’m sure there were some negotiations behind the scenes to make this happen, but no doubt the fans are appreciative of her flexibility here.
Smith burst onto the scene during his first exposure with the Dodgers last season. In 170 at-bats, the young catcher hit .253/.337/.571 with 15 home runs and 42 RBI, accounting for a 1.2 fWAR and a wRC+ of 132. He’ll look to build upon that campaign when MLB figures out when they can resume play.
In the meantime, he has a little bit of extra time at home to worship the ground his fiance walks on. Just make sure you throw in a special thank you from Dodgers fans worldwide!