Los Angeles Dodgers World Series champions Cody Bellinger and Clayton Kershaw joined Jimmy Kimmel on Thursday night.
Thank goodness the strange pandemic season didn’t quite remove one of our favorite post-LA championship traditions: a visit by the winners to Jimmy Kimmel Live!
Though we’re more used to Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol and Co. joining Jimmy these days (that’s what 32 years without a World Series will do to you!), we were thrilled to enjoy a pair of Dodgers greats on the show Thursday night, when Clayton Kershaw called in from his home in Texas and Cody Bellinger joined from … well, from a parking lot outside a Subway during his drive to Arizona.
Bellinger’s connection was certainly worse than Kershaw’s (who drove straight home after the Justin Turner fiasco and did not return to LA), but the two still managed to post a light-hearted 10-minute interview during which they touched on all the topics at hand, both hot and hilarious.
After working their way through the requisite questions (What’s it like without fans? What did this title feel like? And, yeah, what about Justin Turner?), Kimmel went for the comedy jugular, outright hitting Bellinger with a question about his dazed look in the dugout.
Bluntly put, Kimmel asked, “Cody, do people say you’re high all the time?”
And, right on cue, Bellinger’s camera cut out, leaving a perplexed Belli face frozen in time on national television. Poetic.
It wasn’t the most insane thing to ask, after all. Bellinger’s back got jacked up midway through the series. Maybe he was subsisting on serious painkillers?
Nonetheless, Bellinger made it known that that’s just … how his face looks, and it’s always been that way, back to his Little League World Series days.
Like everything else in 2020, we would’ve vastly preferred to do this in person. But Kershaw and Bellinger’s playfulness definitely shined through remotely, too.