The Dodgers are enjoying life after winning the World Series, that’s for sure.
Life is good for Los Angeles Dodgers fans. Despite their run occurring during a pandemic-shortened 2020 campaign, the Dodgers are World Series champions and have rid themselves of the “choke” stigma, which was all too much the case from 2016-2019.
However, that could have all been different if the Houston Astros weren’t cheating in 2017. That year, LA lost the Fall Classic on their home turf after losing to the Astros in Game 7, before coming up short against the next two eventual World Series champions in the Boston Red Sox and Washington Nationals.
So, when appearing on Jimmy Kimmel Live! this week, the host asked Clayton Kershaw and Cody Bellinger if their battle against the Tampa Bay Rays was easier because they weren’t cheating. The two couldn’t help but laugh immediately.
A resounding “yes!” considering LA took this one in six games. Let’s not forget, though the Dodgers lost in five games to the Red Sox in 2018, there were many allegations of some infractions on Boston’s end since Alex Cora, who was the Astros’ bench coach and supposed ring leader of their cheating scandal, left for the AL powerhouse and took home the commissioner’s trophy in his first year as manager.
But that wasn’t all for the laughs for these two guys on Kimmel’s late-night show. The host asked Bellinger if he was “high all the time” considering fans have spent time making memes out of his seemingly nonstop spaced-out facial expressions.
Bellinger laughed and said, “I’m not high, that’s just how my face looks!” It was certainly worth asking given California’s lax restrictions on marijuana and the fact that Belli underwent a bit of a transformation from bulked-up first baseman to a thinner, fluffy-haired center fielder.
High or not, Bellinger is a World Series champ. Choke or not, Kershaw is a World Series champ. And the cheating Astros can’t take that away from them.