1. FINALLY! The Dodgers Win the World Series.
Was there ever a doubt what the top moment of the year was for the Dodgers?! After 32 years, eight division titles, back to back World Series losses, the Dodgers had finally done it. They won the World Series.
The Dodgers’ 4-2 series win over the Tampa Bay Rays managed to wash away all the hurt and pain the franchise had dealt with over the years. It was a redemptive story, Clayton Kershaw went 2-0 with a 2.31, his best showing on the ultimate stage. Dave Roberts was redeemed after so many bullpen mistakes in Game 4, handling things masterfully in the team’s Game 5 and Game 6 wins.
It was a story that came full circle. Eight months after pulling the trigger on the Mookie Betts trade, he hit a towering home run in the bottom of the eighth to give the Dodgers a 3-1 lead they would never relinquish in the clinching Game 6 win. That home run was a further validation of the move President of Baseball Operations Andrew Friedman made back in February, and the team he had built was a validation of his time running the Dodgers organization. He had finally built the October winner.