The opener of the Cubs–Dodgers weekend series at Chavez Ravine on Thursday night might’ve been memorable for all the wrong reasons (we don’t want to talk about it), but there was one beautiful moment that emerged from the contest.
Though the Dodgers produced zero hits, their hospitable actions towards the road team were certainly a hit, and they went above and beyond to recognize one of their former stars who defected to the dark side this offseason.
Joc Pederson — who should maybe still be a Dodger? — faced off with his former team for the first time on the road, and Los Angeles made the most of it with a good deal of baseball pageantry.
Then the Cubbies had to go and ruin all the good feelings by being talented at baseball. Losers.
The night started with Pederson’s old pals giving him a hero’s welcome — and for good reason.
If not for his .400 average in the NLDS, .389 average in the NLCS and .400 average in the World Series, the Dodgers probably wouldn’t be in the position to hand out rings.
Of course, those type of special numbers are par for the course for Pederson when the lights turn the brightest.
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The Dodgers gave Joc Pederson and his brother Champ Pederson World Series rings Thursday.
We prefer this reunion to the one that took place in Chicago earlier this season, when Pederson bat-flipped a flyout and seemed to be sending an enthusiastic message to his “friends” in the other dugout.
It’s family, not friendship though, and the Dodgers proved that in a major way by extending the courtesy of the celebration to Pederson’s beloved brother Champ.
You might remember Champ from…well, everything, as long as you’re a dedicated Dodgers fan. He was excitedly by his brother’s side at so many of the younger Pederson’s biggest moments, from the Home Run Derby to the postseason runs.
And now, Champ’s an officially-minted champion. He got a ring for himself.
That’ll last forever.
Both Pedersons will be members of the Dodgers family for decades to come, cemented as champions by this awesome gesture.
Now if we could just get a win for the good boys in blue on Friday night instead of, ahem, a literal no-hitter, we’ll be able to really enjoy this celebration.