Covering up Julio Urías' prominent spot on the Dodgers' 2020 World Series mural at Dodger Stadium with a temporary tarp was one thing.
Painting over Urías with several different images of other Dodgers stars? Yeah, that seems to bring a sense of finality to the proceedings.
A few weeks ago, Scott Boras was the most prominent factor standing in the way of a long-term Dodgers reunion with Urías. But two weeks ago, Urías' second (public) domestic violence incident of his career in Los Angeles spiked the football well before the winter meetings. Now, it's entirely unclear what type of deal Urías will be eligible for, and which downtrodden team will dare give it to him, just a few weeks after he seemed poised to dominate the market.
The horrific circumstances of the end of Urías' season have left the Dodgers scrambling to fill October innings, but the real-world ramifications of the 27-year-old's behavior are far more significant. He should not be idolized. He should not be mentioned. And he should certainly not be visible in Dodger Stadium long-term, no matter how cathartic the final, drought-breaking pitch of the 2020 World Series was for the entire community.
The mural fans saw covered up a week ago was borne anew over the weekend, as artist Jonas Never and the Dodgers made quick work of the Dodger Stadium concrete. Now, a pointing Will Smith and gear-clad Austin Barnes have taken Urías' place.
Dodgers' 2020 World Series mural features Will Smith, Austin Barnes over Julio Urías
Give the Dodgers credit. When a mural has to be restored under duress, the organization is always on it.
Flags fly forever and the ring Urías helped the Dodgers earn will never be stricken from the record as a result of his alleged abusive behavior. But you can count on the Dodgers doing the most thorough job possible in removing him from the narrative moving forward. For all intents and purposes, Rays shortstop Willy Adames was caught looking at air, which thwapped powerfully into Barnes' glove for the final out.
That's probably why you see Barnes on that wall today. Forget the man on the mound; the Dodgers' backup catcher guided a ghost to the finish line, and a celebration ensued. That's final.