When the Los Angeles Dodgers have been deciding on their Opening Day starter, one issue considered was the house opener and World Collection ring ceremony. By beginning Clayton Kershaw within the season opener, he was capable of soak in all of the festivities at Dodger Stadium.
“Type of a fruits of every thing from final 12 months,” Kershaw mentioned after a 3-0 win over the Washington Nationals on Sunday afternoon. It was his first time talking with media for the reason that Dodgers received their historic World Series ring.
“Attending to see the ring for the primary time, put that on and have fun along with your teammates, have fun with followers again right here at Dodger Stadium,” Kershaw added. “It was emotional for me to get to be part of. Simply numerous gratitude on my finish. It was a big day.”
Early final week the 33-year-old mentioned the ring ceremony had lengthy been circled on his calendar, and there was added pleasure as a result of the Dodgers had been accredited to welcome roughly 15,000 followers to Dodger Stadium.
It was the primary time for any attendance since Kershaw and the Dodgers have been shocked in Sport 5 of the 2019 Nationwide League Division Collection by the Nationals. Kershaw surrendered back-to-back dwelling runs that night time and was dejected after his reduction look.
He confirmed a uncommon facet of resignation, which has since been erased with the Dodgers profitable the World Collection final 12 months. The longtime ace, together with Justin Turner and Julio Urias, acquired the loudest applause through the ring ceremony.
“That was superior. From the dugout I couldn’t actually inform, nevertheless it regarded like he was getting just a little emotional, which he ought to,” Turner mentioned of Kershaw. “So completely satisfied for him, clearly. That’s why I stored my glasses on. I didn’t need to let anybody see me getting emotional beneath there.”
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The World Collection ring ceremony kicked off a busy weekend of pregame festivities because the Dodgers held a Tommy Lasorda tribute Saturday and celebrated the fortieth anniversary of Fernando Valenzuela’s first full season within the Majors.
“It couldn’t have performed out any higher,” Dodgers supervisor Dave Roberts mentioned after his membership swept the Nationals.
“I believe that the anticipation of getting our rings, the anticipation of getting our dwelling opener behind us in entrance of our followers, to play a great membership within the Nationals, to honor Tommy, to honor Fernando, and win three baseball video games, actually good things.
“I’m excited for the gamers, the workers, and followers particularly.”
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