Dodgers fans ready to work out 32 years of pent-up World Series excitement are going to have to wait just a little while longer. According to a tweet dispatched by the team this morning, an official victory celebration will take place only when pandemic conditions allow.
“This season was everything we believed it could be,” the tweet says. “It was just missing one thing: The best fans in baseball. While the wait for a World Championship is finally over, the celebration worthy of our great fans and the City of Los Angeles will unfortunately have to wait until it is safe to do so. We can’t wait to celebrate together!”
Fresh off a championship win of his own, Lakers star LeBron James pleaded for a parade in two separate tweets and even got a response from Mayor Eric Garcetti, who wrote, “Let’s talk. I’m down for anything safe. And so proud of you and the team. Thank you for ending our 32-year drought. And @KingJames you and the Lakers deserve the same. Thank you both and the @Dodgers and @Lakers for the best single month in LA sports history!” In a subsequent tweet from the official Mayor of L.A. account, Garcetti warned against large gatherings: “As we celebrate this incredible @Dodgers victory tonight, we need to remember that COVID-19 is still here and still dangerous. Please don’t host or attend victory parties, or gather in large groups to celebrate. Let’s keep L.A. safe.”
In the eighth inning of last night’s final World Series game, it was discovered that Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner had tested positive for COVID-19. He was removed from the game for safety, but he’s taken some heat today for returning to the field to take a (maskless) photo with the team after their big win. The team was expected to return to L.A. today, but as of this morning it was unclear if they’ve been cleared to travel.
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