LOS ANGELES — Clayton Kershaw wore his World Series ring, sporting an even bigger smile than the burden he said he carried as the Dodgers chased a title over the course of his career. Justin Turner pumped up the crowd as he walked out onto the field to receive his first World Series ring. Mookie Betts collected his second ring and got his first ovation from the crowd as a member of the Dodgers.
Because of the coronavirus pandemic, the Dodgers weren’t able to celebrate how they would’ve liked. There was no parade down the streets of Los Angeles. There was no champagne celebration after the game. In many ways, Friday’s ring ceremony was the first time this Dodgers team was able to fully celebrate what they accomplished last season.
But now that the Dodgers have their World Series rings, their focus now is on winning another title. They’re off to a good start, as the Dodgers improved to 6-2 with a 1-0 win over the Nationals at Dodger Stadium on Friday.
Walker Buehler, who seems to thrive during the biggest moments, played up to the occasion yet again in the Dodgers’ home opener. The right-hander tossed six scoreless innings, striking out four. It was the 14th time Buehler has completed six or more scoreless innings in an outing since 2018, and he is tied for the fourth-most in the Majors.
Turner, who tallied three of the Dodgers’ four hits, lashed a solo home run in the sixth to account for the game’s only run.