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Looking on the bright side: 4 reasons to be happy about the World Series

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Redlands East Valley teacher and coach Bill Berich attended World Series Game 6 with his son, Adam Berich.

By TATUM MAPES

One week after the beginning of the Houston Astros’ reign as World Series champions, the Los Angeles Dodgers are still trying to recover from the disappointing loss, as they were the favorites to win the pennant. While the Dodgers’ defeat can bring about negative feelings from the team’s die-hard fans, there are many great things to come out of this seven-game series.

  1. This is the Astros’ first World Series title in franchise history.

Many remember last year’s World Series when the Chicago Cubs won for the first time in over 100 years. Take the excitement of fans coming out of that win and multiply it by 1 million: this team has never won a World Series. Ever. There must be some amount of praise and respect given to this team, which has just achieved a major accomplishment. This has been the first time in a while that the league’s 2 best teams have actually been in the World Series. The Astros were one of only 8 teams that had never won the pennant, and now they can be crossed off the list.

  1.   The Dodgers have not appeared in the World Series in almost 30 years.

As much as an achievement the title is for the Astros, there is also a reason for Dodger fans to be grateful. The “Boys in Blue” have not managed to get beyond the National League Championship since 1988—29 years without a World Series appearance. While it’s not as long of a wait as the Astros, it is still a long wait for one of the MLB’s most iconic teams. The fight for the title will continue into next year, anyways.

  1.      Japanese pitcher Yu Darvish taught fans how to respond to racial controversy.

During game 6 of the championship, after hitting a homerun off of Dodgers’ pitcher Yu Darvish, Cuban native Yuli Gurriel mocked Darvish with a racist gesture, pulling the sides of his eyes and calling him “chinito,” which translates to “little Chinese man.” Instead of responding with hate and anger, which he had every right to do, Darvish took the high road and tweeted a message of love and understanding to his fans, writing, “No one is perfect…What he has done today isn’t right, but we should put our effort into learning rather than to accuse him…Let’s stay positive and move forward instead of focusing on anger.” He could have responded in anger and revenge, but instead, he wanted to convey a message of togetherness, not polarization. He prevented an MLB race war, believing that politics should be kept out of the sport he loves. The love displayed by Darvish led to an increase in donations to hurricane relief.

  1.     #HR4HR has raised millions of dollars for Hurricane Relief.

#HR4HR, or “Home Runs for Hurricane Relief,” created by T-Mobile, was highly advertised by Major League Baseball at all of their games, but when it came time for the championship, they made sure they name-dropped the hashtag before most commercial breaks. T-Mobile’s plan was to donate $10,000 for each postseason home run, as well as an extra dollar per tweet that contains the hashtag. At least $500,000 has been raised from Twitter alone. Even though most people in the United States didn’t catch a plane to Texas, Florida or Puerto Rico, they were provided with a platform to help the victims of hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria.

The Dodger’s defeat in the World Series was not a great day for Los Angeles, but there is always a bright side of every wrong or disappointing situation. With all of the records set, conflicts resolved and humanitarian efforts provided as a result of the championship, Dodger fans can rest assured knowing that their defeat was not in vain.

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World Series Game 6. Photo provided by REV teacher Bill Berich.

 

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