The Los Angeles Dodgers’ home opener against the Washington Nationals was extra special this year as the club welcomed back fans to Dodger Stadium for the first time since a heartbreaking loss in Game 5 of the 2019 National League Division Series.
The Dodgers also celebrated their 2020 World Series championship with a ring ceremony and banner unveiling before first first pitch.
“We finally accomplished what we were trying to accomplish over my last seven years. We fell short a couple times, obviously had some tough endings to some seasons. Seeing the banner go up and getting that ring is going to be a good feeling,” Justin Turner said during Spring Training.
“That’s what every kid dreams of: winning a World Series. We were able to accomplish that last year and obviously the goal is to win a few more.”
The Championship banner now flies at Dodger Stadium. pic.twitter.com/XEQgUhEl5s
— SportsNet LA (@SportsNetLA) April 9, 2021
The Dodgers unveiled a new 2020 decal down the right field line and raised a World Series banner on a flag pole in center field.
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In addition to revealing the banner, the club also wore their new gold series jersey and cap for the first time.
It has become commonplace for the reigning World Series champion to don a gold-trimmed cap and jersey for Opening Day or home opener, and in some cases multiple games.
Looking ahead to the rest of the series, the Dodgers will hold a Tommy Lasorda tribute before first pitch on Saturday. To close out a festive weekend at Dodger Stadium, the club additionally will celebrate the 40th anniversary of Fernandomania on Sunday.
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