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Dodgers triumph in the 2020 world series

Skyler Rivera (‘18)
Skyler Rivera (‘18) stands in front of Dodger Stadium because she cannot be there to watch games. “The Dodger fan base is legendary, they ride or die and so for this team to win, especially in a time like this where the mood of the country is down and out, it’s a real mood booster,” Skyler said.

Top of the ninth inning, 0-2 count, two outs, the Los Angeles Dodgers leading game six of the World Series 3-1Julio Urias delivers a 97 mile an hour fastball to Tampa Bay Rays shortstop Willy Adames. The home plate umpire exclaims a loud “strike three,” bringing a dramatic end to a 32-year struggle for the Dodgers to seal a World Series title.  

For the first time since 1988, Dodgers fans celebrate a championship. However, this road to success was not an easy one, as the Dodgers encountered many obstacles. The Dodgers have lost the world series twice since 1988 and in the other years, they could not make it to the playoffs and struggled in league championshipsNonetheless, the Dodgers’ determination and perseverance through an uncertain time allowed them to clench a well-deserved title amidst a season filled with unexpected events. 

After becoming the National League champions by defeating the Atlanta Braves in seven gamesDodger fans burst with excitement while also feeling nervous. In 2017, the Houston Astros beat Los Angeles in a seven-game series and were subsequently exposed for MLB rules violations. In 2018, the Dodgers lost the Series to the Boston Red Sox. With the hope that the third time’s the charm, Dodgers fans anxiously followed each gamewaiting for players to step up and score more runs or make an incredible play.  

“In the second game, they kept switching out the pitchers every few innings which kind of made my friends and I mad,” Julia Fenner (‘23) said. “There was not a real groove for anyone to get into because of the changes, but when I watched the last game by myself, I quietly celebrated when the Dodgers won.” 

A win for the Dodgers means so much to fans as many of them are extremely dedicated. Although the fans are not the ones playing, they still share a special love for the sport and the team. After years of hardships and misfortunes, it puts many fans at ease and makes it easier for them to accept that they will not be in the Dodger Stadium atmosphere for quite some time. 

“I thought the world series was fun to watch,” Gabe Bustamante (‘21) said. “I think that in game six, the Rays pulled [starting pitcher Blake] Snell too early. He was only at 74-75 pitches and gave up two hits and got pulled against Mookie Betts who had two strikeouts against him and struggled to hit left-handed pitching all year. That was a big momentum changing moment.” 

The thrilling series was full of soon-to-be iconic moments as players like Justin Turner and Clayton Kershaw set postseason franchise and MLB records. Turner, the 35-year-old third baseman who has played for Los Angeles since 2014, set a Dodgers franchise record for postseason home runs when he hit his 12th in Game 4. Kershaw, LA’s longtime ace and future Hall-of-Famer who has been criticized for his postseason performances in the past, set the all-time postseason strikeout record at 207 after recording six in Game 5. 

While most of the glory goes to the Dodgers, the Rays also featured standout performances, including an all-time great playoff run by outfielder Randy ArozarenaArozarena set a single-postseason home run record, hitting ten over the course of Tampa Bay’s postseason.  

Arozarena was the best thing to watch the entire post season as he set all kinds of records,” Gabe said. 

Since the Superbowl in Februarythere has been no professional championship games to watch until recently. For most sports lovers, this was a brutal change not being able to watch their favorite sport or hometown team. However, this long wait is part of what made this year’s championship games even more enthralling.  

Los Angeles is a city of champions in 2020, now that the Dodgers have joined the NBA champion Lakers in celebrating their ascent to the top of their league.   

“I’ve been a Dodger fan my whole life and I really got into the team when I was 12. My family has been season ticket holders since before I was born so I grew up going to games. I’ve cried over this team, loved this team with my heart, been trash talked countless times about this team, and they’ve finally won. It means the world to me, Skyler Rivera (‘18), former Webb Canyon Chronicle Editor of Sports. 

LA sports fans are experiencing levels of pride and elation not achieved in decadesThis type of victory hasn’t been felt by those of LA in over 30 years, so expect to see fans finding new ways to share in the glory despite the pandemic 

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Bianca Arteaga, Public Editor
Do you know many busy bees at Webb? If you don't, then maybe you haven't met Bianca Arteaga ('22)—a self-described bee, she is productive, cheerful, and hardworking. She is, like many productive people, a morning person, and very organized. So perhaps it is no surprise that she is taking on the added challenge of AP Spanish this year, in order to better help people internationally in the future. Bianca eventually wants to become a lawyer and help people worldwide, which she may need Spanish for. For now, Bianca wants to help people locally by using the WCC to teach freshmen and sophomores to love Webb as she does. Bianca's other passion is protecting the environment. Despite being a very busy and successful student, Bianca is also very skilled in the athletic department. She is the varsity softball captain and hopes to continue playing even once she goes to college. Besides her work, Bianca also has a fun side: she loves playing the guitar, is obsessed with Taylor Swift, enjoys watching romcoms, and loves dad jokes. Bianca's many interests, well-balanced lifestyle, and unwavering work ethic truly make her a queen bee! Favorite song: "All Too Well" by Taylor Swift
Abbey Cook, Staff Writer
Abbey Cook (‘23) shares many traits with a butterfly: she is social, friendly, and optimistic. If you can catch Abbey anywhere, she is most likely hanging out with her friends or at the soccer field playing for Arsenal, a highly competitive team. An athlete since she was five years old, Abbey plays club soccer at a national level and aspires to play at a division one college in the future. She sets the bar for herself very high, and this mindset will be useful when writing for the WCC; she can improve her writing skills and become a better writer. Although Abbey is already a positive contributor on her high caliber soccer team, she also hopes to be a productive member of the WCC and produce quality work that everyone can enjoy.   
Patrick Dóñez, Editor-in-Chief
Patrick Dóñez (’21), a day student from Upland, California, is one of this year's editors in chief. Last year, Patrick was the Editor of Opinion, which helped the transition into his leadership role for the 2020 – 2021 school year.  This year, he wants the WCC to lead conversations about different political and social topics in the Webb community. He enjoys listening to hip hop and RnB, and some of his favorite artists are Pusha T, Erykah Badu, and Modest Mouse. Patrick enjoys writing about his opinions and music, which is why joining journalism in sophomore year was perfect for him. During quarantine, he spent most of his time reading, skateboarding, and working on his magazine project Rx. After COVID-19, he is excited to finally get out of the house and nervous for the future of college and higher education.  

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