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Dodgers: Braves Reliever Takes a Shot at LA World Series Legitimacy

In the wake of the LA Rams winning the Super Bowl, Lakers superstar LeBron James proposed the Rams, Lakers, and Dodgers combining their championship parades.

Both the Lakers and Dodgers never held parades for their 2020 titles due to the pandemic. Braves reliever Tyler Matzek used the opportunity to invalidate both the Lakers and Dodgers titles that were won in “bubble” environments.

Of course, Twitter is a merciless place so fans quickly posted the video of Matzek getting arrested at the Braves 2021 parade. Safe to assume, the police didn’t recognize Matzek.

LeBron wasn’t the only one with the idea to include other teams in the Rams parade. Third baseman Justin Turner started the movement last night shortly after the Rams were crowned champions.

Final Thoughts

At the end of the day, every team in MLB and the NBA faced similar circumstances and challenges in their respective bubbles. It was a level playing field. This writer is obviously biased, but the cream always rises to the top. Regardless of the glass.

Honestly, one could make the argument that winning a championship in a bubble is even more challenging.

The Lakers, along with the rest of the playoff NBA teams, spent months in Orlando. Now, they weren’t staying at a Best Western, but three-plus months, even at a five-star hotel, isn’t exactly what superstar athletes are accustomed to.

For the Dodgers, the “secure zone” in Dallas for the 2020 playoffs was an unsettling experience according to former LA reliever Joe Kelly.

No one’s going to shed any tears for the players, but the bubbles were still a variable every playoff team had to deal with.

Perhaps it just sour grapes from Matzek after the Dodgers came back from a 3-1 series deficit in the 2020 NLCS to beat the Braves.

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Eric Eulau

Born and raised in Ventura, not "Ven-CH-ura", California. Favorite Dodger Stadium food is the old school chocolate malt with the wooden spoon. Host of the Dodgers Nation 3 Up, 3 Down Podcast.


  1. Sour grapes? Did you not watch your team mismanage its ridiculous payroll until their arms were literally dead? Matzek is happy and poking fun. You wrote an entire article off one tweet and then finished with a desperate attempt to make the one you guys did win mean more, even though it was for a fraction of a season. That sounds more like bitterness to me but I’m not a writer…

    1. WTH are you talking about? He said one may make the argument that it was more challenging, not that it meant more. And you know what? I agree. Either way, 2020 was a level playing field, as was every other year. That year belonged to the Dodgers (finally) and all you haters like to talk trash about it. Matzek deserves the shade he gets for opening his mouth. The Dodgers did mismanage their pitching staff in 2021, but it pales in comparison to the injuries they had to navigate to even make it past SF and get to the NLCS. But hats off to the Braves nonetheless – they deserved their WS this year. They did an incredible thing the way they turned it around after the break.

    2. Seriously, Matzek is just another example of the overwhelming veer to unsportsmanlike conduct that losers always display. The Braves may have won the WS last season but they also were beaten mercilessly the year before in the NLCS and we Dodger fans didn’t need a parade for us to appreciate that.

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