The Dodgers have turned things around quite nicely after finding themselves on the wrong end of a no-hitter against the Cubs in June. They’ve rattled off seven wins in a row and once again look like the World Champions that they are. And now they’ve started this road trip on a good note, taking the first two against the streaking Washington Nationals.
Before the Dodgers even took the field on Friday, however, they paid a visit to the White House to celebrate their first Championship since that magical 1988 season. It may have been a 33-year gap in between presidential visits, but count President Biden among those that don’t expect it to take that long before this team’s next trip to D.C.
Pres. Biden welcomes the Los Angeles Dodgers to the White House to celebrate their 2020 World Series win.
— ABC News (@ABC) July 2, 2021
President Biden’s comments were greeted with cheers and applause from the players and coaching staff, and it’s hard not to agree with him. This team has shown so much resiliency to remain one of the best in baseball despite a flurry of injuries.
Following his major-league-leading tenth victory on Friday night, Julio Urías gave his thoughts on the comments made by the president earlier that same day.
Yeah, that’s the mentality we all have as well. We have it all. We have the desire, we have the team, and we have the talent to make it all the way again and fight for another championship. That’s the way my teammates and I approach things – give it 100% and come away with a win at the end of the day.
Julio has done his part in getting the Dodgers back to the postseason, pitching to the tune of a 3.81 ERA while notching 10 wins in his 17 starts. Even an unusual start against the Nationals in which he walked three and struck out the same amount, he found a way to limit the damage and gave his team a chance to come back and win the game.
There will almost certainly be changes to this team as the trade deadline approaches, but there is not much that needs fixing. This is a team that finally has the experience to go along with the talent. These guys have been there before, and after their White House visit, they seem determined to find their way back to the Nation’s Capitol by the end of the year.