The Dodgers captured their seventh World Series title in 2020. After 32 years of not reaching the promised land, LA finally reached the mountaintop as they defeated the Tampa Bay Rays, 4-2 in Globe Life Field, home of the Texas Rangers.
Julio Urias pitched lights out all postseason long, and he was lucky enough to get the final out in the World Series, with catcher Austin Barnes being the recipient of the pitch.
The baseball from the final out instantly becomes very valuable and a treasure of some sort.
Barnes realized that and took advantage of it, as we find out what happened to the baseball after it was caught.
— Doug McKain (@DMAC_LA) November 11, 2022
Can you blame Austin? I would’ve kept the ball for as long as I could, too.
To be a part of that moment and to win a World Series that will go down in the record books is something he’ll cherish for the rest of his life.
The 32-year-old has been a Dodger for his entire eight-year career and has spent most of his time as the backup catcher.
In ten games for the 2020 postseason, he slashed .320/.393/.440 with a .833 OPS in 25 ABs. In the closeout game, Barnes started the rally in the sixth inning, hitting a one-out single to center field, forcing Rays manager Kevin Cash to take out Blake Snell, who was rolling before that.
Barnsey may not get a lot of playing time, but he is a fan favorite, and he became way more relatable by taking the closeout baseball to his house.