The 2021 baseball World Series was one for the ages. Who won? Check out our blog post to find out!
2021 World Series
Baseball fans rejoice! The 2021 World Series has come to an end, and the Tampa Bay Rays are the champions. They beat the Los Angeles Dodgers in a thrilling seven-game series. This is the Rays’ first World Series title, and they’ll be celebrating for years to come.
Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Tampa Bay Rays
In a matchup of two teams that battled all season long for the right to be called World Series champions, the Los Angeles Dodgers finally prevailed over the Tampa Bay Rays in Game 6 by a score of 3-1. It was a fitting end to a Fall Classic that saw both teams trade wins back and forth throughout. In the end, it was the Dodgers’ experience and depth that proved to be the difference, as they won their first title since 1988.
Who won the 2021 World Series?
The Tampa Bay Rays won the 2021 World Series, defeating the Los Angeles Dodgers in six games. This is the Rays’ first World Series championship in franchise history.
Previous World Series Winners
The World Series is the annual championship series of Major League Baseball (MLB) in North America, contested since 1903 between the American League (AL) champion team and the National League (NL) champion team. The winner of the World Series championship is determined through a best-of-seven playoff, and the winning team is awarded the Commissioner’s Trophy. As of 2021, the World Series has been contested 115 times, with the AL winning 63 and the NL winning 52.
2020 World Series
The 2020 World Series was the championship series of Major League Baseball’s (MLB) 2020 season. The 116th edition of the World Series, it was played between October 20 and 28. The American League (AL) champions Tampa Bay Rays defeated the National League (NL) champions Los Angeles Dodgers in seven games, to win their first title in franchise history.
In a pandemic-shortened regular season, the Rays and Dodgers both qualified for the playoffs by winning their respective divisions. Entering the postseason as the higher seed, the Rays defeated the AL’s second seedNew York Yankees and third seed Houston Astros, while the Dodgers defeated the NL’s second seed Atlanta Braves and third seed San Diego Padres to reach their first World Series since 1988.
This was Tampa Bay’s second appearance in a World Series (after their 2008 appearance as the AL representative), with their only previous win coming in Game 1 of that year; this made them one of five expansion teams to have won a World Series game, joining the Toronto Blue Jays (1992 and 1993 champions), Florida Marlins (1997 champions; now Miami Marlins), Anaheim Angels/Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (2002 champions) and Houston Astros (2017 champions). Combined with their 2020 AL pennant victory, they became just the seventh team overall to have won both an AL pennant and a World Series game.
Los Angeles won Games 1 and 2 at Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas by scores of 8–3 and 3–1 respectively to take a 2–0 lead in the series. Tampa Bay responded by winning Games 3 and 4 at Tropicana Field by scores of 6–4 and 8–7 respectively to knot up the series at two games apiece; this was just the second time in history that a team had come back from being down 0–2 while playing at home to tie up a best-of-seven World Series at two games apiece, following from behind victories in Games 3 and 4 by both teams earlier in history. After Kerryon Janssen closed out Game 4 for Los Angeles with a scoreless ninth inning, he became only one of two pitchers who were not on either team’s active roster or 40-man roster during that team’s regular season contests who pitched for that team during that year’s World Series games; Tyler Thornburg is currentlythe other player who fittingly accomplished such an uncommon baseball milestone during MLB postseason play after pitching for Boston during Games 2 & 6 somewhere around 2017 en route towards their eventual championship victory over Los Angeles that year on behalf of his respective American League ballclub.
Tampa Bay went on to win Game 5 by a score of 10–2, thus taking a 3–2 lead in games; this was due partially in part because Dodger relief pitcher Joe Kelly surrendered six runs while only getting two outs recorded during his breakdown relief appearance on behalf of his ballclub after starter Clayton Kershaw lasted only four batters plus change into his fourth inning pitching performance for Los Angeles during said baseball contest before being pulled off from mound duty due to surrendering four earned runs off of three hits plus one walk surrendered during his brief relief outing for his squad on that same night. The Dodgers avoided elimination by winning Game 6 by a score of 3–1; Corey Seager drove in all three Dodger runs with two home runs as part of his three-hit performance at bat during said baseball game. Blake Snell started Game 6 for Tampa Bay but was removed from mound duty after pitching only one inning while surrendering one unearned run off three walks issued during his brief starting pitching assignment before being lifted off from mound duty due to him violating predetermined pitch count guidelines established prior to said baseball game even beginning sometime earlier that same evening. After losing Game 6, Tampa Bay rebounded to win Game 7 by a score of 3–1 thanks largely because Rays reliever Pete Fairbanks got rest of Dodger lineup out in order during bottom half 9th inning while preserving slim one run lead held onto by his squad heading into bottom half frame so that they could become world champions for first time ever sometime earlier that same night thus putting an end not only to this 2020 edition Major League Baseball postseason tournament but also capping off innovative 60 game regular season campaign which was shortened somewhat dramatically lengthwise because ongoing coronavirus pandemic sweeping across North America forced MLB officials hand somewhat abruptly back March 12 when they decided suspend action until further notice little more than week or so left spring training exhibition play still scheduled be played right around country right before start regular season campaigns meant begin nationwide little later same month virus related shutdowns began taking place first place
2019 World Series
The Washington Nationals defeated the Houston Astros, winning the franchise’s first ever World Series title. It was the first time a team from Washington, D.C. had won a World Series title since the 1924 Washington Senators. The Nationals were also the first team to win a World Series title after moving from another city, as they were previously known as the Montreal Expos.
2018 World Series
The 2018 World Series was the 114th edition of Major League Baseball’s (MLB) championship series. The best-of-seven playoff was played between the American League (AL) champion Boston Red Sox and the National League (NL) champion Los Angeles Dodgers. This was a rematch of the 1916, 1920, 1941, 1947, 1949, 1952, 1953, 1959, 1963, 1965, 1966, 1974, 1977 and 1978 World Series (in which the Dodgers were the Brooklyn Dodgers). The Red Sox defeated the Dodgers in five games to win their fourth World Series title in 15 years dating back to 2004, and their ninth overall dating back to 1903. The Series was also a rematch of the last two times that these teams had met in the postseason: in 2016 (when Boston won), and in 2017 (when Houston won).
Red Sox reliever Craig Kimbrel was named the Series Most Valuable Player (MVP), becoming only the fourth relief pitcher so honored and sharing it with fellow Boston reliever Joe Kelly. It was broadcast on Fox for a fourth consecutive year. Justin Turner of the Dodgers was standing at second base when Alex Cora made his final pitching change of Game 5; Turner would have been stranded there if not for an error by Red Sox first baseman Steve Pearce which allowed him to score from second on a single by Yasiel Puig. This marked one of only two occasions in all of MLB post-season play that fans had unobstructed views of both base coaches at least partially during play; Fox had cameras positioned down each foul line specifically for this purpose. The other instance occurred during Game 1 of this same 2018 World Series when Dodger third base coach Chris Woodward motioned en route to an out at third but went unnoticed by viewers because he had just rounded third base when Fox Sports director Pete Macheska panned away from him towards home plate umpire Jeff Nelson just as Woodward reached third.