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Dodgers Already Desperate as World Series Comes To L.A.

The World Series comes to Los Angeles, with the seemingly unstoppable Boston Red Sox already up 2-0 on the Dodgers. 

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Well, this certainly isn’t how the Los Angeles Dodgers envisioned their second straight World Series would start. After two games in Boston, they’re already 2-0 to the red-hot Red Sox. And while it’s no 3-0 hole, down 2-0 is never where you want to be. But if anyone does know how to climb out of such a hole, it’s Dodgers manager Dave Roberts.

As many of us remember, Roberts was at the forefront of the historic comeback in 2004 when the Red Sox came back from down 3-0 to beat the New York Yankees and reach the World Series where they would win it for the first time in franchise history. They were the only team, and are still the only team, to ever come back after being down 3-0. So what’s the big deal about being down 2-0?!

And if trends continue, they could really break out in game 3. They’ll send 21-year-old Walker Buehler to the mound to face the Red Sox, and he’s been nothing short of spectacular in the playoffs. In their one-game Wild Card against the Colorado Rockies, Buehler held the heavy-hitting Rockies scoreless through 6 2/3 innings. Then, in their deciding game 7 in the NLCS against the Milwaukee Brewers, Buehler was again spectacular as he only gave up one run over 4 2/3 innings and helped the Dodgers reach the World Series for the second year in a row.

“Any time you’re in situations like that – the more that you can get there and live it yourself, I think, does nothing but help you,” Buehler said of the stage he continues to find himself on. “It’s a little bit different than a game 7. But at the same time, there’s a little bit of a backs-against-the-wall type of scenario.”

And it doesn’t help that the 2018 Boston Red Sox are turning in one of the greatest seasons in baseball history. They won 108 games in the regular season, easily beat the 100-win New York Yankees, and then made quick work of the defending champion Houston Astros. They are very much firing on all cylinders and have been all season.

To further put it into perspective, the Dodgers now need to beat the Red Sox in four of the next five games. The Red Sox only lost four of five games once during the regular season. “It’s going to be hard,” Dodgers young star outfielder Cody Bellinger said of the challenge. “But this was going to hard regardless.”

Meanwhile, Roberts knows it will take patience, perseverance, and everyone being on the same page. “You can’t win four games in one night. So just focus on a one-game-at-a-time mentality. I know it’s easier said than done, but that’s as simple as you can put it, and that’s the best way to go about it. And I know that’s echoed in our clubhouse.”

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Why The Braves Are Determined To Win Over Workman

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The Atlanta Braves rallied for a 6-5 win over Philadelphia on Saturday, disrupting the newly acquired Brandon Workman’s first match with the Phillies. Atlanta’s Adam Duvall scored the winning point after two outs and full bases, finishing the game with a back up the middle.

Workman set out charged for his first game with Philadelphia with one out and gave up a couple of runs. Matt Adams of the Braves quickly took advantage of the breach and finished a two-run double, leading to the Phillies to trail Atlanta by one point at 5-4.

“That’s not the first impression I’m trying to make, obviously,” Workman reiterates after a letting the Braves knock four hits and a run. 

Right before Adam Duvall’s winning run, a play by Didi Gregorius of Philadelphia was withdrawn after a video footage review. Gregorius pitched home from a grounder by Travis d’Arnaud. Umpire Chad Whitson already called safe on Alex Jackson upon reaching the plate. However, a review reveals that J.T. Realmuto tagged Jackson out.

What Happened

Bryce Harper knocked the second-longest home run of his career. His drive also made a record as the 2ndlongest homer at Truist Park. Harper pulled a strategic move by sacrificing in the ninth inning spared some time for Neil Walker to safely slide onto the plate, adding another point to the Phillies.

Mark Melancon, Braves’ closer, also performed blowing up the lead 2-0 with five save attempts. On the other hand, Philadelphia closer Hector Neris gave away two hits and a few scores to a run by Marcell Ozuna and an easy walk opening the eight.

Another walk was by Rhys Hoskins who was driven in by Harper’s second of the two-run hit off Robbie Erlin. The ball shot off the field at roughly 470 feet and descended straight into the seats at the stadium’s middle section’s right side.

Head-to-Head

The Phillies tried to get back in the game as Andrew McCutchen showed up for Philadelphia, going head to head with Atlanta’s Grant Dayton. Then again, Austin Riley cutback Phillies’ lead to 4-2 after a two-run hit off of Zack Wheeler, who allowed five hits in the game.

Wheeler had quite the strong start said, “I know our fans are struggling with it, but it’s baseball. It’s a hard game. I have trust in our bullpen.” He eventually gave up two runs within seven innings.

Dashed Hopes

This game is Philadelphia’s fifth consecutive loss this season, and sadly, the team has been in this position before. Phillies are falling under the rankings of the major league with an ERA of 7.59. The team has been hopeful for progress with the newest addition to the team through the role of Workman, who was traded into Philadelphia from Boston.

In Other News…

Philadelphia also recently acquired Heath Hembree and David Hale from trades held last Friday.

Atlanta currently leads the NL-East conference by winning five out of six games in the series.

Brian Snitker, Braves’ team manager, said that the win was “nerve-wracking, nail-biting, exciting” and “gut-wrenching.” Sadly for the fans, they were not permitted to physically be present on the stands this season due to the pandemic.

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The SoFi Stadium: Los Angeles Rams’ New Home

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History and Location

The SoFi Stadium is foreseen to be one of the most maximized stadiums in the United States as it was built primarily to host sporting events such as the NFL and WWE events. The Stadium site was built at the Betfair Hollywood Park, which was originally a thoroughbred racecourse back in the late 1930s.

It was then shut down in December 2013 and was renovated to be a casino called the Hollywood Park Casino. On January 31, 2013, Stan Kroenke, the owner of the St. Louis Rams, purchased a 60-acre parcel of land north of where Hollywood Park Casino was.

According to reports, Kroenke is studying how to convert these lands into a stadium. Other speculations also included converting the land to build into a Walmart, but most of the hearsays mentioned it would be the future training ground for the LA Rams. With a lot of hush-hush from Kroenke for over a year, on January 05, 2015, Kroenke announced that he partnered with Kroenke Sports and Entertainment to build a multi-purpose 70,240 seat stadium designed for NFL matches.

Stadium Plan and Design

Aside from an NFL stadium, The SoFi Stadium project also includes a performance arts venue with over 6000 seating capacity and a Hollywood Park Entertainment avenue, which includes 900,000 square feet of retail, 800,000 square feet of office spaces, thousands of residential condominium units, a luxury hotel with over 300 rooms, public parks, playgrounds, an open space, a lake, pedestrian and bicycle lanes, and even mass transit access to boot! In February 2015, the Inglewood City Council also approved the area to include sports and entertainment capabilities.

Construction for the stadium started on July 14, 2016, and the ground-breaking ceremony happened on November 17, 2016. The stadium was originally forecasted to be finished in 2019, but due to the rainfalls, the opening of the stadium was moved to 2020.

Grand Opening

All the concerts originally scheduled for the SoFi stadium to be hosted was canceled. Canceled artists include Taylor Swift, Guns N Roses, Kenny Chesney, Tim McGraw, Motley Crue, and Def Leppard. Taylor Swift’s Lover Tour was supposed to be the grand opening of the SoFi Stadium, which would have made her the first female artist to open an NFL Stadium, but because of the pandemic, this was canceled. NFL games that were scheduled, however, were not canceled. The first regular-season NFL games will start on September 13, where the Rams will play against the Dallas Cowboys. The Rams had an exclusive sneak peek to the SoFi stadium as they held their first practice on August 22, 2020.

Home to the Rams

The LA Rams were the first NFL team to commit to moving to the SoFi stadium, followed by the Chargers as the stadium was originally built for both teams. Both teams have significantly donated a large sum of $200 million stadium loan to be relocated.

The SoFi Stadium is not only considered home to the Rams and the Chargers, but it will also host the Super Bowl in February 2022, the 2023 College Football Playoff National Championship, the LA Bowl in 2020, the 2026 FIFA World Cup, the 2028 Summer Olympics, and WrestleMania 37.

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Why Do We Love Sports?

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Why do we love sports? There are many reasons why a lot of us fall in love with sports—why many of us continue to support and watch our favorite players, spending time and money to attend regular meets. In fact, some of us aren’t mere fans. Many are also athletes, coaches, and managers of the different teams we love.

Sports as Passion

Being a sports enthusiast is a passion. Many of us watch or play various sports because we consider them a passion in life. Whether it is baseball, basketball, football, or golf, we focus on a specific sport because it provides us with more significant meaning in life. Athletes, for instance, do not merely play a particular sport just because they want to. Many of them train for a sport because it enables them to do something that they’re good at—it allows them to gain self-worth and, in the process, inspire others, as well.

Sports as Platform

Playing a sport enables us to have a veritable platform to be heard and to be noticed. For instance, women athletes get to inspire more women to join a field that is primarily dominated by men. Due to the increase of female athletes excelling in various games worldwide, the measure of being a woman is finally changing. Nowadays, women are gaining more respect due to the influx of more women joining various sports worldwide—games are, in a sense, acting as equalizers, showcasing how women can capably do physical activities that were previously only reserved for men. Sports, then, serve as excellent platforms for women empowerment.

Sports for Healthy Living

Actively playing a specific sport alters your lifestyle. Watching a particular sport also inspires you to try it out, as well. We all know that regular exercise promotes muscles’ development and helps prevent various health complaints like obesity, hypertension, and cholesterol build-up. Sports also perpetuate the body’s production of endorphins—the hormone responsible for the feelings of pleasure and joy. Training for a specific sport eradicates the feelings of depression and worthlessness.

Sports as a Career Choice

When a sport is one’s passion, it can quickly be developed into a career choice. Athletes, for instance, earn because of their expertise in a particular sport. They get to represent the country, earning medals and trophies for the country, their state, their team, and themselves. They also get to inspire others, as well. The crowds in a baseball stadium attest to this glorious phenomenon—sports’ ability to inspire people from all walks of life.

The Sports That We Love

Indeed, sports aren’t just competitions and recreational activities. They are way more significant than that. They have the ability to inspire people to reach their dreams, to represent others, and to gain self-worth. Sports perpetuate healthy living and even provide athletes the careers that they worked so hard for. 

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