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On Friday afternoon, the Washington Nationals will take on the Los Angeles Dodgers for the first of a three-game series at Dodger Stadium. Since it’s the Dodgers’ home opener for the season, Los Angeles will receive their 2020 World Series champion rings before first pitch.
When asked if being back in Dodger Stadium for the first time since the Nats’ extra-innings NLDS Game 5 win in 2019 brought back memories, Martinez didn’t hesitate.
“Absolutely. I came in this morning, sat at my desk and had some really good memories. Today, we’ll watch these guys have their ceremony, get their rings, only to wish we were able to get our ceremony in front of a bunch of fans, 50,000 fans last year—and that’s what we missed,” Martinez said. “For me, it gives us motivation to go out and try to get another one and celebrate the right way.”
The Nationals won the World Series in 2019 thanks to that Game 5 win in Los Angeles but were deprived of their own banner-raising and ring ceremonies in front of fans due to the following season being played without fans due to COVID-protocols. When the Nats were finally able to host fans for a regular season game this past Tuesday, they re-raised the banner in Center Field Plaza of Nationals Park.
After missing the postseason in 2020, the Nationals watched from home as the Dodgers won their first World Series since 1988. It was a bitter moment for the Curly W’s, for the last time they faced the Dodgers in their home ballpark, Howie Kendrick’s 10th-inning grand slam became one of the greatest moments in team history.
After watching the Dodgers celebrate their championship with fans in attendance, Davey Martinez and company will have extra motivation to have a second ring ceremony, this time in front of Nationals fans.