Dodgers Don’t Want ’17 World Series Title: “We Didn’t Earn That”

Players addressed the sign-stealing scandal at the team's FanFest

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Clayton Kershaw #22 of the Los Angeles Dodgers meets with teammates on the pitcher's mound during the sixth inning against the Houston Astros in game seven of the 2017 World Series. (Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
By Bonnie Stiernberg / January 26, 2020 12:49 pm

Despite what the Los Angeles City Council says, members of the Dodgers insisted on Saturday (Jan. 25) at their annual FanFest that they don’t want to be retroactively awarded a 2017 World Series title in the wake of the Houston Astros’ sign-stealing scandal.

“We don’t want a trophy,” third baseman Justin Turner said. “We don’t want a fake banner hanging in our stadium. We didn’t earn that. We didn’t catch that final out to win a championship. We don’t want that.”

“We just wanna move forward in 2020, get prepared this season, and do it the right way and get all those experiences — get to catch that last out, get to dogpile on the field, put on those shirts, put on those hats, have someone be the MVP and get a car, be in the locker room, spray the champagne, get sized for rings,” he continued. “Take that parade that L.A. is dying to have, and have that parade in downtown L.A., and do it the right way.”

Of course, that doesn’t mean they aren’t upset about the situation. “Frustrating is probably the floor of my emotions,” manager Dave Roberts said. Enrique Hernandez said the team had its suspicions about the Astros in 2017 heading into the World Series.

“You could say it’s a shame,” Hernandez said. “We had our doubts. People talk around the league. A lot of people told us to worry about them.”

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