“We Didn’t Give Up”: Mookie Betts Proud of Los Angeles Dodgers Settling Rivalry With San Francisco Giants

Published 10/15/2021, 1:53 PM EDT
ARLINGTON, TEXAS – OCTOBER 06: Mookie Betts #50 of the Los Angeles Dodgers celebrates after the Dodgers defeat the San Diego Padres 5-1 in Game One of the National League Division Series at Globe Life Field on October 06, 2020 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)


Mookie Betts jogged around the Oracle Park in celebration last night, as the Los Angeles Dodgers defeated their arch-rivals. In the NLDS five-game series, Dodgers triumphed over the San Francisco Giants.

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The oldest MLB rivals faced each other for the first time in centuries. Notably, the Dodgers escalated their way to the NLCS, winning the last match by 2-1. 

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Mookie Betts praised his team

While the San Francisco Giants vs Los Angeles Dodgers are decade-old rivals, there was recent bad blood between the two. Dodgers had missed out on the division title by a whisker, as Giants had 107 wins, whereas Dodgers had 106 wins. 

However, on Thursday, Dodgers sought redemption, knocking Giants out of the season; Mookie Betts played a pivotal role in their victory. Betts became the only Dodgers player in the history to go 4-for-4 in a winner-take-all postseason. 

Sep 30, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers right fielder Mookie Betts (50) hits a solo home run in the first inning of the game against the San Diego Padres at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Undoubtedly, the much-awaited post-season clash between the rivals was intense. As none of the two were ready to give up, the series went on until the fifth game. 

Mookie Betts revealed the secret of his team winning over the Giants. He said, “We were down, but we didn’t give up. We can win close games. There weren’t any high-scoring games in this one. It was important to know we can win these one-run games.”

Entering the post-season, the Giants were the favorites to reach the World Series in 2021. Giants had secured the most number of wins on the road to playoffs. 

Further reflecting on his team, he said, “Sometimes we are put there, we don’t really just panic, continue playing the game. We always do, it seems to work.”

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Betts’ post-season record 2021

While he clinched the historical record for Dodgers, he also secured a personal best. He became the fourth player in MLB history with at least four hits and a stolen base in a winner-take-all postseason. 

Sep 14, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers first baseman Max Muncy (13) returns to the dugout after hitting a two run home run to score right fielder Mookie Betts (50) against the Arizona Diamondbacks in the third inning at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Dodgers will now escalate to the NLCS and face Atlanta Braves. Do you think they can eliminate the Braves to reach the World Series?

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Shreya Verma is a US Sports writer at EssentiallySports. A post-graduation student in political science, Shreya is also a professional 10m air pistol shooter. Taking after her athlete father, she was naturally inclined towards the athletic life.

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