Dave Roberts won a World Series as a player on the Boston Red Sox, but he will apparently "never" get over losing in the Fall Classic as a manager in 2017.
The Los Angeles Dodgers skipper appeared on the Big Time Baseball podcast with Jon Heyman and Tony Gwynn Jr. and discussed his team's 2017 World Series loss to the Houston Astros in a showdown that has since been overshadowed by the latter's cheating scandal:
"And for me, I'm never going to get over it. You know, there's a political way to kind of handle it, and I think I've done a very good job of doing it, but, you know, winning in '17 would've changed the landscape, the narrative for not only myself but individual players, the organization. So yeah, I'm not going to get over it. But you still have to move forward, but yeah, I'm not going to get over it. And I think that as far as the fans, I love the way the fans responded and that's the way that they did it in a peaceful way. It was fun and I think it was heartfelt, it was passionate. And you know what's a good story is that I just found out my old college roommate at UCLA was responsible for the fly-over with the flag thing. I had no idea. I did not [put him up to that], so the commissioner can't get on me for that."
The fly-over Roberts mentioned happened before Saturday's game between the Dodgers and Astros. It was Houston's first visit to Dodger Stadium since it was disciplined for the cheating scandal, and an airplane with a banner that said "Houston Cheats Bang Bang" flew over the stadium.
Fans also greeted Houston in their own way:
Tension has remained high between the two teams, especially after Los Angeles relief pitcher Joe Kelly was involved in a skirmish July 28. He threw near Astros third baseman Alex Bregman and shortstop Carlos Correa, exchanged words with the latter and helped prompt a benches-clearing interaction.
He apparently made an appearance Saturday:
Roberts and many Dodgers fans may never fully get over the World Series loss, but the team may have a chance to win one this year. Los Angeles has the best record in the league and will likely be favored in any postseason matchup.
Even a potential World Series clash with Houston.