I am by no means a Dodger fan. In fact, being a Padre fan makes me the exact opposite of a Dodger fan. I HATE the Dodgers and am hoping with all that I have that the Rays can win this series. That being said, whoever wins this series even if it is the Dodgers, I don't feel as though there should be an asterisk next to this title. Sure, it's a strange and unusual season but it was for every other team out there competing for the same thing. Every team was on a level playing field dealing with all the same issues so I don't think there should be an asterisk next to anything.
It's a 60 game season played in empty stadiums. Of course it deserves an asterisk next to it. Yeah all the teams are on a level playing field but whoever wins won't be on the level with other championship teams. Same thing with the Lakers. I'm sorry to LA fans but that's like a counterfeit that you just can't pass off as real. My hand to god I said the same thing when my team was still in the race.
You make valid points and I’m sure in years to come there will be fair conversations about it. I said at the beginning of the season that it would count. There’s a thread about it. To counter your example, I would give four reasons to say it counts...
Most players opted into the season. So, you did have the best players playing.
Both of the teams in the World Series were not long shots and would have been legitimate contenders in any season. The dodgers would have been the favorite.
Its clear that this is real to the players. Watching the interviews of the teams after elimination, it is clear that it mattered to them.
Obviously, it matters to the guys still playing.
You could argue that it was harder to win this year than any other year. They added an extra round. There were no days off. You never got to sleep in your own bed.
If the dodgers lose again I will be just as heartbroken if there were another 100 games played in the season.
Again, I think it’s a fair argument. But I’m in the it counts and I would have said the same thing if the Astros had beaten the giants.