It did not absolutely hit Julio Urias, the person on the mound when the Los Angeles Dodgers ended their 32-year title drought earlier this week, that he had simply received the World Sequence along with his strikeout of Willy Adames of the Tampa Bay Rays. One factor that may stick with the Mexican left-hander, nonetheless, is the second throughout the celebration by which he may lastly name Clayton Kershaw a champion.
“The reality is I am very comfortable for him, for his household,” Urias advised ESPN Mexico. “One of many moments I am going to keep in mind most was the hug he and I shared, or slightly the one he gave me. He is our instance to look as much as as a teammate, but he came visiting to me to embrace me like that, share the phrases that he did.”
Urias, sporting a No. 8 Kobe Bryant jersey in honor of the late Los Angeles Lakers legend who supported the Dodgers throughout their Sequence run two years in the past, mentioned Kershaw, comparisons to Fernando Valenzuela and the bullying he endured as a baby due to his eye situation with ESPN Mexico on Wednesday by way of video name. Kershaw, whom Urias known as a “horse,” won his first World Series after years of earlier struggles within the postseason. When Urias recorded the ultimate strikeout, Kershaw emerged from the bullpen with arms lifted, beaming all the way in which to the celebration.
“If there’s one person who the entire workforce may be happy with and comfortable for after profitable a championship, it is him [Kershaw],” Urias stated. “He has all of it, has received all of it, and the one factor he was lacking was a title.”
Urias went 4-0 with a 1.17 ERA and 29 strikeouts in 23 innings pitched throughout the prolonged 2020 postseason Whereas he additionally recorded the save in Recreation 6 within the Dodgers’ 3-1 victory, pitching the ultimate 2 ⅓ innings, it was fellow Mexican pitcher Victor Gonzalez who recorded the win — turning into the fourth pitcher from the nation to perform the feat in a World Sequence. As he did with Kershaw, Urias shared a particular second with Gonzalez within the postgame celebration.
“That was probably the most great hugs, having the ability to inform him, ‘We did it!’,” Urias stated. “For individuals who do not know, he misplaced his dad a number of years in the past, and it was tough for him. I keep in mind telling him that is for him, so clearly these tears have been greater. You get goosebumps simply occupied with that second.”
Mexico’s illustration on the Dodgers’ pitching workers did not go unnoticed by followers down south who have been fast to check 24-year-old starter Urias to icon and 1981 champion Valenzuela. For his half, Urias was fast to level that Valenzuela is one in every of a sort.
“It feels good, as a result of being in comparison with another person is superior. However like I say, there is just one Fernando, there has solely been one Fernando, and he is the one who stuffed the stadiums in Los Angeles and those on the street,” Urias stated. “That was an unimaginable factor that is not going to occur once more.”
As a baby, Urias had surgical procedure to take away a benign mass behind his left eye, inflicting his eyelid to droop. The following weeks-long hospital stays in Guadalajara or schoolyard taunts did not hold him from the sport he beloved. However that additionally did not cease the doubters and the bullying throughout youth tournaments in his native Culiacan, the place he stated children might be relentless.
“The primary questions have been, ‘What occurred, what’s unsuitable with you?’, or ‘You actually suppose you are going to accomplish your dream with that downside?,'” Urias stated.
“However for me, it is by no means been an obstacle. It’s a must to study to dwell with it. Yeah, I went by way of numerous that sort of factor, nevertheless it’s not like I may say I am not going to go away the home, do not need to go to highschool, play baseball, if that is at all times been my life. Those that’ve know me since I used to be a child know that I used to be all about bat, ball and glove, so what else is there to do however hold enjoying? That was my life, and take a look at us, right here we’re as champions.”