The 2020 World Series winner will be one asterisk of many

Who do you have your money on: The 2020 Los Angeles Dodgers* or the 2020 Tampa Bay Rays*?

No matter what the outcome is of Tuesday night’s elimination game (or potentially Wednesday’s, if the Rays push the series to seven), the 2020 World Series winner will forever be tinged by that starburst of ink floating next to its name.

Already there are efforts to minimize the blow of the tiny typographical symbol: “A World Series is a World Series, even with an asterisk,” argues Bleacher Report, while USA Today insists “MLB’s 2020 champion will be totally legitimate.” Still, even acknowledging the difficulties unique to this truncated season, and the accomplishment of the eventual World Series champion, there is no future in which we will look back at this season, like so many other aspects of life this year, as anything remotely close to normal.


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