There is Joy in Mudville

I will keep the intro brief. Below I have broken down Charlie Steiner’s call to end game 6 of the 2020 World Series line by line and discussed those particular lines in depth and how that line was interpreted. It is pretty self explanatory but I just thought I would have some fun with this. I added a link at the end of this article to relive Charlie Steiner’s call.


The Dodgers Win! 

On October 27, 2020, Julio Urias struck out Willie Adames on a fastball looking to end the game and this helped the Dodgers secure the World Series title.

Finally, the wait is over! 

Millions of Dodger fans watched impatiently as the 2020 Dodger team ended the game and won the World Series. A feeling of elation ran through the millions of fans and you could hear the universal sigh of relief mixed in with the screams of joy and endless excitement.

The Dodgers are the Champions of 2020! 

It feels so good to quote this, to write this, and then to read this over and over again.

In a year like no other, 

2020 was indeed like no other. Never in our lives had we seen a season shortened by a pandemic, while at the same time facing so much social unrest, and by political disagreements. Yet in a year like this, in a year of a virus that was always present and always on everyone’s minds, on everyone’s radar…the constant testing, the fear of getting sick, the hunger to play and attempt to continue as usual, the quarantined players, the isolation from loved ones, the bubbles, the do I take a knee or not take a knee fights…players had to still get on the field, see the ball, hit the ball, then go on the field and make 3 outs, and repeat. All in front of an empty stadium.

where joy has been so hard to come by. 

Millions of people became unemployed overnight, 100s of thousands lost their lives in the pandemic, and millions contacted the virus and healed. Many felt the pain and hardships of a struggling economy and yet this team was able to keep it together and continue fighting for a city so desperate for a championship. 

Tonight, tears of joy, let ’em flow. 

The Dodger players, the front office, ownership, Dave Roberts, past players, their families, announcers, the whole organization and more importantly the fans who have been loyal to this team for decades, both old and new fans, might not have noticed the tears running down their faces because of the elation felt after so many years of being disappointed and frustrated. 

Tonight, there is joy in Mudville. 

This quote is a reference to a poem titled “Casey at the Bat” written by Ernest Lawrence Thayer from California in 1888. In this poem, Casey plays for a team from Mudville and they are down 4-2 with 2 outs with 2 of the worse hitters due up. The author describes a rebellious comeback where everyone in the stadium was hoping and praying that the first two batters could get on base so Casey could get a chance to come up and do something magical. Well, surprise surprise. The two batters manage to get on base. The first gets a single followed by a double leaving runners on 2nd and 3rd. Now the great Casey comes to bat to save the day. Except, instead of coming through, he strikes out leaving the poet with nothing else left but to tell the readers “There is NO joy in Mudville”. Charlie Steiner changed this line into a positive for the Dodger listeners because this time, there was joy in Mudville. If only Casey could have lived long enough to hear this. This is one of my favorite lines in Charlie Steiner’s call.

The curse of 88, 

Charlie is referring to the lesser known Kirk Gibson curse. Dodger fans may not like to say it but they know exactly what he meant. The never ending video replay of the most famous home run in baseball in game 1 of the 1988 World Series. Fans were stuck in limbo watching that play over and over and over again. It began to feel like LA was cursed forever and the baseball Gods were doing everything in their power to derail the Dodgers year after year, no matter how great their teams were.

is 88 and out the gate 

He is talking about letting go of that curse. Be gone you evil curse. The curse now leaves Los Angeles like an animal being released from a cage while in captivity.  

and the Dodgers are celebrating out in the middle of the field between home plate and the pitcher’s mound. 

The players took ownership of that field after that third out and released never ending sounds of delight shared by the millions of Dodger fans.

The Dodgers for the first time since 1988, 

32 seasons are the Champions of Baseball”

The last time the Dodgers won was in 1988. Just so you can keep it in perspective: Out of the 28 team roster for the Dodgers, only 2 position players had been born before that 88 World Series, compared to 6 of our pitchers that had been born. The oldest player is Justin Turner and he was 4 years old when the Dodgers won in 1988. Pitcher Jake McGee was 2 years old. Both Justin and Jake would have been too young to remember the World Series of 1988 which means that the remaining 6 players who were alive in 1988 would have still been infants in the cradle while the other 20 players had not even been born yet. Yes, that is how long 32 seasons equates to for the Dodger faithful.

Thank you Charlie Steiner for that call. Click here to hear Charlie’s final call followed by Jaime Jarrin’s final call in Spanish.

Published by Pete Reyes

Dodger Fan since Fernandomania. I am a baseball aficionado and a former baseball coach. I am father of 3 and I am very proud that our Dodgers finally won the World Series. Follow me for some fun Dodger News and Updates.

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