Dave Roberts finally has a World Series title to savor.
The Los Angeles manager guided the Dodgers to their first championship since 1988 on Tuesday night, beating the Tampa Bay Rays 3-1 to win in six games.
“This is our year!” Roberts shouted, drawing huge cheers from about 11,000 fans in Texas.
Roberts did what his seven predecessors — including Joe Torre and Don Mattingly — failed to do, bring a championship to long-starved Dodgers fans. He joins Hall of Famers Walter Alston and Tom Lasorda as the only managers to do so.
“I had a crazy feeling that came to fruition,” he said.
An emotional Roberts shared hugs with his players after the final out.
“It’s sinking in pretty quickly,” he said. “Obviously, I'm over the moon.”
Roberts has taken the Dodgers to the playoffs in each of his five seasons, helping extend their streak of eight consecutive NL West titles. But until Tuesday they had never reached their ultimate goal and Roberts endured his share of criticism along the way.