Plaschke: Special moment as fans welcome champion Dodgers home for first time in 548 days

A city cheered again. A city chanted again. A city breathed again.

For the first time in 548 days, Los Angeles squeezed into its Kershaw jerseys and pulled down its sweaty blue caps and sprawled out across Chavez Ravine with the giddy grins of lost souls who have found their way home.

Dodger Stadium has never looked so beautiful.

“Let’s Go, Dodgers” has never sounded so sweet.

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A World Series champion has never shined so bright.

In a wonderful confluence of commemoration and celebration Friday afternoon, the Dodgers welcomed back fans for the first time since the beginning of the pandemic with a glorious reminder of what they missed.

Nice to finally see you. … Check out our new championship rings!

Great to finally hear you. … Look at our new championship flag!

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Before a home-opening 1-0 victory against the Washington Nationals in front of 15,036 fans scattered in socially distanced fashion, the Dodgers distributed diamond rings along the third base line and then hoisted the blue-and-white flag behind the center-field fence.

The ceremonies were in honor of a 2020 World Series title that was won mostly in silence.

They were accompanied by 15,036 fanswho sounded like 150,000.

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“It was a surreal moment,” Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner said. “I had chills and goose bumps.”

It was the start of an afternoon that amounted to 32 years worth of thunderous exhale, the fans roaring from the first…

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