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Jimmy Kimmel asks Dodgers if winning World Series was easier 'when other team wasn't cheating'

USA TODAY SPORTS logo USA TODAY SPORTS 10/30/2020 Chris Bumbaca, USA TODAY
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Members of a championship team completing the rounds on late-night talk-show television is a customary obligation that Clayton Kershaw and Cody Bellinger fulfilled on behalf of the 2020 Los Angeles Dodgers by appearing on "Jimmy Kimmel Live" Thursday. 

"How are you guys feeling?" Kimmel asked the duo, who appeared separately from remote locations – Kershaw in his Texas home and Bellinger in a car parked outside of a Subway. 

"On top of the world," Bellinger replied.  

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"It's the best," Kershaw said. "I'm not gonna lie, I feel great." 

About midway through the interview, Kimmel asked if it was "easier to win the World Series when the other team wasn't cheating?" in reference to the Houston Astros' electronic sign-stealing practices when they defeated the Dodgers in the 2017 World Series. 

a group of people sitting around a baseball field: Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw (22) celebrates with the Commissioner's Trophy. © Kevin Jairaj, USA TODAY Sports Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw (22) celebrates with the Commissioner's Trophy.

"I'd say so!" Bellinger said. 

"Well I guess so, we won, so it must have been easier," Kershaw said.  

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As for an explanation of how things went down with Justin Turner, whose positive coronavirus test was confirmed during Game 6, Kershaw and Bellinger described a confused scene. 

"We didn't even really know what was going on," Bellinger said. "I found out in the (eighth) inning. Literally, Mookie (Betts) hit the homer right after I found out. Then it was pure, 'All right, let's close this out, let's win a championship.' It was a crazy time." 

As for the Dodgers' championship celebrations, Kershaw said he offered a "cheers!" over a beer with teammates, while Bellinger said the team made the most of the situation.

"I still had a great time. It wasn't an ideal celebration that we all had in mind for our first championship, but was still great," he said. 

Kimmel pointed out that after the final out, Kershaw was one of the last teammates to reach the mass of humanity celebrating between the pitcher's mound and home plate. 

"Everybody says I was running slow," Kershaw said. "That's as fast as I go, right there. I was just trying to soak it in best I could. ... Nothing better, just the best feeling ever." 

Obviously, Kershaw said, the Dodgers would have preferred to win in front of a packed crowd at Dodger Stadium. But Globe Life Field is a short drive away from his offseason home, while Bellinger did the interview on his phone while driving from Los Angeles to Arizona to visit his father. 

"Do people tell you you're high all the time, you look like you're high?" Kimmel asked the 2019 National League MVP after social media had some fun with his facial expressions throughout the postseason.  

In an example of perfect timing, Bellinger's video feed froze at that exact moment. 

"I am not high during the games," he clarified when the connection returned, saying that's how he's always appeared on the field. "If you look at me in the Little League World Series, I look faded. I was not smoking when I was 12 years old, either.

"I'm not high, that's just how my face looks." 

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