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Dodgers: Andre Ethier Praises His Often Underrated Former Teammate

If you’re like most of us, the party still rages on for Dodgers fans. After waiting more than three decades for another title, the celebration has been a bit spaced out and different in 2020. 

In fact, earlier this week, the team finally had an official World Series celebration special on Spectrum’s SportsNet LA. Two weeks after the final out of game 6. The program featured world champions Clayton Kershaw, Justin Turner, and Corey Seager to name a few. It also welcomed some celebrities and dignitaries along the way. But one true highlight — as he always is — was former Dodger Andre Ethier taking some time to join.

While on with the guys, Dre Day was thrilled for what his former teammates had accomplished. Moreover, he took time to shout out an often overlooked member of the team who turned into a real key down the stretch in the postseason.

Austin Barnes.

Andre shared his thoughts on the catcher’s big October.

He’s been a guy who’s… he gives more to this team than he probably even realizes. And I know guys always tell him that. I’ve always told him that. So I’d like to give a little shout out to our ASU background — that’s probably that toughness you get playing at Arizona State that reared its head in playing tough games. Our head coach always said ‘the toughest games you’ll ever play are in October’ and you can see Austin is a guy who steps up and gets the job done then.

And if Andre is saying it, it’s something you can take to heart.

Of course, Ethier played with the club from 2006-2017 and was an instrumental cog to the Dodger machine, particularly in the early parts of this eight straight division title run. Along the way, he became a veteran leader and mentor to the younger players on the field. Someone teammates could turn to. 

While he and Barnes only spent three seasons together, the bond of sharing the same school brought the two together at the big league level. And finally, now Andre Ethier can call his former teammate a world champion.

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Written by Clint Pasillas

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