Los Angeles sports fans have their best political lobbyists on the case for championship parades.
After the Los Angeles Dodgers claimed their first World Series championship since 1988 on Tuesday night, Los Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James pleaded on Twitter for NBA and MLB championship parades in Los Angeles.
“Man can we PLEASE have a parade!!! I know I know we can’t but DAMN I wanna celebrate with our @Lakers & @Dodgers fans!!! LA is the city of CHAMPIONS,” James tweeted shortly after the World Series finale Tuesday night.
Dodgers star Cody Bellinger had James’ back, retweeting it with “PARADE!!!?!” and a tag for Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti.
It worked. The mayor was responsive to his constituents, at least a couple of the most popular ones.
“Let’s talk,” Garcetti replied Tuesday night on Twitter. “I’m down for anything safe. And so proud of you and the team. Thank you for ending our 32-year drought. And @KingJames you and the Lakers deserve the same. Thank you both and the @Dodgers and @Lakers for the best single month in LA sports history!”
As the Lakers did after their championship, the Dodgers acknowledged Wednesday that there will be a wait due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The organization was dealing with a coronavirus controversy because Dodgers player Justin Turner was pulled during Tuesday’s game for a positive test but returned to celebrate on the field with the team. He also ignored security’s instructions to leave the field and took off his mask for a team photo.
“We can’t wait to celebrate together!” a Dodgers statement read about a parade.
Does that mean waiting for the 5-2 Los Angeles Rams to win the Super Bowl too?