Joc Pederson, pearl necklace on, wine glass in hand, won the World Series (and the World Series celebrations)
Joc Pederson has had a rollercoaster year. It all began last October, when Pederson won his first World Series ring after a bizarre COVID-shortened season with the Dodgers. In the offseason, the Dodgers let him walk, and Pederson chose to sign with the Chicago Cubs. By midsummer, however, the Cubs decided to tear it all down, trading Pederson to the Braves, who were sitting a game below .500 and still reeling from the loss of star Ronald Acuna Jr. to a torn ACL. The rest you already know.
The Braves got hot and the NL East crumbled. The Braves squeaked into the postseason on the merits of their fourth-straight division title. Then Joctober happened. Pederson kicked off the month by hitting two crucial pinch-hit home runs while only starting once in the Braves’ NLDS series with the Brewers. Then in Game 2 of the NLCS, Pederson then hit one of the bombs of the postseason, launching a two-run 454-foot, 112.2 missile off Max Scherzer to jumpstart a 5-4 comeback win for the Braves.
Fast forward to Tuesday night, when the Braves clinched their first World Series title since 1995 with a Game 6 blowout of the Astros. Pederson flashed his glove in the game and became just the ninth player in MLB history to win back-to-back World Series on different teams, but when all was said and done, his most lasting contribution was his celebration ...
Joc Pederson’s pearl necklace has been the talk of baseball for the last month, but to pair it with a nice glass of red and that shock of bleach blonde hair while celebrating the World Series on Astros turf? Well, it just doesn’t get much better than that. Impossibly HUGE Joe Maddon energy, and then Pederson washed it all down with a celebratory cigar, as one does.
So there you have it folks. The World Series celly to rule them all. Joctober might be over, but Jocvember is just beginning.