4 years into Cody Bellinger’s nascent MLB profession, the Dodgers first baseman’s résumé already rivals these of veterans of the sport: 2017 Rookie of the Yr, two-time All-Star, 2018 NLCS MVP, 2019 NL MVP, 2019 Gold Glove winner and, as of final Tuesday, 2020 World Collection champ.

His Q Rating will get a turbo enhance on Tuesday — Nov. 10 is the discharge date for the online game Murderer’s Creed Valhalla, by which Bellinger’s likeness will seem.

Earlier than retreating to his native Arizona after bringing residence the Commissioner’s Trophy, the person they name Belli dished to ESPN over Zoom about his insane 2020, the Dodgers’ secret weapon (the Jonas Brothers), his badass Viking alter ego and why he at all times seems like he simply swallowed a joint.

This interview has been edited and condensed for readability.

ESPN: Los Angeles Dodgers, 2020 World Collection champions. How does it really feel?

Cody Bellinger: Whenever you say it, it hits me proper within the coronary heart once more. It is loopy, man. We have been by way of lots as a staff. We have had the identical core group, for essentially the most half, since I have been up within the huge leagues. We’re so shut as a gaggle, and it is such a great feeling to lastly shut it out with these guys.

ESPN: On behalf of all of Los Angeles, thanks for bringing a title residence to our metropolis. It has been a protracted two and a half weeks because the final one.

Bellinger: [Laughs] Y’all wanted it. Huge drought. Two and a half weeks in COVID instances is a very long time.

ESPN: What are some highlights or lowlights from the celebration because the last out?

Bellinger: The lowlight was we did not get a champagne bathe. We did not have the perfect World Collection celebration, however we made essentially the most of it. We went again to the bubble and located a spot to hang around, drank some beers, frolicked by a hearth. It was 30 levels outdoors in Texas, freezing. However it was such a great feeling. My mother, dad, sister, her husband and my brother Cole have been within the first rows, however they could not come on the sphere, so I did not get to have fun with them. However they have been proper within the first rows, and it was so cool seeing them.

ESPN: Not your typical celebration, partially on account of Justin Turner, who acquired pulled late within the sport for a COVID-19 constructive check. What’s it prefer to keep away from a teammate in that scenario, like he is some bearded sizzling potato?

Bellinger: Weirdest scenario we have ever been in. Nonetheless does not make any sense. We have been within the bubble the entire time. Nobody was out and in. We went to the bus and the sphere. I did not even find out about Justin’s constructive check — I discovered within the high of the ninth, or backside of the eighth, no matter inning we have been hitting. The following pitch, Mookie Betts hit a house run, after which at that time it is like, “Oh, man, we’re about to win a championship, let’s go, let’s go!” That is the one factor in your thoughts. However that scenario was so 2020. That is all you may say: 2020, man. And everybody who’s dwelling on this second understands.

ESPN: Did you see {that a} Jonas brother shouted you out? Nick identified that you simply, Patrick Mahomes and Lewis Hamilton all gained after attending a live performance, so they need some credit score.

Bellinger: They’re the fortunate appeal. Yeah, I went to a Jonas Brothers live performance — man, it looks like two years in the past, but it surely was early this yr — and I do know Mahomes and Hamilton are champions, so perhaps they’re fortunate. I just like the Jonas Brothers. I feel they acquired nice music. They’re catchy. Whenever you’re on a golf course, you need Jonas Brothers and nation music. They’re nice folks too.

ESPN: If we’re handing out credit score now, I need some credit score since you started the season with me, Christian Yelich and ESPN’s cameras at a bar chugging beers.

Bellinger: You are hitting a thousand, 1-for-1. You are a Corridor of Famer. We’ll have to try this yearly in March.

ESPN: You are welcome. That day you all however predicted a World Collection win, citing the addition of Mookie Betts. Did he measure as much as what you anticipated?

Bellinger: And extra. Whenever you watch from a distance, you notice Mookie’s a celebrity expertise, however watching him work is particular. You may study lots from him. Mookie does all of the little issues and works his tail off to be the most effective gamers within the sport, and he is an unbelievable teammate as properly. He makes you wish to work, man. It’s totally spectacular.

ESPN: Lets say, years from now, your future children ask you to explain this Dodgers staff. What do you inform them?

Bellinger: I am going to inform them what resilience is, how our backs have been in opposition to the wall and it made us stronger. Down 3-1 [in the NLCS] and we’re like, “Nicely, why not? We acquired the most effective staff. We had all of it yr. Let’s exit and show it.” And we proved it, man. Then, in Sport four of the World Collection, that slap within the face, that loopy sport [when the Rays rallied to win in the bottom of the ninth inning]. What occurred? We get within the locker room, and guys are like, “We gotta let that go.” The group we had, the positivity we had was particular.

ESPN: So many nice storylines with this World Collection. Do you’ve gotten a favourite?

Bellinger: By far, Clayton Kershaw. He’s so good, so proficient. He is an unbelievable man, unbelievable teammate, unbelievable dad. For him to lastly shut it out, man — I hugged him after we gained, and it was simply the most effective, the most effective feeling on the planet. He deserves it greater than anyone.

ESPN: Here is an underrated storyline: World Collection Sport 6, you step to the plate within the backside of the fifth, and properly earlier than the pitch, you begin swinging your bat like a wild man. There seems to be some confusion on whether or not that was a nasty wasp attack or only a light moth fluttering about.

Bellinger: It was a wasp. I’ll go to my grave considering it was a wasp. [Laughs] I heard a buzz, and as I am locking on the pitcher, a bee dang close to virtually hits my eye, and it startled me. I used to be like, “I am gonna attempt to hit it.” But when I hit it, he may’ve tried to assault me, and I used to be 0-for-Three that day. I wasn’t hitting something, so I missed the bee. It was a great time to overlook it.

ESPN: Take me again to Sport 7 of the NLCS. Rating is 3-Three within the seventh inning, you are on the plate. You join on a go-ahead solo residence run. What occurs subsequent?

Bellinger: I used to be battling onerous, the rely was 2-2, and I knew if the following pitch was a heater, I would attempt to get to it, and it felt flush. It is that second when you understand, man, and then you definitely black out. I did not imply to stroll [to first]; it simply sort of occurs. It was only a cool second. It was superior.

ESPN: Proceed with this spotlight, if you happen to can name it that: You are rounding third, coming residence and …

Bellinger: So I dislocated my shoulder in 2014, and it is not the strongest anymore. It is come out a couple of instances, and it is by no means a pleasing factor. Often we have fun with [a forearm bash], and Kike [Enrique Hernandez], he gave me one actually onerous, and my shoulder pops out. I knew it was out instantly. I stated, “Rattling, that is it.” I attempted to keep away from everybody touching it, went right down to the coaching room. I used to be like, “You bought to pop my shoulder again in proper now.” They popped it proper again in, and I went again out on protection. We had an off-day the following day, which was a lot wanted.

ESPN: What did we study from this?

Bellinger: For celebrating, foot faucet is the play. No elbow bangs.

Now take me again to the division collection, Sport 2. The catch of the season, the kind of play that places you in Dodgers folklore. The place will that rank amongst your profession accomplishments?

Bellinger: I acquired goose bumps proper now serious about it. It is up there. Was that Sport 2? To win the collection? Yeah, yeah, yeah, that was Sport 2. The Texas subject is a large middle subject, so it is enjoyable to play protection on the market and simply run round.

ESPN: And the way concerning the World Collection sport: You hit a house run and LeBron tweets about you, even jokes about your leg faucet. Did you see that?

Bellinger: Yeah, I noticed it proper after the sport. All my boys despatched it to me, like, “Yo, you bought LeBron to tweet at you!” Even if you happen to’re an athlete, LeBron James is LeBron James, the GOAT of all the pieces, so it was cool. The Lakers positively motivated us. Once we noticed them win, we have been like, “What we acquired on this locker room, we are able to do the identical factor. We’re so proficient.”

ESPN: Inevitably, there will be some folks — those that most likely aren’t loads of enjoyable to hang around with — who will say that there is an asterisk subsequent to this title. To them, you say what.

Bellinger: I imply, if you happen to watched the playoffs, it was about as actual as playoff baseball will get. And us and the Rays have been the 2 No. 1 seeds within the common season, deservingly so. No, it is earned. It’s so earned. It was a difficult yr, and it is earned.

ESPN: You’ve got had a memorable yr, to say the least, and we have not even gotten to this little bit of breaking information: You are a personality within the new Murderer’s Creed Valhalla.

Bellinger: I am excited. I like video video games, so once I heard I had the chance to be a personality in an enormous online game, I used to be excited, I actually was. I am sort of a online game nerd. My brother and I performed Murderer’s Creed again within the day and used to adore it. The graphics are so real looking. It is a sport that may take up loads of your time.

ESPN: The place can we discover your character?

Bellinger: You could find me in story mode. You bought to beat me within the problem to advance to the following place. My title is Otta Sluggasson — it interprets to one thing like “energy hitter” or “huge hitter” or one thing like that. It was tremendous thrilling once I was doing the filming for it, and I acquired to swing a bat or a stick or an ax, so it was tremendous pure to me.

ESPN: Does Otta wield a bat within the sport?

Bellinger: I acquired an enormous ol’ tree trunk. Like most likely what they swung within the 1920s, Babe Ruth and them, identical to an enormous ol’ picket factor. It is cool. The character seems identical to me. My voice is my voice. It is loopy.

ESPN: What was the motion-capture course of like?

Bellinger: Cool. The one time I’ve ever seen it was, like, behind the scenes once they’re making motion motion pictures. You bought a bunch of balls on you, movement sensors, and a decent swimsuit. And I needed to shave my complete face — I regarded like a little bit child. As I am transferring, I may see my character, my Viking, on the display screen. I’d swing and stroll like a Viking would, along with his muscle tissue out, all huge. I am 190 kilos. It felt fairly cool to be a Viking. I acquired to make Viking strikes and added a baseball swing to it. You may’t combat me, however Otta Sluggasson would win if there have been preventing.

ESPN: How do you intend to spend the remainder of your abridged offseason?

Bellinger: I simply moved right into a home in Arizona. I am right here with my brother and my boy [his friend] and my girlfriend. My dad and mom and buddies reside shut. I will purchase a TV in the present day in order that I can watch soccer. I am excited to hang around, loosen up and soak all of it in for a little bit bit.

ESPN: You would be the primary to confess that you simply personally did not have your greatest season.

Bellinger: Positively not, no.

ESPN: To what do you attribute that, and how will you flip it round?

Bellinger: There isn’t any excuse for it, however I am virtually glad it occurred as a result of I turned a greater participant towards the tip of the season. We performed 60 out of 162 video games — like, I had 120 video games left to go. It is a completely different mindset whenever you’re at 50 video games, like, “Rattling, we have now 10 video games left?” Usually whenever you’re at 50, you’ve gotten 100 and one thing video games left. However I felt actually good within the playoffs and towards the tip of the season and felt constant, and I am simply going to take it from there.

ESPN: You’ve got achieved a lot in your brief profession, All-Star, MVP, Gold Glove, Rookie of the Yr, World Collection champ. What’s left, as on your objectives?

Bellinger: Finest feeling on the planet is profitable a World Collection championship. It feels so good, and it makes you hungrier. It beats all the pieces else by 1,000,000 — it is not even shut — so what I will do is proceed to have enjoyable with the sport, belief in myself and convey extra rings residence. You do not wish to be one and achieved. You are like, “Why would we not need this sense yearly?” We have been on the opposite facet, the place you go residence with out the ring. It sucks. Yeah, we’re not one and achieved.

ESPN: Each LeBron and Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti have acknowledged their need to see a celebration for the 2 groups. The mayor stated he is open to recommendations. I assume what I am saying is, would you thoughts internet hosting a kegger for us?

Bellinger: These are coming. I wish to have fun with the town of L.A. for positive. I want we may have a parade. That is everybody’s dream. Possibly someday we’ll have a joint parade or one thing. I feel the town of L.A. deserves that.

ESPN: Talking of “joint parade,” everyone in L.A. needs to know why you at all times look high.

Bellinger: [Laughs] It is my face! I most likely look excessive proper now, do not I?

ESPN: Yeah, however hey, not less than you sound sharp.

Bellinger: It is humorous, man. I see all of the memes on Instagram and Twitter and all the pieces. I am clearly not excessive. I would look it, however that is simply how I look. Like, there is a image of me within the Little League World Collection the place I appear to be this too — that is simply how I’ve at all times regarded. I promise to everybody I’m not stoned. Come on. You may’t play baseball like that. It is unattainable.

 

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