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Joc Pederson’s Huge Power, Emotion Making Him World Series Star After NLDS Snub

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Joc Pederson’s Huge Power, Emotion Making Him World Series Star After NLDS Snub

On a Los Angeles Dodgers team that sailed through much of the 2017 season, Joc Pederson was the guy who nearly sunk. On a team where young stars delivered and surprising stars emerged, he was the guy shoved so far into the background that his last regular-season home run came against a team from Texas.

Round Rock, Texas, that is—the home of the Texas Rangers‘ Triple-A affiliate.

The Dodgers were supposed to be here, in the World Series and even in Game 7 Wednesday night. Pederson was not, unless he was just going to be leading cheers.

He can still do that. Or didn’t you see him pounding his chest, waving his arms, twisting and turning and almost floating through the air in the seventh inning of the Dodgers’ 3-1 win over the Houston Astros in Game 6?

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