Dodgers Honor Kobe Bryant On What Would’ve Been His 42nd Birthday
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During a pregame ceremony, the Los Angeles Dodgers wore Los Angeles Lakers jerseys numbered 8 and 24, which were famously worn by Hall of Fame basketball player Kobe Bean Bryant. Kobe Bryant spent 20 seasons with the Los Angeles Lakers and brought 5 championships to the City of Angels.
Bryant passed away in a helicopter crash on January 26th, 2020 along with his daughter Gianna, six family-friends, and their pilot. The Dodgers decided to pay tribute to the late, great legend before they faced the Colorado Rockies on Sunday, which would have been Kobe’s 42nd birthday.
Long-time Dodgers commentator Vin Scully narrated a beautiful tribute to Kobe before the first pitch, bringing chills to fans around the world.
The Dodgers went on to win the game 11-3—an eight-run spread—and Kobe’s presence was felt all throughout the stadium by players and fans as the numbers 8 and 24 were attached several stats. LA shortstop Corey Seager hit a home run off the 8th pitch, and later, Cody Bellinger rocked his 8th homer of the season, which also happened to be his 24th hit.
Many professional teams and athletes have been paying their respects to Kobe on his birthday, August 23rd, and on Monday August 24th, which has been declared as Kobe Bryant Day by the Orange County Board of Supervisors. Bryant lived in Newport Beach and both of his jersey numbers have been retired by the Lakers.
Kobe’s legacy was tremendous in Los Angeles and his impact around the world was continuing to grow in retirement. He was a father, a husband, and a hero. Rest in Peace, Kobe Bean Bryant.