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Cody Bellinger tags L.A. mayor in response to LeBron James’ parade tweet

The Los Angeles Dodgers eliminated the Tampa Bay Rays Tuesday night in Game 6 of the World Series to secure the organization’s seventh championship. One of the team’s biggest celebrity superfans is hoping that L.A. holds a victory parade in the Dodgers’ honor.

LeBron James, who just won a championship of his own with the in-town Lakers, took to Twitter shortly after L.A.’s 3-1 win over the Rays to demand the customary championship parade.

Dodgers outfielder Cody Bellinger saw the NBA superstar’s tweet and reacted by tagging Los Angeles mayor Eric Garcetti in his response.

The fact that the coronavirus pandemic is not only still a reality but also surging across the country obviously throws a wrench in planning any large gathering like a victory parade, where hundreds of thousands of fans would stand shoulder to shoulder to be part of the revelry.

However, Garcetti has indicated parades will be held to honor both the Dodgers and Lakers when appropriate and safe to do so.

“I definitely intend to have the opportunity for Angelenos to celebrate the Lakers and, on their own day, the Dodgers,” Garcetti told the Los Angeles Times late Tuesday night.

The logistics of planning and holding such a massive event is exceedingly complex at this time given social-distancing concerns and the potential for creating a superspreader event, of course. So, it remains to be seen when exactly such celebrations could be held.

Further, what occurred following the Lakers’ NBA Finals victory over the Miami Heat a few weeks ago also gives cause for concern, even without an official celebration and/or parade.

The L.A. County Department of Public Health indicated it’s “highly likely” watch parties and the victory celebration outside Staples Center by Lakers fans played a role in a local spike in COVID-19 cases.

In other words, it may be some time before Los Angeles properly honors two of the city’s most esteemed professional sports franchises with deserved and public celebrations.