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From his backyard to Dodger Stadium, Justin Topa reflects on 2020 season


BINGHAMTON (WBNG) - When the 2020 Major League Baseball season began in July, Justin Topa had not been invited to the Milwaukee Brewers alternate site.

Fast forward seven months and the season ended with Topa on the mound at Dodger Stadium, pitching in the team's biggest game of the season.

"To go to the playoffs and play a team like the Dodgers, you couldn't write it any better," said Topa.

In game one of the Wild Card Series with the Brewers trailing by one run, the Chenango Valley graduate pitched two shutout innings to keep his team in the game.

In a season he wasn't projected to be on the team, Topa became one of the Brewers most reliable relievers. The right handed pitcher finished the season with a 2.35 era.

"With that lineup, I was a little starstruck to see those guys, especially (Clayton) Kershaw throwing game two and guys like (Cody) Bellinger and Justin Turner," said Topa.

Topa's performance caught the eye of baseball fans who may not have known his name beforehand.

"It was something that was huge for my career for sure to get that opportunity to prove what I can do and that I can pitch in the big leagues and get guys out," he said.

Through it all, Topa's especially thankful for the supporters who have been in his corner since day one.

"It's been crazy to go on Twitter and see a bunch of people posting and just all the love and support to this point has been unbelievable," he said.

Since the season ended last week, Topa said he hasn't completely soaked in what he was able to accomplish this season.

"Besides the COVID stuff and the testing everyday and all that, just being around the team and having that opportunity to get on a playoff roster and make an impact hopefully just propels into next year," he said.

For now, Topa is looking toward the 2021 season and solidifying his role as a MLB pitcher for years to come.

"Right now it's recharge the batteries, get into offseason mode and keep working hard," he said.

Jacob Seus

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