Texas Rangers Capture First World Series Title in Dramatic Fashion
There is a new champion in Major League Baseball, and it’s the Texas Rangers.
The Rangers captured their first ever World Series title on Wednesday night with a resounding 5-0 victory in Game 5 against the Arizona Diamondbacks, and in so doing became the first team to win 11-straight road games in the same postseason.
Corey Seager, who inked a record setting 10-year $325 million deal with Texas last off-season, was the World Series MVP, and deservedly so. Seager cracked three homers and drove in six in the five games o f the World Series. In fact, he scored the first run of Game 5 when Mitch Garver slapped a seeing-eye single up the middle in the seventh inning.
That was just the tip of the iceberg for Texas. Two more runs came in to score in the top of the eighth inning when Johan Heim slapped a single to center that got under the glove of Arizona center fielder Alex Thomas allowing both Josh Jung and Nathaniel Lowe to score to make it 3-0.
Finally, Marcus Semien put the finishing touches on the title with a two-run bomb to left.
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Oh, admit Mets and Yankees fans you got up kinda cranky this morning. Who can blame you?
Not only did neither one of your teams make it to the show, but several former Mets and Yankees did, and many got rings out of it.
Former Yankees who won a ring:
Nathan Eovaldi — many forget that Eovaldi pitched for the Yankees back in 2015 and 2016, but since leaving the Bronx, he’s become of the best postseason starters. Eovaldi was great in Game 5, tossing six shutout innings despite giving up five walks.
Aroldis Chapman – the former Yankees closer tossed two-thirds of an inning in Game 5, and wins his second ever World Series. He was a member of the 2016 Chicago Cubs who won it all that year.
Jordan Montgomery — tossed aside by the Yankees in 2022, Montgomery figured things out in Texas. In the playoffs, Monty went 3-1 with a 2.90 ERA in 31 innings.
Andrew Heaney – Another ex-Yankees starting pitcher who did well in Texas. Heaney went 3-1 with a 4.09 ERA in five games for Texas this October.
Former Mets who won a ring:
Max Scherzer — Traded to Texas for Luisangel Acuna at midseason when the Mets waved the white flag on the season. Scherzer wasn’t himself down the stretch, bothered by back tightness. He came back to pitch in the playoffs and struggled, although he did go three shutout innings in Game 3 of this World Series. Scherzer, who many thought came to New York to get a ring, gest his with Texas.
Jacob deGrom — deGrom has been out for almost the entire season save for the first month of the year. He underwent Tommy John Surgery for the second time in his career. Still deGrom was present celebrating with his teammates. Guess he was right when he said he left the Mets to join a winner?
Travis Jankowski — The utility player who served in that roll for the Mets at times in 2022, served a larger bench roll in Texas in 2023. He rewarded Bruce Bochy’s confidence by driving in two runs in the Rangers 11-7 Game 4 victory of this World Series.
Congrats to the victors. Now let the Hot Stove season begin.
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