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A Texas-Sized Win 63 Years In The Making
November 2, 2023
In 1961 Major League Baseball awarded Washington, D.C. a baseball franchise. The second iteration of the Washington Senators would stay in D.C. until 1971 when they were then relocated to Arlington, Texas. The Texas Rangers are a storied franchise that features some of MLB’s all-time great players. Even with the presence of Nolan Ryan, “Pudge” Rodriguez, Josh Hamilton, and Adrian Beltre throughout the years, Texas has never been able to capture the league's biggest prize. That is until last night.
For the first time in 63 years, the Texas Rangers have finally secured their first World Series Championship in franchise history. The Rangers defeated the Arizona Diamondbacks in 5 games in one of baseball's biggest underdog World Series to date. Both Texas and Arizona had extremely low odds of playing in the World Series and in doing so proved everyone wrong.
The Texas Rangers finished the regular season with an impressive (90-72) record that earned them a wild card spot. Texas had an extremely interesting season. In the winter, Texas signed Jacob Degrom to a massive five-year/$185 million contract to be the ace of their pitching staff. Degrom required Tommy John surgery in June and was ultimately ruled out for the remainder of the season. Texas then went out and acquired Jordan Montgomery and Max Scherzer via trade to replace the loss of Degrom and to improve their starting pitching staff heading into the later portion of the season and playoffs. Texas defeated the Tampa Bay Rays in the Wild Card Series and then went on to beat the Baltimore Orioles in the American League Divisional Series.
The Texas Rangers squared off with the reigning World Series Champion Houston Astros in the American League Championship Series. The ALCS went a full seven games and saw the heroic rise of outfielder Adolis Garcia. Garcia hit two home runs in game seven and took home ALCS MVP honors.
Shockingly and to the dismay of fans, Max Scherzer and Adolis Garcia were ruled out of the World Series following game two. Texas shortstop Corey Seager picked up where Gracia left off as he catapulted Texas to glory. Seager was named World Series MVP for the second time in his career and will forever be immortalized in Texas Rangers history. After 63 years the Texas Rangers have finally secured a championship and don’t look like they are slowing down anytime soon.
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