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For the First Time Ever: The Texas Rangers Are World Series Champions

For the first time in their franchise’s history, the Texas Rangers are World Series champions. After making back-to-back World Series in 2010 and 2011, and being one win away in the latter appearance, they were finally able to seal the deal against the Arizona Diamondbacks and win the series 4-1.

The series clinching Game 5 was lead by none other than Nathan Eovaldi, who has been the best pitcher for the Rangers down the stretch; and at this point, should be considered one of the greatest Postseason pitchers of all-time. He went 5-0 with a 2.95 ERA this Postseason run, including six innings with no runs and five strike outs in Game 5.

It shouldn’t be forgotten, but Zac Gallen was a beast in Game 5 as well. The D-Backs Ace did his best to keep his team in it. He carried a no-hitter into the 7th inning before Corey Seager slapped a single the other way. He finished the game going 6.1 innings, allowing one run on three hits and struck out six. The kid is a beast.

The wheels fell off for the D-Backs in the top of the ninth, when Jonah Heim hit a single into center that went under Alek Thomas’ glove and rolled to the wall, that was followed up a few batters later with a Marcus Semien home run to make it 5-0. At that point, it might as well have been 20-0.

How much more can be said about Bruce Bochy? A 3x World Series champion with the San Francisco Giants, retiring in 2019, then coming out of retirement to manage Texas and to win a World Series in his first year there, sensational. The guy just knows how to win in baseball. Bochy now becomes the sixth manager ever to win four World Series titles, joining Casey Stengel (seven), Joe McCarthy (seven), Connie Mack (five), Walter Alston (four), and Joe Torre (four).

World Series MVP goes to Corey Seager, his second time winning the award (2020, Los Angeles Dodgers). Seager becomes just the fourth player to win the award twice, and only the second position player ever, joining Mr. October himself, Reggie Jackson (’73 Oakland A’s, ’77 New York Yankees). The other two players to have won the award twice, Bob Gibson (’64 & ’67, St. Louis Cardinals) and Sandy Koufax (’63 & ’65, Los Angeles Dodgers). So my question is: Corey Seager is a lock for the Hall of Fame already, yes? Barring him never hitting over .200 for the rest of his career, I would say it’s a Mortal Lock.

A quick shoutout to Adolis Garcia here. He was injured in Game 4 and unable to play in Game 5, but what an unbelievably fun and exciting Postseason he had. A major reason the Rangers won it all and a great player.

Shoutout to Diamondbacks Manager Torey Lovullo, what a sensational job he did this season and this playoff run. Shoutout to Corbin Carroll, Alek Thomas, Ketel Marte, my guy Evan Longoria, Zac Gallen, Merrill Kelly, and everyone on the Diamondbacks. What a run, but in the end the better team won, and all you can do is tip your cap.ย 

I love witnessing history. I had the Rangers winning this series in six games, and although my futures bet didn’t hit, I will still take being right. Congrats to the Texas Rangers on a historic World Series win.

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