For the first time in franchise history, the Texas Rangers have won the World Series.
They defeated the Arizona Diamondbacks 5-0 in Game 5 on Wednesday night to secure the series 4 games to one. Shortstop Corey Seager won World Series MVP for the second time in his career (first with the Dodgers, 2020) and starting pitcher Nathan Eovaldi pitched an incredible game, going for 6 innings with 4 hits allowed, 5 walks, 5 strikeouts, and no runs given up. It was scoreless for the first 6 innings, but in the top of the seventh, designated hitter Mitch Garver hit an RBI single to go up 1-0. Then, catcher Jonah Heim hit a 2-run RBI single, then reached third base on an error, to go up 3-0. Then to put the icing on the cake, second baseman Marcus Semien hit a massive 2-run home run to pad the lead to get to the final score.
The Rangers were founded in 1961 as the Washington Senators, and moved to Arlington, Texas after the 1971 season. Over that time, they found a way to make the playoffs eight times before this championship run (1996, 1998, 1999, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2015, 2016). The last time the Rangers had made it to the World Series was in 2011, in which they lost to the St. Louis Cardinals in seven games. This year, they won 90 games in the regular season, clinching a wildcard berth. They had to go through the Tampa Bay Rays, Baltimore Orioles, and their rivals to the south, the Houston Astros to get to this point. Now, all the heartbreak, despair, and sadness is finally over in Dallas-Fort Worth.
Congratulations again to the Texas Rangers for taking home the Commissioner’s Trophy and winning the 2023 World Series!
By Jermale Dabney, Junior, Lindblom Math and Science Academy
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