Diamondbacks’ Tommy Pham stunned by what Rangers pitching coach said

<h1>How the Diamondbacks Shocked the Baseball World on their Journey to the World Series</h1>

<h2><strong>USA TODAY Sports’ Bob Nightengale discusses the Arizona Diamondbacks odds-defying run to the World Series and previews their matchup with the Rangers.</strong></h2>

<h3><em>Sports Pulse</em></h3>

<p>PHOENIX — In a surprising turn of events, Tommy Pham, a 35-year-old journeyman experiencing his first World Series, had the opportunity to etch his name in baseball history. He was on the verge of becoming the first player in 119 years to achieve a perfect 5-for-5 performance in a World Series game. However, Pham decided to sacrifice his own glory for the benefit of his Arizona Diamondbacks teammates.</p>

<p>As the Diamondbacks prepare for their first World Series game at Chase Field since 2001, all eyes will be on Pham when he is introduced to the sellout crowd during Game 3 against the Texas Rangers. This selfless act has already made waves in the baseball world.</p>

<p>During Game 2, in the eighth inning of the Diamondbacks’ 9-1 victory over the Rangers, Pham approached Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo in the dugout. He had a request: to give his at-bat to Jace Peterson, who had never before had a plate appearance in a World Series game. Lovullo reluctantly agreed, but with the stipulation that Pham would remain in the game if the Rangers scored any more runs in the bottom of the eighth.</p>

<p>Pham’s decision overshadowed the moment when he was caught off-guard on second base and was picked off. The incident was caught on camera, revealing Rangers pitching coach Mike Maddux’s reaction. Pham, who had previously played with Maddux in St. Louis, expressed his shock and disappointment and declined to speak with him. Instead, he intends to let his performance on the field do the talking.</p>

<p>Pham’s intensity and talent have proven invaluable to the Diamondbacks. His aggressive playing style and fiery disposition have made him a beloved teammate. The Diamondbacks’ decision to acquire him before the trade deadline was hailed as a perfect fit for the team.</p>

<p>Following the trade, Pham found himself struggling during the NLCS. However, a frank conversation with Lovullo sparked a resurgence in his performance, culminating in a home run in Game 6. Pham’s honesty and determination have earned him the respect of his teammates.</p>

<p>As the Diamondbacks continue their incredible journey in the World Series, Pham’s gesture of selflessness has resonated among his teammates and fans alike. While he sacrificed the chance to achieve a historic record, the bond he formed with Peterson and the impact he made on his teammates’ lives surpasses any personal accolade.</p></p>


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