In the thrilling moment when the Texas Rangers clinched their first-ever championship, the two men who have been instrumental in the team’s quick rebuild showed a side rarely seen from them. Corey Seager and Marcus Semien celebrated with unfettered enthusiasm, leaping into each other’s arms, pumping their fists, and shedding tears of joy. Despite a 5-0 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks in Game 5 that didn’t showcase their best performance, the win secured their coveted ring.
During the post-game celebration in the clubhouse, Semien revealed, “I ran right to Corey. Had some emotion, shed some tears. It’s my first one. It’s not his first one, so I probably had more tears than him. But this is why we play the game.”
While Semien spoke, his teammates in matching T-shirts and goggles chanted, “C. Y. C. Y. C. Y!” in honor of Chris Young, the team’s general manager. Young, a Texas native who played for the Rangers and won a World Series with the Kansas City Royals, felt compelled to return to Texas and help the franchise win a title. “This is the only reason I’ve ever played this game. It’s all I know,” Young expressed after the final game of the 2023 MLB season.
When Young joined the front office, the Rangers were in dire straits, finishing last in the division in 2020 and 2021. In the team’s entire history, they had lost two World Series and were among the few franchises yet to taste championship glory. However, Young and the Rangers’ management saw the offseason after 2021 as an opportunity to start investing in the team. They targeted a highly talented shortstop class and signed Seager and Semien, along with starting pitcher Jon Gray, just before the lockout froze free agency. The staggering cost of half a billion dollars solidified the team’s commitment to winning.
The signing of Seager and Semien marked the beginning of a transformation for the Rangers. Assistant GM Ross Fenstermaker recalled, “As soon as they said yes to us, we were thinking, ‘Wow, this is the start of what is going to come.'” Young, now in charge of baseball operations, acquired pitchers like Jake Odorizzi, Nathan Eovaldi, Andrew Heaney, and Jacob deGrom, all with the goal of winning a World Series championship.
Injuries tested the Rangers throughout the season, but their resilience and next-man-up mentality propelled them forward. As they overcame these challenges, the team realized just how crucial their manager, Bruce Bochy, was to their success. Bochy, who won his fourth World Series title with the Rangers, has become one of only six managers in history to achieve this feat. His arrival in Texas, after coming out of retirement specifically to lead the team to a championship, was a turning point for the franchise.
The Rangers’ path to victory was not just about spending money on top-tier players. They celebrated the contributions of young, pre-arbitration talents like Adolis García, Evan Carter, Jonah Heim, and Josh Jung. However, it was Seager and Semien who set the tone for the team both on and off the field.
The Rangers take pride in building a team with purpose, investing not only in talented individuals but also in the culture they bring. The championship win has shown that the Rangers are not a group of mercenaries but a united team driven by a shared vision.
As the champagne flowed in the clubhouse during the championship celebration, the Rangers basked in their hard-earned victory, grateful for the perseverance and dedication that brought them to this historic moment.
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