Thursday, November 2, 2023

Newsletter Excerpt, November 2, 2023 -- "Champions"


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"That past is prologue. A fly ball over an outfielder’s head means something different for Ranger fans this morning. There’s the ninth-inning blast Corey Seager hit to tie Game One. There’s the one Adolis Garcia hit to win that same game a half-hour later. Seager’s gamebreaking dingers in Games Three and Four, they’ll be remembered fondly.

"The one that turned this senior citizen of a baseball franchise into a champion, though, the one that let a million Ranger fans exhale, the one that set off a celebration that will last all winter, came last night. It came off the bat of an unheralded superstar who, over three days in Phoenix, put his terrible, horrible, no good, very bad October behind him and got back to hitting frozen ropes. With the Rangers up 3-0 in the ninth, a lead backed by a thin bullpen that had been worked to the bone, with a runner on third and two men out, Marcus Semien hit a fly ball over the head of Lourdes Gurriel Jr., this one landing five rows back in the grandstand."