Jordan Montgomery getting World Series ring from Rangers was a beautiful moment

Monty was back in Arlington this week.
Texas Rangers  pitcher Jordan Montgomery (52) celebrates. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
Texas Rangers pitcher Jordan Montgomery (52) celebrates. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports / Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

The Texas Rangers battled a familiar foe on Tuesday night at Globe Life Field. A World Series rematch against the Arizona Diamondbacks took place in Arlington. Last October, the Rangers and D-Backs met in the Fall Classic with Texas emerging as victors.

The Rangers won the series in just five games and took home the Commissioner's Trophy for the first time in franchise history. Earlier this season, all the players who were part of the Rangers' World Series run received the ultimate prize that every Major League Baseball player aspires to have — a World Series Championship ring.

But not every member of the 2023 squad is still part of the Rangers organization. Earlier this season when the Seattle Mariners came to town, former Rangers slugger Mitch Garver received his championship ring. With the D-backs in town, it was time for Jordan Montgomery to finally get his jewelry.

Jordan Montgomery finally received his World Series ring from the Rangers

Montgomery became a free agent this past offseason, and while there were certainly discussions about reaching a contract agreement with the left-handed hurler, the Rangers chose to go in a different direction. Rather than acquiesce to Montgomery's contract demands, Texas instead inked the likes of Tyler Mahle and Michael Lorenzen to shorter term deals.

Montgomery lingered on the open market for quite some time, and while there were multiple teams rumored to have interest in the southpaw, he eventually landed a one-year deal with the Diamondbacks.

Montgomery did not pitch during the two-game series against the Rangers — Brandon Pfaadt pitched on Tuesday night and Ryne Nelson will toe the rubber on Wednesday — but that didn't stop Texas manager Bruce Bochy and GM Chris Young from giving the left-hander his championship ring and enjoying an embrace on the field.

Montgomery took the loss in his lone World Series appearance, allowing four runs on nine hits in his Game 2 start. But Monty was the Rangers' best starter in the ALCS against the Houston Astros in which he logged 14 innings in three appearances, struck out 10, and posted a 1.29 ERA. He was also instrumental to the team staying afloat during the second half of the regular season.

Though he may not be part of the Rangers organization anymore, Montgomery received a warm welcome from the Texas faithful in attendance at Tuesday's game and will be fondly remembered for helping deliver a World Championship to the Rangers.

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