When you look up Resiliency in the Merriam-Webster dictionary, the definition of the word is "an ability to recover from or adjust easily to adversity or change." If there was one word to describe the Texas Rangers season this year, It would be that word. They had to overcome so many unique challenges in order to win the World Series this season. Let's take a look back at some of the unique challenges this team had to overcome in order to win the World Series.
Resiliency: Jacob deGrom's injury
In all honesty, this was probably the biggest injury that the Rangers had to overcome this entire season. DeGrom was brought in to really give the starting pitching rotation a huge lift. Rangers fans were super excited when it was announced that he was signing with the Rangers. After all the years of terrible starting pitchers, the Rangers finally had someone who could really make a difference on the mound and set the tone of the game.
Unfortunately, deGrom's season was cut short when he announced he was going to have his second Tommy John Surgery. You could hear a pin drop at that press conference when he was tearing up announcing the decision to have surgery. With him out of the lineup, the Rangers had to continue on without him. That's when Dane Dunning and Andrew Heaney stepped up in a big way and provided relief as starting pitchers. Without Dunning and Heaney's contributions on the mound, who knows if the Rangers would have made the playoffs?
Resiliency: Corey Seager's hamstring injury
Probably the second biggest injury that the Rangers had to overcome was Corey Seager being down for a month. For those who are new to watching baseball, having a subpar month could be the difference between making the playoffs or watching it at home. At the time Seager was providing a lot of offense for the team. Having him out of the lineup for that long was very concerning. However, one person stepped up to the task of playing shortstop and filling in for him.
Ezequiel Durán rose to the occasion and provided defense at the shortstop position and provided much-needed offense during the month that Seager was out for. With how good Durán played, a lot of fans were wondering what would happen when Seager was healthy and ready to play. He was even in the trade deadline discussion because his value was at its peak for other teams needing help at the shortstop position. It's just another example of how this team was provided with a challenge and overcame it.
Resiliency: Adolis Garcia and Max Scherzer injuries in World Series
Here was when the Rangers were really resilient this past season. The Rangers defied all odds in the ALCS and advanced to the World Series for the first time since 2011. Everything was going well in game 3 when all of a sudden, Adolis Garcia and Max Scherzer got hurt. You could hear a pin drop back in Arlington when Garcia was hunched over in pain after having a back spasm. It was definitely not what the Rangers needed happening at that moment. It was announced the next day that both Scherzer and Garcia would be removed from the World Series roster and be done for the season.
The Rangers knew that they had to pick up the pitching and offensive production with Garcia and Scherzer not in the lineup. That's when everyone decided to pitch in as a team and win the next two games to win the World Series. They didn't take one game off from that point on and made sure to come home with the first World Series trophy in franchise history.
I don't know if you could have written a better story for a major league baseball team to win their first World Series. It is something that fans hope happens to their favorite team. The Rangers could have been sad when these four injuries happened but no, they focused on the job ahead of them and won the World Series for the first time in franchise history. To all the Rangers fans who read this article, I hope you have enjoyed the celebration so far. 2023 will be a season that fans remember for a very long time.