Every year, Americans gather around the table for a Thanksgiving meal and say what we are thankful for. Mine will be a little different this year since the Texas Rangers won the World Series for the first time in franchise history. It wouldn't have been possible if it wasn't for Rangers owner Ray Davis and GM Chris Young. If these guys didn't spend the money to bring in good players, we would have more than likely watched another team raise the Commissioner's Trophy this season.
It all started two offseasons ago when they splurged half a billion dollars on Corey Seager and Marcus Semien. A lot of baseball fans really thought the Rangers lost it when they spent all that money on two players. It turned out to be a really good investment when they finished second and third in the AL MVP race this season. Corey Seager's game-tying home run in Game 1 of the World Series will go down in Rangers history as one of the best postseason home runs. You can't also forget Marcus Semien's home run which sealed the World Series title in Game 5.
It didn't stop there as the Rangers signed Jacob DeGrom for $185 million dollars last December. I remember sitting in my living room on my iPad reading a news story when that was announced. I screamed so loudly that both of my dogs thought something was wrong with me. I didn't think the Rangers had it in them to spend more money after spending so much on Semien and Seager. This was when I first thought the Rangers had a shot at winning the World Series in 2023.
As I wrap up this article, I'm very thankful for Davis and Young for spending money to put together a World Series team in less than two years. Not a lot of owners would spend that much money to put together a team to compete in the World Series. However, the Rangers were able to pull it off and got the franchise off the list of teams who haven't won a title. I hope you and your family have a wonderful Thanksgiving this year and let's see if the Rangers can run it back next year.
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