The 5 Moments that put the Texas Rangers into the 2023 World Series

This improbable run from the wild card to the World Series had many twists and turns, and these moments are the reason why they are still playing deep into October.

Championship Series - Texas Rangers v Houston Astros - Game Seven
Championship Series - Texas Rangers v Houston Astros - Game Seven / Bailey Orr/Texas Rangers/GettyImages
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#4 Mitch Garver's Solo home run in game 6

I decided not to go with Garcia's grand slam here, even though that will be the more memorable play. I could have went with Heim's home run that was just out of the reach of Kyle Tucker. I chose Mitch Garver's second inning home run. It was just one run but it was still very important. Houston won game five as we all know with Altuve's ninth inning three-run home run. It was devestating to a fan base that still vividly remembers game six of the 2011 World Series and then not so much about game seven. Texas needed to get off to a good start to extend their season. Instead they went down quietly against Framber Valdez. Then Houston scored in the first to take an early 1-0 lead.

Texas needed a quick response and Mitch Garver provided it. He went deep on the first pitch he saw from Framber Valdez. He took him deep to right field and out.

Texas immediately tied the game. Any doubts about their ability to respond to the game five loss were dismissed. Nathan Eovaldi settled into the game and Texas would take the lead on Heim's home run and then finished it off with Garcia's ninth inning grand slam. Any doubts among the fan base were dismissed with Garver's home run.