The Texas Rangers stunned the Arizona Diamondbacks in game one with a dramatic come-from-behind victory capped off by Adolis Garcia's walk-off home run. The Texas Rangers have never won a game like that in their postseason history. They have lost plenty of games like that, but this time they came out on top. It was a history-changing win for the franchise and its fans. It just goes to show how this Texas Rangers team is not bound by their history. A history that includes game six of the 2011 World Series that happened on October 27th, 2011. With one hit this date takes on a completely new meaning and it continues the unbelievable run this game.
Texas Rangers changing history one game at a time
Since 2011, October 27th is a date I have come to dread. It was the date the Texas Rangers lost the World Series three times. Twice they were one out and one strike away. It is the most heartbreaking postseason loss for a franchise in baseball history. The Texas Rangers carried that history with them for the next 11 years. The fans still carry it to this day.
This Texas Rangers' team is determined to change that history. Garcia is the one leading the way and today on the anniversary of game six him and Corey Seager reversed that history. Instead of losing a lead in the ninth inning this time Seager hits a two-run home run to tie the game. In the 11th instead of giving up a solo home run to lose the game, Garcia hits an opposite field shot to win the game. No longer will I dread this day. When I think of this day I will think of Seager's game-tying home run and Garcia's walk-off home run.
Why is this team different than previous Texas Rangers' teams?
I do not think there is any question that this team has a different attitude and demeanor than previous Rangers' teams. It felt like those Rangers' teams led by Elvis Andrus and Adrian Beltre were weighed down by that history. Those players had been invovled in what happened in game six. No matter how hard they tried they just could not put 2011 in the rear view mirror. It manifested itself in 2012 with the collapse down the stretch, 2015 in game five against Toronto, and then the sweep in 2016.
This team led by Seager and Marcus Semien came together to bring a championship to Arlington. Seager had won one with the Dodgers in 2020 and signed with Texas with the desire to bring the first one to Arlington. He was joined by Semien, Jon Gray, Andrew Heaney, Nathan Eovaldi, and Jacob deGrom. The goal of this group was to bring a championship to the Texas Rangers organization. I think that was the goal of previous teams, but they did not have the personnel or ability to do that.
The best thing Chris Young did in assembling this roster was to fill it with players who have been won a championship in their career. Corey Seager, Aroldis Chapman, Will Smith, and Nathan Eovaldi have all won World Series rings. It was not just them. He hired a manager in Bruce Bochy who has won three World Series and is managing in his fifth World Series. Winning a World Series is not easy. Chris Young understood that and went about bringing players and coaches in that would show the rest of the team what it took.
In game one there was Nathan Eovaldi who won the World Series in 2018 with the Red Sox striking out four Diamondbacks in a row through the first two innings. In the eighth it was Will Smith who won with the Atlanta Braves in 2021 getting two crucial outs to end the inning. In the ninth inning it was Corey Seager who won with the Dodgers in 2020 getting the two-run home run to tie it. This win does not happen without any of their contributions.
The Legend of Adolis Garcia grows
The World Series experience this team has will help this team potentially win it all. The player with the least postseason experience coming into October is the one who is electrifying the crowd and the team. Adolis Garcia continues to excel on the big stage. He continues to deliver in big moments. He delivered again in game one. It was not just the walk-off home run. He had an RBI single in the first to give Texas a 2-0 lead. He had another single, a walk, and was hit by a pitch in the ninth. In total he reached base five times in game one. None of those at-bats will be as memorable as the last one.
This will be a game that fans will be talking about for a long time. Garcia is a player that fans will be telling their children and grandchildren about. He plays with an emotion that is unmatched among Texas Rangers players past and present. It has been just so fun to see him have success on such a big stage. Right now Texas is leaning hard on Garcia to carry them all the way. With just three more wins he might be able to do it.
Texas is somehow incredibly up 1-0 in the series. Adolis Garcia has passed David Freese for most RBIs in a single postseason. October 27th will no longer be a day that lives in infamy for the Texas Rangers and their fans. It will be one that lives in adoration for what Garcia has done in this game and throughout this postseason.