December 8, 2023


The Rangers received their first championship title in franchise historical past on Wednesday.

Texas Rangers’ Marcus Semien hoists the Commissioner’s Trophy. (Shafkat Anowar/The Dallas Morning Information through AP) AP

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Tens of 1000’s Texas Rangers followers lined up and stacked dozens deep in some areas alongside a 2-mile route close to the staff’s ballpark for a parade Friday to have a good time the franchise’s first World Sequence championship.

“That is why we got here again, for the parade,” All-Star second baseman Marcus Semien stated.

The parade got here two days after the Rangers wrapped up the World Sequence title with a 5-0 win on the street in Sport 5 in opposition to the Arizona Diamondbacks. It got here every week after Texas received the sequence opener at dwelling on an Eleventh-inning homer by Adolis García after Corey Seager hit a two-run homer within the ninth inning to tie the sport.

“It’s what it’s about, the followers. They’re the explanation we do that, why we play. We feed off them and for them to get a championship. That’s what makes this particular,” Texas supervisor Bruce Bochy stated. “They’re all particular, the World Sequence. However getting the primary one, and for this to occur for them, is what makes me really feel so good.”

The Rangers received their first championship of their 63rd season as a franchise, which started because the enlargement Washington Senators in 1961 earlier than the staff moved to Texas in 1972.

World Sequence MVP Seager, AL Championship Sequence MVP García and Rangers gamers had been a part of the parade within the leisure district of Arlington, town the place they play alongside Interstate 30 midway between downtown Fort Value and downtown Dallas.

Seager was additionally the World Sequence MVP in 2020 when enjoying for the Los Angeles Dodgers, who received that title in a neutral-site MLB postseason performed at Globe Life Subject through the COVID-19 pandemic. There was no celebration parade that season.

“Actually tight-knit group, simply the power to have the ability to come collectively and compete each evening. It’s a tough factor to do and this group was in a position to do it and we bought to perform one thing particular,” Seager stated.

The Rangers arrived dwelling in North Texas on Thursday, with Semien exiting first and hoisting the World Sequence trophy into the air as he stepped off the aircraft. By that point, some followers had been already staking out spots alongside the parade route.

After beginning on the south facet of Globe Life Park, the parade went alongside the facet of AT&T Stadium, the house of the NFL’s Dallas Cowboys, and up round Mark Holtz Lake, named after the late Rangers broadcaster recognized for his “Hiya Win Column!” name. The parade then handed by the Rangers’ former ballpark the place they performed when making their solely different World Sequence appearances in 2010 and 2011.

Gamers had been to handle the followers in an outside ceremony after the parade wound again to the retractable-roof stadium they’ve known as dwelling since 2020.

“The Texas Rangers’ World Sequence victory is a dream 5 a long time within the making,” Arlington Mayor Jim Ross stated.

“My hope is that it simply creates that rather more curiosity and keenness in baseball right here. And never that they didn’t have it, however when you’ve a whole lot of shedding seasons, it’s troublesome for the followers,” Bochy stated. “Our job is to proceed this successful. It’s nice to win this championship. However, you already know, we don’t need this metropolis to go that for much longer with out one other one.”

That is Bochy’s fourth World Sequence title. He received three with the San Francisco Giants, the primary in 2010 with a Sport 5 clincher in Texas. Bochy was named the Rangers’ supervisor a 12 months in the past, when the staff was coming off its sixth consecutive shedding season.

Not less than six native college districts had been closed Friday so college students and school may be part of within the celebration. A number of highschool bands took half within the parade held on a picture-perfect day, with clear, sunny situations and temperatures round 70 levels.