2023 World Series: An Exciting Turn of events as Underdogs Rise to the Top

The Texas Rangers and The Arizona Diamondbacks, are great teams in The World Series.
The Texas Rangers and The Arizona Diamondbacks, are great teams in The World Series.
Sophia Walker

2023 World Series: An Exciting Turn of events as Underdogs Rise to the Top

The World Series just came to an end for the 2023 MLB season, with the Texas Rangers beating the Arizona Diamondbacks in a 7 game series. The Rangers had 4 wins over the Diamondbacks, only having only 1, giving the Rangers their first ever World Series victory. But, these teams were barely even thought of as World Series teams; being the least likely to actually survive the playoffs and win it all.

On November 1st, 2023, the Texas Rangers triumphed over the Arizona Diamondbacks in the world series, which would be the franchises first world series victory of all time. The World Series is a sporting event held by Major League Baseball (MLB) where the two best teams from the two leagues within the MLB, the American League and the National League, go head to head in a “best of seven” series.

Before it can be determined which teams play in the world series, they must first go through the post season. The postseason consists of three levels; Wild Card, Divisional Series, and the Championship series.

The Wild Card round consists of the teams that are below seeds (rankings) 1 and 2 in the playoff brackets. For example, the 1 and 2 teams for the National League were the Atlanta Braves (seed 1) and the Los Angeles Dodgers (seed 2) so they got to skip the Wild Card and be automatic contenders for the Divisional Series where they would play a winner from one of the Wild Card matchups.

The Texas Rangers were the 6th seed in the AL bracket making them the lowest ranked team in the AL. The Diamondbacks were the 5th seed in the NL bracket.

The Rangers dominated in the postseason, sweeping the Tampa Bay Rays in the Wild Card and sweeping the Baltimore Orioles in the Divisional series. The Houston Astros put up a massive fight to the undefeated Rangers but would fall in the ALCS( American League Championship Series) with the Rangers having 4 wins compared to the Astros’ 3.

The Diamondbacks had a similar postseason; sweeping the Milwaukee Brewers in the Wild Card and sweeping the Los Angeles Dodgers in the Divisional Series. The Philadelphia Phillies were all that stood in the D-backs way of the World Series. The Diamondbacks would go on to win the series 4 wins to 3, and a last, two of the most unlikely teams, were going head-to-head in the biggest game of the year.

The World Series started off neck-and-neck, with both teams attaining 1 win each. But it would soon slip away from the Diamondbacks as the Rangers would win the next 3 games, crowning them champions.

The World Series was full of defining moments. For example, in the first game, at home, the Rangers were down 5-3 going into the 9th inning. But Corey Seager would crush a 418 foot 2-run-homerun off of Diamondbacks pitcher Paul Sewald to tie the game sending it into extra innings where Rangers’ Adolis Garcia would hit a solo home run of his own in the bottom of the 11th inning walking off the game, giving the Rangers a game one win, score 5-6 after a thrilling battle from both sides.

Hero of the World Series

Corey Seager currently plays shortstop for the Texas Rangers and has won the MVP (Most Valuable Player) award for the world series. It is no surprise that he won this award for he absolutely dominated the competition in the World Series. According to Baseball Almanac, Seager had a batting average of .286(6 hits out of 21 total at-bats) consisting of 1 double and 3 home-runs. Half of his world series hits were home-runs.

The World Series marks the end of the MLB season but not necessarily the end of baseball. The World Baseball Classic starts up soon in early 2024. The World Baseball Classic is an annual sporting event similar to the world cup. National teams from all over the world compete in a system similar to that of the world cup and compete in a championship game.


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Kenan Mansilla
Kenan Mansilla, Staff Writer
Kenan is a staff writer on the Sports News Team for the Grizzly Gazette and a 12th grader at Golden Valley High School in Santa Clarita, California.  He is currently involved with the school’s baseball team and has played for all four years of high school.  Kenan has been a CSF member since freshman year and intends to do so again for senior year.  Kenan has been surrounded by sports his entire life, so he is very enthusiastic about being able to do more with sports by being able to cover them in the school paper.  In his free time he spends time playing baseball and watching sports.  His favorite baseball team is the Los Angeles Dodgers and his favorite football team is the Philadelphia Eagles, with his favorite baseball player being Nolan Arenado.  He also enjoys being outdoors by doing things like camping and fishing.  Kenan looks forward to this year of journalism because he wants to learn about new ways to write and express things abroad.  
Sophia Walker
Sophia Walker, Staff Writer
Sophia Walker is a Staff Writer  for the Sports New Team on the Grizzly Gazette and she is in her last year of highschool. She's very passionate about writing about campus activities, student spotlight stories and community issues because she wants to be involved with everything that is happening and to be able to share what needs to be shared which is very important to her. Being a part of the Grizzly Gazette to her is extremely important because there is so much that is going on and all people need to be educated with everything in the world and our community which is very diverse and different. She loves journaling, writing their thoughts and making poems with what happens to make her feel better and researching common things going on to learn more. She also loves helping people and leading them in any way she can, she strives to help and understand anyone. She has had many hobbies including hockey, dance, tennis, volleyball, and acting. Eventually I would love to be a therapist or counselor for families, relationships, and or with any people in need of help or support.