Rangers World Series MVP Corey Seager is typically known for his stoic approach to the game. Even when he delivers in the biggest moments, it wouldn’t be uncommon to see him do it with a composed look on his face.
That’s what made his outburst after launching a game-tying two-run home run in the bottom of the 9th of Game 1 so electrifying. It’s also what made his mic drop moment at Texas’ World Series parade catch fire on social media — because it was so uncharacteristic in the best way possible.
Seager was delivering his speech to the Rangers’ faithful on a beautiful day in downtown Arlington, Texas, keeping it business per usual.
“Really, this is truly special. We appreciate all your support but, I just got one thing to say,” Seager began.
“Everybody was wondering what would happen if the Rangers didn’t win the World Series… I guess we’ll never know,” he stated as the crowd and his teammates behind him went ballistic.
Mic drop from the MVP. pic.twitter.com/xqGySZD774
— Texas Rangers (@Rangers) November 3, 2023
Seager was sending a direct shot at Astros star Alex Bregman, who gave his team the exact same speech after Houston edged Texas to win the AL West on the final day of MLB’s regular season.
The Rangers had led the division (or a share of it) for the majority of the year until a loss to the Mariners and an Astros’ win over the Diamondbacks in the regular season finale gave Houston another AL West pennant by way of a tiebreaker.
“A lot of people were wondering what it was gonna be like if the ‘Stros didn’t win the division. I guess we’ll never know,” Bregman stated in the locker room as his teammates showered him in champagne.
The Astros’ social team even went as far as to caption the clip, “We celebrate titles in Houston,” subliminally firing at the Rangers for celebrating their playoff berth earlier that week.
We celebrate titles in Houston. pic.twitter.com/o4bEUhviCF
— Houston Astros (@astros) October 1, 2023
Of course, the Rangers went on to defeat the Astros in the ALCS later that month, stealing Games 6 and 7 in Houston to advance to the World Series.
Seager would go on to hit .286 with three home runs and six RBI in the Fall Classic, earning his second World Series MVP to join three Hall of Famers — Sandy Koufax, Bob Gibson and Reggie Jackson — as the only two-time winners in MLB history.
The Rangers star shortstop kept the receipts, earned his right to fire back at Houston and executed it perfectly when he did.
Source : ESPN.com