The Texas Rangers shook the baseball world on Tuesday by beating the Baltimore Orioles.
Texas swept the American League Division Series with their 7-1 win against the favored O’s, leaving them and their 101-61 regular-season record behind.
Before taking the three games of the ALDS against Baltimore, they had won their two Wild Card matchups against the Tampa Bay Rays.
That means the 90-72 Rangers have eliminated two teams with 200 combined wins in 2023.
It has been nothing short of amazing.
In 2010 and 2011, the Rangers made consecutive World Series appearances.
They are now reaching their first ALCS since 2011 and look like a very competitive squad.
The organization took Bruce Bochy out of his retirement this offseason, gave him a competitive roster and good coaches, and they all took off together.
Now, Bochy is giving speeches and celebrating with champagne as the team moves on to another round.
Soak it all in, Rangers! 🍾🍾🍾 pic.twitter.com/mGbTp3LN6Y
— FOX Sports: MLB (@MLBONFOX) October 11, 2023
And to think Bochy was actually out of baseball for the last three years before 2023.
His most recent experience didn’t yield the expected results, but this is a man with three World Series rings on his resume when he was with the San Francisco Giants in the first half of the 2010s.
He also won a Manager of the Year award in 1996 and is a proven winner in these instances.
The Rangers’ faith in him is being rewarded with an ALCS trip.
There, the Rangers will meet the winner of the other ALDS, the Houston Astros or the Minnesota Twins.
For now, the Rangers are celebrating a major feat: eliminating two juggernauts like the Rays and Orioles.NEXT: The Rangers Have A Rookie Duo Stepping Up In October