Though ex-Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager’s home games look quite a bit different this year in Dallas, they’ll also feel somewhat familiar thanks to a throwback that’ll make wistful Dodgers fans need to take a minute.
Seager might’ve been a fun and effective Dodger For Life, but the Texas Rangers came calling with a grand plan this winter pre-lockout. President Jon Daniels and GM Chris Young both paid Seager handsomely (10 years and $325 million will do) and offered him a partner in Marcus Semien who made Texas’ infield pretty close to that of a Super Team.
Of course, they’re still behind the Dodgers in the rotation, outfield and bullpen … and, arguably, the infield, but who’s counting?
The Rangers play at a brand new, non-historic ballpark, but bizarrely one that has a great deal of meaning to the Dodgers family. After all, the neutral site World Series, NLCS, and NLDS series between LA and San Diego were all played on that turf in 2020, the ballpark’s first unveiling to the general public.
Seager, as you’ll recall, raked. In an effort to keep that mojo going, he requested to have the same lucky locker in 2022 that he carried during the month the Dodgers called that stadium home.
No, no, not crying. Just a little light from the Rangers’ glass atrium in my eyes.
Corey Seager chose his Dodgers locker at the Rangers new stadium. We’ll explain.
As a fellow superstitious weirdo, I can assure you that switching homes can really set off your radar.
“Did I just blow all the mojo I’d built up in LA?” Seager’s probably asking himself. “After all, my bat already snapped at the knob, which is an insane thing that never happens.”
Perhaps there’s something to this whole “locker” thing after all, considering Seager hit .364, .310 and .400 in three playoff rounds despite a career postseason average of .236. He also drilled seven bombs between the 2020 NLCS and World Series, two series after which he captured MVP honors.
Overall in his postseason career? 13 total. More than half came in that single locker.
The only con here is that it might take Seager quite a while to put his theory to the test with another home playoff game deep in the heart of Texas. This team has the offense somewhat figured out, but once Clayton Kershaw chose not to join him at his new home, the 2022 Rangers remained doomed on the mound. Add in the Jon Gray injury from opening week, and things have only gotten bleaker.
Maybe time to throw some sage around the mound, Seags.