Los Angeles Dodgers fans have been forced to reckon with taunts from the baseball world attempting to invalidate their drought-breaking 2020 World Series win for three years now.
But when those taunts are coming from people who were inside the family at the time? That stings double.
Corey Seager left Dodgers fans with many happy memories when he departed after the 2021 season, returning for a cathartic Home Run Derby performance in a Rangers uniform last summer. While his vaunted LA teams struggled for a while to get over the hump, Seager was a pretty important catalyst in winning the NLCS and World Series in 2020, winning the MVP of both series (.310 with 5 homers in the CS, .400 with 2 bombs in the Fall Classic).
Unfortunately, both series took place in front of scant amounts of limited-capacity Dodgers fans at what is now Seager's home ballpark in Arlington. It probably felt pretty great to get the weight lifted off the team's shoulders, especially midway through a pandemic. But ... it would've been greater to be at Dodger Stadium, in front of tens of thousands of screaming, deserving lunatics. It would've been greater to have a parade at the end of the whole thing. It would've been better ... to win a "real World Series," as Seager reportedly put it to a current Texas teammate.
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So ... that's that, huh? Just said it out loud like that?
Obviously, the anonymous Rangers teammate who confessed for this piece wanted to rub salt in LA's wounds a little bit, but that's certainly the prevailing sentiment. It might ... honestly mean more for Seager to do it all again, in front of packed houses that are certainly beginning to adore him.
As Seager surely knows by now, though, doing it "over and over again" is quite hard. No franchise in modern baseball was better equipped to turn into a dynasty than his Dodgers, and that team made three World Series, lost two, and came up well short in its other opportunities.
This year's Rangers are certainly talented, but have a ways to go before the long-term talent pipeline matches up with the current roster. The offense is loaded. The pitching, even without Jacob deGrom, has impressed. But when they reach October, that's when things get ... real. There's still plenty left to be decided.