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For players, World Series parade was one last ride together

(AP photo/Julio Cortez)



ARLINGTON — Rangers fans deserved one last home game, and they showed up in droves Friday afternoon.

An estimated 500,000 people flooded the Arlington Entertainment District to cheer on the players of the team that finally brought home a World Series championship.

The Rangers did so Wednesday night, turning away the Diamondbacks in five games in the 119th Fall Classic. The team that came to Texas in 1972 exorcised decades of baseball demons during a historic postseason run that included an 11-0 record on the road.

The parade started late, but the crowd largely didn’t seem to mind. After manager Bruce Boche’s truck brought up the rear, after the on-stage ceremony ended, no one around Globe Life Field seemed to want to leave.

That includes the players and coaches who might never be together again.

Jeff Wilson

Sports reporter for two decades. Sports fan for life. Covers the Texas Rangers. Graduate of TCU. Colorado native. Author of Purple Passion: TCU Football Legends (https://t.co/2fmXLyympx). Follow me on Twitter at @JeffWilsonTXR

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  1. chucky859@yahoo.com November 3, 2023

    Do you think Langford starts the season in arlington or do you think to keep Tavares and Carter work they leave him down till say July before he pulls his own Carter don’t send me down act lol .

    1. John Sullivan November 4, 2023

      Thinking the same thing. The question is centerfielder Tavares. Better than good defense but other than a few small streaks, not much hitting. Coaches need to work on that and let Langford mature a bit more. And Tavares has Bochy’s eye.

      I’m watching the free agent thing. Can we afford Hayder?
      Really interesting to see what CY does at catcher behind Heim as well.

      1. Jeff Wilson November 8, 2023

        I am a big believer in Leody Taveras. The Rangers are, too. Whether he plays every day or eventually becomes a very handy fourth outfielder, he has the chance to be with the Rangers for a few more years. I would love for them to sign Hader, but that’s just not there style. Maybe that changes after last season, but I don’t see it.

    2. Jeff Wilson November 8, 2023

      I don’t see Langford opening the season in the majors. He’ll be up at some point, but there’s no need to rush him.

  2. John Sullivan November 4, 2023

    Sorry. Hader not Hayder. Josh Hader.


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