Texas Rangers star shortstop and 2023 World Series MVP Corey Seager made a point to keep things extra spicy with his in-state rival Houston Astros during the team's championship celebration outside of Globe Life Field on Friday.
The existing heat between the Rangers and the Astros was already top notch and a great thing for Major League Baseball, but Seager decided to take things a step further by referencing a memorable quote from Alex Bregman when Houston won the AL West a month ago.
While addressing a sea of fans — as most star players do following a championship parade — Seager boasted, "I just got one thing to say, ya' know everybody was wondering what would happen if the Rangers didn't win the World Series. I guess we'll never know."
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And boom goes the dynamite.
Watching the buildup of the multiple "oh, no way!" expressions from Seager's teammates as they realized where he was going with his words was downright priceless. It was so good it makes the short clip worth watching multiple times, provided you are not a devout member of "Astros Nation."
As mentioned, this was a clear and direct shot right to the dome of Astros third baseman Alex Bregman.
For those who may not recall the specifics, following the end of a bittersweet regular season that saw the Rangers lose the division title to the Astros by way of a tiebreaker, Houston's star third baseman let loose with a splash of arrogance during the team's explosive clubhouse celebration.
I guess we?ll never know ???? pic.twitter.com/86jCyYO8d8
— Houston Astros (@astros) October 1, 2023
"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 said before his teammates went borderline ballistic.
Well, unfortunately, sometimes that dreaded boomerang has a tendency to come back and smack you directly in the face. This would certainly qualify as one of those instances, and Seager made sure to send it back at the perfect time.
A major part of the Rangers wild postseason run was, of course, a dramatic comeback against the Astros, improbably winning Games 6 and 7 on the road to take a series that became incredibly heated at times. So it was completely understandable for "receipts time" to be part of the Rangers celebration with their fans.
And let's not forget, before Seager came to Texas in 2022 he was part of the Los Angeles Dodgers squad that lost to the 2017 World Series to the Astros, a team that would later become entrenched in a major sign-stealing scandal.
There's not a chance in the world Seager has forgotten about any of that, likely making his remarks at the parade that much more satisfying.
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