The Texas Rangers clinched their first ever World Series title Wednesday and they made sure to celebrate the win in style.
The Rangers headed to Chase Field with a 3-1 lead on Wednesday night, and an RBI single from Mitch Garver in the top of the seventh put them ahead, after Nathan Eovaldi’s impressive display on the mound.
The 5-0 triumph on Wednesday night saw the Rangers reign victorious in the World Series for the first time in their 63-year franchise history, and at their third time of asking after falling short in 2010 and 2011.
And after finally achieving the feat, the players popped the corks and let the champagne flow.
The celebrations began on the field as Texas lifted the Commissioner’s Trophy, surrounded by blue confetti.
The Texas Rangers clinched their first ever World Series title on Wednesday night
After finally achieving the feat, the players celebrated the triumph in raucous fashion
Mitch Garver (left) holds the Commissioner’s Trophy while celebrating with his family
The players enjoyed touching moments with their families, greeting their wives and kids on the field before things got rowdy.
Back in the locker room, they donned their ski goggles and let the booze flow as they begun to shower each other with champagne.
Beer was in no short supply either, with packed crates of bottles served up to the champions and when the fizz dried up, the Budweiser was poured over their heads.
The team belted Creed’s ‘Higher’ and the players belted out the lyrics. The tune had become the Rangers’ de facto anthem after pitcher Andrew Heaney revealed that they had begun playing the band’s music throughout the second half of the season.
Yet, while they got drenched in champagne, the raucous celebration remained on dry land as about a dozen security officers guarded the pool behind the right-center wall at Chase Field.
‘Are they going over there?’ pitcher Eovaldi said during an interview with Fox. ‘No, I don’t think they are.’
The Rangers could’ve made a run for the water as they initially celebrated their 5-0 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks in Game 5 on Wednesday night. Despite a clear path to the pool, where a few fans lingered on the deck, the players were more interested in hugging each other, family and friends on the field.
Once fans were cleared out and a few players headed down the steps to the clubhouse, security filled the area in front of the pool, spaced out every 20 to 30 feet.
Corey Seager and his wife Madisyn Seager hold the MVP trophy after he won the award
Jonah Heim kisses his wife, Kenzie, and holds their daughter in his arms after winning
The players enjoyed touching moments with their families, greeting their wives and kids
Back in the locker room, the players donned their ski goggles and let the booze flow
They showered each other with copious amounts of champagne and beer
The Rangers also all wore commemorative t-shirts to mark their historic victory
The Diamondbacks had two splashy celebrations during their improbable run to this year’s World Series – after clinching a playoff spot and after beating the Los Angeles Dodgers in their NL Division Series.
Arizona players also took a festive dip after securing the 2011 NL West title at home, but were blocked by security following a 2017 playoff clinching. The 2001 World Series championship remained dry as well.
The Dodgers had the most controversial splash party after beating Arizona in 2013, rankling the Diamondbacks and their fans – particularly after reports surfaced of a player peeing in the pool.
The pool at Chase Field has been an iconic feature since the stadium opened in 1998, a place for fans to watch the game and take a dip – and players to party after big wins.
The Rangers will return to Texas to celebrate the win back at home with their fans with the trophy parade scheduled for Friday in Arlington, starting at Globe Life Field.
In his first season with Texas, manager Bruce Bochy won his fourth title 13 years to the day after his first, which came in 2010 when the Giants beat the Rangers. He also won it all with San Francisco in 2012 and 2014.
‘I was sitting in a recliner there in Nashville, just enjoying myself,’ said the 68-year-old Bochy, who came out of retirement to take over the Rangers.
One night after Texas took a 10-run lead by the third in a Game 4 snoozer, it finished baseball’s third all-wild card Series by outlasting the Diamondbacks in a white-knuckle pitchers’ duel, piling on four runs in the ninth for good measure.
The team belted Creed’s ‘Higher’, their de facto anthem, and the players belted out the lyric
Beer was in no short supply , with packed crates of bottles served up to the champions
Heim is pictured being dunked in beer in the clubhouse following the World Series win
The celebrations stayed on dry land with security blocking the pool at Chase Field
Gallen took a no-hitter into the seventh before giving up an opposite-field single to World Series MVP Corey Seager, whose weak grounder found a hole. Rangers rookie Evan Carter – all of 21 years old – followed with a double into the right-center gap. Garver then delivered the first run, pumping his fist as a hard-hit grounder got through the middle of the infield to score Seager and make it 1-0.
Garver was 1 for 17 at the plate in the World Series before his huge hit.
‘Everything I’ve ever worked for is for this moment,’ Semien said. ‘Gallen was unbelievable tonight. But we came through. Once Corey got the first hit, everybody kind of woke up. Pitching was unbelievable.’
The Rangers tacked on four more runs in the ninth to break open the game. Semien’s two-run homer off Paul Sewald made it 5-0. The outburst was typical of the Texas offense, which scored at least three runs in an inning 13 times this postseason.
Eovaldi pitched out of trouble all night before Aroldis Chapman and Josh Sborz finished it.
‘I kind of joked around: I don´t know how many rabbits I have in my hat,’ said Eovaldi, who improved to 5-0 this postseason. ‘I didn´t really do a great job tonight in attacking the zone. But our defense, incredible again.’