It's the series that everyone predicted before the 2023 season began, right? Eh, not exactly. But, for baseball fans, the World Series is always an engaging event with plenty of drama and emotion overflowing onto the diamond.
This year's World Series is sure to be no different. While some throughout the media are bound to pour cold water on a matchup that doesn't feature the New York Yankees or Los Angeles Dodgers, the fact of the matter is that the Arizona Diamondbacks versus Texas Rangers could be very entertaining.
If you're a Cincinnati Reds fan, who are you rooting for? Perhaps tracking down which former Reds players are suiting up during the World Series might sway your allegiance one way or the other.
3 former Reds players that have a chance to get a World Series ring
For argument's sake, this list will not include Christian Walker. While the Arizona Diamondbacks first baseman spent about a minute on the Cincinnati Reds roster, he was quickly waived in 2017 and picked up by the D-backs.
Tommy Pham, Reds OF (2022)
It wasn't that long ago that Tommy Pham was wearing a wishbone "C" on his cap. But Pham was traded to the Boston Red Sox after spending the first-half of the 2022 season in the Queen City. During his time in Cincinnati, Pham slapped Joc Pederson and hit just .238.
The Reds dealt Pham to the Red Sox in exchange for a player to be named later and the outfielder latched on with the New York Mets last offseason. After falling out of contention, the Mets traded Pham once again, and the D-backs were happy to receive his contributions this season.
Travis Jankowski, Reds OF (2020)
If you blinked at all during the 2020 season, there's a good chance you missed Travis Jankowski's appearance in a Cincinnati Reds uniform. Okay, that's a bit of an exaggeration, but the outfielder was little more than a defensive replacement and pinch-runner for manager David Bell during the pandemic-shortened campaign.
Jankowski appeared in 16 games for the Reds that season and only garnered 17 plate appearances. Jankowski has appeared in over 100 games for the Texas Rangers this season and has 19 stolen bases and 6 defensive runs saved (DRS) according to Fielding Bible.
Aroldis Chapman, Reds LHP (2010-2015)
The most familiar name among Cincinnati Reds fans will no doubt be Aroldis Chapman. The Cuban Missile can still pump fastballs toward the plate at electric speeds, but Chapman is not the Texas Rangers closer.
Chapman spent the first-part of his career with the Reds, earned multiple trips to the All-Star Game and closed out 146 games for then-managers Dusty Baker and Bryan Price.
So who are you taking in the World Series, Reds Country? The Arizona Diamondbacks play a brand of baseball very similar to the Cincinnati Reds, but the Texas Rangers have yet to win the whole thing during the franchise's existence. This should be a fun and entertaining matchup.