The time has finally comes. Tonight, the 2023 World Series will begin and within the next week or so, this year's champion will be crowned.
Unfortunately, as fans are well aware, our Milwaukee Brewers are not one of the two teams taking part in the fall classic. No, those teams would be the Texas Rangers and the Arizona Diamondbacks, the latter being the very team that delivered the Crew an early exit and continued the trend of teams beating the Brewers in the playoffs making the World Series.
Earlier today, the Rangers and Diamondbacks announced each of their active rosters for the final championship round. And if Brewers fans are searching for something, or someone, to root for during the World Series, two former members of the Crew ended up making the final cut and will be in the dugouts starting tonight.
These two ex-Brewers ended up making their teams' World Series rosters.
Arizona Diamondbacks - Jace Peterson, UTIL
2023 was the first season in four years in which Jace Peterson didn't patrol one of many positions for the Milwaukee Brewers. Signed as a minor league free agent prior to the 2020 season, "On Base" Jace, as he was affectionately called, played in 232 games over three seasons in Milwaukee, batting .238 with a .337 on base percentage.
Peterson signed with the A's as a free agent this last offseason and played in 92 games there before being traded to the Diamondbacks at this year's trade deadline. While he wasn't a heavy hitter with Arizona after being acquired (.183/.276/.258 in 41 games), he brings decent speed and tons of above average defensive ability and flexibility off the bench.
Texas Rangers - Will Smith, LHP
Another year, another chance for former Brewers reliever WIll Smith to add a World Series ring to his collection. After winning the World Series with the Braves in 2021, the won another one with the Astros just last season, thus giving him the possiblity of making it three World Series wins with three different teams here in 2023 as a member of the Rangers.
Smith, who turned 34 in July, pitched in 60 games with Texas this season, going 2-7 with a 4.40 ERA and a 1.064 WHIP that was his best mark since 2020. He also collected 22 saves for the Rangers this year.
Perhaps one of these years Brewers fans will finally get to cheer for an entire team of their players in the World Series. Until then, we'll just have to settle for former players.