Chicago Native Alek Thomas Makes Crucial Error in World Series
Alek Thomas, a Chicago native and graduate of Mount Carmel High School, committed a critical mistake in center field during the World Series for the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Opening the Floodgates
Thomas’ brutal blunder opened up the floodgates for the Texas Rangers, resulting in a significant turning point in the game.
Looking back, it is evident that Thomas could have prevented just one run from scoring if he had fielded the ball properly. However, due to his error, the Diamondbacks found themselves trailing by three runs in the ninth inning instead of just two.
Rangers Extend Lead
The Rangers capitalized on Thomas’ mistake, with Marcus Semien hitting a two-run home run in the ninth inning, further extending their lead to 5-0. Ultimately, the Rangers emerged as the World Series champions, defeating the Diamondbacks in five games.
Alek Thomas’ Journey
Alek Thomas, 23, was drafted by the Diamondbacks in the second round of the 2018 MLB draft. The Arizona team selected Thomas after his impressive senior year at Mount Carmel High School in Chicago. After playing over three seasons in the minor leagues, Thomas made his MLB debut in 2022.
During the World Series, Thomas maintained a batting average of .235 with a .529 OPS. He recorded four hits and scored two runs against the Rangers.
A Family Affair
Thomas’ father, Allen, served as the director of strength and conditioning for the White Sox for 28 years. However, the organization decided to part ways with Allen in 2021. At Game 7 of the NLCS, he proudly wore his 2005 World Series ring from the White Sox.
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