LAS VEGAS -- The last time the two of them were in the same building, they were playing in and witnessing one of the great games of all time.It was Game 7 of the 2016 World Series at Progressive Field in Cleveland. Rajai Davis was the little Indians center fielder
LAS VEGAS -- The last time the two of them were in the same building, they were playing in and witnessing one of the great games of all time.
It was Game 7 of the 2016 World Series at Progressive Field in Cleveland. Rajai Davis was the little Indians center fielder whose unlikely eighth-inning home run off Cubs super-closer Albertin Chapman tied the game and stunned the sport. William Fowler was the Chicago center fielder who walked away with a championship not too long after when the Cubs re-rallied to take their first title in 108 years.
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On Wednesday night, both men were in Las Vegas as participants in the Major League Baseball Players Association Players Trust poker tournament. And while both men were talking about their new teams, both were also still somewhat blown away by what transpired in early November in Cleveland.
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"I can't begin to tell you how quick this offseason has been, but that experience [of hitting the homer], when I think about it, every time somebody brings it up, I'm like, 'Did it really happen?'" Davis said.
"It's almost unbelievable. So I'm really thankful that I had the opportunity to be the game-tying run in Game 7 of the World Series. And even though we came up short, we gave it our all. We gave it everything we had."
Fowler was on the other side and can't help but beam when reminded he'll have his ring before too long.
"I'm getting chills thinking about it," Fowler said. "You never really think you'll be a world champion. It's hard to take in at that one time."
Now both players are off to new clubs. Davis signed with the Oakland A's, for whom he previously played for in his younger days. And Fowler signed with the Cubs' fiercest rival, the St. Louis Cardinals.
That should be fun.
"I still get to see the Cubs 19 times a year," Fowler said. "But now I'm trying to win another championship with the Cardinals.
"That's what you play for. Winning is contagious and that's what you want to do."
Doug Miller is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @DougMillerMLB.