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These players have won free tacos for America

October 23, 2019

Add Trea Turner to the list of Taco Heroes. The Nationals' shortstop opened the 2019 World Series with an infield hit, and on the first pitch to the next batter, swiped second base to activate Taco Bell's "Steal a Base, Steal a Taco" promotion.

Add Trea Turner to the list of Taco Heroes. The Nationals' shortstop opened the 2019 World Series with an infield hit, and on the first pitch to the next batter, swiped second base to activate Taco Bell's "Steal a Base, Steal a Taco" promotion.

Game Date Result Highlights
Gm 1 Oct. 22 WSH 5, HOU 4 Watch
Gm 2 Oct. 23 WSH 12, HOU 3 Watch
Gm 3 Oct. 25 HOU 4, WSH 1 Watch
Gm 4 Oct. 26 HOU 8, WSH 1 Watch
Gm 5 Oct. 27 HOU 7, WSH 1 Watch
Gm 6 Oct. 29 WSH 7, HOU 2 Watch
Gm 7 Oct. 30 WSH 6, HOU 2 Watch

A base was stolen in the World Series, so you can steal a free taco!

Fans can pick up a free Doritos® Locos Tacos at participating Taco Bell locations on Wednesday, Oct. 30, from 2-6 p.m. local time, or all day online or on the app.

The teams of previous Taco Heroes have gone 5-2 in the World Series. Here are all the players who have stolen a taco for America.

2019: Trea Turner, Nationals
As the leadoff batter for the visiting team in Game 1 of the 2019 Fall Classic, Turner recorded the fastest "Steal a Taco" swipe in the promotion's history. After reaching on an infield single to shortstop on the second pitch of the game, Turner broke for second base on the first pitch to Adam Eaton -- the third pitch of the game.

"My mom was asking me to win free tacos. I didn't want to get yelled at so I figured I'd steal the base," Turner said after the game, laughing. "I'm kidding. I just felt like being aggressive. Obviously with Cole out there it's tough to get runs across the board, so anytime I could take advantage of it, we figured we would."

Two other leadoff hitters stole a base in the first inning of Game 1, but they both played for the home teams. In 2018, Mookie Betts of the Red Sox took second on the seventh pitch of the bottom of the first. Two years earlier, in '16, it was Cleveland's Francisco Lindor stealing second on the 10th pitch in the home half of the first.

2018: Mookie Betts, Red Sox
Betts didn't take long to earn the title of Taco Hero in the 2018 World Series against the Dodgers, stealing second base in Game 1 at Fenway Park after leading off the bottom of the first inning with a single.

"I just wanted some tacos," Betts said with a smile after Game 1 when asked about his baserunning aggressiveness.

2017: Cameron Maybin, Astros
Maybin was overjoyed to be the Taco Hero in 2017, especially because it scored him some points with his kids. Maybin had just three plate appearances for the Astros in their seven-game World Series triumph over the Dodgers, but he clinched free tacos for America with his steal in the 10th inning of Game 2 and later dubbed himself the #StealABaseStealATaco guy. Perhaps energized by Maybin's heroics, George Springer hit a go-ahead, two-run homer a few pitches later.

2016: Francisco Lindor, Indians
"Mr. Smile" Francisco Lindor spread happiness across the country and even caught the attention of President Barack Obama when he stole second base in World Series Game 1 against the Cubs, bringing free tacos to all.

2015: Lorenzo Cain, Royals
Cain was well aware that he had earned a free A.M. Crunchwrap for all of America with his steal in the sixth inning of World Series Game 1 against the Mets, and he was more than a little hungry after the Royals' 5-4, 14-inning win. "I need my taco bell before bed," Cain said. "Who wants Taco Bell? It's on me."

2012: Ángel Pagán, Giants
Pagán not only earned free tacos for America with his steal in World Series Game 2 against the Tigers, but he also took part in the celebration by stopping by a San Francisco-area Taco Bell on giveaway day.

2008: Jason Bartlett, Rays
After a fifth-inning walk in Game 1 of the World Series against the Phillies, Bartlett took off for second and successfully stole the bag to become the second Taco Hero in as many years.

2007: Jacoby Ellsbury, Red Sox
Betts isn't the only player to steal a taco for America at Fenway Park. The very first Taco Hero was also crowned at the historic venue, as Ellsbury stole second base in Game 2 of the Red Sox's Fall Classic sweep over the Rockies in 2007.

Thomas Harrigan is a reporter for MLB.com.