After a devastating hurricane went rampant through Houston, the Astros have brought glory home.
After what seemed like a season-ending disaster when Hurricane Harvey came and wiped out the city of Houston, the Astros have won the 2017 World Series. When they couldn’t even play in their own stadium, this team overcame the odds set against them to take the Fall Classic.
This victory has been made that much sweeter for the city of Houston. Across the board, Texas officials put the death toll of Harvey at 82. The “Houston Strong” patches the players wore throughout the postseason have brought them glory among sports.
After a grueling six games filled with home runs, comebacks and extra innings, the Astros and Dodgers took the field in Game 7 in Los Angeles. Houston came out strong in the first two innings, tallying up five runs, including a three-run home run by George Springer. Yu Darvish was pulled after 1.2 innings and replaced by Brandon Morrow to finish the inning. After that, ace Clayton Kershaw came in for four shutout innings.
The Dodgers bullpen kept the Astros scoreless after the first two innings, but the damage done by Altuve, Bregman and Springer was more than enough. Andre Ethier had one RBI for the Dodgers, but they would only score that run. Lance McCullers Jr only pitched 2.1 innings after hitting four Houston batters.
Charlie Morton would pitch the final four innings for the Astros with four strikeouts and giving up only two hits and one run. Morton was at the bottom of the pile of players as their celebrated their World Series win.
After hitting five home runs and seven RBIs while going 11-29 (.379BA), George Springer won the Willie Mays World Series MVP Award. Springer broke the record of extra base hits in the World Series with eight. He also became the first player to homer in four straight games in a World Series.
Not only do those stats earn him the MVP alone, but where his home runs were hit make all the difference. In Game 2, Springer hit a two-run home run off of Brandon McCarthy in the top of the 11th to give the Astros a 7-5 lead. During Game 4, He broke up Alex Wood’s no-hitter in the 6th with a solo-shot. The seventh inning bomb in Game 5 tied the game in the 8th where they won 13-12. Hitting off of Rich Hill in Game 6, Springer made it a 1-0 game in the 3rd with a home run. Then last night’s three-run blast to make a two-run lead a five run game.
When you look back at the Astros journey, you see moments like the acquiring of former Cy Young winner Justin Verlander, who made an immediate impact on the team’s rotation. This was a team who went into rebuild just four years ago.
Every championship is special. Every trophy means something. For the Astros and the city of Houston, this one is sweeter than most other’s championships. This is their trophy that was won in the toughest time for the city. Cherish this Houston. It’s yours.