The Houston Astros defeated the LA Dodgers in game 7 of the World Series to cap off an epic victory, winning 5-1 and earning their first ever World Series win. The team immediately dedicated the title to the Hurricane Harvey victims and it’s their first title in their 56 year franchise history.
Furthermore, MVP of the series George Springer equalled the all time record of home runs in a World Series, by hitting his 5th HR on Wednesday night, putting him down in the history books for good. Springer also captured 29 total bases, which is the most any player has done in a post season series.
Additionally, this series surpassed the home run record in any World Series of 7 games, with the Astros and Dodgers combining a total of 25 home runs, beating the previous record of 21 home runs set by the Anaheim Angels and San Francisco Giants in 2002.
A parade is now scheduled for Friday in Houston to celebrate the Houston Astros first World Series win, and you can expect big patriotic crowds, which is what sport is really all about: Patriotism. After all, baseball is “America’s favorate pastime”. You won’t see any of these players taking a knee. During the series, Houston Astros players wore “H Strong” (Houston Strong) logos on their jerseys and Houston Astros owner, Jim Crane said, “This one is for Houston back there at home and the region” in commemoration of all the destruction and victims of Hurricane Harvey which hit Houston hard, 3 months ago.
The MVP George Springer finished the series hitting .379 (11 for 29) with three doubles, five homers, seven RBI, and eight runs scored, becoming the first player ever to reach those totals in a single World Series. Springer said, “That [Houston Strong] patch on our chest truly does mean a lot to us. I’m so happy for our fans who endured a lot.”
The Houston Astros Manager, A.J. Hinch said, “Houston, we’re a championship city. This team loves playing in Houston and we’re going to love bringing this trophy back to Houston. We take great pride in being there for Houston. They responded by falling in love with this team.”
It was George Springer’s early home run which gave the Astros an early 5-0 lead, then A.J. Hinch pulled starting pitcher Lance McCullers Jr. after he curve balled and outted his fourth batter in the game, which prompted the coach to bring in a bull pen parade of new pitchers who managed to keep the LA Dodgers from hitting any real comeback, with only one consolation run to speak of.
This is how the scores unfolded during the series, game by game, culminating in last night’s dominating performance:
Game 1: Dodgers 3 Astros 1
Game 2: Astros 7 Dodgers 6
Game 3: Astros 5 Dodgers 3
Game 4: Dodgers 6 Astros 2
Game 5: Astros 13 Dodgers 12
Game 6: Dodgers 3 Astros 1
Game 7: Astros 5 Dodgers 1
In their 56th season, the Astros came away as champions with a great team spirit and determination, adding to Texas’ other successes in sports, and adding another trophy in the cabinet from MLB, to sit next to the one’s they got at the Super Bowl, NHL, NBA and in women’s basketball. Carlos Correa, the Houston Astros shortstop proposed to his girlfriend, Daneilla Rodriguez after the World Series win, and she accepted.
Here below, you can see how all the key moments unfolded for the historic Houston Astros victory. Enjoy!
That won the MLB World Series for the Houston Astros. Could the “gods of sports” be telling us something with yet another patriotic team and city winning a major championship? Who knows? After all, the New England Patriots deservedly won last years Super Bowl, so is this some form of modern day sports karma? Again, who knows?
We will just have to wait and see who wins the next Super Bowl in the new year, as well as the NBA finals to really find out and confirm this sort of thing. Should be an interesting phenomenon if it plays out in that way.
The Houston Astros come out as deserved winners overall, after a disappointing final display from the LA Dodgers last night who were outplayed on every ball, strike, and base. One gambler reportedly made $14 million on the series, by predicting the correct winner in all 7 games of the series. That’s big win, and no doubt he’ll be feeling just as epic as the Astros today.
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Featured Photo Credit: Houston Chronicle