“HERE’S A GROUND BALL RIGHT SIDE COULD DO IT!…THE HOUSTON ASTROS ARE WORLD CHAMPIONS FOR THE FIRST TIME IN FRANCHISE HISTORY!”
These are the words that thousands of Astros fans have been praying for since 1962 and thousands of Dodgers fans have been dreading since the 2017 World Series began. After 56 years of pain and misery for Houston fans, the Astros have finally come out on top and can now call themselves World Series Champions.
The dream team of the AL consisting of Carlos Correa, Alex Bregman, Jose Altuve, George Springer, Brian McCann, Evan Gattis, and pitchers Justin Verlander, Dallas Keuchel, and Lance McCullers are the champions of the baseball world after topping the team with the best record in baseball (104-58) along with superstars such as Corey Seager, Clayton Kershaw, Cody Bellinger, Justin Turner, Yu Darvish, and Yasiel Puig.
This was definitely a series for the ages, Game one of the series came with a Dodgers victory and early 1-0 lead for LA. The tides would turn with an absolutely insane game two in which the Astros would come out on top to tie the series up at one game apiece. With the series tied 1-1, the two star-studded teams went to Houston for a three-game set and the Astros chased Yu Darvish early and held the lead to take a 2-1 lead, but the Dodgers came right back to tie it up. One of the greatest World Series Games came in Game 5 and the Astros would win by way of Walk-off to send the series to LA with the Astros up 3-2. The Astros entered Game 6 with the intention to win the World Series, but this series was just too good to end at Game 6 as the Dodgers pulled through and forced a Game 7. It all came down to Game 7.
The Astros wasted no time scoring in Game 7 when Springer hit a double and scored on a Cody Bellinger throwing error to make the score 1-0. Jose Altuve would then groundout to bring Bregman home to give Houston an early 2-0 lead. Unfortunately for the Dodgers, while they would escape the first allowing just two runs the Astros were far from finished. In the top of the second, pitcher Lance McCullers Jr. grounded out to bring Briann McCann home and move Marwin Gonzalez to third. Gonzalez was soon on the move when George Springer (who was on the cover of the legendary 2014 Sports Illustrated Magazine that predicted a 2017 World Series victory for the Astros) crushed a 438-foot bomb to center field to break the game open at 5-0.
Yu Darvish again departed with 1.2 innings pitched and 4 earned runs allowed. The man that the Dodgers would receive right before the trade deadline, the man that was thought to be their savior for the postseason, the man who was going to join forces with Kershaw and Wood and lead the Dodgers to their first championship since 1988 had faltered for the second time and would end up getting the loss after the Dodgers were only able to put one run across.
A series that was highlighted with an insane amount of home runs, blown saves, strikeouts and tons of bullpen work was ended on a groundball to the future 2017 MLB MVP Award Winner Jose Altuve. Speaking of MVPs, George Springer was crowned the 2017 World Series MVP after hitting .379, with 5 home runs, 7 RBI, 8 extra base hits, and 8 runs scored in a 7 game series.
When you thought that this night in baseball couldn’t get any better, Carlos Correa proposed to his girlfriend on live TV and she said yes.
There you have it, folks, after 162 games, two playoff series, and a hard-fought World Series, the Astros are World Champions for the first time ever. My co-writer, Daryll, predicted it before the season started, Sports Illustrated predicted it in 2014, and regardless of whose side you were on, you will be able to look back one day and say, “I remember when the Astros and the Dodgers played in one of the greatest World Series of all-time.”