The Astros scored early in the game, in both the first and second innings, earning five points and leaving the rest of the game a nail biter as Houston fans counted down the outs needed to finally win. But our bond over the Dodgers remained the backbone, as these stories were interspersed with his memories of attending games during Fernando Valenzuela's incredible rookie year, and even the time he ran on the field to congratulate Valenzuela after a particularly impressive outing. The dirt comes directly from the field where the Astros won their first World Series and is selling for $49.99 per jar. Add in 28 year old outfielder George Springer, 23 year old third baseman Alex Bregman and quality veterans in Marwin Gonzalez, Yuli Gurriel and Josh Reddick - all of which drastically stepped up their level of play in 2017 - and the Astros are set to remain an offensive force. The team wore "Houston Strong" patches on uniforms throughout the post-season to demonstrate solidarity with the community.
The Astros took the series with a Game 7 win Wednesday in Los Angeles. During the postseason run, students representing Dodger blue could be found at every corner on the campus, showing confidence in the Dodgers' ability to win it all and capture the first World Series title in students' lifetimes. George Springer, Carlos Correa, Brian McCann, Evan Gattis and Colin Moran (brought up from the minors to replace Correa) all went to the DL in July.
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Astros Manager A.J. Hinch thanked his players during the rally, "for how much you love each other and ... for making Houston a championship city". By mid-July, the soon to be 100 loss organization bought up a 5'6 middle infielder who was originally thought of as too small, but eventually became the heart and soul of their championship run. Sophomore accounting major David Barta said, "To see them go all the way to Game 7 and everyone saying, 'Dodgers in 7 games', it's pretty sad to see them lose". Forty picks later, the team would select pitcher Lance McCullers Jr, who saved game seven of the American League Championship Series and started the seventh game of the World Series.
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Houston officials are extending the parade route honoring the World Series champion Astros after more fans than expected showed up for the festivities. It was more than an acknowledgement of shared fandom.
"There are thousands of people who don't have homes, don't have possessions, and they're rallying around us", World Series MVP George Springer told reporters back in September. And while most were back in August, the team struggled to hit. That I was detached from the experience of the team and didn't put in the time to truly have earned it as a fan. Bregman spoke to Rolling Stone Tuesday morning about the Astros' 2017 season and the World Series.
Baseball, we have a problem. The Dodgers came back in Game 6, beating the Astros 3-1.
Commissioner Steven Abrams said he's ready for the Astros' return. It is the Dodger's first time in the World Series since 1988, and would have been the first one that the team has won at home.