Your 2017 World Series Champion: Houston Astros
Four years ago the Houston Astros were the worst team in the major leagues. Fast forward to present day—they are WORLD CHAMPS.
When All-Star second baseman Jose Altuve fielded a grounder off the bat of Corey Seager and threw to teammate Yuli Gurriel at first base in the ninth inning, the Astros had a franchise-defining victory by beating the Dodgers, 5-1, in Game 7 of the World Series on Wednesday night at Dodger Stadium to win their first championship.
Houston, which pulled out heart-stopping wins in Games 2 and 5, took some drama out of Game 7 when it built an early 5-0 lead, capped by George Springer’s two-run homer in the second off starter Yu Darvish, who recorded only five outs for the second start in the Series. The Astros kept the Dodgers at bay with a steady stream of relievers to finish piecing together the biggest 27 outs in franchise history. Los Angeles was 1-for-13 with runners in scoring position.
“I got the last out for the Houston Astros becoming world champions,” said Altuve. “It was a ground ball to me. I threw to first, and I think this is the happiest moment in my life in baseball.”
This was the second series in a row that the Astros were one game away from elimination, squeaking by the Yankees in seven games in the ALCS.
“It’s hard to draw it up any better,” Astros manager A.J. Hinch said. “I don’t care who we beat or where we beat them, I just want to be the last team standing, and we’re taking this trophy, this championship vibe we’ve got going back to Houston. We’ll forever be a championship city.”
“We had some rough years, but we stuck to our plan,” said Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow. “I want to thank ownership for supporting us the whole way and giving us the freedom to go out and get this group of players. We did it. We knew we had a plan that could get us here, and we got it. World championship.”
After missing the postseason last year, the Astros stormed to their first AL West division title before knocking off the Red Sox in the AL Division Series and Yankees in the ALCS, in which they rallied from a 3-2 series deficit. Beating the Dodgers, who won an MLB-best 104 games, in a hard-fought Fall Classic brought the city of Houston its first major sports title in 22 years. In eliminating the Red Sox, Yankees and Dodgers, the Astros beat the teams with the three largest payrolls in the Majors.
“You look around this ballclub and we’re going to be coming into Spring Training next February with most of the guys here, so really good chance of defending it, and I think we all realize that trophy could stay in Houston for a few years,” outfielder Josh Reddick said.
“Twenty-seven outs is hard to get,” Hinch said. “We proved that in a lot of different ways, but the 27th one felt pretty sweet tonight.”
Darvish didn’t survive the second inning for the second time in this World Series. The Astros tagged him for five runs (four earned) and three hits in 1 2/3 innings.
“I didn’t make adjustments, or the stuff that I didn’t have hurt,” said Darvish. “It hurt the team. But this pain is going to stay in me for a while. I’ve just got to learn from it and just go from there.”
Los Angeles, appearing in the World Series for the first time since beating Oakland in 1988, used starters Clayton Kershaw (four scoreless innings) and Alex Wood (two scoreless innings) in relief and closer Kenley Jansen in the seventh inning trailing by four runs.
“At the end of the day,” said Kershaw, “we got beat by a team that probably deserved to win.”
“I don’t think you can put it into words what it means to the people of Houston,” said McCullers. “We wear [the Houston Strong] patch and we wore it proudly. The people in Houston are never far from our minds. We know they’re at Minute Maid watching, they’re going crazy for us. … They deserve this as much as we do, man, and we’re going to party hard.”
“It’s crazy,” Springer said. “I think as a player, when things don’t start to go well, you tend to press. You tend to do things that you wouldn’t normally do, and after the first game, I had a talk with Carlos Beltran, and he told me to just go out and kind of enjoy the moment, because he’s been playing for 20 years and this is his second time here. He told me to go and be who you are and kind of enjoy it.”
Dallas Keuchel had a great quote after the game ended….”We were at the bottom. Nobody wanted to come here. It was an open tryout, and now it’s a destination for players to come. We’ve got MVPs wanting to come here, we’ve got Cy Youngs wanting to come here. We’re on top of the world … literally.”
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