Three months after Hurricane Harvey slammed into their city, the Houston Astros have given their residents something to cheer about by bringing home the franchise’s first-ever World Series Championship.
The Astros defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 7 of their hugely intense clash, securing the team’s first baseball world title in their 55-year history.
Today’s game 7 was effectively over just as it began, with the Astros racing out to a 5-0 lead inside two innings in an absolutely wild start to the game that saw the Dodgers flat-footed and virtually idle as the ‘Stros stormed by them.
From then on it was a case of holding the fort, with the Dodgers only able to reel in a single run, allowing Houston to secure baseball’s biggest title with a 5-1 win, to clinch the series four games to three in front of a stunned Los Angeles crowd.
The series, for those of you who haven’t been watching, has been out-of-its brain crazy, managing to eclipse the record for most home runs cumulatively hit in a World Series inside five games.
On the individual front, a 2-run homer from Astros slugger George Springer enabled him to tie the record for most home runs hit in a World Series by a single player. Springer now joins Reggie Jackson and Chase Utley as the only players to clear the fence five times in a single World Series.
In a weird piece of trivia, this Sports Illustrated cover, printed in 2014, predicted an Astros World Series win in 2017.
Astros fans across the country, including at Houston’s home stadium Minute Maid Park are, as you’d imagine, losing their freakin’ mind right now.
Arrived at a Houston bar just in time to watch the Astros win the World Series. pic.twitter.com/uTGAeZ4nym— Nicole Hensley (@nkhensley) November 2, 2017
Here's video of Astros fans in San Francisco going nuts over their first World Series title pic.twitter.com/YDSJq5f84O— David Lombardi (@LombardiHimself) November 2, 2017
Congratulations, champions! That’s a thoroughly earned piece of history, right there.