For the first time in franchise history, the Houston Astros are World Series champions. The ‘Stros beat the Dodgers in a somewhat anticlimactic Game Seven at Dodger Stadium earlier tonight. The final score was 5-1. Here are the box score, the video highlights, and the WPA graph.
The highlight of the game was, for sure, George Springer’s second inning two-run home run against Yu Darvish. That gave the Astros a 5-0 lead. Darvish allowed nine runs in 3.1 innings in his two World Series starts. Ouch. Springer, a semi-local kid from New Britain, hit .379/.471/1.000 in the series — that includes and 0-for-4 with four strikeouts in Game One — and was named World Series MVP. He tied Reggie Jackson’s and Chase Utley’s World Series record with five homers in the series.
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The Astros do feature some personnel with ties to the Yankees. Most notably, Brian McCann and Carlos Beltran wore pinstripes from 2014-16 before moving to Houston (for different reasons) this offseason. Congrats to them. Especially Beltran. He’s been waiting a long time to get a ring. Does he ride off into the sunset now?
There’s also Tyler Clippard, who wasn’t on Houston’s postseason roster after blowing more than a few games for the Yankees earlier this year. Clippard’s getting a ring. Life ain’t fair, man. Also, Lance McCullers Jr.’s father Lance Sr. played for the Yankees from 1989-90. He was traded to the Tigers for Matt Nokes.
Congrats to the Astros and their long-suffering fans, even though I hate them for beating the Yankees in the ALCS. The franchise has been around since 1962 and this is their first championship. And congrats to the Dodgers too. They had a great season. And now … the offseason.