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Houston Astros Win 2017 World Series
photos and text by John David Suayan
Thursday, November 02, 2017

The Houston Astros on Wednesday “earned history” as they defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers to win the 2017 World Series and their first Major League Baseball crown.

The Astros beat the Dodgers, 5-1, in Game 7 some 1,000 miles away from Minute Maid Park in Downtown Houston, capping what will be considered one of the most memorable Fall Classics ever played.

For as long as they shall live, Astros fans from different walks of life will recall the extra innings of Game 2 when Jose Altuve, Carlos Correa, and George Springer smashed home runs into the warm L.A. night to save Houston from falling into an 0-2 hole, as well as the late night offensive tour de force the team put on in front of a loud, frenzied home crowd in Game 5.

And, of course, they will always remember where they were the moment Yuli Gurriel tagged the final out to set off a long-awaited celebration on the field at Dodger Stadium.

A city that was devastated by a vicious hurricane two months ago is now home to a champion again, something it hasn’t experienced since 1995 when the Houston Rockets won their second consecutive National Basketball Association title.

At a watch party for Game 2, Tony, who requested for his last name not to be published, expressed unwavering faith despite an undesired start to the series.

“I’m ready to go; they’re ready to go,” he said. “This is the team to do it.” Listen (0:19)

College student Eli Arroyo said Game 2 was evidence of the team’s never-say-die attitude.

“Last night’s game proved that the Astros could come from behind and just beat you late in the game,” said Arroyo. “That could happen in the whole World Series.” Listen (0:44)

Captain John Peterlin, III, Senior Marketing Director of the Port of Galveston, and Roger Quiroga, former Galveston mayor and the port’s Director of Economic Development & External Affair, reflected on an exhilarating Game 5. Listen (0:44)

“I got pretty frustrated when they put the four spot up on us at the beginning of the game, and (I) decided I was just gonna hang in there regardless and see what happens until the end of the game,” said Peterlin. “And I’m glad I did. One of the best baseball games I’ve ever seen.”

Quiroga, who used to pitch for the Philadelphia Phillies, said the games leading up to Game 5 were excellent.

“I believe that the Dodgers and the Astros have represented themselves very well, and the World Series has been one of the most exciting in recent years,” he said.

University of Houston-Clear Lake accounting major Stephen Jacoby and University of Houston-Main finance major Erik Duran were elated after watching the Astros – as their postseason hashtag declared – #EarnHistory in Game 7. Listen (2:03)

“This is incredible,” said Jacoby. “I’m at a loss for words. This is awesome! World Series, baby! Go Astros!”

He then provided an upbeat seven-game recap of the series.

Duran could not believe what had transpired on the television in front of him and a small group of equally joyful fans.

“We’re in the best city in the world, Houston, Clutch City,” he said. “I don’t know what else to say….. Houston Strong!”

"Houston Strong," replied Jacoby.

Per Mayor Sylvester Turner’s Twitter account, the City of Houston will hold a championship parade for the Astros on Friday. Mayor Turner will also be a happy recipient of a batch of Korean BBQ and craft beer from L.A. courtesy of his counterpart, Eric Garcetti.

2017 WORLD SERIES – HOUSTON WINS, 4-3

  • GAME 1 – LOSS – 1-0
  • GAME 2 – WIN – 7-6
  • GAME 3 – WIN – 5-3
  • GAME 4 – LOSS – 6-2
  • GAME 5 – WIN – 13-12
  • GAME 6 – LOSS – 3-1
  • GAME 7 – WIN – 5-1

WORLD SERIES MVP: George Springer, Outfielder




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