Congratulations Houston Astros!

Wow, what a day, what a series, what a season!  The Houston Astros are your 2017 World Series Champions!

 

The game started off very rough for Yu Darvish who looked about as terrible has he has the entire playoffs.  Darvish gave up two in the first and three more in the second, and that was all that Lance McCullers Jr. and company needed.

That’s not to say that LA completely rolled over, they simply couldn’t come up with the clutch hit when they needed one.  The Dodgers went 1 for 13 with runners in scoring position, leaving 25 runners stranded.  They actually out hit the Astros!  Clayton Kershaw who pitched just two days prior came out in the third and pitched 4 masterful innings, which allowed the team several chances to get back into it.

 

However Houston’s bullpen stepped up when they were needed.  Brad Peacock threw two shutout innings and Charlie Morton closed out the game with 4 very impressive shutdown innings.

 

In a series that was anything but mundane and typical, game 7 turned out to be just that.  No sudden, improbable comebacks.  No bullpen meltdowns or late inning heroics.  No crazy diving plays into the stands.  Just old fashioned, typical baseball.  And in the end, it allowed this series to surprise us all just one more time.  Sadly, the 2017 season has come to a close.  We are in for a long winter.  Spring Training is 103 Days, 16 Hours, 46 Minutes away and counting.  Now is the time to catch up on a good book, spend some time with lost friends, and gather ye spreadsheets in perpetration of the 2018 season, which can’t come fast enough.

As always, we won’t be going anywhere.  While the He Said, She Said will be taking a break, there will be lots of exciting moves, trades, free agent signings, and who knows what other drama to keep us warm over the long winter nights.  Stay tuned and thanks once more from all of us to all of you for reading, writing, and commenting.

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17 thoughts on “Congratulations Houston Astros!

  1. It’s been a long time coming. I think the thing that got me the most was Carlos Beltran walking around with tears in his eyes. It only took him 13 years to take the Astros to that championship.

    I am proof for all that if you live long enough, you get to see some interesting times.
    (Woodstock among them, but that’s for another time). I picked up on the Colt 45’s when they first came into the league in 1962. I was 10, and still living in east Texas at the time. It was going to be SO COOL to have a local major league team. Some high points I actually attended:
    1. First game at the Astrodome April 9, 1965. (13 years old)
    2. Mike Scott’s no-hitter to win the NL West Sept. 25, 1986
    3. Last regular season game at the Dome October 3, 1999
    4. Craig Biggios 3000th hit June 28, 2007
    In between, a lot of good and bad games, and mostly fun.

    Great to put an exclamation point on it today.

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  2. And thus, the season is over.

    To Prof & Scouts, thanks for doing the heavy lifting this year to draw us together to share our love of this great game! Your efforts are greatly appreciated. May your Braves and Orioles have productive off seasons and come back loaded for bear in 2018.

    Thanks to Historio for setting up many of the game chats, your obsession with the ever elusive HBPiD, and for sharing the burden of being a Tiger fan this year. If I may, search for the Totally Tigers blog for daily topics on our team. I think you’ll enjoy it.

    Thanks to Old Gator for your unique use of the English language, interesting recipes, and appropriate roasting of those in need of it whether it be baseball or political. Rarely a post goes by that doesn’t send me Google searching for your reference and I end up more knowledgeable for it.

    Thanks to fellow fans Someguy, Happy, Stex and other occasional visitors for insight on your teams and adding to the conversation.

    May your baseball love keep you all warm and healthy this off season.

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