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World Series win is more than sports history for Astros

Astros players celebrate after their victory in the 2017 Fall Classic

Astros players celebrate after their victory in the 2017 Fall Classic

Mark Liu, Editor-in-chief

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    With an intense glare, Charlie Morton eyes Corey Seager for a moment before glancing away and winding up. Seager tenses in anticipation of a hit; the ball cracks off his bat towards right field before it is scooped up by Jose Altuve who sidearms it to Yuli Gurriel for the final out. As the Astros explode in pure euphoria, the stadium goes deathly quiet.

   Yesterday, the Houston Astros defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers five runs to one at Chavez Ravine in the seventh and final game of the 2017 World Series. In doing so, they have become the baseball champions of the world for the first time in their history.

   George Springer, who hit five home runs throughout the series, was named MVP.    

    The Dodgers, who advanced to the Fall Classic for the first time in thirty years, were having a tremendous season; despite going on a eleven game losing streak at the end of the season, they finished with a league leading one hundred and four wins and were expected to win the series.

    “Though I enjoyed watching the series, I was disappointed. Being a Dodgers fan for a long time, I was expecting them to win because this season was just fantastic. In order to win the series, manager Dave Roberts should have used pitchers more aptly. The Dodgers wasted their bullpen which messed up whole series. If I were the manager I would have not pulled out Rich Hill early during game two. Also, I would have chosen Wood as starting instead of Darvish in game seven. It is clear that Darvish isn’t a big game pitcher. Overall, was an interesting series to watch. I really liked the quality of the games,” said Wonjoon Lee (’18).

   For the Astros, who had been an up and coming team for the last half decade, the series represented more than just an opportunity to earn a piece of sports history. The city of Houston has been decimated by the wrath of Hurricane Harvey. By winning the world series, the Astros epitomized hope for a city that desperately needed it.

   “I’m really happy for the Astros. Considering what the city of Houston is going though, the fans really deserve this win,” said Andrew Chern (‘18).     

 

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