The October Classic is meant to stay in just that, October, but no one knew the World Series would dread on and into November.
Game 7 of the World Series took place in Los Angeles where the home field Dodgers were the team in favor of winning the title, but the Astros had other plans.
There had already been a lot of controversy surrounding the start of Yu Darvish and his ability – or inability – to suppress the Astros unforgiving offense which seemed evident in Game 3 after the Astros stomped all over Darvish scoring 4 runs early in the 2nd inning, ultimately solidifying the Astros win.
Dodger fans and sports analysts seemed hesitant about Darvish starting critical Game 7 and instead pulled for Clayton Kershaw, who did end up pitching later in Game 7 after the Astros again ran all over Darvish scoring 5 runs this time to take an early lead and again, solidify the win and the championship.
Houston has been an offense force this series, scoring five or more runs eight times out of the 18 total games played. Jose Altuve, the Astros American League All-Star and recipient of the Hank Aaron Award which is given to only one player from the National League and the American League for scoring the most runs, RBI’s, home runs and – blantly, by being an offensive wizard.
Altuve and the Astros came crashing down on the Dodgers early, scoring 2 runs in the top of the 1st after a wild throw went into Houston’s dugout, allowing George Springer to score the 1st run and Alex Bregman to advance all the way to third base. From there, all it took was a sacrifice hit to bring Springer Bregman home.
George Springer would go on to become the World Series MVP after crushing home runs in 4 straight World Series games including a two-run homer in the top of the 2nd to put the Astros up by five, and keep them there.
The Dodgers manager Dave Roberts called it a night for pitcher Darvish after the homer by Springer.
Roberts called in his ace pitcher Clayton Kershaw for 4 shutout innings, not allowing any Houston runs. However, Los Angeles could not get on the scoreboard, leaving a frustrating nine players in scoring position until the 6th inning.
But it still wasn’t enough.
“They waited 56 years to lift the trophy of the World Series,” said La Nueva 94.1 radio station as Corey Seager grounded out to first base and the Houston Astros took home their first World Series championship in franchise history, while the city of Houston needed it most.
Carlos Correa of the Astros got down on one knee and proposed to his girlfriend Daniella Rodriguez while being interviewed after the World Series win adding to the celebration.
Correa said jokingly about his proposal idea on the Today Show, “We were able to win. For me, that was Plan A. I’m glad Plan A worked because I didn’t have a Plan B.”