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Last night, the Houston Astros won the 2017 World Series, just like Sports Illustrated predicted in June of 2014. They defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers, 5-1 in Game 7. They got over the hump, with Dallas Keuchel, Jason Verlander and Lance McCullers getting them nearly to the top of the mountain, and Charlie Morton pushing them all the way to the summit.
The Astros are not the “Lastros” anymore. Not only that, the Astros are not even close to done. Unlike so many teams designed to make a single championship run, the Astros are here long-term. Players like George Springer, Jose Altuve (the soon-to-be American League MVP) and Carlos Correa are an excellent — and now battle hardened — core of youth the Astros have accumulated. This is pretty much the same team that fell to Kansas City — another team thought to have been built to go the distance repeatedly — two years ago.
If you’ve been listening to media coverage of the 2017 World Series, you’d think the Astros had no shot of winning this series, even though they were the better team. Many broadcasters were showing their open bias towards the Dodgers. Now they are taking cheap shots at the Dodgers.
We at BSP actually like Clayton Kershaw; he’s a pretty cool cat. The thing that turned us off with this year’s addition of the Dodgers was watching this guy Joc Pederson circle the bases for several hours in the Dodgers 3-1 win in Game Six.
Asshat. Any other team except the Yankees, Mets, Cubs or maybe the Angels the media would be saying what a pure jerk this guy is. But he’s on the Dodgers, ESPN’s home team. It’s PURE ENTHUSIASM. Moron.
I suggested to one of my colleagues that in the Good Old Days, the next batter would get 95 mph in the ribs. Unfortunately, this isn’t the Good Old Days, and being Game 6 in the World Series … in a game you’re still trying to win … you can’t start drilling guys.
The Astros appeared not to have a problem with it. “He was happy he hit a homer,” Astros second baseman Jose Altuve said. “I’d do the same thing.” But Altuve celebrated tonight despite going hitless. Mr. Tour of the Bases goes home tonight with no victory and no celebration. At least he has video of himself hitting a now-meaningless home run to comfort himself all winter.
To end this on a high note, we have Carlos Beltran, celebrating his first and only World Series championship after 20 major league seasons. Congratulations to Carlos and the Astros. Well done, gentlemen.