George Springer and the Houston Astros rocketed to the top of the baseball galaxy Wednesday night, winning the first World Series championship in franchise history by romping past the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-1 in Game 7.
Playing for a city still recovering from Hurricane Harvey, and wearing an H Strong logo on their jerseys, the Astros brought home the prize that had eluded them since they started out in 1962 as the Colt .45s.
Springer led off the evening with a double against Yu Darvish, and soon it was 2-0. Springer hit his fifth homer - tying the mark set by Reggie Jackson and matched by Chase Utley - when he connected for a record fourth game in a row, making it 5-0 in the second inning.
Astros manager A.J. Hinch pulled starter Lance McCullers in the third soon after the curveballer crazily plunked his fourth batter of the game. Winner Charlie Morton pitched the final four innings.
Springer was named MVP, hitting five home runs in the series
Perhaps one day, the Astros will sit down and re-live every wonderful, dramatic moment of this Series, but for now, my gosh, they’re just too emotionally spent.
“I think as time will go by and we'll watch the DVDs that are made of this series,’’ Astros manager A.J. Hinch says, “and the memories that are built from this series. There will be a great appreciation of where it fits in the context of history of baseball.
“There are moments when you can take a step back and smile, and see what you're a part of.’’
For now, well, they’ve got a lot of sleep to catch up on, once they get done with that World Series parade.
This has been a World Series for the ages with all of the craziness, record home runs, blown leads and battered bullpens, but this was the first game of the Series there was little drama.