Hooray For Houston!

 Houston Astros Sports_Illustrated 2017

The Houston Astros just won their first ever World Series, the first and only in the 56 year history of the team. Good for them. They made it through a topsy, turvy seven game series with the LA Dodgers, and came out on top.  And the City of Houston made it through Hurricane Harvey, and it coming out on top of that tough time too. The Astros have many ties to Puerto Rico as well, beginning with Correa and Beltran, and World Series MVP George Springer is half Puerto Rican. So the Astros won not only Houston, but for Puerto Rico,  which was devastated by another powerful Hurricane, Irma. 

I’m not a Houston fan, but I’m glad for them. So I’m not going to hate. Yes I was rooting for the Dodgers, but the Astros won it fair and square.  And they won it for the City of Houston, and that’s pretty special. AND Sports Illustrated called it (albeit 3 years ago, but they called it! How about that!

Never mind Dodger pitcher Yu Darvish got chased out of) his second horrific World Series outing. Never mind Darvish shouldn’t even have been in the game (because of his poor previous play), much less start the Seventh Game of the World Series!  Never mind the game was lost in the dugout by the Dodgers Skipper, Dave Roberts who started Darvish. And never mind the Dodgers still had chance after chance to get back into the game, even after digging a five run hole for themselves. In the bottom of the second, they had the bases loaded with their hottest hitter, Joc Pederson, at the plate, but came up empty and left all three base runners stranded. Oh well.

So Houston won the World Series. That’s the good news. Unfortunately, there’s bad sports news coming out of Houston as well. Houston fans had to go from World Series celebration to losing their star QB, Deshaun Watson because of a torn ACL in practice. Michael Wilbon said “the feel good” from the Astros’ World Series title didn’t last as long as it should have because of Watson’s injury.

In sports and in life, we rejoice with them that rejoice, and weep with them that weep, and mourn with them that mourn.

Why Aren’t You Watching The World Series?

 

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I’ll tell you why I’m watching, or why I’m half watching. I love LA, and almost all things LA. My son and future daughter-in-law live there (they’re such a darling couple!) and I’ve been out to the left coast several times, so it’s feels like a second home. But I’ve never been to Houston. And, while I’m sorry about the ravages of Hurricane Harvey, I’m not hot to trot to head to Houston anytime soon. But surely I digress; back to the World Series.

I’ll give you one good reason to watch the 113th World Series: Yasiel Puig. Period. 

Puig is a Cuban-born right fielder for the Los Angeles Dodgers. He’s fun to watch, has  comeback story that stirs the emotions, and he has a nickname like none other: it’s  “The Wild Horse”, given to him by legendary Dodgers broadcaster Vin Scully. And the Dodgers have one of the best pitchers in baseball in Clayton Kershaw.  And, well, they’re the Dodgers.

So if you don’t watch the game for game itself, then watch for the gamesmanship. They keep stats for everything now. Pitch speed, bat speed, wind speed and the speed of just about anything else that’s moving. Analytics has taken over baseball to the point where everything, and I mean nearly everything, is governed by the numbers.

So here’s a number for ya; the Dodgers won 104 games had the best record in baseball this year and Houston had the third best. And the series is tied 2-2.  So this one has turned into a fairly entertaining World Series.

And then there’s the whole racial incident thing. After hitting a home run in the second inning of Game 3 off Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Yu Darvish, Yuli Gurriel returned to the Astros dugout, where he used his fingers to motion at his own eyes in a mocking gesture and appeared to mouth a derogatory term in Spanish. Ouch.

And Major League Baseball is not going to suspend Gurriel until the start of the 2018 season? Really? That’s Absolutely Unacceptable.  If there’s a reason NOT to watch, that was it. Seems like another player got away with being derogatory to a minority. I’m just sayin’.

 Go Dodgers!