Words by Jason Cordner
George Springer powered the Houston Astros to the franchise’s first World Series championship, crushing a two-run home run in the second inning Wednesday that gave his club a commanding lead on the way to a 5-1 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 7.
In a World Series that saw back-and-forth battles nearly every game, only the Astros got off and running in Game 7, and the Dodgers never recovered from Houston’s five-run outburst in the opening two innings.
SPRINGER DINGER WOW! @astros take the 5-0 lead in the 2nd. #WorldSeries https://t.co/UyUT4g3VXB
— FOX Sports: MLB (@MLBONFOX) November 2, 2017
This was the joyous scene inside Minute Maid Park as the Houston Astros clinched their first #WorldSeries title in franchise history. pic.twitter.com/kTP475WRFo
— ABC News (@ABC) November 2, 2017
The Astros won their first title in just their second World Series appearance, after falling short in 2005. The Dodgers have six titles but remain without a championship since 1988.
Funny enough, Sports Illustrated predicted this outcome, three years ago.
Best sports prediction ever? @BenReiter said, in '14 after 2 100-loss years, Astros would win in '17.
Springer, on cover, wins WS MVP? pic.twitter.com/jMs8KpPRwq
— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) November 2, 2017
Houston , literally started from the bottom to become eventual World Series champions.
The Astros lost between 106 and 111 games each season from 2011 through 2013. What they did was master the art of tanking: conceding seasons in exchange for hoarding draft picks.
101 wins, a Jose Altuve batting title, multiple clutch Alex Bregman defensive plays, and a hard-fought World Series Game 7 win later, the Houston Astros are now at the top of the MLB food chain.
Carlos Correa Had a Great Night
The Houston Astros shortstop topped his World Series victory on Wednesday with another major milestone: He proposed to girlfriend Daniella Rodriguez on live TV.
Correa was in the midst of a postgame interview with Fox Sports when he said he wanted to take “another big step” in his life. He then got down on one knee and asked for Rodriguez’s hand in marriage:
SHE SAID YES! Congratulations, @TeamCJCorrea! pic.twitter.com/SN5ISx2ydC
— Houston Astros (@astros) November 2, 2017