Houston Astros Show Their Strength and Resilience to Earn History
Brian Barefield | 10/27/2017, 8:26 a.m.
One player, who has been through the trials and tribulations with this team, is potential 2017 American League MVP, Jose Altuve. The Astros All-Star second baseman is the heart and soul of this team and was here during that awful three-year stretch. He is an example of “walk light and carry a big stick.” The three-time A.L batting champion had over 200 hits for the fourth year in a row and is currently hitting .386 with 5 home runs and 8 runs batted in. It was the future baseball Hall of Famer who sent a mammoth home run out of Minute Maid Park in the bottom fifth inning of game 7 of the ALCS that helped seal the victory over the New York Yankees.
Houston Astros baseball fans received a gift from the baseball gods at the end of August when American League All-Star pitcher, Justin Verlander, agreed to drop his no-trade clause with the Detroit Tigers and sign with the Houston Astros. I believe it is safe to say that he has been as good as advertised. Since coming to Houston, he has not lost a game. Verlander went 9-0 in the regular season and 4-0 in the postseason with a combined 91 strikeouts and only 17 walks. His game six performance against New York helped the Astros tie the series 3-3 and would earn him the ALCS MVP.
Taking this journey with the Astros has been the orange wearing, loud rallying, always supporting Houston fans. This trip to the World Series brought about the strong, positive buzz the city needed after being devastated by Hurricane Harvey. It has been a long time coming just ask die-hard Houston Astros fan, Jacques Hudson. He has been rooting for the Astros for a long time and remembers the last time the team played in the World Series and is excited about the possibility of the Astros bringing the title home. “It’s a dream come true. We have been through a twelve-year drought and now we are back in the fold. This year seems different because we have such a young team, compared to the last time when the window was closing on some of the seasoned veterans that were part of that 2005 team,” said Hudson.
Currently, the World Series title is up for grabs with both the Astros and Dodgers each having a one game win under their belts proving that this will be a nail-biter of a run. Houston Astros earned history winning their first World Series game in franchise history and being the first team to make three homeruns in extra innings in a World Series game. Just like the entire city, the Houston Astros are a strong team and seem to get stronger when they need to be most. They embody the words that have become the city’s new theme to show our resilience, Houston Strong. Stitched on the uniform of every Houston Astros player and coach right over their heart are the words, “Houston Strong.” Those powerful words mean so much to those who lost everything due to the storm because it means there strength in surviving, strength in not giving up and strength in overcoming any obstacle. The Houston Astros are just like that, strong until the finish.
Good luck Astros. Finish strong, bring home the win, and earn history!