The 2017 World Series: An Instant Classic
On baseball’s biggest stage, two top teams this season delivered a historic and entertaining series and certainly one to remember. The Los Angeles Dodgers and The Houston Astros, two teams with 100 plus regular season wins, went to seven games to determine the world champion. The Astros won Game Serven in Dodger Stadium 5-1, taking down the best regular season team on the road.
Houston came out hot and quickly dominated the game, stealing bases and scoring two runs in the first inning. In the second inning, big hitter George Springer crushed a two-run HR in to give the Astros a 5-0 lead. Houston’s strong start was just too much for LA to overcome as the Dodgers only managed to score one run.
The Astros earned their first World Series title in franchise history and in the best way possible. The Dodgers, who were heavily favored coming into this series, now face disappointment until next season. LA recorded a league best 104-58 regular season record and were predicted to be World Series champions. As for the city of Houston, this championship means a lot more than most. With everything Houston has gone through dealing with the effects of Hurricane Harvey, this championship is truly special. The Astros have been patiently waiting for this moment since the start of their franchise, and finally winning their first title makes it all even more special.
With the help of brilliant pitching by Justin Verlander and Lance McCullers Jr, and home run hitting and defense by leaders Jose Altuve and George Springer, the Astros were able to complete a World Series upset. Assisting the Astros in the series were also LA pitching woes, especially by Yu Darvish and Clayton Kershaw. Neither athlete had a great series on the mound as Kershaw struggled in Game 5, and Darvish gave up five crucial runs in Game 7. Though Kershaw and Darvish struggled, they did have successful moments in the series. In games two and five we witnessed classic and thrilling World Series baseball. Both went into extra innings, with the Astros winning both nail biting games.
All in all, this year’s World Series certainly did not disappoint. Fans witnessed memorable baseball moments, and were entertained with a back and forth series that ended in Game Seven. Although the season is sadly over, fans will surely not forget this classic World Series.