George Springer believed his home might have been destroyed. Only his teammates knew his level of worry, and if you had watched Springer play baseball for those few days, you would not have known.
Evan Gattis powered the Astros to the lead in their 4-0 victory in Game 7 on Saturday night, crushing a homer to left-center field to open the fourth inning against Yankees lefty CC Sabathia.
Fresh off capturing their first pennant in more than a decade, the Astros enter the World Series with their pair of aces ready to go against the National League champion Dodgers.
The Astros made right-hander Charlie Morton a priority last offseason, and he set the tone with five shutout innings in Houston’s 4-0 victory in Game 7 of the ALCS.
The expectations began to soar 11 months ago, when the Astros traded for veteran catcher Brian McCann and signed veteran outfielder Josh Reddick. Carlos Beltran soon joined the club, and an up-and-coming Astros team filled with promising young players was a juggernaut in waiting.
After starting twice and coming up huge both times, Astros starter Justin Verlander was named the Most Valuable Player of the 2017 American League Championship Series presented by Camping World.
Once bitter rivals in the National League West, the Astros and Dodgers will renew acquaintances in the World Series beginning Tuesday at Dodger Stadium.
Brian McCann was already expensive, and he was suddenly expendable with the emergence of rookie phenom Gary Sanchez. So the Yankees made the veteran catcher available on the trade market last offseason, and the Astros pounced.
The Astros were the talk of MLB after posting a 42-16 record through June 5. Then, as soon as Houston lost some steam, the Dodgers rolled off the best 50-game stretch that baseball has had in more than a century.
The best way to reach your goals? For the Astros & GM Jeff Luhnow, it was trusting their beliefs & staying the course.
Perhaps it was not by coincidence that the person the Astros asked to throw out the ceremonial first pitch on Friday was a former star athlete who knows a little about playing for a championship team in Houston.