By Veronica Mackey
Astros fans everywhere celebrated Wednesday night as they closed out Game 7of the 2017 World Series with a victory. The game was destined to make history whichever way it went. It is the Dodger’s first time in the World Series since 1988, and would have been the first one that the team has won at home. It is also the first Astros World Series ever.
The Astros were a sentimental favorite going into the series, due to the devastation of Hurricane Harvey in Houston that claimed the lives of at least 90 and caused at least $70 billion in economic damages. A FOX 11 newscaster said she would have bet on the Astros, if the “boys in blue” had not advanced to the championship.
This season’s contest has been a fight to the finish, thrilling baseball fans to no end. ESPN said, “The 2017 World Series has been building toward a crescendo from the moment Jackie Robinson's family threw out the ceremonial first pitch before Game 1. The Dodgers and Astros have traded leads, home runs, home-field advantages, gut punches and momentum under a California sky, a retractable roof in Texas and back again.”
The iconic Game 5 was a nail biter for sure, lasting over 5 hours and ending with a 13-12 victory by the Astros. The Dodgers came back in Game 6, beating the Astros 3-1.
Pitcher Kenley Jansen closed it out at the top of the ninth inning with multiple no-hitters—a strong finish for a guy who has struggled throughout the series.
“The real, rightful, regular Jansen reappeared in the Dodgers’ 3-1 win in Game 6 on Tuesday, throwing only 19 pitches — 18 of them strikes — to work two perfect innings, bail out a bullpen still reeling from the wild Game 5 loss, and secure the victory,” USA Today reported.
The Dodger’s were so close to a victory—coming into Game 7 and tied 3-3 in the series. Close, yet so far. The boys in blue gave it everything they had. But sadly, even the great pitching skills of Jansen and fellow pitchers Clayton Kershaw and Yu Darvish were not enough to stop the team from Houston.
Wednesday marked the 39th time the World Series has gone seven games. Some fans paid as much as $25,000 per ticket. Yikes!