Celebration in the Wake of Disaster

Last night, the Astros qualified for the World Series. They shut out the Yankees in Game 7 of the ALCS, and they’ll start playing the Dodgers in the Fall Classic on Tuesday. Both teams have long droughts they’re seeking to end, with one a lot longer than the other. The Dodgers haven’t won a World Series since 1988, and the Astros have never won (last year was similar: the Cubs hadn’t won the WS in 108 years and the Indians hadn’t since the 1940s).

I don’t know which side to take here. I’m a National League fan. I like that the Dodgers beat the Cubs in the NLCS rematch, and I love Clayton Kershaw, period. And the Dodgers are so good that I can see them winning in as few as five games (Houston won’t let them sweep, I think).

On the other hand, it would be great to see Houston take home its first World Series trophy, especially to a city that’s still struggling after Hurricane Harvey wreaked havoc a couple months ago. This reminds me of the 1989 Series between the Oakland Athletics and the San Francisco Giants, when an earthquake hit the Bay Area right before Game 3. Of course, both teams are from the Bay Area, so the series win was already going to go to an affected city. But I’m inclined to root for Houston for this reason.

Here’s a look at the game that immediately followed the earthquake in 1989:

The pitching matchup in Tuesday’s game is Dallas Keuchel vs. Kershaw. Former Detroit Tigers ace Justin Verlander pitches for the Astros on Tuesday. I’ll be watching. There might even be a World Series winner before my next post!

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