Just Two Months After Hurricane Harvey, Houston Fans Are United and Lifted Up by the World Series

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Just Two Months After Hurricane Harvey, Houston Fans Are United and Lifted Up by the World Series

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At around 10:37 CT on Wednesday November 1, Corey Seager rolled over on a grounder to second base, leading to the Houston Astros first World Series championship in team history.

Here’s that final out:

And although this meant a lot to a team that had never won a World Series before …

Including Carlos Correa, who took the opportunity to propose just moments after it all finally happened:

Or Justin Verlander, the living legend who finally got his first World Series ring:

… It meant even more to Houston-natives, who are just barely two months removed from the devastation of Hurricane Harvey.

For them, this championship wasn’t just a distraction from the recent destruction and disaster, it was a bright spot, a celebration, a reason for happiness and unity.

And all of it at just the right time.

“It’s not so much lifting Houston up — it sends you in a different direction for a while,” said Rabbi Amy Weiss to the New York Times. “You can climb into the game, into the television, and you’re not thinking about your flooded house.”

(Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)

Another Houston-native, Waylon Doucett, described jumping and dancing on his porch with friends and neighbors late Wednesday night, and the role the Astros, themselves, played in that happiness.

“You can see it in their eyes,” Doucett said of the Astros players to the New York Times. “They know the devastation. They know what we’re going through down here. Of all times, what better time to win the World Series than right now.”

The stories of joy and togetherness following the World Series win on Wednesday are almost too many to share, but each is worth your time and attention.

You can read more at the New York times, and see pictures of families watching the World Series in internally-gutted living rooms (like this one) around Houston right here.

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Author: Michael Cerami

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