I have, I think, four main reactions to the Houston Astros winning the 2022 World Series last night:
1.) I generally did not want to see the Astros win, because I guess I do still harbor some antipathy for what they did in 2017 and the fact that they got to keep their trophy from that year (which, by the way, makes me a huge hypocrite because I really want the Cubs to sign Carlos Correa).
2.) Good for Dusty Baker, who I know was far from perfect in his days with the Cubs, but who is a baseball lifer who has been very good and successful in a whole lot of ways. He deserved a World Series win by now.
3.) Bummer for the Phillies, whose story I’d come to really like, plus the former Cubs on the team I was happy to see do well.
4.) BRING ON THE OFFSEASON.
More on number four very soon.
As for the rest, stray things to share …
The game was scoreless into the 6th inning when Kyle Schwarber, who loves postseason home runs as much as his own momma, broke the tie:
Unfortunately it didn’t last long. Of course it was Yordan Alvarez who turned things around to give the Astros the late lead. This MONSTER blast came after a pitching switch (Zack Wheeler was still cruising, but Rob Thomson preferred the match-up with Jose Alvarado):
Alvarez had an all-time postseason:
You take the good and the bad, and with Schwarber, I have absolutely zero idea what the thinking was here:
Bunting for a hit with two strikes in that situation … I mean, I guess I understand that you need baserunners, but not with two strikes, dude. I feel bad that people are likely to rip Schwarber for a while for that one, ignoring the fact that his homer accounted for the Phillies’ only run in the game.
Seems like things went well for the Astros in moving on from Correa:
Jeremy Peña had such a weird trajectory to the majors. He was a 21-year-old raking in High-A when the pandemic shut things down, and then he barely played at all in 2021 coming out of the pandemic, splitting time between complex ball and 30 games at Triple-A. And then he immediately made the BIG league team this year, contributing right away at age 24/25.
Now the Astros get to say they won one clean, until it comes out that they were using microscopic drones to swoop in on fly balls and supplement distance.
The Astros celebrate:
Dusty Baker, who is now the oldest manager (73) to win the World Series:
Full Game Six highlights: