The Houston Astros won their first World Series title last week over the Los Angeles Dodgers. Jose Altuve, Josh Springer, and the late season acquisition of Detroit Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander were the main catalysts for this championship run. Another was the shared sense of strength the Astros felt after seeing what the city of Houston went through in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. The hashtag Houston Strong was trending on all social media platforms throughout the playoffs and now the Astros social media accounts have been sharing that they have earned history. Not bad for a team that in 2013 drew a 0.0 Nielsen rating for a regular season game. That did not stop Sports Illustrated’s Ben Reiter from writing a story in 2014 predicting that the team would win the World Series in 2017, a story that would be placed on the cover of the magazine. I’m reminded of the Seinfeld episode where Elaine creates the “Urban Sombrero” and puts it on the cover of the latest issue of the J. Peterman catalog. Lucky for Reiter that the Astros had a vision and stuck to their plan and are now celebrating their first ever World Series title.
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