Houston Astros: Three thoughts ahead of the World Series

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Remember the struggles and pain you perhaps faced

I watched a Cubs documentary from last year’s World Series about Cub fans and their feelings during the incredible classic. To hear different stories of fans and loved ones who loved that franchise and to see that they passed years before really touched me.

The past few years of my life have been difficult on a personal level.  I lost two grandparents in 2013 and 2014 because of health issues and that it was their time to leave Earth. I lost a best friend because of tragic circumstances in the fall of 2014. Last summer, I lost another grandpa from brain cancer. Then in May, one of my aunts passed away from breast cancer.

They all loved the Houston Astros as much as I did. They may not have been diehards, but they knew the Houston Astros were our team. I cried last night thinking about where we are now and all those who are not here to see it.

Y’all may have similar stories in your lives and I think it’s okay to think about everyone that you know that were Houston Astros fans as much as you were.

What About Harvey?

There’s no question that Harvey is on everyone’s minds. People will see us as a team trying to bring some joy to Houston after the hurricane. I think we are the sentimental favorites everywhere but Los Angeles. Those people out there probably care for us and sympathize with our situation. But they want the Dodgers to beat us. That’s ok!

I realize regardless of the result that it won’t cure any problems we all have. At the end of the day, we’re going to face bigger problems than the World Series. It’s only one week, but at least we know we’re going to find joy for seven to ten days if it lasts that long.

I think we still had a team that could win the World Series even without Harvey impacting our city. But it just gave us the strength to carry on and win the American League pennant.

So with the past in play, let’s talk about the present.