It has been a year since the Houston Astros took on Dodgers in Game 5 of the World Series, let’s look back at four things that made it an instant classic.
One year ago today, the Houston Astros and the Los Angeles Dodgers would play a game that had never been seen before in baseball history. It was a game that brought fans the thrills and chills of emotions while being put on a roller coaster ride unlike any other.
It’s only fitting with Halloween approaching that fans remember the haunted, epic tale of a game where two teams would find themselves in a place that would become a house of horrors for everyone, including the Houston Astros themselves.
Happy Halloween everyone. Too soon? Okay, so it’s not for another two days. But come on, we get to see Halloween films for the whole month like we get to see Christmas films for the month of December.
Yes, we are disappointed that the Houston Astros failed to get back to the World Series. But hey, there will be opportunities in the future because of how great this team is. Sure, we could possibly lose free agents like Marwin Gonzalez or Dallas Keuchel. But the big core of Jose Altuve, Alex Bregman, Carlos Correa, and George Springer is back for another year as are the pitching aces of Justin Verlander and Gerrit Cole. It’s all good! We can worry about getting back next year.
For right now though, it’s time to remember a night that still resonates with us. It’s a night that will live on for years and years in our hearts and minds. The night that will be told in books, possibly songs, and maybe a movie or so years from now. This night was the night when a hard-fought series would become an all-time classic with one game. For until another three days later, when heaven was reached, the Houston Astros had to go through hell.
So our good buddies at the Los Angeles Times recently wrote an article about the historic Game 5 of the 2017 World Series and how it pretty much cost the Dodgers the championship. Alex Cora, then bench coach for the Houston Astros, called it the “best, worst game in the history of baseball.” Is that a good thing or a bad thing? The Dodgers still struggle to talk about it while the Houston Astros still can’t believe what actually took place.
Was it a miracle or a major collapse? Did a game like this have to happen? Were there outside forces that decided to wreck havoc to turn a potentially great game into an all-time classic? It’s hard to say because it feels like a mystery or in some cases, a thriller.
That game itself captured the emotions of every fan. It added a layer that was thought to be impossible over the previous one. Perhaps, that game was intriguing given the circumstances surrounding it. Maybe it was a game that had to be played out because postseason baseball is among the best ever.
Maybe it was a game that needed to come full circle following the events in the previous two months. Like Rocky IV in the fight with Ivan Drago, this game was truly a sporting moment that wasn’t supposed to happen. But it seemed like destiny was writing on this game to happen.
Whether fans love it or hate it, Game 5 of the 2017 World Series remains in itself a true fall classic moment. The shrieks and cheers of excitement that went with the screams and cries of frustration inside a ballpark for five hours remain a testament of just how unpredictable the game itself is. Then again, it shows how unpredictable life is.
It just seems like everything Houston Astros fans went through came together all on that one night. The only to really explain what went on that night is to gather around a campfire and tell it like a legend. For sure, this game will be remembered for a long time and it does bring out a sense of joy and cause nightmares.
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