Houston Astros World Series: Team must stop Nats attaining rarefied air

Houston Astros third baseman Alex Bregman (Photo by Adam Glanzman/MLB Photos via Getty Images)
Houston Astros third baseman Alex Bregman (Photo by Adam Glanzman/MLB Photos via Getty Images) /

The Houston Astros will have an opportunity to win the World Series tomorrow night. They must prevent the Nats from attaining rarefied air. What’s going on?

The Houston Astros left Houston down 0-2 against the surprising Washington Nationals. There was a feeling that the Houston Astros were in trouble and that the Washington Nationals were on the cusp of feeling like they were about to complete a historic sweep. But then, the sleeping giant woke up and have shocked the fans to now be one win away from their second title.

Houston Astros fans, allow me to present you with a clip. If you’re not familiar with this clip, let me explain. The mouse playing the guitar is the one who struggles to sing and has an unfortunate moment when the guitar string breaks. The cat, who has had his whiskers pulled off one by one is now laughing because there is no way the mouse can get the last whisker off. But to his surprise, and our own, the mouse goes right through the TV to pull off the last whisker and finish the son in style.

This is in reference to our situation. We’re playing under the bright lights of the World Series and we have some struggles in producing. All of a sudden, we’re down two games to none and the whole world is laughing now because we’re about to be eliminated in Washington D.C. without our two aces. But then, we woke up and we didn’t just win three games at Nationals Park, we took a playbook from the 2018 Boston Red Sox and did damage.

What a week it was for everyone and for me personally. I went to the first two games and it wasn’t a nightmare. Game 1 was starting off promising only to end with a heartbreaking loss in the end. Game 2 was tight and then, everything crashed. Sitting in the stands when most of the stadium left as we were getting blown out, I kept wondering what was going on. Were we faltering? Did the ALCS celebration incident come into effect? Was it really Washington’s year? This can’t be right. There was just no way.

As soon as the game was over, I along with my mother and the fans who stayed through the massacre walked out. But as we left the gate, there was one person, who worked for the organization and I believed to be a ticket usher. If I had known it then, she would be a prophet or an angel sent down to calm our nerves and fears. All it took were three words she said over and over again.

See you on Tuesday!

While whatever thought process our fans might’ve feeling then, this lady was convinced that we would be back at Minute Maid Park for Game 6 on Tuesday. Boy, was she right? Not only are we back at Minute Maid Park on Tuesday night, but we have a chance to clinch a World Series. 2017 was a great thrill for us with one exception, 17,000 plus fans got to witness the Houston Astros clinching the title on the road. This time, we have the potential to have 43,000 plus watch as the Houston Astros look to secure the 27th out for the title in two opportunities.

But make no mistake, this series is not over. It has definitely been a road sweet road series where all the teams have won the first five games away from home. There have been three teams in MLB history to have overcome losing the first two games at home and still won the World Series.

  • 1985 Royals (overcame 3-1 deficit)
  • 1986 Mets (overcame a 5-3 deficit with two outs in the 10th in Game 6 to win the series in seven)
  • 1996 Yankees (won three road games in Atlanta).

How rare is this in the MLB? It’s so rare that the NBA has never had a team pull this off and the NHL has had two teams do this. The rarity of this accomplishment would be nice for the Astros to have themselves. However, Washington would also be among rare company if they succeed in coming back. There have been three teams that needed to win games 6 and 7 on the road.

  • 1968 Tigers (beat Bob Gibson, who had a historic 1.12 ERA and struck out 17 batters in Game 1)
  • 1979 Pirates (We Are Family was there secret weapon)
  • 2016 Cubs (The Curse ended then)

The irony of all this was that the three teams overcame a 3-1 deficit. Washington is facing a 3-2

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deficit, which sounds easier than a 3-1 situation, but given that games 6 and 7 are at home will be challenging. Then again, they know how to win in Houston after ruining our festivities. We just need to have our crowd back and we need to be ready.

Tuesday night will be electric as the Astros will have a chance to win the title. We have Justin Verlander going for us, which is good, other than he has yet to win a World Series start. The Astros will have to get to Stephen Strasburg, who pitched well in Game 2 and will look to bring a Game 7. All the same, we have to win at home and we have to win at Minute Maid Park.

Once again, we have two chances to clinch. Once again, we have the opportunity to bring another title to Houston. Let’s show up and be loud with every pitch. Let’s get our guys focused and try to keep the mojo going. That fourth win will not be easy to obtain, but if we can pull this off, this will be remembered in a historic fashion not just for our organization, but also for our city.

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So fans, in the words of the prophet who I hope will be working the ticket area entering the gates, I have one thing left to say.