• Brian L. Barefield

THANK YOU Astros bid to repeat as World Series Champions fall short in Game 5 of the ALCS

I learned at an early age about two words that would get me through life. Words that could change the mood of any situation if used properly. “Thank You,” is a form of appreciation and gratitude towards people or individuals who have done something nice for you. Here at Houston Style Magazine we want to tell our hometown baseball team the Houston Astros thank you for a wonderful season.

The Astros season ended in Game 5 of the American League Championship Series when they lost to the Boston Red Sox 4-1. Houston, the 2017 World Series Champions, looked out of sync the entire series and just could not come up with a way to defeat the team who had the best record in Major League Baseball this year with 108. They were trying to become the first repeat champions since the New York Yankees did it 1998-2000.

“They beat us. We ran out of wins,” said skipper A.J. Hinch who managed his team to 103 regular season wins. “You can break down this series however you want. They did a really good job of having an excellent game plan and executing it,” Hinch went on to say as he addressed the reporters for the last time.

One player displayed the true meaning of “Heart of A Champion,” a phrase uttered by another champion from Houston, former Rockets coach Rudy Tomjanovich. 2017 A.L. MVP Jose Altuve gave everything he had by playing injured throughout the 2018 MLB playoffs. He was moved from his regular infield position (second base), to the designated hitter spot during the ALCS.

Once again, manager A.J. Hinch chimed in to talk about his All-Star player who has been here through the tough times as well. “He is such a great example of what’s right. I wish you guys knew what he had to go through to play every day and get himself prepared and then contribute and do well.”

Houston will have some decisions to make in the off-season as some key free agents from their team will be looking for bigger paydays. Former AL Cy-Young winner from 2015, Dallas Keuchel will more than likely not return next year. Other notables who may make their way out of Houston is starting pitcher Charlie Morton and utility player Marwin Gonzales. The biggest loss could be Gonzales as he played a plethora of positions for the Astros last year when the “Big 3” (Altuve, Springer, and Correa) were all out with injuries. That along with his steady bat in the bottom half of the lineup will be missed if Houston can’t resign him.

What more can be said about a team who brought a championship to a city who really needed some type of morale boost after the devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey in 2017. The Astros proved to the city of Houston that once they get fully healthy, they will be back to make another October run towards the World Series and for that we simply say.

Thank You.

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