5 Best Moments of the 2017 World Series
Another World Series is in the books and it very nearly lived up to the hype created a year ago when the Chicago Cubs and Cleveland Indians went to seven games. While this year’s game seven didn’t hold a candle to the one from 52 weeks ago, the Houston Astros and Los Angeles Dodgers certainly gave us a full series worth watch. Now that all is said and done, culminating in the Astros bringing the trophy to Houston for the first time, let’s look back at a few of the best moments of this World Series.
Game 2: Vin Scully ceremonial first pitch
How could you not feel all warm and happy inside when you saw Dodgers’ broadcasting legend Vin Scully throw out the ceremonial first pitch? He clearly had a blast out there, flexing his 67 years of broadcasting by narrating his own pitch, bringing out Dodger great – and 1981 champion – Steve Yeager out to catch. But wait, he wasn’t done. He went to the “bullpen” after hurting his rotator cuff and bringing out Fernando Valenzuela to handle the pitching duties. The whole spectacle was a delight to watch.
Game 2: Altuve and Correa Back-to-Back Homers
I’ll set the scene for you. 10th inning. Josh Fields was on the mound for Los Angeles. Jose Altuve stepped up and crushed a solo home run to take a 4-3 lead. Exciting enough as is, right? Wrong. Immediately after Altuve’s homer, Carlos Correa stepped up and did the exact same thing, which makes this duo just the second teammates to go back-to-back in extra innings during a postseason game. But wow, that game was just getting started at that point.
Game 5: Alex Bregman RBI single in 10th inning
Game five will go down as one of the craziest, most exciting games in World Series history. After a three-run ninth inning for the Dodgers, we went to the 10th where Alex Bregman came to the plate and cracked a single to bring in pinch-runner Derek Fisher for the game winning run. The game finished 13-12 and came in at five hours, 17 minutes.
Game 6: Joc Pederson’s Home Run Trot
Up 2-1 in the seventh inning, the hard-hitting Joc Pederson stepped up to the plate for the Dodgers. Off a Joe Musgrove pitch, Pederson went yard and celebrated with a big smile and a bit of a “Money Manziel” hand gesture. It was the final run in the game and one of the most memorable celebrations in the Series.
Game 7: Carlos Correa wins one ring, then gives a second one
Compared to the first six games, this year’s game seven wasn’t too interesting. Houston scored five runs in the first two innings and never looked back, surrendering just a single run to the Dodgers in the sixth. By that time, it was clear that the Dodgers weren’t going to get the best of the Astros. Despite the less-than-stellar deciding game, there was much to be excited about even after the final out. During a post-game interview with Ken Rosenthal, Carlos Correa discussed how winning this series was one of the biggest steps in his life and that he was “about to take another big step…” He then pulled out one of the biggest rings you’ll ever see and proposed to his girlfriend, Daniella Rodriguez. It was a truly touching end to a phenomenal World Series.
Honorable Mention: Astros fan stealing a Puig home run ball from in-law and throwing it back
In one of the more hilarious parts of the series, FOX cameras caught a couple of Astros fans in a candid moment involving Yasiel Puig’s freshly hit home run ball. After Sarah Head caught Puig’s home run, she was celebrating with her husband when her brother-in-law reached around and ripped the ball from her hands. Then, in Minute Maid Park tradition, he chucked the ball back on the field, resulting in just one of the iconic moments of game five.
There you have it. The 2017 World Series was one for the ages, and one for the record books considering we saw the most ever combined home runs in a single World Series. We’ve had two straight amazing Series. Here’s hoping we get a third next year.
(Image courtesy John Liu via Flickr.)