Thursday, November 2, 2017

#MLB NEWS: Congrats to the #HoustonAstros #WorldSeries CHAMPS 2017! [details]

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Piles of storm debris still lined the curb on Lake Forest Boulevard. His home was still a shell with bare concrete floors and exposed walls. His bed was still a mound of clothes in a back room. Eight panels of Sheetrock still sat outside awaiting installation.

But in the euphoria after the Houston Astros won their first World Series title late Wednesday, none of it seemed to matter for Waylon Doucett, who jumped and danced and screamed on his porch with his friends and neighbors.

Every city wants a World Series victory. Houston, post-Harvey, needed one.

Two months after Hurricane Harvey struck Texas and devastated swaths of Houston, including Mr. Doucett’s Lakewood neighborhood, the Astros defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers, 5-1, in Game 7 of the Series, capping a dramatic season that gave the city what many fans here called a great mass distraction.

“You can see it in their eyes,” Mr. Doucett, 32, said of the Astros players after spraying Budweiser in the air until the cardboard covering the windows got wet, not too far from where he had carried an elderly neighbor on his back through chest-high floodwaters. “They know the devastation. They know what we’re going through down here. Of all times, what better time to win the World Series than right now.”

Across Houston, people who nine weeks ago were united by chaos and water were brought back together by a ballgame. They listened on radios because Harvey destroyed their televisions.

Nights don't get much better than the one Carlos Correa had on Wednesday.

First, the star Houston shortstop became a World Series champion when the Astros toppled the Dodgers 5-1 in Game 7 in Los Angeles.

Then, while the Astros were celebrating on the Dodger Stadium field, Correa proposed to his girlfriend, who said yes.
"... I was planning if we were World Series champions, I was going to do it right there," Correa said. "I don't think that's a stage you can create; it just has to happen. And we were able to win tonight, so perfect timing for me to get engaged.

"I've been thinking about it for months now, but I was waiting for the perfect opportunity, you know. I knew we had a great team, we could accomplish this, and I wasn't wrong."
The soon-to-be bride of Correa is Daniella Rodriguez, the 2016 Miss Texas USA. Correa got down on one knee and, on live television, asked: "Daniella Rodriguez, will you make me the happiest man in the world? Will you marry me?"

She said yes, they kissed and then he presented her with the ring, and they kissed again.

Correa said he asked for help from one of the clubhouse attendants late in the game.

"One of the clubbies, I talked to him in the ninth inning, and I'm like, 'I don't want to jinx anything, but if we get the three outs, please bring me the ring because I am going to get engaged in the ballpark.'"

The rest was history.

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