Tag: Houston Astros

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One of the more discouraging things about modern life is the tendency of the media to take every little thing to DEFCON 1* without investigation or thought. That is certainly true of things connected to politics, but the tendency has flowed far beyond that realm. Take for example the revelation that the Houston Astros had […]

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  This year’s World Series features two franchises who have been relatively unsuccessful until recently. The Houston Astros are making their second World Series appearance in the last three seasons, and their third overall World Series and are seeking their second World Championship (having won the 2017 affair), while their opponent will be the Washington […]

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“Instant Karma”: Houston wins World Series

 

I’m not really a Houston Astros fan, even though I’ve attended multiple Astros games when spending some time in Texas. However, I’m glad to see the Houston Astros win the 2017 World Series in the traditional sport of baseball. Sports can provide an outlet for people and help measure and test them. With some other professional sports being sidetracked with side issues and politics I actually took more of an interest in the baseball postseason this year. Considering the damage Houston (and other parts of Texas) suffered at the hands of Hurricane Harvey it’s a nice storyline for the Astros to come through with an upset World Series win over the formidable LA Dodgers.

During the time when Harvey hit the Houston area, I was rather taken aback by a number of tactless and malicious comments made about Texas and Texans. As if the residents of Houston and the rest of Texas somehow deserved a terrible hurricane to cause damage and disruption to people’s lives. I recall one academic calling Hurricane Harvey “instant karma” for Texas. There even seemed to be comments in parts of the media for egging on the idea that Texas had a dreadful ability to handle the emergency and that there were even cartoons making fun of Texas residents receiving first responder help.

These comments just made no sense to me; I had trouble following the logic. The boorish commentary was simply unbecoming. Typically natural disasters are times to show support. Now the Astros have delivered the first World Series Championship to Houston after a competitive seven-game series. Sure, the World Series doesn’t take away Harvey’s effects, but it’s a nice non-controversial sports outlet and a symbol of bouncing back from hardships. A few folks feel better, I’m sure.

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  One of the most successful franchises of all time will face one of the least successful franchises in this year’s World Series. The Los Angeles Dodgers will make their 19th appearance in the World Series in search of their 7th World Championship while their opponent will be the Houston Astros, a franchise without a […]

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