In a state where football is the sport, baseball cracked through in past week to dominate the headlines here in Texas. The first two World Series games were held in Houston last week to sold out, frenzied crowds. Though the Astros were swept, they were in each game to the very end, giving fans the drama, the excitement, and the frenzy usually reserved for football.
I am proud of the team, though they ran out of steam when it counted most. On June 1st, local sportswriters had written the team off as dead, and though their season appeared to be over to the public, the players reached deep inside themselves to elevate their game and catapult themselves, by the last hair of their playoff beards, into the World Series.
Somebody has to lose, but for one shining moment, the Astros showed the state of Texas what it feels like to be winners.
NLCS Champions. Not too shabby.