After defeating the New York Yankees to win the AL Pennant, the Houston Astros are headed to the World Series for the second time in three years. José Altuve hit a pennant winning walk-off home run in the bottom of the ninth. Altuve was named ALCS MVP but made clear that it was a team effort.
“We’re not going to the World Series because of me,” said Altuve. “We’re going to the World Series because of everybody inside of the clubhouse.”
While it wasn’t easy, in the end it turned out to be the fairy tale ending Astros fans had hoped for.
Outfielder for the Astros Josh Reddick expressed faith in his teammate Altuve, “I was sitting on the stairs, and I looked at [Michael Brantley] after the 2-0 pitch and said, ‘Jose is gonna win it for us. He’s the glue to this team. He holds us all together and gets us going.”
This marks another 100-win season for the franchise. There is little time to celebrate because the Astros have their eyes focused on the prize of winning it all.
“We’re not done yet,” Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow said. “This series could have gone either way. The last series could have gone either way. We knew we had built a team to win. Now we get a chance to prove it.”
The American League Champion Houston Astros will face the National League Champion Washington Nationals in the MLB World Series.