Houston, Texas, USA: Hundreds of thousands of cheering fans came out in full force, On Friday afternoon, to the parade in downtown Houston to celebrate the 1st World Series title for the Astros. Some of them began filling the downtown streets before the sun even rose over the city of Houston, all for the love of the Astros.
World Series MVP George Springer planted the Houston Astros’ championship trophy at the front of a fire truck to a cheering crowd as the team began their victory parade Friday, with orange and blue confetti raining down as they passed tens of thousands of fans in downtown Houston.
Four military jets soared above a sea of orange and blue T-shirts, jerseys, pennants and banners along the 20-block parade route, which was quickly extended to accommodate the larger-than-expected crowd.
Fans stood more than 10 rows deep, with chants of “Let’s go Astros” echoing off skyscrapers, while some claimed bird’s-eye views from the upper floors of parking structures, draping banners down the walls.
“This is amazing. This is awesome,” General Manager Jeff Luhnow said from atop a float that carried a giant baseball. “Everybody is smiling. We’ve been excited all day.”
Several Astros players and manager A.J. Hinch waved at fans from the top of a double-decker bus as the parade started. Some fans threw caps and jerseys in their direction. Players autographed the items and tossed them back.
About a ton of confetti rained down on the world champion Astros from 20 different sites as they march through downtown.
Governor Greg abbot, Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner, team owner Jim Crane, Astros manager A.J. Hinch, the team’s mascot Orbit and Bobby Vasquez, who drives the train at Minute Maid Park were among the attendies.
“It’s a true privilege to proudly host this magnificent salute to our hometown team that has earned history,” said Mayor Turner. “As we bounce back from Hurricane Harvey, we are more than ready to welcome our heroes home in proper form.”
HISD Schools and offices were Closed for Friday’s ticker-tape parade in downtown Houston which began at 2pm at Smith and Lamar streets, traveling north on Smith Street, east on Walker Street, south on Milam Street, west on Pease Street, north on Smith Street again and ending at Lamar Street. It culminated with a celebration at City Hall.
METRO Houston offered FREE rides for the astros parade to help alleviate traffic congestion.
Texsa Governor Abbott declared today, Friday, Nov. 3 Houston @Astros Dayas declared Friday, Nov. 3 Houston @Astros Day.
Congressman Al Greenn representing the 9th Congressional District of Texas in the United States House of Representatives tweeted
‘Congrats to the Houston @Astros, 2017 #WorldSeries Champions! Today we celebrate you!’
EARLIER: HISD Schools Closed For WorldSeries Champion Houston Astros Parade Friday – Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner, team owner Jim Crane, Astros manager A.J. Hinch, the team’s mascot Orbit and Bobby Vasquez, who drives the train at Minute Maid Park, will join about 500,000 people expected to attend Friday’s ticker-tape parade in downtown Houston to celebrate the first World Series title for the Houston Astros. Organizers said the parade will begin at Smith and Lamar streets, traveling north on Smith Street, east on Walker Street, south on Milam Street, west on Pease Street, north on Smith Street again and ending at Lamar Street. It culminates with a celebration at City Hall. The parade begins at 2 p.m.
“This is a mild-mannered, non-egotistical team. And during Harvey they would come out to the places and help people out,” Jack Christie, Houston City Council, said.
About a ton of confetti will rain down on the world champion Astros from 20 different sites as they march through downtown, organizers said.
Schools and offices of the Houston Independent School District will be closed Friday for the parade celebrating the World Series win by the Astros.
“Our hometown heroes are World Series champions for the first time in franchise history,” HISD Superintendent Richard Carranza said. “This is a memorable moment for our city and a time to celebrate, especially after the challenges Houston has faced over the past several months.”
Carranza said all field trips that were scheduled for Friday are also canceled.
Students will not be required to make up the missed day, Carranza said.
Carranza said all HISD athletic events that are scheduled for Friday evening will happen as scheduled.
Police said drivers need to check for no parking signs before they park. Vehicles that are parked along the route will be towed if they are not moved before the parade.
Hurricane Harvey damaged many of the garages in downtown Houston. Drivers are urged to check downtownhoustonparking.org for more information about availability and locations of garages in downtown Houston.
Officials also urged people to use METRORail or METRO’s Park and Ride service to get downtown. METRO is providing FREE rides starting at noon. Get more information at ridemetro.org.
Organizers said they want everyone to wear their Houston Astros gear, and dress comfortably. They said paradegoers should also bring along plenty of water.
EARLIER : WorldSeriesGame7 LADvHOU : HoustonAstros Are WorldSeries CHAMPIONS – The Houston Astros are MLB World Series CHAMPIONS after defeating the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-1, in the winner-take-all game 7 in Los Angeles tonight, November 1.
The Astros ran off to an early 5-0 start in Wednesday’s showdown, the 39th Game 7 in Major League Baseball, (MLB), history.
George Springer doubled and scored to open the game against Yu Darvish, then hit a two-run homer to chase Darvish from the game with two outs in the second.
The first of Springer’s hits sparked a two-run rally for the Astros, who plated their initial run when Dodgers first baseman Cody Bellinger committed a throwing error on a routine groundout by Alex Bregman. Springer scored, and Bregman raced to second on the error, later stealing third and scoring on Jose Altuve’s groundout.
Springer who was named the World Series MVP, has five home runs in the World Series and is the first player in history to homer in four straight games during a single Fall Classic. George Springer now holds records for XBHs (8), total bases (29) & HRs (5, tied with Jackson, Utley) in a single WorldSeries. His 29 total bases were the most ever for a player in a single World Series.
Following Bregman’s steal, Darvish settled down to retire three consecutive hitters, keeping the score at 2-0, advantage Astros.
An inning later, Darvish walked Brian McCann, who scored on pitcher Lance McCullers Jr.’s groundout three batters later. With a man on base, Darvish served up Springer’s homer, which gave the Astros a five-run lead. Astros 5-0 over Dodgers.
Mid-second: Astros 5, Dodgers 0
Kershaw entered the game in the third and retired the side on 10 pitches, striking out Yuli Gurriel to end the frame.
End fifth: Still Astros 5, Dodgers 0
Four scoreless for Kershaw.
LA gets on the board against Houston flavor of the hour Charlie Morton. Andre Ethier, pinch-hitting for Kershaw, singles home Joc Pederson.
End sixth: Astros 5, Dodgers 1
End eighth: Still Astros 5, Dodgers 1
Morton bats in the ninth, Three outs away. Morton retires the Dodgers in order.
Morton gets the final 12 outs for the save. Jose Altuve fields Corey Seager’s grounder for the final out. Game Over Astros win 5-1
A Game 7 is one of the rarest treats in sports. Not since the 1980s has the World Series gone to a winner-take-all-game three times in a four-year span, but that’s what happened on Wednesday, after the Dodgers extended this Fall Classic with a 3-1 win over the Astros on Tuesday night.
Wednesday’s showdown was the 39th Game 7 in Major League history. The Dodgers have played in five of them, going 2-3 in such games in franchise history, and this will be the first one played at Dodger Stadium. The last Game 7 the Dodgers played was in 1965, when they went on the road to beat the Twins, 2-0, at Metropolitan Stadium thanks to a three-hitter from Sandy Koufax.This is the Astros’ second World Series in franchise history, but it’s their first Fall Classic Game 7.
After 179 games, the last 17 covering the three rounds of the postseason, the Astros’ season came down to one game on Wednesday and the Astros did not dissapoint.
Yu Darvish started Wednesday for the Dodgers, trying to win their first title since 1988, and Lance McCullers Jr. for the Astros in the first World Series Game 7 ever at Dodger Stadium. Darvish was chased in the second inning of Game 2, when McCullers pitched Houston to a 5-3 victory.
This will be the third World Series Game 7 in four years. Ten of the last 12 teams that won Game 6 to force a seventh game also won the title, but the Dodgers lost the previous six World Series in which they trailed 3-2. They have won just one of their six championships at home, in 1963. The visiting team won the previous two Game 7s (the Giants in 2014 and the Cubs in 2016)
Tonight’s Astros vs Dodgers was the first World Series Game 7 between 100-win teams since 1931, when the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Philadelphia A’s. This is the first world series win in Astros franchise history.