With Tuesday’s 3-1 loss, the Houston Astros have now booked their tickets to one of the greatest thrill rides in all of sports — Game 7 of the World Series.
It’ll be do-or-die for MLB’s championship for both the Astros and Los Angeles Dodgers tonight in L.A. in a contest that will be chock full of high-stakes managerial decisions with every member of the roster available to be used in crucial situations. There will be intense batter versus pitcher showdowns and moments on defense that could make or break a championship win for either team.
As glorious as a World Series Game 7 is, Astros fans everywhere probably would have preferred they closed out the championship Tuesday night. And, goodness gracious, did they ever have opportunities to take control of the game.
While ace Justin Verlander had a quality outing, the offense left runners in scoring position multiple times (a no-out, runners at second and third base situation that resulted in no runs was particularly brutal), as George Springer’s solo home run accounted for the Astros’ only run of the game.
Now, the dread builds for fans in a city that almost never wins the big one, but the Astros will have one last chance to snap the franchise’s 55-yearlong championship drought.
If the Astros go on to win Game 7, it will go down as the greatest moment in Houston sports history. What a feeling that would be for long suffering fans, especially post-Hurricane Harvey. The memories, the big moments of Game 7 — and the entire series for that matter — will be remembered for generations.
On the other hand, the heartbreak of losing Game 7 after holding a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven series before it turned back to L.A. will sting like none other — even for a fanbase that has become somewhat numb to crushing disappointment. Questions about what could have been in certain situations in this series will never be forgotten and will serve to make already disillusioned fans even more bitter.
It all comes down to Game 7.