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World Series Game Six: Redemption?

The Houston Astros captured their second World Championship, leaving many fans wondering if they should move on from the past

By Clyde E. DawkinsPublished 3 months ago 5 min read

Game Six of the 2022 World Series became part of baseball history days before it was even played. When the Houston Astros won Game Four to even the series, that forced a sixth game, and thanks to the rain postponement pushing everything back a day, Game Six took place on November 5--the latest date ever for a baseball game. The Series returned to Houston, with the Astros entering with a chance to clinch their second championship in franchise history. For the Philadelphia Phillies, they had to win back-to-back games on the road in order to win their first championship in 14 years.

The game was quiet for the most part, with the exception of some very questionable balls and strikes calls on both sides. It was actually scoreless entering the sixth inning, until Kyle Schwarber homered to lead off that frame. Bryce Harper came close to going yard himself, but the Phillies still led 1-0 heading into the bottom of the sixth. The Astros wasted no time striking back. A pair of singles resulted in runners at the corners for Yordan Alvarez, who had been in a hitting slump since homering in the ALDS. That slump ended big time when an absolute cookie (my word for an easily hittable pitch) was thrown right to Alvarez, who crushed it all the way to the Gulf of Mexico.

With an additional run added, the Astros took a 4-1 lead to the bottom one-third of the game, and regarding the Phillies, their momentum was absolutely gone. Houston still had nine outs to get, but they were accumulated so easily. The ninth inning saw Rhys Hoskins pop out, and while J.T. Realmuto singled, Bryce Harper and Nick Castellanos ended up serving as the final outs that clinched a championship for the Astros.

Dusty Baker wins his championship as a manager

I'll be honest, there are only three people I'm happy for regarding Houston's championship. The most important person, of course, is Dusty Baker, who had been snakebit for so many decades as a manager. Dusty was hired as the Astros manager back in 2020, which was the first season following the discovery that the Astros cheated to win the World Series in 2017, so he had to shoulder the fallout of a scandal that was caused by a different manager. In addition, this was Dusty's first managerial job since his time with the Washington Nationals, which saw him get a lot of undeserved blame for the Nats' postseason woes--when the fact was that the team was severely undertalented. The Astros (at least) reached the ALCS every year under Dusty, with the last two years seeing them reach the Fall Classic. They came up short in 2021, but 2022 was a success, and at the age of 73, Dusty Baker finally reached the very top of the proverbial mountain.

Trey Mancini was traded to the Astros on August 1, 2022

Another person I'm extremely happy for is Trey Mancini, who I enjoyed watching when he was with the Baltimore Orioles. Mancini played parts six and a half seasons with the Orioles, with his only postseason coming in his first year in 2016. He ended up missing the entire 2020 season due to being diagnosed with Stage 3 colon cancer, but by the time the 2021 season began, Mancini had great news: he was cancer-free. Mancini rejoined the Orioles for the 2021 season, and it was an absolute joy to see him back on the field. He would be traded to the Astros in the late summer of 2022, quickly becoming quite the key piece in Houston's championship run. This young man survived colon cancer, and continues to be the absolute class act that he's always been, and as a result, he has a World Series ring. Good things truly do happen to good people.

Jeremy Pena captures the World Series MVP

The list ends with young rookie sensation Jeremy Pena, who earned the title of World Series MVP. Though to be honest, if baseball did like hockey and give out the MVP for the entire postseason, I would think that Pena would be a shoo-in for baseball's equivalent of the Conn Smythe Trophy. It was Pena's home run in the 18th inning of Game Three of the ALDS that moved the Astros one step closer, and he continued his timely hitting in the ALCS and the World Series, actually winning MVPs in each of the last two series. Jeremy Pena is in rare air--he is only the ninth player to have won LCS MVP and World Series MVP in the same year. The list began with the late, great Willie "Pops" Stargell in 1979, and entering this year, Corey Seager was the last to achieve this feat. Both nods were definitely well deserved.

With all of that out of the way, it's time for that discussion. You know the one. The Houston Astros won the World Series. Fairly. Without cheating. Now, does this remove all of the proverbial stink from 2017? No, it doesn't. However, is it time that we all move on from 2017? Yes. A lot of things changed in five years; the rules being one of them, and more importantly, the faces on the Astros. Only five players remain from that tainted championship, meaning that this is a completely different team. This team not only won, they won it the right way. Because of this, we cannot simply dwell on 2017 anymore, and yes, that is especially true in regards to fans of the Los Angeles Dodgers, and my fellow fans of the New York Yankees. I know it'll be hard, I know this, but we have to move on from past discretions, because not doing so makes us appear immensely salty. We Yankees fans may be a lot of things to a lot of people, but one thing we are not is salty. Do not give anyone that impression.

As for the Philadelphia Phillies, well, this was still a much better season than advertised. This team was not supposed to be in the Fall Classic this year. It was supposed to be the Dodgers, or the Atlanta Braves, or even the New York Mets representing the National League this year. Problem: the Mets got ousted early, the Phils took out the Braves after sweeping the St. Louis Cardinals, and the Dodgers failed to even reach the NLCS. All Philly did was capitalize, and it resulted in a pennant. They came up short simply because they stopped scoring and getting important hits after the first five innings of Game Three. Despite this, the Phillies should be immensely proud of their season.

So another baseball season comes to an end, and 2023 will bring so many changes to the sport. No more shifts, a thoroughly homogenized schedule, and most of all, no more ghost runner rule. That's 2023. For now, the Houston Astros will bask in their latest championship, while the other 29 teams plan to dethrone them.

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Clyde E. Dawkins

Born on March 18, 1985. I am an avid fan of sports and wrestling, and I've been a fan of female villains since the age of eight. Also love movies--especially comedy and horror--and among my favorite TV shows are The Simpsons and Family Guy

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