I was rooting for the Phillies, but truth be told, it's probably a good thing that the 106-win Houston Astros won it all. Everybody loves an underdog story, but with how baseball's gone the last few years, it's nice to see one of the best teams throughout the entire season end up champions. Cinderella stories are fun, but as an unbiased internet journalist, sometimes it's good to see greatness get rewarded and the 2022 Astros are a great team.
I saw a lot of backlash toward the new playoff format, but I think year one went awesome. The top two teams in the AL advanced, while the NL was full of upsets, but at the end of the day, one of the best organizations in baseball (as much as it pains me to say that and nothing changes the fact that they cheated in 2017) won it all.
Idfw the Astros, but I am pumped for a few members of the squad. First and foremost, Rhode Island's own Jeremy Peña. What a rookie year for the Classical grad! ALCS MVP, World Series MVP, AND a Gold Glove.
Speaking of Liván...wins are wins, but YIKES.
Everybody knows Dozie loves a good narrative. Look at this!!!
I have no idea if there's any sort of relationship or bad blood between these two (unbiased internet journalist). Still, it's fucking bananas to see Correa interview the man who replaced him and showed just how smart the Astros were for letting him go. First rookie position player to ever win LCS and WS MVP. Not bad for a product of the Pr*vid*nce School Department!!
Peña was incredible. He chased three starters in a six games series and hit .400 with 5 2B, a homer, and 3 rbis and played a Gold Glove SS.
Jeremy's future's so bright he's gotta wear shades, but the man who wears medical gloves is finally a World Series champion manager! Congratulations, Dusty Baker!!!
This is kinda wild.
At 73 years old, Dusty Baker is the oldest manager to ever win a World Series, and he did so while holding the record for most games managed without a World Series title. I wouldn't be shocked if Mark Prior was a little butthurt (who could blame him?), but if the Astros had to win, it's awesome to see such a beloved baseball lifer like Dusty Baker finally get the monkey off his back. Everybody likes Dusty Baker. So much success, with so much playoff heartbreak, and finally a World Series champion. At his age, who would blame him if he went out on top? But as of now, he's coming back!
It's always FUCK the Astros, but I'm also happy for former Red Sox Christian Vázquez and one of my all-time favorite pitchers, Justin Verlander. Sure, it's his second ring, but after missing almost two full seasons and finally winning a World Series game as a starter, I'm sure this one means a little more to him.
Credit to the Astros. They showed the world that they're the best baseball team on the planet. Hopefully both Texas and Pennsylvania don't elect any election denying, freedom hating, fascists on Tuesday, but until then, enjoy the party!
Good for cancer survivor Trey Mancini too!