LOS ANGELES — Six years ago, Jeff Luhnow pitched Astros owner Jim Crane his vision to build a team primed to contend not only for a few years but for an extended period of time.
It would be painful, and the Astros would have to be patient and disciplined while enduring as drastic a teardown and rebuild the sport has witnessed. But when the time was right, and enough elite prospects procured through the draft had matriculated from their farm system, they would compete for championships annually.
Through the years of losing and high draft picks emerged the roster that delivered Houston its first World Series championship. At 8:59 p.m. P.T. Wednesday night at Dodger Stadium, the Astros capped their franchise’s 56th season with a 5-1 victory in Game 7 of the Fall Classic. The vision of Luhnow, their sixth-year general manager, was realized.
Astros first baseman Yuli Gurriel put his hands on his head in disbelief after fielding the throw from second baseman Jose Atuve on a groundball from Corey Seager for the final out. A mob developed by second base, where players and coaches were issued World Series champion T-shirts and caps.
“This team loves playing in Houston,” Astros manager A.J. Hinch said, “and we’re going to love bringing this World Series trophy back to Houston.”
By Jake Kaplan