Congrats to Alex Bregman and the Houston Astros, baseball’s 2017 world champions after they beat the host LA Dodgers, 5-1.
Both Bregman and Dodgers’ outfielder Joc Pederson figured prominently in their team’s offense.
George Springer led off the game for Houston with a double and Bregman did the proper thing, hitting behind the runner to advance him to third. But Springer scored on a wild throw to first and Bregman wound up on second. He then stole third and crossed the plate on an infield out to give the Astros a 2-0 lead. That was all they would need, so in a way Bregman was responsible for the win from an offensive point of view. He also struck out three times and was in the on-deck circle when the last out was made in the top of the ninth. Bregman finished the Series with two homers, five RBIs, and a .233 batting average.
It was his glove as much as his bat that made Bregman a standout in the series
Pederson — who established the new “Jewish record” for most home runs in a single fall classic with three — had the chance to be the hero in the bottom of the first, coming up with the bases loaded and two outs; he grounded out to second to stem any rally. Pederson led off the sixth with a single to center and scored the Dodgers’ only run. He also struck out twice.
Pederson was the offensive spark plug for his team, leading the Dodgers in hits (six), doubles (tied with two), home runs (three), RBIs (five), batting average (.333), slugging (.944), and OPS (1.344). Fun fact: Pederson hit 11 home runs in 273 at-bats during the regular season; he had three in 18 during the World Series.
Prior to the game, Sandy Koufax, 81, shared ceremonial first-pitch honors with former Brooklyn Dodgers’ teammate Don Newcombe, 91, as a commemoration of the franchise’s first World Championship in 1955.
The Dodgers may have lost, but Pederson and Jewish baseball fans will always have this great memory:
Mazel tov to the winners, and rachmones for the losers.