George Springer, hoarse and covered in sweat and dirt at 1:15 a.m., tried to explain everything the Astros were feeling. But his body was still pulsing adrenaline, and he knew it was impossible to truly capture and define all this.
“This has been the best time of my baseball life,” Springer said Monday morning.
As I rode the Minute Maid Park elevator toward the home clubhouse 5 hours and 17 minutes after the insanity that was Game 5 began, fans were heard wooing and screaming in a distant hallway, while the ballpark in downtown Houston was still throbbing after the second-longest game in World Series history.
— MLB Network (@MLBNetwork) October 30, 2017
“That just happened! That just happened!” yelled yet another believer.
And as 23-year-old Carlos Correa tried to process it all – 13-12 Astros in 10 innings; three comebacks and Alex Bregman’s joyous final walkoff; one win away from winning the whole darn thing in 2017 – he acknowledged what all of you were feeling on what instantly became the most surreal night in Astros history.
— Houston Astros (@astros) October 31, 2017
“It’s crazy, man. To just be part of it, it’s just such a blessing,” Correa said. “But these games are hard on me, man. I feel like I’m going to have a heart attack out there.”
And you thought that night in Hollywood with all the huge late-inning home runs was the one with all the magic.
Game 2, meet Game 5.
We have a new winner.
This World Series just got completely crazy.