The Houston Astros are the new champions of the baseball world. Finally.
The Astros won Game 7 of the World Series on Wednesday night, beating the Los Angeles Dodgers to capture the franchise's first championship.
Of course, it helps that they weren't playing the White Sox.
This year's Fall Classic was just the second ever to feature the Astros, the first being the 2005 World Series, a four-game sweep by the White Sox.
This time around, the Astros weren't so dominated by opposing pitching, joining with the Dodgers to club more homers than in any World Series prior. Back in '05, White Sox pitching did very well against the Astros, with the quartet of Jose Contreras, Mark Buehrle, Jon Garland and Freddy Garcia allowing just nine earned runs in 28 innings across the four games.
This October (and one night in November) featured star-making performances from the likes of George Springer, Carlos Correa, Alex Bregman, Jose Altuve, Charlie Morton and others. They now join the likes of Paul Konerko, Scott Podsednik, Geoff Blum, Jermaine Dye and Juan Uribe as postseason legends.
Congrats to the fans of Houston and their newly minted world champs. But who knows if they would've been lifting the trophy if they had to play the White Sox again? Count your lucky stars, 'Stros. Hopefully ESPN won't forget about you.
In Part 2 of "Ask Us Anything" we answer the following questions: Who will be the biggest free agent the White Sox sign this off-season? What are the chances they trade Avi Garcia before the deadline? What's your assessment so far of Luis Robert? Who's on your all-time busted prospect list? Is Omar Vizquel the next White Sox manager? Would the 1994 White Sox have won the World Series if there wasn't a strike? What's the long term plan at third base? These questions and many more on this edition of the White Sox Talk Podcast.
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White Sox catching prospect Zack Collins is being talked about in some elite company after a recent accomplishment.
Collins participated in the Southern League Home Run Derby in Double-A earlier this evening for the Birmingham Barons, and he secured his first career home run derby win.
Now, this is cool, thanks to NBC Sports Chicago’s stats guru Chris Kamka: Dating way back to 1895, Babe Ruth was born on Feb. 6, 1895. Collins was born on the same day as Ruth, but 100 years later.
It’s still way too early to make any sort of comparisons, but it’s a fun way to connect the two.
Collins so far this season is hitting .267 with 9 HR, 33 RBI’s and 59 BB in 62 games. Those walks lead the Southern League. The next highest is 39.
Collins is hitting much better than he did when he was with Single-A Winston-Salem last season. Collins hit a mere .233 in 101 games.
Think about this too. Rick Hahn mentioned several White Sox prospects will get promotions in the coming days. Could this mean Collins will get his opportunity? We’ll just have to wait and see.