When Justin Verlander left the Detroit Tigers at the August deadline, the unspoken reason for his exit was obvious: he wanted to win a World Series.
For those who have followed his career and wanted him to achieve that ultimate goal, the move to leave the Tigers made sense. The team was going into a rebuild, and the Houston Astros were right in their prime. His chances would never be better.
Tonight, Verlander’s dream of a World Series ring has come true.
Game Seven lacked some of the high-stakes drama of the previous six games in the series. It wasn’t a neck-and-neck race. The Astros, under the incredible offensive work of George Springer, brought the Astros to an early 5-0 lead. The Dodgers would scrape out one run, but never truly put up a fight.
Ultimately, it was the battle of the bullpens, with the Dodgers using Yu Darvish, Brandon Morrow, Clayton Kershaw, and seemingly everyone with a functional arm. The Astros started hungry and stayed hungry, and in spite of several scoring opportunities for the Dodgers, the Los Angeles team was never quite able to make a run.
This series will go down as one for the ages, with games two and five being among the most intense postseason games ever played. There will be talk of the balls being slicker, talk of more home runs than ever before in history, but in Detroit, there is only one thing that matters:
Justin Verlander got his ring.
And we couldn’t be happier for him.
Justin Verlander on ESPN: "On that night I said yes, this is what I envisioned." pic.twitter.com/LHMvWnmwOn— Brad Galli (@BradGalli) November 2, 2017
Look how beautiful this is:
We think the @JustinVerlander trade worked out for the @astros! #CHAMPS pic.twitter.com/5jDSv9XEh8— MLB GIFS (@MLBGIFs) November 2, 2017