Ever since I was a child, a dream of mine was that the Houston Astros would one day meet the New York Yankees in the World Series, and beat the crap out of them.
You see, I've always held a strong dislike for the Yankees. Part of that dislike is, admittedly, based on jealousy of their storied history. But that dislike is also based on their insufferably arrogant fanbase or the fact that the baseball world seems revolve around them, simply due to the city in which they are located: a perfect example of the Tyranny of New York.
For the lowly Astros to beat baseball's pre-eminent team? What a dream!
Okay, so last night's game wasn't the World Series - it was a one-game play-in between two wild card teams (an dubious addition MLB made to its postseason just a few years ago), and it occurred as a result of the Astros being moved from the National League to the American League (something I still dislike) - but it was still a postseason victory over the evil, hated Yankees. A shutout victory, no less. At Yankee Stadium.
So I guess my dream really did come true. In a sense.
For a team that hasn't been in the playoffs since their World Series appearance a decade ago, struggled not to lose 100 games
a year ago, and that struggled to make the playoffs this year after a
late-season slide that saw them lose 15 of 22 games at one point,
winning this play-in game is a huge step forward.
Next up for the Astros is the Kansas City Royals in the American League Divisional Series.