September 26, 2021

Stark: The Astros win a game and make a statement — this is who they are (The Athletic)

WASHINGTON — Sooner or later, they were going to remind us. This is who they are. This is what they are.

They’re the 2019 Houston Astros. And until the first two games of this World Series so rudely interrupted their path to the history books, they were a team on the way to defining its place as one of the great teams of this — or any — time.

Remember two days ago, when America was wondering if they were going to get swept or something? Well, guess what? The Houston Astros were not wondering those things. They were too busy wondering how America was going to react when they realized how fast two-games-to-none leads in a World Series can disappear.

So whaddaya know — that two-games-to-none lead has disappeared, all right, faster than you could say: What the heck was Fernando Rodney doing out there? It has disappeared because the Astros marched into Washington this weekend and accomplished more in 48 hours than Congress has accomplished in —…

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