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Fans Rally Behind New Presidential Candidate 15 Months Before Elections as Houston Astros Take Centre Stage in Washington

Published 08/08/2023, 4:27 AM EDT

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Baseball has long been an American staple. The nation’s pastime has found its way into all our hearts and, for some of us, has become a rather important piece of our entertainment fix. And while its popularity has been called into question a few times, few can doubt that the sport is loved all over the country. And what higher recognition is there than the highest office in the country recognizing your achievement?

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The Houston Astros fought back a dream run from the Philadelphia Phillies in 2022 to take home the pennant. With a six-game series win, the Astros silenced the critics to win it all. And while credit is shared among the team for making it possible, so is the recognition for the win.

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The White House’s time honored tradition of hosting victorious sports teams continued as the full roster was pictured in the East Room addressed by President Joe Biden. Team owner Jim Crane and manager Dusty Baker too were with the pennant winning squad of the 2022 World Series.

Many had counted the Astros as favorites to win it all before the season began in 2022. Despite the loss of infielder Carlos Correa in free agency, the Astros had looked formidable. With an offensive lineup featuring catcher Alex Bregman and Jose Altuve and a bullpen rotation led by ace Justin Verlander, the credibility of their claims was only helped along.


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To have legendary manager Dusty Baker pulling the strings was a bonus. And while faltering in a game or two, the Astros eventually clinched the title in the World Series. And with photos from the event being shared on social media, fans chimed in with their opinions.

Fans Raise Their Glasses to Victorious Houston Astros

The Houston Astros roster may have undergone some changes this year but they remain by and large the same winning franchise. With the calming presence of manager Dusty Baker, the Astros have achieved difficult things as time has passes.

And the fans rose to recognize just that.

And while most fans were glad to see the star manager make his way to the podium, some fans knew there was a way to make it better.

And while most calls on social media were for Baker to find his way into the White House, some thought of it the other way around.


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The Astros’ 2023 season too seems to go according to plan. With the team currently placed second in the AL West only 2.5 games behind the division leading Texas Rangers, a division clinching effort can’t be ruled out.


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But what do you think? Could the Astros go all the way this year? Or do you think they might fall short?

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Written by:

Aditya Deshingkar


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Aditya Deshingkar is a MLB writer at EssentiallySports. In another life, Aditya was a lawyer with a premier legal firm in the country and has recently made the switch. As an avid sports lover, he shares a keen interest in NBA, MLB, and Formula 1.
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Deepanshi Bajaj