The Houston Astros are World Series bound for the fourth time since 2017.
With a 6-5 win last night over the New York Yankees in Game 4 of the ALCS, the Astros finished the job and sent the Yankees home packing.
Houston finished the regular season with an American League-best 106-56 record and proceeded to sweep the Seattle Mariners in the ALDS.
The story was very much the same in the ALCS, with the pitching being dominant and the offense providing just enough of a spark to get them to the finish line.
It’s the second straight year they’ve reached the World Series with Dusty Baker at the helm.
MLB tweeted a video of Baker celebrating with his players.
— MLB (@MLB) October 24, 2022
Doing It For Dusty
Baker has always been a player’s manager.
After A.J. Hinch was fired following the bombshell about the Astros’ sign-stealing scandal, Baker took over and quickly gained the respect of the clubhouse.
Now, Baker has taken Houston to the World Series in back-to-back years and has done so twice in his first three years at the helm.
But it’s clear that the Astros love and respect Baker and are grateful that he is their manager.
It’s also very clear that Baker loves his job and enjoys the group of players he has been given with this Astros team.
Now, the only thing missing from Baker’s impressive managerial resume is a World Series ring.
With the Philadelphia Phillies coming to town for the World Series, the Astros are now just four wins shy of helping Baker fulfill a lifelong dream.