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Congressman Gene Green

Representing the 29th District of Texas

Houston-area Congressmen Introduce Resolution Congratulating the Houston Astros on their World Series Championship

November 3, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC — Representatives Gene Green (TX-29) and Pete Olson (TX-22) introduced a resolution Friday congratulating the Houston Astros on winning the 2017 Major League Baseball World Series, the first World Series title for the franchise, which began as the Houston Colt .45s in 1962.

“After everything Houston has experienced since Hurricane Harvey, it was a true joy to see our Astros unify the city and bring home the championship,” said Green. “Every single player and coach who contributed to the success of this season deserves to be recognized. The team put the city on their backs and played as hard as they could, every inning, and every game throughout the season and playoffs. We have been waiting for a long time for a World Series title and are proud of what our team accomplished. Thank you to the Astros for bringing Houston a sense of hope. Together, we all earned history.”

“All of Houston is incredibly proud of our Astros baseball team who delivered a stunning victory for our city,” said Olson. “The resiliency of this team reflects the resiliency of our city and region in the wake of Hurricane Harvey. This team never quit and delivered the inspiration we needed to get us through some dark times. As we continue our rebuilding, we’ve watched a young team with talent and heart rack up win after win, beating stellar teams like the New York Yankees and the Los Angeles Dodgers to bring home our first World Series title. This victory is a shared victory by the team and a city that has stood by our team through good and bad. We are immensely proud of this victory and honored to share this moment with this organization! The Astros and everyone from our region are #HoustonStrong and this is truly #EarnedHistory.”

Cosponsors of the resolution include Reps. Jodey Arrington, Brian Babin, Joe Barton, Michael Burgess, Kevin Brady, John Carter, Michael Conaway, John Culberson, Lloyd Doggett, Blake Farenthold, Bill Flores, Louie Gohmert, Vicente Gonzalez, Kay Granger, Al Green, Jeb Hensarling, Will Hurd, Sheila Jackson Lee, Kenny Marchant, Michael McCaul, Ted Poe, John Ratcliffe, Pete Sessions, Lamar Smith, and Randy Weber.

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RESOLUTION

Congratulating the Houston Astros on winning the 2017 Major League Baseball World Series.

Whereas the Houston Astros, having proudly represented the City of Houston, Texas, in professional baseball since 1962, won their first World Series title in 55 years;

Whereas the Houston Astros capped off a thrilling series to defeat the National League Champion Los Angeles Dodgers in game seven, by a score of 5 to 1;

Whereas the 2017 Houston Astros championship team demonstrated grit, sportsmanship, tenacity, and resolve in winning 101 regular season games and their first American League Central Division championship;

Whereas the 2017 Houston Astros demonstrated steadfastness and pluck when faced with playoff elimination, winning the American League Championship Series in seven games over the New York Yankees, and the American League Division Series in four games over the Boston Red Sox;

Whereas the 2017 Houston Astros rode the strength and unity of communities across the Texas Gulf Coast in the wake of Hurricane Harvey’s flooding and devastation, and delivered hope to Texans and Americans everywhere; Whereas the 2017 Houston Astros further galvanized the City of Houston to come together and root the Astros to victory;

Whereas Houston Astros Manager, A.J. Hinch, provided vital leadership and guided the team to its second playoff berth in his three seasons with the team;

Whereas President of Business Operations, Reid Ryan, and General Manager, Jeff Luhnow, and their baseball operations staffs assembled a championship-caliber team with a Major League-best offense and a deep starting rotation;

Whereas Jim Crane, the Houston Astros’ Chairman and Owner, and the rest of the Astros family never wavered in their quest to bring a World Series championship to Houston;

Whereas the Houston Astros beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 4 games to 3 thanks to a historic performance by outfielder George Springer, who was awarded the Willie Mays World Series Most Valuable Player Award after garnering a Major League record eight extra-base hits and homering in a record four straight games in theWorld Series;

Whereas the Houston Astros beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 4 games to 3 thanks to the dominant starting pitching performances of Justin Verlander, and the timely hits by second baseman Jose Altuve, shortstop Carlos Correa, and third baseman Alex Bregman;

Whereas the Houston Astros’ World Series roster included players Jose Altuve, Carlos Beltran, Alex Bregman, Juan Centeno, Carlos Correa, Chris Devenski, Derek Fisher, Evan Gattis, Ken Giles, Marwin Gonzales, Luke Gregerson, Yuli Gurriel, Will Harris, Dallas Keuchel, Cameron Maybin, Brian McCann, Lance McCullers, Jr., Collin McHugh, Charlie Morton, Joe Musgrove, Francisco Liriano, Brad Peacock, Josh Reddick, George Springer, and Justin Verlander: Now, therefore, be it

Resolved, That the House of Representatives—

  1. recognizes the Houston Astros for their dis tinguished history, contributions to the baseball world, and their drive to help the Houston commu nity heal after Hurricane Harvey;
  2. congratulates the Houston Astros on American League Central-best regular season and 2017 World Series Championship;
  3. recognizes the contributions of the Houston Astros’ players, coaches, and leadership of the organization; and
  4. joins with all the people in the United States and baseball fans everywhere in celebrating Houston’s long-awaited, first-ever World Series championship.

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