The Story Behind Astros’ First Base Coach Rich Dauer’s Amazing Recovery

During the Houston Astros parade celebrating their first World Series title, something was terribly wrong with their first base coach Rich Dauer. No one knew it at the time, but he was suffering from an acute subdural hematoma, caused by a blow to the head when he had fallen the night before.

Dauer didn’t realize he was injured and did not tell anyone about his fall. So when he started to exhibit symptoms, everyone assumed it was the result of exhaustion and dehydration. Instead, Dauer barely escaped death.

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A Wild Ride

There were a lot of big hits for the Astros throughout their run to becoming World Series champs this year. But here is the call for perhaps my favorite of them all:

He lifts it…

Into left…

Down the line…

At the wall…

Gone!

Do you know which of the Astros’ record setting 15 home runs this was? Did you have a favorite? If so, let us know in the comments.

Astros Pitching Carried Them to the World Series Title

Charlie Morton exemplified the Astros stellar and timely pitching in the 2017 playoffs

The Astros had the best offense in baseball in 2017, scoring almost 900 runs in the regular season. And they showed plenty of pop in the postseason, too; for instance, they set the record for the most home runs ever in a World Series.

Yet in the postseason, teams face better pitching than during the regular season and the offensive performances generally suffer. The Astros postseason offense demonstrated that by slashing .240/.314/.431 compared to .282/.346/.478 in the regular season. So when all was said and done, despite its inconsistency, it may have been the Astros pitching that carried them to their first World Series title.

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