Talk about home grown! The city of Houston has Connecticut to thank for the Astros winning their first World Series title ever. If it weren't for these two players, who happen to be CT natives, there's a good chance the Houston Astros would not be World Champions today.

The two players I'm referring to are Charlie Morton from Redding, a Joel Barlow H.S. graduate, and World Series MVP George Springer who's from "hard hittin" New Britain, and played his college baseball at UCONN.

Now, I certainly understand it takes a full roster of 25 players to accomplish a fantastic feat like a World Series Championship, but let's just take a quick look at what these two Connecticut natives brought to the table this series for Houston:

Charlie Morton pitched great in the World Series. In Game 4, he pitched 6 and 1/3 innings, giving up only 1 run while striking out 7, and in Game 7, he appeared in relief blanking Los Angeles for the final four innings, Morton earned the win in the most significant game of his life.

Here's what he told mlb.com after the game:

I'm watching it and I'm thinking, 'Is this really happening? Is this really the third out?' In this series, it just seemed like it was a dogfight. It was exhausting. It was exhausting to watch, let alone play in it.
Meanwhile, World Series MVP George Springer had a series for the ages. He finished the series with eight extra-base hits (three doubles and five home runs) and 29 total bases, both new World Series records. The total bases record was previously 25, held by Hall of Famers Reggie Jackson (1977) and Willie Stargell (1979).

Check out exactly why Springer was voted World Series MVP:

So you see, if it weren't for Charlie and George, both Connecticut natives, the Los Angeles Dodgers might be the World Series Champs. Hear that, Houston? Enjoy the celebration. You can thanks us later.

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