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Champ City Notes: What To Know While Your Astros Continue Celebrating

Houston Astros fans woke up Thursday morning wondering if it all was a dream. After a cup of joe and enjoying the reality of world domination, most scurried around scoring their “Astros are World Series Champs” swag.

Since the last out of Game 7 was recorded, the Astros have been running around, almost Beatles-like, from media gig to interview, to personal appearance to more than one parade. One has even gotten married!

If you’ve been unable to keep up, or you missed something, check back often for regular updates on the mad-cap goings-on of what it’s like to be World Series champs!

Good Morning, Alex!

Alex Bregman spent about 3 minutes chatting with Robin Roberts on Monday morning’s Good Morning America on ABC. He emphasized that the World Series run was a team achievement, and with such a young team, there’s no reason the ‘Stros can’t repeat in ’18!

Texans Honor New Champs

The Houston Texans honored the team’s World Series win, Sunday before their game with the Colts, as Series MVP George Springer lugged the trophy onto the field, accompanied by pitchers Chris Devenski and Joe Musgrove, plus infielder Tyler White, and mascot, Orbit. They were joined by Texans’ mascot Toro the Bull. MLB covered the event, with photos, here.

Travel-Weary Trophy

The road-worn trophy made yet another appearance, Sunday night, just prior to the Houston Rockets home game at the Toyota Center. Houston’s NBA team was happy to honor the ‘Stros, as manager A.J. Hinch joined outfielder Jake Marisnick, and pitchers Dallas Keuchel, Lance McCullers, Jr., and Mike Fiers for the pre-game festivities.

Batting Champ in the Big Apple

Jose Altuve flew to New York, Thursday afternoon, while the rest of the team took flight back to Houston, to tape a late afternoon The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon that aired late Thursday night. Fallon Tweeted the first volley: “So excited to talk to World Series champ Jose Altuve tonight! @JoseAltuve27, I literally love you!” (Watch a clip of Jose’s time on the show here, courtesy of the Houston Chronicle).

Back in New York, It’s Saturday Night Live

The jet-setting Altuve returned to Manhattan, Saturday, following the Disney World Parade that afternoon (see below), but this time, he had teammates George Springer and Alex Bregman in tow, as the Champ trio made an appearance on the “Weekend Update” segment on NBC’s Saturday Night Live.

Each player had a brief line, and they gifted castmember Leslie Jones with an Astro cap, ball, and jersey. Jones had a good time teasing Altuve about his height, and even sat down and pulled him onto her lap as Bregman and Springer looked on bemusedly.

See photos from the show, as well as the entire video clip of the lads’ time on set, courtesy of The Houston Chronicle, here.

Correa With Air Time, Too

Carlos Correa appeared on NBC’s Today Show Friday morning, with his fiancee, Daniella Rodriguez, Miss Texas USA 2016. Correa, of course, proposed to Daniella on the field, shortly after Game 7’s last out was recorded. See a clip of the couple’s appearance here, courtesy of The Houston Chronicle.

That All Ya Got? 

Laying waste to the titans of the baseball industry on their scorched field march to the World Championship: The Astros beat MLB’s three highest payrolls in the playoffs: The Boston Red Sox (ALDS), the New York Yankees (ALCS), and, of course, the Downey/Whittier Dodgers, who had combined for 40 World Series titles. Humility has its price, doesn’t it, Sox, Yanks, and Bums?

Raiding the Pantry, or Posing For an Album Cover?

Derek Fisher, Altuve, Collin McHugh, and Marwin Gonzalez in an amazing photo showing the four, kicking back in their WS gear, wondering if there’ll be a Game 8.

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Clubhouse Tunes

Springer, keeper of the sounds, disco lights, and smoke machine for “Club Astros,” reveals that post-win music included his own 1980s playlist, but was overtaken by Bad Bunny raps suggested by Correa.

And, Then There’s Paperwork: 

According to the Houston Chronicle, “Five players from the Astros’ first World Series championship team were among 149 major leaguers to officially become free agents Thursday, according to a list released by the players’ association.

“Four of the five were on the Astros’ playoff rosters: Designated hitter Carlos Beltran, outfielder Cameron Maybin, and relievers Luke Gregerson and Francisco Liriano. Reliever Tyler Clippard is the other.”

Which of the five do you think should or might be re-signed by the Astros?

I Think I’ll Have Another Belt

Also from the Chronicle, and likely due to right fielder Josh Reddick’s fandom of all things WWE, wrestling, Ric Flair, the custom Astro belt he had made for game MVPs, and of course, the “WOO!,” the WWE has shipped a custom-made belt to the team, honoring the Astros’ World Series win. Look for it displayed prominently at Friday’s parade.

Wrestler Triple H Tweeted: “Congrats to the @Astros on an amazing  win. @WWE looks forward to celebrating with Houston at . Bring this along!” Oh yeah, according to the WWE, on November 19, during the Survivor Series pay-per-view event at Houston’s Toyota Center, they will also be honoring the new World Series champs. WOO!

But, Will She Get Peanuts?

McHugh posted a pic from the team’s charter from LA of the team’s newest member, the massive, gold World Series Championship trophy, resting comfortably in its own seat, its base neatly swaddled in a blanket (they have those on airplanes?!), and an adjacent pillow.

McHugh: “Gotta make sure she’s comfy.” Springer carried her aboard the plane.

Gotta Love A Trophy That Travels or “When Bae Stays the Night”

Lance McCullers, Jr. brought her to his LA hotel room last night and posted this fetching photo and the attendant greeting:

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No Wonder He Wears a Red Cape

Billy Gibula of The Crawfish Boxes reminds us that “George Springer scored the Astros’ first run of 2017 with a lead-off home run on April 3, and the final run with his homer on November 1.”  Springer’s ability to be both astounding and resilient doesn’t stop there: The 2017 World Series MVP began the 7 games with a Golden Sombrero, striking out 4 times in Game 1.

Speaking of TCB, this David Coleman-penned overview piece, “On the Astros: They Made Me Cry” wraps up the Luhnow plan and the unlikely 2017 championship run beautifully, and is well worth your time. Plus, extra points for the honesty of the title, ’cause that was my reaction, too!

Well Said By Minute Maid Park’s Train Guy

“Just weeks ago the streets of were lined with debris from the hurricane…. tomorrow they are going to be lined with the greatest fans from the greatest city in the world! That’s what is all about!”–Bobby Dynamite

Parade Celebration: The city’s parade through the streets of downtown Houston, Friday afternoon, was attended by an estimated one million people, most of them wearing Astros gear, of course. Players were positioned on city fire trucks, as blue and orange confetti showered down from nearby buildings. Here’s a brief overview (in photos) and best lines from the players atop the steps of City Hall following the parade, courtesy of The Houston Chronicle.

Parade Part Deux

The Astros’ Big 3 of George Springer, Jose Altuve, and Carlos Correa joined Disney’s Big 3, Mickey, Donald, and Goofy at Disney World in Orlando, FL, Saturday afternoon, posing for selfies, signing autographs, participating in their Main Street parade (more confetti!), and riding rides. As always, The Houston Chronicle was there, with photos and interview videos!

Friday’s “Duh” of the Day

The Astros have picked up the 2018 options on the contracts of 3-time AL batting champ Jose Altuve and mostly-leftfielder Marwin Gonzalez, general manager Jeff Luhnow announced on Friday.

Customary Culinary

No way, heretofore, for the Astros to know this, but it’s apparently customary for the previous year’s champs to favor the new World Series winners with pizza. Friday evening, the Astros front office got their pepperoni prizes from the Chicago Cubs! Looks like the Astros will simply have to send themselves pizza next year!

And, Then There’s the Ring

While the design has yet to be finalized, a Houston jeweler has put in a bid for the World Series Championship ring with his design, according to The Houston Chronicle, and you can read about it (and see his design) here.

Aisle of View

Astros pitcher Justin Verlander and model Kate Upton got married Saturday, according to reports. Apparently starting a new collection, it’ll be the second ring of the week for Verlander, who married Upton at the Rosewood Castiglion Del Bosco resort in Tuscany, Italy.

Photos of the Mr. and Mrs. Verlander nuptials can be found here, courtesy of US Weekly.

Because they’re good at this kinda thing, you can read all about what he wore, what she wore, bridesmaids’ colors, food, etc in Vogue Magazine, linked here. Congratulations to the new couple!

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