Houston is a long way from Connecticut — but two natives of the Nutmeg State are celebrating after the Astros won their first World Series on Wednesday night.
Pitcher Charlie Morton, a graduate of Redding's Joel Barlow High School, came out of the bullpen to earn the win in the pivotal Game 7 of the World Series.
And former University of Connecticut star George Springer was named the World Series MVP.
The Houston Astros beat the Los Angeles Dodgers, 5-1, in that final game.
Morton, who is usually a starter, came on in relief. He pitched four innings, giving up two hits and one run, while striking out four.
The 6-foot-5 pitcher had a record of 14-7 with an ERA of 3.62 for the regular season.
Morton, who grew up in Trumbull and Redding, is a 2002 graduate of Joel Barlow High School in Redding.
He was drafted straight out of high school by the Braves in the third round of the June 2002 draft. Morton is known for his involvement with military organizations throughout his Major League career, by making donations, hosting military families to private batting practice sessions and holding postgame parties for veterans.
He was signed by the Astros to a two-year contract on Nov. 16, 2016.
Springer, a native of New Britain, was named World Series MVP with five home runs over the seven games. And true story: Sports Illustrated had a cover story in June 2014 that said: "Your 2017 World Series Champs" with a picture of Springer.
He graduated from Avon Old Farms High School and played three seasons at UConn before being drafted by Houston in the June 2011 draft.
In 2009, Springer was the first player in UConn school history to be named the Big East Rookie of the Year. Both of his parents attended UConn. His father, George II, played in the 1976 Little League World Series, and his mother, Laura, is a former gymnast.
He was named the spokesman for the nonprofit Stuttering Association for the Young (SAY) in September 2014.
This was the first World Series championship for the Astros organization.
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