Sports Illustrated’s prediction three years ago that the Houston Astros would win the 2017 World Series was even more prescient than we thought.
Not only did the magazine successfully name the Astros as the champs ― the team accomplished that Wednesday night with a 5-1 Game 7 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers ― the magazine also foretold the MVP.
Check out that 2014 cover photo. That’s George Springer, then a rookie on a team that had lost more than 100 games during the previous three seasons. Springer was named the MVP on Wednesday after smashing his record-tying fifth home run in the series.
Pretty good for not having a crystal ball, Sports Illustrated.
The Astros are four victories shy of making fortune tellers of S.I. after beating the New York Yankees in the American League Championship series to earn a berth in the World Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers beginning Tuesday.
But back when the 2014 article was published that June, the Astros had lost more than 100 games in three straight seasons and were en route to a 70-92 record.
The story lauded the rebuilding strategy of the Astros’ front office and featured outfielder George Springer on the cover with the out-on-a-limb headline: “Next Big Thing ... Your 2017 World Series Champs.”
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This story has been updated following the Astros’ victory.