Top Ten: Memorable Moments from the 2017 MLB Season
The 2017 Major League Baseball season was a memorable one. There were many moments that made us excited, emotional, and shocked. We’re going to look back at the top ten moments from the 2017 season.
10. Chad Bettis’ comeback from cancer.
Before the 2017 season, Rockies’ pitcher Chad Bettis was diagnosed with testicular cancer. He would have to get chemotherapy that would keep him out for the 1st half of the season. He announced that he was going to make a comeback to the majors. Rockies’ manager Bud Black announced that Bettis would pitch against the Braves on August 14, 2017. The Rockies beat Braves 3-0 but the biggest defeat was Chad Bettis beating cancer’s butt.
9. Astros beat Dodgers 5-1 in Game 7 in World Series for 1st championship
The Houston Astros defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 2017 World Series. What made it so special? The fact that the Astros won a championship for a city that was going through a lot. Hurricane Harvey destroyed the city of Houston, leaving the people with nothing. The Astros were hoping that they could be a good distraction for the city of Houston. So obviously, winning a championship is a pretty good distraction.
8. USA wins the World Baseball Classic
Before the 2017 season, the United States has never won a World Baseball Classic. Coming in though, we had high hopes. The United States look like an all-star team with Giancarlo Stanton, Eric Hosmer, Nolan Arenado, Adam Jones, and more. The road to the title was not going to be easy. They would have to beat the Dominican Republic, Japan, and Puerto Rico. They did. The United States defeated the undefeated Puerto Ricans 8-0 to get their first World Baseball Classic title. Murica.
7. Edinson Volquez throws no-hitter for late friend
On June 3rd, Edinson Volquez threw a no-hitter. It’s already really emotional after throwing a no-hitter, but when you throw a no-hitter on your late friend’s birthday, that’s amazing. Volquez use to play for the Royals and while he was there, he got really close to Yordano Ventura. Ventura passed away in January from an automobile accident. What a moment.
6. Adrian Beltre joins the 3,000 hit club
On July 30th, Adrian Beltre joined Derek Jeter, Pete Rose, and Etc. in the 3,000 hit club. He hit a double off of the Baltimore Orioles. Beltre has a few milestones left on his plate.
5. 2017 was the year of homers
In 2017, Major League Baseball witnessed 6,104 home runs to set an MLB record. Giancarlo Stanton hit the most amount of home runs by getting 59. The Rookie of Year winner Aaron Judge hit for 52 homers. It’s scary to think that both of these players are now on the same team.
4. Three MLB teams unexpectedly make the Playoffs
The Diamondbacks, Rockies, and the Twins made the 2017 playoffs. I would say the team no one expected to be there was the Twins. The Twins lost 103 games in 2016. So we didn’t think a lot of them. That wasn’t the case at all.
3. Indians win 22-straight
The record was 21 games set by the Oakland Athletics in 2002. It was going to be tough for another team to take away this streak. Well, the Indians did that by winning 22-games. Sadly for the Indians, they lost in the ALDS to the New York Yankees.
2. Players Weekend
In 2017, the MLB was wondering how can they make baseball fun again for the players. That’s when they came up with Player’s Weekend. Player’s Weekend gave the players an opportunity to let the players play by there nicknames. The players had a lot of weird/funny nicknames. My favorite was Kyle Seager’s jersey nickname “Corey’s Brother”. Sorry Kyle.
1. World Series Game 5
This game was by far the game of the year. There were many lead changes between the Dodgers and Astros. The final score was 13-12. Just the score, proves how amazing this game was.