Maybe some of Jordan Lee’s Classic magic rubbed off on the Houston Astros, who won their first World Series title Wednesday night in Los Angeles.
The Astros’ Minute Maid Park was the site of Lee’s record comeback win in the 2017 GEICO Bassmaster Classic presented by DICK’S Sporting Goods. That was late last March, days before Major League Baseball started a season that ended with the Astros finishing off the Dodgers 5-1 in Game 7.
“I always kiddingly say the Bassmaster Classic and the World Series, what more could any place want in the same year?” said Jerry McKinnis, who like many folks reveled in the fact that bass fishing shared the same venue as the World Series champions. “I realize we didn’t do that much for baseball, but baseball sure did a nice little number for us. It’s legitimized us a little bit more.”
McKinnis said he found it uplifting that Houston, which was devastated by horrific flooding from Hurricane Harvey, won the world championship, which should give its citizens some positive vibes while they continue their recovery.
“I think it is great that they got to have both these events,” he said. “Obviously, we’re such a small piece compared to the World Series, but it was really neat that a lot of bass people got to see the park and experience it – people who would probably never be able to go (to the World Series). And now they’re sitting back and seeing where they were on TV.”
McKinnis, a former minor league baseball player, said he related a lot of what happened in the World Series to the Classic. He recalled certain plays between third base and the shortstop positions.