Another World Series drought has bitten the dust. In their 56th year in the Major Leagues, the Astros won their first World Series after defeating the Dodgers in seven games. Following the victory in Los Angeles -- with a number of Houston die-hards making the trip -- the team returned to Houston to celebrate with the entire city.
The party started even before the parade, with the Astros in celebration mode as they got off the plane:
Riding atop a fire truck, George Springer held the sparkling, golden Commissioner's Trophy:
But the first float out of the gate was a replica of the Minute Maid Park train:
No word on if the stadium's conductor, Bobby Vasquez, was driving it though.
And then this giant Astros fan's head came driving through. It is David Cronenberg's dreams realized:
If you showed up in a retro uniform, guess what? You get to surf the crowd:
The fanbase was supportive of each other, too. One woman dropped her hat and the entire crowd made sure she got it back:
Astros team employees were eating well during the parade, too, as the Cubs continued a tradition that the Red Sox started in 2014 by sending some pizzas:
While the fans were waiting for the players to come by, there was one person missing: Justin Verlander and his wife-to-be Kate Upton had flown to Italy to get married. I guess that's an acceptable excuse.
But it was a party for everyone that did make it. Cheers broke out and confetti fell as the fire truck carrying Carlos Correa came by:
Before the rally began at City Hall, Orbit got the crowd worked into a frenzy:
Then the coaches came out and third-base coach Garry Pettis waved the crowd home:
The players filtered out to great applause, including Evan Gattis in hilariously-tiny sunglasses and Josh Reddick with a WWE belt:
Dallas Keuchel then asked the fans to help him send a message to Verlander, so he could see what he was missing out on: The World Series MVP George Springer came out next to remind the crowd that they were counted out after falling behind in the ALCS:
Reddick's speech closed out the festivities and his words were short and to the point. And he borrowed a little something from wrestler Ric Flair along the way:
Watch his full speech below: