When All the Professional Sports Converge
October is a great month for Houston sports fans. It’s the time of year when baseball, football, basketball and soccer are all happening at the same time, and Houston has professional teams for each of those sports.
The defending World Series champions, the Houston Astros, began the current Major League Baseball season on March 29 and post-season play on Oct. 2. We’re excited to watch baseball this month, and the 2018 World Series is set to begin on October 23. The Astros play at Minute Maid Park.
Last year, the Astros won 101 games, we’d love to see the team to become the first to win back-to-back titles since the Yankees won three straight from 1998 to 2000. Center fielder George Springer was named the Most Valuable Player in the World Series, when he hit a record-tying five home runs when the Astros defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers in seven games. Right-handed starting pitcher Justin Verlander and second baseman José Altuve have also won multiple awards.
The Houston Texans compete in the National Football League (NFL) as a member club of the American Football Conference (AFC) South division. They play home games at NRG Stadium near downtown. They are the youngest team in the NFL, beginning in 2002 as an expansion team, and are the only franchise to have never played in a conference championship game… though we hope that fact will change soon!
The Texans has won AFC South championships in 2011, 2012, 2015 and 2016.
The Texans have four players on ESPN’s Top 100 NFL players list: wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins, defensive end Jadeveon Clowney, defensive end J.J. Watt and quarterback Deshaun Watson.
Pre-season basketball is happening now for the Houston Rockets, who compete in the National Basketball Association (NBA) Western Conference Southwest Division. They play home games at the Toyota Center and have won two NBA championships.
Over the years, Rockets players Moses Malone, Hakeem Olajuwon and James Harden have been named MVPs in the NBA. Harden continues to lead the team, and last year, the Rockets finished the season with 65 wins, a record for the best in franchise history.
The Houston Dynamo is Houston’s professional soccer club, competing as a member of the Western Conference in Major League Soccer since 2006. They won the MLS Cup in 2006 and 2007. The Dynamo play at BBVA Compass Stadium and are coached by Wilmer Cabrera. Their next home game is Oct. 21 against the Seattle Sounders, and average attendance last year was about 17,500 per game.