ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – The Houston Astros won Game 7 of the World Series, and two Albuquerque locals were part of that history.
Third basemen Alex Bregman and relief pitcher Ken Giles, helped out with securing the win for their team in a thrilling World Series from start to finish.
Giles, a Rio Grande High School graduate, had his big moments during Game 2 and Game 4, but Bregman stole the show throughout the series and emerged as a post-season hero.
In Game 1, Bregman hit a home run and hit another home run during Game 4. However, in Game 5 Bregman helped keep the Astros’ World Series dream alive with his game-winning hit.
After the game, Bregman said he and his teammates won for Houston after the city has been forced to rebuild after Hurricane Harvey.
“We came together as a team and we said if we can do anything to cheer the city up and help them escape from what is going on we were going to do that and fight for them the whole rest of the year. We wore the ‘Houston Strong’ patch on our jersey ever since then,” Bregman said.
Also, students and teachers at Albuquerque Academy where Alex Bregman graduated, gathered to watch the former charger play.
The school opened up their theater and had the game on the big screen. Whether it was Bregman making a defensive play at third or scoring in the first inning, the better he played the louder the students cheered. Even some of the teachers got in on the action.
“We always hear stories about Alex hitting non-stop here late at night and it’s really an honor to play on the same field he played on,” student Bobby Ortega said.
“When they don’t know, it’s like, how do you not know that? But it’s so fun to just even talk about it to have someone from our community performing at that stage,” student Michael Martinez said.
“This is just so exciting for Albuquerque, for the Academy and for me who taught him for three years, was his advisor for three years. I’m just thrilled for him,” teacher Donna Wrenn said.
From the first inning, the crowd inside the Academy theater was energetic and loud. Teachers like Donna Wrenn were even wearing Alex Bregman jerseys.
Wrenn has taught at the Academy for the last 46 years and remembers Bregman as an eighth-grader telling her that one day he was going to play in the World Series.
Ken Giles’ former high school baseball coach said it’s not just the work these two athletes put in on the field, but the effort they showed in the classroom. He says they’re role models to student-athletes across the state.
“The magnitude of what those two guys have done for this city and little kids growing up to believe that they can do something is awfully special,” Rio Grande High School baseball coach Orlando Griego said.
Now that baseball season is officially over, students at the Academy say they can’t wait until the two World Series champs make their next visit to town.
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