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Watch best and worst moments from Astros parade


The Astros took to the streets to celebrate their brand-new World Series title on Friday. By one estimation, over one million people turned out for what Houston mayor Sylvester Turner called the largest parade in the city’s history. Bursts of blue and orange confetti littered the streets as George Springer paraded the Commissioner’s Trophy from atop a fire truck, while fans crowd-surfed and helped each other keep track of their postseason gear. Good times were had by all — well, except for ALCS MVP Justin Verlander, who reportedly jetted off to Italy for his wedding.

Here are some of the more memorable moments from the Astros’ first victory parade:

Mayor Sylvester Turner proclaims November 3 “Houston Astros Day.”

It’s not a proper victory parade until the city mayor declares it “World Series Champion Day,” and on Friday, Sylvester Turner did the honors. He presented the team with an official proclamation and was followed by some warm words from franchise owner Jim Crane and skipper A.J. Hinch.

“Houston, we did it — these guys did it,” Hinch told the crowd. “We’re going to forever be linked as a championship city because of 2017. So don’t forget where you were when we made that last out and we became the 2017 World Series champions. To these players, honestly, thank you. Thank you as their manager, thank you for these fans, thank you for how you show up to the ballpark every day and bring it, thank you for how you love each other and thank you for making Houston a championship city.”

Josh Reddick paid enthusiastic tribute to Rick Flair.

The love between the Astros and WWE icon Ric Flair has been well-documented this postseason, so it’s no surprise that Josh Reddick found a way to channel his inner Flair during the rally at City Hall.

“I love every single one of y’all out here today, the whole city, the whole state,” Reddick shouted, a gold and black wrestling belt slung over his shoulder. “But now, you guys know who we are? We’re limousine-riding, jet-flying, kiss-stealing, wheeling-dealing son of a guns! Woo!”

The Astros rolled out the worst parade float in the history of some pretty bad parade floats.

Hey, you win some, you lose some. Or, if you’re the Astros, you kick off your victory parade with this nightmare on wheels:

Who is this? Also, why? I hate to think that this is going to be some kid’s lifelong memory of their team’s first World Series celebration.

Royals sign Clay Buchholz to minor league deal

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Bob Nightengale of USA TODAY Sports reports that the Royals have signed pitcher Clay Buchholz to a minor league deal. Buchholz will earn a $1.5 million salary if he makes the club’s major league roster and can earn an additional $250,000 through incentives. Buchholz has an opt-out date set for May 1, which means if he isn’t on the Royals’ 25-man roster by then, he can request his release.

Buchholz, 33, was acquired by the Phillies from the Red Sox in December 2016, but he made only two starts before an MRI revealed he had a partial tear of his right flexor pronator mass. He underwent surgery in April and missed the rest of the season.

The Royals recently lost Jesse Hahn, who was diagnosed with a sprained right UCL. Buchholz would likely be in consideration for a rotation spot if another starter were to suffer an injury. Presently, the Royals’ rotation appears set with Danny Duffy, Ian Kennedy, Jason Hammel, Jake Junis, and Nate Karns.