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Watch best and worst moments from Astros parade

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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.

Giants, Cardinals reportedly have offers on the table for Giancarlo Stanton

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We’re entering what is typically one of the slowest news weeks in the baseball calendar. Occasionally some big free agents sign around now. For example, it was 20 years ago today Andres Galarraga signed with the Braves, and I still remember being in an airport on the way home to visit my parents when I heard the news. I’m an old man.

The biggest news that is likely to happen this offseason is Giancarlo Stanton being traded. That hasn’t happened yet, but here are the latest bits of news on that:

Jon Morosi of MLB Network reports that the Cardinals have made a formal trade offer to the Marlins for Stanton. No word what they’re offering, but the clubs have been in discussion for some time and it has been reported that the Marlins are the most interested in doing a deal with St. Louis due to the prospects they could send to Miami. There is a sense, however, that Stanton would be hesitant to approve a trade to the Cardinals because he prefers to play on the West Coast;

The Giants play on the west coast, and over the weekend they were reported to be the “most aggressive team” in trade talks for Stanton at the moment. Ken Rosenthal reports that the Giants have likewise made an offer. Their farm system is nowhere near as stocked as that of the Cardinals, so it’s unclear whether they have the prospects to make Miami happy. They could, of course, eat a lot of Stanton’s $295 million contract to make up for that, of course, but (a) doing so would put them over the luxury tax; and (b) the Marlins no doubt want to spur a rebuild with a Stanton trade, so if they can’t get some blue chip prospects back in return, what’s the point?

UPDATE: Who knows if this is anywhere close to enough — I’m guessing not — but this is what the Giants reportedly have on the table:

Anyway, that’s where we are as we begin Thanksgiving week.