Governor Susana Martinez declared a New Mexico holiday of sorts was declared for November 9 in honor of World Series champions Alex Bregman and Ken Giles.
Bregman and Giles both played key parts in the Houston Astros’ championship run in 2017. The two athletes grew up in Albuquerque. Bregman attended Albuquerque Academy, and Giles attended Rio Grande High School. This season marked the first World Series win in the Astros’ 55-year history, much needed positive occasion following the devastation left in Houston by Hurricane Harvey.
Bregman, a third baseman, became one of only two players to drive in a run in each of his first five World Series games. Perhaps his most significant highlight of the series came in the bottom of the 10th inning when he hit a walk-off single to give the Astros a 3-2 lead. This was his second season in the major leagues. Following the World Series win, Bregman has become quite the celebrity. He has made appearances on several media platforms, including a cameo on Saturday Night Live.
Giles, a pitcher, earned a name for himself as one of the most promising relievers in baseball while with the Philadelphia Phillies before signing with Houston in late 2016. He struggled in the World Series—particularly in Game 4—but undoubtedly was an integral player for the Astros during the regular and postseason runs.
No parades or other forms of celebration have been announced. The official press release from Governor Martinez’s office simply congratulated the athletes and declared November 9, 2017, as “Congratulations to 2017 World Series Champions Alex Bregman and Ken Giles Day.”Like this story? Sign up for our daily newsletter to get more of our best original news.