They did it! Our Houston Astros are the 2022 World Series Champions! I cannot begin to tell you the pride and joy I felt throughout the post-season, but especially while watching our ‘Stros conquer the World Series once again. This team played with heartfelt passion and a resilient spirit unlike anything I’ve ever seen, and I am tremendously proud to support such a phenomenal organization.
It’s no secret that the Astros have dealt with their fair share of hardships after their 2017 World Series win but through every moment, the Astros rose above it all and showed the world just how powerful it is when a team works together.
As I watched the Astros’ incredible season, I could not help but think of all of you and all that we’ve accomplished at Texas Children’s together over the years.
Compared to many, Texas Children’s is an exceptionally young hospital. We have not even celebrated our 70th anniversary, while the vast majority of our peers have been serving patients for more than a century. Yet while being one of the youngest — similar to our World Series MVP, Jeremy Peña — we certainly had the confidence to aim high above what anyone ever expected of us.
As the “rookie” of children’s hospitals nationwide, Texas Children’s decisions have at times been met with naysayers — those who said we would never achieve the goals we set for ourselves. Yet here we are today standing at #2 in the nation, and while we are proud of what we’ve done, we are nowhere near finished.
Collectively, we’ve created a hospital that is dynamic in every way. We’ve taken risks that no one else would, and it has allowed us to grow, teach others and serve more patients than we ever thought possible. Every time we celebrate a grand opening, additional space or new programs, we are already thinking of what’s next. We are always planning for what our patients will need in 5, 10, or even 20 years. And we continue to battle those who say we can’t — through every obstacle and setback, we continue to overcome.
If the naysayers had their way, the Houston Astros would have never reclaimed the World Series title. But just like the One Amazing Team at Texas Children’s, the Houston Astros continued to rally together, they continue to strive for greatness, and they too continue to overcome.
I cannot wait for what the future holds for the entire city of Houston as we celebrate this well-deserved victory, and I have a very strong feeling that just like Texas Children’s, the Houston Astros aren’t quite finished yet.
Way to go ‘Stros!