Last week, the Houston Astros won the 2017 World Series in a seven-game series that will go down as one of the most exciting in baseball’s history. But as it turns out, the drama didn’t stop with the last pitch.
As is customary for feats of athletic accomplishment, the citizens of Houston took to the streets on Friday to go absolutely bonkers and celebrate the Astros winning their first-ever title with a big parade.
But somewhere amidst the chaos, a Houston fan lost his hat while watching the parade from a parking structure. We’ve all been there, and the fan likely was resigned to the fact that dropping an Astros cap in a sea of Astros fans did not bode well for its return.
But then, the unthinkable: defying the odds, gravity, and the distinct possibility many of the people involved were intoxicated, the hat began making its way back to the fan. You can watch the wonder unfold here:
Watching people return this dropped hat at the parade today was unreasonably thrilling pic.twitter.com/1ghfUJsItw
— Josh Pherigo (@JoshPherigo) November 3, 2017
Twitter user Josh Pherigo posted a video of the hat being tossed upwards, one level at a time. With each successful grab, the crowd cheered like they were back in the stadium. Even after one toss went awry and the cap plummeted back towards the ground, the crowd never gave up. Aside from one really bad toss (seriously, the dude just got plain rejected by the wall), the second attempt went smoothly and the cap was returned to the noggin of its owner to the delight of the crowd.
Needless to say, watching such a momentous accomplishment cheered up the internet. Pherigo’s original tweet has already been retweeted more than 200,000 times and taught us all a lesson about the things we can accomplish when we work together and build open-air parking garages.
Folks are basically good people
There's more that connects us than divides us pic.twitter.com/oFsbLKWhJk
— Sasquaatch (@Rileybird68) November 4, 2017
The Houston Astros’ win has resulted in numerous blessed unions: The team’s pitcher Justin Verlander married Kate Upton in Italy this weekend, star shortstop Carlos Correa proposed to his girlfriend after the big win last week, and now a fan and his hat are reunited. Well done, everybody!