The Houston Astros have the chance to win their first World Series title Tuesday night.

That would be a great thing for the city of Houston and its many residents still recovering from Hurricane Harvey, but the series has been such a battle, with the Astros and Los Angeles Dodgers continuously changing leads and trading thrilling plays, it would almost be a shame not to see a seventh game of this great series.

Growing up in southwest Louisiana, Houston was the closest major league city to me, so I’ve been to more Astros games than every other professional team combined. So I’d really like to see them win the championship.

After the Astros tied the series at 1-1 last week, I was talking to my father and he said he hopes Houston wins because of everything the city’s residents have been through. That’s a great point, but my wife pointed out that by that logic we could also root for whichever team has more Puerto Rico-born players as that island has had it worse than Houston.

That’s certainly a good point, but I’ve got to stick with our home-state team. I was disappointed by their game one loss, but then stayed up through all the extra innings to see them win game two last week. I felt that would likely put the Astros in good shape going home to Houston, but the Dodgers are obviously a great team. Once the series was tied 2-2, I didn’t know what would happen next and I didn’t have the chance to watch game five Sunday evening.

But I watched the highlights Monday morning and I really missed a thriller. Considering the way the teams traded the lead throughout that game, I can’t imagine the series not going the full seven games, but as an Astros fan, I sure hope they put the Dodgers away tonight.

Happy birthday Tuesday to Byron McDaniel, Venus Daniels, Elhisha Ruffin and Jim Lough, all of Sherman; Joyce Booe of Denison; Bryce Carpenter of Pottsboro; Chloe Dockery of Trenton; Janie Hull of Tom Bean; and Jill Harmon of Dallas.