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The Houston Astros capped off a thrilling World Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Wednesday night, winning the franchise’s first title in its 56-year history with a subdued (for this matchup) 5-1 victory — and in doing so, validating SI’s 2014 cover story proclaiming the ‘Stros the 2017 champs.

That’s right, the magazine called it three years in advance with its “Your 2017 World Series Champs” headline, and even pegged the right guy for the cover. Center fielder George Springer spent the last week tormenting L.A. pitchers, pelting five home runs during the seven game series — tying “Mr. October” Reggie Jackson and now seldom used Dodgers second baseman Chase Utley for the most dingers in a World Series.

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LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 1: Alex Bregman #2 of the Houston Astros celebrates after the Astros defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 7 of the 2017 World Series at Dodger Stadium on Wednesday, November 1, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Alex TrautwigMLB Photos via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 01: Carlos Correa #1 and Jose Altuve #27 of the Houston Astros celebrate defeating the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-1 in game seven to win the 2017 World Series at Dodger Stadium on November 1, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Tim Bradbury/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 01: Jose Altuve #27, Marwin Gonzalez #9 and Alex Bregman #2 of the Houston Astros celebrate defeating the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-1 in game seven to win the 2017 World Series at Dodger Stadium on November 1, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 01: Marwin Gonzalez #9, Alex Bregman #2, Jose Altuve #27, and Carlos Correa #1 of the Houston Astros celebrate defeating the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-1 in game seven to win the 2017 World Series at Dodger Stadium on November 1, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 01: The Houston Astros celebrate defeating the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-1 in game seven to win the 2017 World Series at Dodger Stadium on November 1, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Tim Bradbury/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 01: The Houston Astros celebrate defeating the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-1 in game seven to win the 2017 World Series at Dodger Stadium on November 1, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 01: The Houston Astros celebrate defeating the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-1 in game seven to win the 2017 World Series at Dodger Stadium on November 1, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 01: George Springer #4 of the Houston Astros celebrates defeating the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-1 in game seven to win the 2017 World Series at Dodger Stadium on November 1, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 01: Alex Bregman #2 and Jose Altuve #27 of the Houston Astros celebrate after defeating the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-1 in game seven to win the 2017 World Series at Dodger Stadium on November 1, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 01: Justin Verlander #35 of the Houston Astros celebrates with fiancee Kate Upton after the Astros defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-1 in game seven to win the 2017 World Series at Dodger Stadium on November 1, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 01: Justin Verlander #35 of the Houston Astros holds the Commissioner's Trophy after defeating the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-1 in game seven to win the 2017 World Series at Dodger Stadium on November 1, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 1: Kevin Burhardt of FOX interviews 2017 Willie Mays World Series MVP George Springer #4 of the Houston Astros after he is presented with the MVP trophy after Game 7 of the 2017 World Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium on Wednesday, November 1, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Rob Tringali/MLB Photos via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 1: Carlos Correa #1 of the Houston Astros celebrates with teammates on the field after the Astros defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 7 of the 2017 World Series at Dodger Stadium on Wednesday, November 1, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Rob Tringali/MLB Photos via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 01: The Houston Astros celebrate defeating the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-1 in game seven to win the 2017 World Series at Dodger Stadium on November 1, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 1: Alex Bregman #2 and Brian McCann #16 of the Houston Astros celebrate in the clubhouse after the Astros defeated the Los Angeles Dogdgers in Game 7 of the 2017 World Series at Dodger Stadium on Wednesday, November 1, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Alex Trautwig/MLB Photos via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 1: Members of the Houston Astros celebrate in the clubhouse after defeating the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 7 of the 2017 World Series at Dodger Stadium on Wednesday, November 1, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Alex Trautwig/MLB Photos via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 1: Members of the Houston Astros celebrate in the clubhouse after defeating the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 7 of the 2017 World Series at Dodger Stadium on Wednesday, November 1, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Alex Trautwig/MLB Photos via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 01: (L-R) Justin Verlander #35, Jose Altuve #27, and Dallas Keuchel #60 of the Houston Astros hold the Commissioner's Trophy after defeating the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-1 in game seven to win the 2017 World Series at Dodger Stadium on November 1, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 01: The Houston Astros celebrate in the clubhouse after defeating the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-1 in game seven to win the 2017 World Series at Dodger Stadium on November 1, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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Ben Reiter, the SI columnist who penned the story, couldn’t hold back tweeting the cover on Wednesday night. (Can you blame him?)

Still, SI didn’t stick with Reiter’s bold call, even on the eve of the 2017 championship: Eight out of nine writers picked the Dodgers to win the series before it started. Reiter was the one scribe still willing to stand by H-Town.

So why did the magazine make such a prediction years ahead of its time? The magazine’s editor-in-chief Chris Stone told USA Today’s “For The Win” writer Ted Berg about it:

“I spoke to Ben and said, ‘What does the future hold for this program? Do you believe in their plan?’ And from what I could understand, he did. To sell it, we needed to say something, so we came up with ‘Your 2017 World Series champions,’ which seemed plausible in light of some other transformations we had seen in the previous decade. Remember how quickly the Rays pivoted in 2008? It didn’t seem implausible that a team with smart people running it, with a plan, could turn things around in three years.”

Wednesday night’s World Series win was the culmination of Houston’s investment in home-grown talent, with short stop Carlos Correa and likely American League MVP Jose Altuve helping form one of the best offensive arsenals in MLB history. Oh yea, and adding ace pitcher Justin Verlander and his fiancé Kate Upton at the trade deadline didn’t hurt, either. I’m now obligated to include an Instagram picture of Upton cheering on the Astros.

GO ASTROS!!! #earnhistory⚾️ @astrosbaseball @justinverlander

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It was a long way back from baseball hell for the Astros, who were drawing a 0.00 Nielsen rating only four years ago due to their dreadful play. Now they can blast all the Geto Boys and Travis Scott they want, because they’re the champs. The city announced on Thursday morning it’ll hold its championship parade on Friday afternoon.

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The most attractive WAGs of World Series players
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Dodgers starting pitcher Alex Wood celebrated with his fiancee Suzanna Villarreal after Los Angeles won its first playoff series this year.
Alex Wood's girlfriend, Suzanna Villarreal
Daniella Rodriguez, the girlfriend of Houston Astros shortstop Carlos Correa, was named Miss Texas 2016 and won the Miss Teen USA competition in 2013.
Daniella Rodriguez, the girlfriend of Houston Astros shortstop Carlos Correa, was named Miss Texas 2016 and won the Miss Teen USA competition in 2013.
Dodgers first baseman Cody Bellinger burst onto the scene this year and is the runaway favorite for National League Rookie of the Year honors -- so it makes sense he's scored himself a stunner in Melyssa Perez, a pre-law student at the University of Texas.
Cody Bellinger's girlfriend, Melyssa Perez
Astros starting pitcher Justin Verlander and Sports Illustrated cover girl Kate Upton are MLB's clear-cut power couple. 
Justin Verlander's fiancee, Kate Upton
Model Amanda McCarthy and Dodgers pitcher Brandon McCarthy are also one of baseball's most beloved couples, as their Twitter banter is the stuff of legend.
The McCarthys are the only couple on this list that can say they've been on the ESPN Magazine cover together -- eat your heart out, Kate Upton.
Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner proposed to his fiancee Kourtney Elizabeth at the Grand Canyon in March.
Justin Turner's fiancee, Kourtney Elizabeth
Justin Turner's fiancee, Kourtney Elizabeth
Hannah Cormier and Astros third baseman Alex Bregman at an LSU football game, where Cormier graduated from with a communications degree earlier this year.
Cormier is currently a dancer for the Los Angeles Clippers, so she shouldn't have to travel far from home to see a few World Series games.
The 22-year-old Cormier also worked as a cheerleader for the New Orleans Saints while she was at LSU.
Dodgers outfielder Kike Hernandez is engaged to actress Mariana Vicente, who placed in the top 10 of the 2010 Miss Universe pageant while representing Puerto Rico. The couple has worked extensively to raise money for their home island since it was struck by Hurricane Maria.
Kike Hernandez's fiancee, Mariana Vicente
Kara McCullers and Astros starting pitcher Lance McCullers Jr. -- and their cute puppy, Minks.
Kara McCullers, the wife of Lance McCullers Jr.
Houston Astros ace Dallas Keuchel and his girlfriend, Mackenzie Valk.
Charlise Castro, the fiancee of Astros outfielder George Springer, was sure to document her man's big night when Houston clinched a trip to the World Series. 
Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw met his wife Ellen when they were both freshmen during high school in Dallas, Texas.
Courtney Maybin with her husband, Astros outfielder Cameron Maybin.
Cameron Maybin's wife, Courtney Maybin
Dodgers catcher Austin Barnes with his fiancee, Nicole Rappaport.
Joc Pederson with his fiancee Kelsey Williams, who played volleyball for Duke University.
Five of the Dodgers players' fiancees.
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