Did someone from Sports Illustrated grab a sports almanac from the future to predict the Houston Astros' 2017 World Series victory?
Obviously not. But in 2014, the magazine correctly determined that the Texas MLB team, once considered the "laughingstock of baseball," would cinch the title, their first, specifically this year. The team won 5-1 against the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 7 on Wednesday.
"Your 2017 World Series Champs," read his headline on the magazine's June 30, 2014 cover, which teased "an unprecedented look at how a franchise is going beyond Moneyball to build the game's NEXT BIG THING."
The cover features a photo of outfielder George Springer, who was named the 2017 World Series MVP.