When Sports Illustrated declared on the cover of a June 2014 issue that
the Houston Astros would win the World Series in 2017, people thought Ben
Reiter, the article's author, was crazy. The Astros were the worst baseball
team in half a century, but they were more than just bad. They were an
embarrassment, a club that didn't even appear to be trying to win. The
cover story, combined with the specificity of Reiter's claim, met instant
and nearly universal derision. But three years later, the critics were
proved improbably, astonishingly wrong. How had Reiter predicted it so
accurately? And, more important, how had the Astros pulled off the

Ben Reiter—Astroball - The New Way To Win It All

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