Ecstatic Astros fans clamor for Chronicle victory edition

- Still buzzing with the jubilant delirium of hard fought victory, the loyal and long-suffering lined up on foot and by car for printed proof that this illusive title, claimed on enemy turf, was no dream.

"I got a paper. I got a poster. I got a coin. I got it all because of the Houston Astros!" yelled fan Bob Rink at the top of his lungs.

Some drove six hours for the privilege of purchasing their piece of history. A Chronicle headline ripe for framing. A special edition worthy of preservation and passing on to the next Astros-loving generation.

For many who stood in line, prevailing in the series seventh game delivered the pay-off for decades of devotion.

 "I cried a little bit, I mean, I really did. They were real tears. I wasn't sure where they were coming from and I told everyone I would probably cry and when it happened I cried with a few friends of mine and I'll probably shed a few more tears tomorrow," said Justin Kempisty, a lifelong Astros fan.

It was a momentous effort, worthy of mementos, in a mending city which saw its own resilience reflected on the field. 

 "It gave us hope when we thought there was none," said one fan.

"We needed it," said another adding, "Houston Strong!"

The Chronicle is selling the World Series Victory edition and other memorabilia online here.

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