By Hugh Keeton| November 2, 2017 at 11:13 AM CDT - Updated August 15 at 10:29 PM
MOSS POINT, MS (WLOX)
In the middle of all of the fanfare that followed the Astros' game 7 win was Tony Sipp, a Moss Point native and now a World Series champion.
Back in his hometown of Moss Point, people were bursting with pride.
"Wow, I mean I don't have any other words to explain how excited and proud I am to know a World Champ," said Carmen Huckleby, a lifelong friend of Sipp.
Sipp's Houston Astros defeated Los Angeles 5-1 in the game seven of the 2017 World Series. The win earned Houston its first championship in the team's history.
The 34-year-old Sipp attended Moss Point High School. He made his Major League debut in 2009. Sipp pitched 46 games for the Astros in 2017. He wasn't on the team's World Series roster. Instead, his role was to provide support for his teammates.
For the last four years, Sipp has been an integral part of the Houston Astros bullpen, aiding in the team's rise from a struggling club to world champions.
Lorenzo King, another friend of Sipp's, recalls watching him grow up to become a star athlete.
"Tony Sipp was a guy that actually played on the same fields that our younger generations coming up are playing on," King said. "So to see him play in the World Series and come from the same place we come from, the message is in itself."
Earlier this year more than 300 children took part in the Moss Point Cal Ripken Youth Baseball League. They played on new fields with equipment made possible by a $15,000 donation from Sipp.
Huckleby, president of the youth league, believes what Sipp has accomplished is proof of how important playing youth sports can be.
"It's a stepping stone, it teaches you integrity, it teaches you how to mend with other children and it teaches you how to become a World Class person," Huckleby said. "So you can take those skills out into the work force."
The young people now have a clear example in Tony Sipp of what's possible with hard work.
"I feel like all the kids from Moss Point have the same equal amount of chance and opportunity to do exactly what he did," Huckleby said.