As FOX wrapped up its broadcast of the 2017 World Series following the Houston Astros’ 5-1 win in the deciding Game 7 Wednesday night, they aired a short segment featuring players admiring MLB’s Commissioner’s Trophy.

The theme music was Tom Petty’s “The Waiting.”

“The waiting is the hardest part…”

And for fans of the Astros — not fair weather fans who jumped onboard a week or two ago, but real fans who suffered through the 100-loss seasons not long ago and the fans who sat through the grind of the regular season — the waiting was definitely the hardest part.

Longtime radio broadcaster and South Texas radio personality Armando “Bob” Peña said seeing the Astros win their first World Series was bittersweet. See, he became a fan when the Astros joined Major League Baseball as the Colt .45s in 1962. He recalls how as a boy, he and his dad used to sit in the family car in their backyard and listen to Astros games on the radio. Even then, their hope was to one day see — or at least hear — the Astros win a World Series.

“It feels so good,” Peña said of seeing the Astros win Game 7 and the World Series Wednesday night. “I’m just really happy to have seen this.

“I was barely 8 years old when my dad and I would listen to the broadcasts in our car parked in the backyard every night for years. We bonded that way... always hoping.  So it's special to me in that regard. Dude, it's just a great feeling.”

For Alice school board member Ben Salinas, the Houston Astros are also intertwined with family. Growing up, his family — mom, dad and his brothers — would travel to Houston every summer to watch an entire Astros series. It was a family tradition.

“(We) did this every summer for as long as I can remember,” Salinas said. “It started at the Dome and then Enron Field/Minute Maid Park.”

Since then, following the Astros is just something Salinas did. He even passed on the tradition to his family and children. He said seeing the Astros over the years and witnessing their transformation from a struggling franchise to being the best in baseball is something he takes a lot of pride in.

“As fans, we have been through some really hard times and saw the Astros lose a lot of games,” Salinas said. “This championship is amazing because we were able to see the entire rebuilding process to get where they are today. By the way, things look they will be good for many years to come.”

Jim Wells County Attorney Michael Guerra is another true fan of the Astros. Growing up in Falfurrias, he knows a thing or two about the sport and has a true appreciation for good baseball. He said over the years, he and his wife, Debbie, saw many of the current Astros players while playing for the Corpus Christi Hooks, Houston’s Double-A affiliate.

“It’s a great feeling to watch them finally reach their goal,” Guerra said of the Astros’ World Series win.

“This year, we made it up to see them play Cleveland and Boston, and it was all coming together. Deb and I saw so many of these players as Hooks, and you just knew the team was building toward this moment. I didn’t think it would happen this soon, but will certainly take it. The team is very young and we look forward to many more years of winning.”