Before I begin rantastic ravings, I’d like to point out beckeesh’s good call on the Brandon Backe game in the last post. Backe wasn’t responsible for all six, but the final was 6-4 brew crew. Interesting.
Now, though I’m not for homers with rose colored glasses working the press beat for the Astros, I AM for Footer either cheering up and getting off her high horse, or getting the hell out of writing for the Astros on the official website. She’s either organically become a bitter person, has been slighted by the organization (anyone heard anything?), or has some agenda against the team.
As I remember, her columns and observations used to be enjoyable, two years ago, but now it’s doom, gloom, sneers, and, oh my god, Footer, are you pouting? What the hell kind of team writer are you? Here’s an idea: look on the bright side, maybe once a season? Jesus!
She not only undermines the good intentions and efforts of players and managers, (Ed Wade, Hunter Pence, Tejada, Valverde), she insults her readers with a smug attitude I find insufferable.
So Ms. Footer, here’s my smug response to all of your sighing, windy, dismissive “Mailbags”. A team reporter’s job, it seems to me, is to provide accurate, accessible, and slightly biased reports towards the team in question. If you doubt your team’s character, management, and ability, do so in a way that does not crush the hope of the fan base. OF COURSE the Astros probably aren’t doing a damn thing this season, but that is not the point or spirit of baseball! A fan’s job is to understand that their team is finished clinically, logically, but to harbor that fever of that possible impossible comeback in the deep of their chest. Kids read this website lady, and they pull for the team no matter the odds! They love the anticipation of the possibility. And no team has earned more of a right for this ridiculous hope from the fans than the Houston Astros. Or have you all, Houston writers, completely forgotten about the thrilling Cardinals chase two years ago, or the “Gravestone World Series” before that? We pay a lot of good money for our irrationality. Respect that.
And be grateful our new GM plays to win. Forget the farm system. A good draft helps restore it every time, and last time I checked we still have a lot of ammunition down there in Corpus and Round Rock. I love that Wade plays to win, and plays for the now, even if it is illogical! Or would you all like to rebuild for the next eight years, a la the Brew Crew, Royals, and A’s? Hey, know what’s worse than getting swept by the Pirates? Trading Pence before the deadline to the Red Sox for two “highly touted” AA prospects. That would be boring and sad. Period. I love the Wolf deal. It’s low risk and balls at the same time.
Ms. Footer, you write for the fans. It is a privilege. Treat it as such. And THAT means NOT talking down to them during your mailbag column. Respect our intellect and our irrational optimism. It’s your job. You ain’t writin’ for the Washington Post. Please stop being so dry. Let reading the website become enjoyable again.
Rediscover the fun, Ms. Footer, or take a vacation.