Astros Sweep Cardinals!
Okay, so, I pretty much use this blog as a place to voice my frustration with the club. My love for the Astros comes accross mostly as love-hate, with the latter half of that relationship predominating. Mostly, though, I’ve been frustrated with the way this team has been run. My rants on player performance are normally limited to the context of how it should affect Ed Wade’s decision-making and Drayton’s long-term strategy.
Today, though, I’m just freakin’ excited that the Astros swept the Cardinals. I honestly did not expect to have this much fun at any time this season. My only concern comes when I think about how much this series sweep helped the Cubs. I hate the Cubs. I like the Cardinals. I like LaRussa, Pujols, and the remaining Duncan. I like the moustaches. I like the St. Louis Post-Dispatch sportswriters, and I like knowledgeable baseball fans. If any team other than Houston has to win the NL Central, I want it to be the Cards. As teams who have finished 1-2 in the standings so often in recent years, I hope they can continue to be each other’s well-respected adversary.
Still, there was something so satisfying about sweeping a first place St. Louis team. Let me say it again: the Astros swept the Cardinals!! It helped that the club’s three best starters lined up for the three game series, but I still can’t believe it. The team couldn’t believe it either. They were jumping around like they just made it to the World Series. You take the excitement wherever you can get it, and to lots of us who have been underwhelmed so far this year, there was a playoff atmosphere to this series.
As an Astros fan, I have been conditioned to believe that come-from-behind victories simply do not go in our favor. I have been conditioned to expect opposing teams to get out of late-inning, bases loaded, no-out jams. Prior to one of the Geoff Blum walk-off singles against the Cubs, it had been months since the team had won a game it trailed after the sixth inning. To come back in the bottom of the ninth against a closer who has looked fantastic this year is remarkable. Miguel Tejada has been a spark plug that ignites this team’s confidence and enthusiasm night after night.
In all honesty, I still think this team’s pitching is too weak, and I’m worried that the injury bug will continue to strike the… uh… less-than-youthful members of the team. But for now, who cares? While I’m not jumping aboard the bandwagon just yet, at times like these, even a website called “Disastros” can be downright gleeful.