So why do we have to rely on faulty sources for information about his awesomeness?
Case One: Alyson Footer
In a game wherein Wandy struck out 11 and allowed only 2 earned, Footer’s headline is Astros Capitalize on Errors to Take Finale. Yeah, and Blue Skies Sit Atop Denver as Score Goes 5-3, and Lance Plays First as Astros Win, and Relievers Pitch a Couple Innings While We Outscore the Opposition.
WANDY STRUCK OUT ELEVEN HITTERS!!!
I’m just a little frustrated.
Footer’s title best fit her article, however. She didn’t mention the eleven strikeouts thrown by our starter until the sixth paragraph of her piece. I’m serious. She went with the errors angle.
Case Two: JJO
JJO actually went with the appropriate, and accurate, angle for any article about this game. However, he’s still JJO. He compared Wandy’s 11 strikeout game to Randy Johnson striking out 12 in 1998 (the last lefthander to strike out that many). He should have made the comparison. It’s apt, and not my problem with his piece. Here’s my problem. He quotes Wandy saying the following:
“It means a lot to me to have accomplished that mark of 11 strikeouts for the first time by a lefthander for this team since he struck out 11.”
Wow! Wandy talks like that? Really? I just don’t believe it. I don’t believe the quotes that JJO gives, and I further cannot believe that he is the only Spanish language speaking reporter on the sports staff of the Houston Chronicle.
I MUST RELY ON JJO FOR WANDY QUOTES?! IS THIS AMERICA? IS THIS TEXAS?!!!
Astros fans, I am so happy that we won. And I am so so happy that Wandy won. On the road. In Denver. Where he struck out eleven. And where he probably said something like, “I am boss tonight. My hook was off the hook. My fast ball was jumpin’! I rocked this town like nobody’s business, praise God… And respect the game.”
I just wish there were more appropriate, and more capable, and more enthusastically accurate, Wandy coverage.
He’s earned it!