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From Feisty Fish to Whiny Bears.

Posted in Astros rivals, Houston Astros with tags , , , , , , , , , on April 11, 2011 by Astropolithecus

Hey, nice win Houston. Way to clamp down for that 2nd win. It was a good win, although I’d like to see the Astros slogan change from “See if we can avoid the sweep” to “.500 is a thousand to us”.

Major positive from the Astros 7-1 win: Doubles!!! Showing some gap power. Very cool to see some balls drilled high and hard and not just high.

Major positive 2: Downs, Quintero, and Sanchez, oh my! These guys are playing their Texas Pecans off! I love it! Seriously, Q can be a Yadier M. type player if he can keep hitting like this.  No more going for three though please, unless the ball is stuck in the scoreboard.

Super Negative 1: we “jumped” to 2-7. If we can’t one year play better early, we’ll never compete, not even in the drunk tortoise race that will make up the NL Central this year.

Super Negative 2: CITIBANK ON MY HIGHLIGHTS!!!!!!!!! If I have to hear the “you got a weather balloon with points” techno rap one more time, I will buy a weather balloon with my CHASE points and hang myself with it. Holy hell!! Before every freaking highlight!? “weather balloon with points. Yeah, I did.”  Well, Citibank, you put it out there, so I’ll tell you. That is one of the stupidest ads I’ve ever seen. It’s embarrassing faux hip, it doesn’t explain anything, it has nothing to do with baseball or sports, and no one who needs a weather balloon will ever buy it with Citibank points. I’d rather watch Nomar step out of the batter’s box a hundred times (two at-bats) than ever, EVER open a Citibank account. And MLB.com – for SSHHAMMME –  before every damn highlight!? We can put up with a few product placements now and then but- BUT- it’s becoming a trial and boredom to watch video of our favorite sport on your website for one simple reason – you’re greedier than sin. Quit acting like the National Coalition of Avon Ladies and give us some room to breathe between ads and “deals”.

How about an ad every five highlights and it can be twenty seconds? Whaddaya say, a compromise?

MAJOR POSSIBLE FUTURE HIGHLIGHT: We sweep the Cubs in Houston to go to 5-7. Bourn steals 7 bags, Johnson bangs up the out-of-town scoreboard, Downs hits a walk-off jack, and Q. picks off Soriano at third to win game 3.   Oh wait, Soriano doesn’t bother to step off the bag…someone else then.

Look out for Aramis the Ex-Pirate. Dude is swinging molten lumber.

Searching for Artifacts of Great Seasons Past,

Astropolithecus

Welcome, Jeff Keppinger!

Posted in Houston Astros with tags , , , , , , on April 8, 2009 by Cabeza De Vaca

Last year, it was the new guy, Miguel Tejada, providing the walk-off heroics. This year another new guy came through for the victory. This time, it was the new guy’s first at-bat as an Astro. I heard that Keppinger is a blue-collar player who tries hard, hustles, and plays the game the way Astros fans have come to expect. Well, the swing sure wasn’t pretty, the broken bat was interesting, and the follow through looked like there were banana peels all over the batter’s box, but Keppinger got bat on ball. That’s the determination we need with a runner on third with one out.

Stumbling around has never been so pretty.

Stumbling around has never been so pretty.

The Astros missed a golden opportunity in the 9th inning, with runners on first and second, no outs. Bourn decided to pull a bunt back and swing away. Apparently Cooper tells his players to use this trick if the infield is playing where it would be almost impossible to make the bunt work. That advice is obviously, however, for pitchers who don’t have Bourn’s speed and athletic ability. Shouldn’t Bourn be the best on the team at laying down a bunt? The worst part about that decision is that it shows that Michael Bourn still doesn’t have a solid understanding of the game. He has admitted he didn’t like baseball or watch it at all growing up, and I can’t help but feel that he’s still playing catch up.

Oh well, luckily, that didn’t make a difference in the win column. Hats off to Wandy for looking like a solid number 2 starter. So far, two games, two quality starts. Let’s cross our fingers and hope we see plenty more, because this offense could be pretty fun to watch. Miggy is looking like our spark plug again. In game one, he had three lead-off singles. Last night he had only one hit, but again it seemed like he was involved in some way with everything the team got going. Carlos Lee will start hitting at some point, and I’m hoping that Cooper starts to fill out a line-up card that makes sense.

The Astros are .500. With this team, it’s anyone’s guess whether they’ll see this winning percentage much farther out into the season. Oh well, for now, it’s good enough to focus on how good it feels to beat the Cubs. Go Stros!

Astros at Cubs, 8/5/08

Posted in Houston Astros with tags , , , on August 6, 2008 by beckeesh

I’m back to post photos from yesterday’s tough loss.  WAY #1 again, Cubs 11, Astros 7.