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It’s Official Astros Fans: Never Gonna Happen 2010

Posted in Astros rivals, Houston Astros with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 19, 2010 by Astropolithecus

Folks,

Though our fair broadcasters on both radio and television might gloss over  a very ugly season by not saying anything very negative or critical, I want to make an announcement. Houston is done as of today, June 19th. This is from an eternal Astros optimist.

We are a crap team this year, and for the first time since I can remember I’m questioning the effort team wide, which bothers me deeply. Oswalt wants to leave, and rightly so.

I say blow it up and start all over.  Youth movement in Houston helmed by new hitting coach Bagwell is about the best we can hope for in the next two years.   Buckle down, ladies and gentlemen, judging by the listless nature of this mediocre squad, your fandom will be tested Pittsburgh Pirates style until the blessed day in early October when this train wreck(Wooo!Wooo! my ass) is over.

I knew the playoffs would be a miracle, but I never imagined what I’ve been watching these last 3 months. Only up from here, I hope.

Onward and Upward,

Berkmaniac

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Reunited And It Feels So Good

Posted in Houston Astros with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 12, 2008 by beckeesh

With last night’s win over the San Francisco Giants, the Astros reached the .500 mark for the first time since June 11.  Here’s a look back at the road from and to .500.

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First of all, on June 11, we actually lost our game to Milwaukee.  We had been doing a lot of losing.  Although the month of May was in large part a fun one, with the ‘Stros winning seventeen out of twenty-eight games (for an overall wining percentage of .607), they lost four in a row at the end of May and began June by winning only three out of their first seven games (through June 10th).  On June 11, we were either going to stay above .500 or drop to just .500.  We did the latter, and went on to lose the next seven games in a row.  In June, we won only ten out of twenty-five (for a winning percentage of .400).  Yikes!

July was also a tough month to be a ‘Stros fan.  We kicked it off by losing four straight, and won only ten out of twenty-four games total.  July would also be the first month of Lance Berkman’s career in which he did not hit a homerun.

This August, we are trending up.  Having won nine of eleven to begin the month we are finally back to .500 ball.

Here’s a list of ‘Stros-related events that have occurred since the last time we were respectable:

6/11 Astros lose to Milwaukee, drop to .500.

6/12 – 6/19 Astros lose seven in a row, ending with a sweep by the Baltimore Orioles, and our winning percentage drops to .452

6/22 Shawn Chacon is moved to the bullpen.

6/24 Kaz Matsui strains hammy, is put on the 15-day DL.

6/25 Ed Wade confronts Shawn Chacon, Shawn Chacon throws Ed Wade to the ground, Shawn Chacon suspended, later released (here, here, here… and opinion here, here…)

7/1 Humberto Quintero is hit on the head  by Dodger Luis Maza’s bat, diagnosed with a concussion, and placed on the 15-day DL.

7/6 MLB All-Star rosters  are announced.  Lance Berkman and Miguel Tejada are voted onto the NL team.  Carlos Lee is on the ballot for the final fan vote. 

7/8 The Astros make an All-Star fan vote campaign video for Carlos.  (If you have never seen this, you should check it out!)

7/10 Oscar Villarreal  is designated for assignment, eventually released.  Matsui returns from the DL.

7/15 MLB All-Star game.  (Carlos Lee did not make the team.)

7/19 Roy Oswalt is placed on 15-day DL (left hip adductor).

7/21 Humberto Quintero returns from the DL.

7/23 Astros acquire Randy Wolf  from San Diego. 

7/28 Roy Oswalt returns from the DL, starts, defeats Reds.

7/31 Astros acquire LaTroy Hawkins  from the Yankees.

8/4  We all almost die in a tornado / lightning storm in Chicago, but survive to get the win.

8/11 Astros defeat Giants, return to .500!

Scenes from a Tornado, aka On the Road with the ‘Stros

Posted in Houston Astros with tags , , , , , , , , , on August 5, 2008 by beckeesh

I’m on the road with the Astros this week, catching their three game series at Wrigley.  And I have great seats!!! 

One of the things we’d really like disastros.com to offer readers is a fan’s look at the team.  For this reason, I’ll be blogging with all the insights and pure speculation I can gather based on seeing the team up close and personal. 

What went down at Wrigley yesterday:

1.  Humberto Quintero goofed around with both Matsui’s interpreter and his massage therapist.  Check out these photos!

        

2.  Erstad and Pence practiced their swings outside the dugout:

    

3.  The game started.  Matsui started us off by grounding out to first.  At least he looked appropriately ashamed afterwards:

 

4. Following Matsui’s out, Tejada got a single, tagged up on a fly ball by Berkman to advance to second, and  then Lee drove him in with a double to right.  I cheered, and a crazy Cubs fans sitting near me (70 years old?  80?) yelled that I “stop putting my hands together.”  (No photo)

5.  The game continued.  Moehler pitched well.  He only allowed 4 baserunners, while striking out 4.  According to the Chicago radio experts, this was due to the home plate umpire (Laz Diaz, I believe) giving him too much on the outside corner.  Whine, whine, excuse, whine.  The Astros scored again in the 4th on a bases loaded RBI walk by Humberto Quintero.  Drayton McLane, who was sitting very near me, cheered loudly for “Q.”  I’ve never seen him cheer on TV, so I found that interesting.

Oh, here are some more shots from the game in progress:

        

6.  I went to the ladies room in the bottom of the 5th and heard some announcement about a tornado warning.  I returned to my seat in the top of the 6th and sprinkles fell.  They quickly turned into full-fledged drops as a drizzle came down. We abandoned our uncovered seats and went up to the upper deck, where I took this photo:

7.  An announcemet came over the PA.  We couldn’t hear it very well, but it ended with “get to the main concourse.”  Even the bleacher bums headed out.  Check out the trash they left behind!

   

8.  I’d just started a fresh beer, and anyway it looked crowded down below, so we weren’t going to leave our seats in the upper deck, but then they set off police sirens across the street, and everyone got kinda alarmed, so we made our way down the ramp.  haha!  Not fast enough, because heavy heavy winds blew in along with the rain, and everyone had to run down the ramp as fast as they could, since being on the ramp left one most exposed to the elements.  It was hairy for a while there.  We took cover on the first deck.  Here was the scene:

 

Of course, concessions were still being sold below:

 

8.  We hung out for about 20 minutes until the rain let up.  I got some good field-level shots on our way out.

 

9.  We made it home safely, thanks for wondering.  The game ended up being continued for a couple more innings, then another delay.   Unfortunately, I saw none of this, as ESPN and WGN conspired to blackout the final innings.  I woke up the next morning to find that the game was called in the 8th.  Astros win!

I’m off to today’s game.  Let’s go, ‘Stros!