Archive for Hunter Pence

What Penetrates the Fog

Posted in Houston Astros with tags , , , on April 18, 2011 by beckeesh

Sorry to say it, Astros fans, but I’ve been away from the game for the entirety of the Padres series. Vacation/work/why do you care?  Yet some facts about this team have managed to penetrate my MLB fog.  I’m writing today with a stranger’s perspective:

1 – Astros are in last place.  Yikes, still haven’t won a single series.

2 – However, Astros are in first place in taking out middle infielders at second base.  Does this implicate some fire in the ‘Stros clubhouse?

3 – Wandy, Wandy, Wandy.  Even strangers are crying about your 7.31 ERA.

4 – Brett Myers.  Even strangers are impressed that the Astros have a solid starting pitcher in the rotation.

5 – Strangers have noticed that Lance Berkman is on fire!!!!  Oh, wait, he’s a Cardinal.

6 – Strangers have noticed that Hunter Pence is not on fire.

5 – Strangers conclude that the Astros are back to being the disastros, which is a lot better than being “the good guys.”

New York City, here they come!

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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

Hunter Pence Shows Flash of Ausmus Spring Greatness

Posted in Houston Astros with tags , , , , on March 4, 2010 by beckeesh

And he better!

The Astros took BP off of the Nationals in the Spring Opener today. There were home runs all around!

All I know is I hope Pence keeps it up this spring and into the regular season.

Frequent readers of this blog know that I have a perhaps irrational belief in some players on our team, such as Wandy Rodriguez and Wesley Wright.  Well, I have an equally irrational distaste for others on our team, such as Geoff Blum and Hunter Pence.

Listen, I want them to do well, I just… eh.

With Hunter, it’s the “aw shucks” routine.  It bothers me.  Tons.  Dude, if you want to hide your private life from the media, then be like Biggio and offer the “respect the game” line.  There’s still life in that!

I think that actually Hunter enjoys the spotlight, but he wants it on his terms.  He wants to be able to be a reckless young MLB player in his private life and have adulation in his professional life, so he pretends to be all dumb and gracious.  Hunter, we all grew up with people just like you.  You spend all weekend drinking and all week sucking up.   It’s gonna catch up to you.

So, yeah, I tire of the “aw shucks” bit.  I also tire of his 100+ strikeouts every year.  I also tire of his habit of doing nothing when the bases are loaded. In 2009 he was 0 for 11 in this situation.  I know I’ve blogged about it before.

Other game notes reveal that Jason Michaels hit one out, too!  Yes, Jason Michaels!

One Game Under

Posted in Houston Astros with tags , , , , , on July 9, 2009 by Cabeza De Vaca

Here we are again. One game from returning to .500. Not since being 1-1 on April 7th, have the Astros been winners, err… I mean, non-losers. Actually, with an extra game to be finished up, the Stros have a chance to be winners tonight for the first time all season. First, the Astros and Nationals will pick up where they left off, albeit 1,500 miles southwest. With an extra-inning win to start the night off, the Astros can either go on to be winners, or quickly follow a step forward with another step back.

During Spring training, my brother and I talked about how we thought the season would play out. I predicted that it would look pretty ugly throughout, but that somehow the old never-say-die attitude would land the team at (an over-performing) 80-82 – with scattered winning streaks to justify management’s claims that we’re still in it. My brother predicted that through the course of the season, the Stros would have great runs to get them to 2 games below .500, slipping back down each time. It appears he was one game off. Here we are again with a third chance in a week. Each time they approach the plateau, they roll back down like a car in neutral that couldn’t build up quite enough momentum along the way.

Who’s gonna stumble this time? In San Francisco, the offense was characteristically baffled by their first view of a rookie, Ryan Sadowski (who?), and against Pittsburgh, the defense faltered. Odds are, this time it’s the pitching. Lately you have no idea what’s gonna happen with Russ Ortiz, so it’s anyone’s guess. Hopefully, though, Lance and Hunter finally teach the rest of the boys that in Texas we take two steps forward before taking another step back.

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!