Archive for Jason Michaels

Phillies – dang.

Posted in Houston Astros with tags , , , , , , , , , , on April 3, 2011 by beckeesh

Some small thoughts from this losing series…

1- Well, we were swept in the opening series last year.  As everyone knows, this is a (only) second half team.

2 – Wandy:  He should have been the opening day starter.  Yes, I know his Spring Training performance was horrible and that most people feel he underperformed last year, but with Roy gone, Wandy should be the number one.   Then, Mills has him pitch to Towles?!  Why does Wandy have to pitch to Towles?

3 – Angel Sanchez.  I’ve always liked him, even though the conventional wisdom (according to Alyson Footer and then Brian McTaggart and anyone else who answers Astros Mailbag) has been that he’s not a good enough major league hitter.  Phooey!  I’m glad he’s in uniform and I’m not missing Clint Barmes.

4 – Jason Michaels:  I’m glad to see Jason Michaels!  Even when he’s letting balls hit off his glove in left field I’m glad to see good old Mr. Clutch,  Jason Michaels.

5 –  Roy Oswalt:  Still weird that he’s a Phillie.  Not weird that he went inside on Carlos on Sunday, following Hunter’s home run.

Is anyone going to Fanfest?

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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

We win again?!

Posted in Houston Astros with tags , on April 21, 2010 by beckeesh

I’m willing to give all the credit to the one-two punch of…

(get ready because I’m not being sarcastic)

Matt Lindstrom and Jason Michaels.

Tell me I’m wrong, people.

Astros win! Astros win again!!

Matsui Goes Yard Off Santana

Posted in Houston Astros with tags , , on March 9, 2010 by beckeesh

Contract year, what!

Does anyone else have MLB network?

Ooh,  Jason Michaels is up. Gotta go!

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!

Wait, Who is Cory Sullivan?

Posted in Houston Astros with tags , , on March 1, 2010 by beckeesh

Back in January we signed Cory Sullivan to a minor league contract with an invitation to Spring Training.

With all the hooplah (in my house, there was hooplah) around the possible Willy T. signing that didn’t happen; I got curious about this extra outfielder.  Yes, extra still meaning in addition to Jason Michaels.

You may remember Sullivan as a Rockie.  If you followed the team at all in 2005 or 2006, then you would.  He was the starting center fielder for the Rox.  This changed in 2007, when (of course!) Willy T. arrived to camp. Sullivan lost the job and hasn’t played a full season since. (He was signed to a major league deal by the Mets in ’09, playing in 64 games but taking the field in only 46.)

His transaction history on espn.com looks like this:

January 20, 2010 Signed to a minor league contract
March 27, 2009 Sent to minors
August 14, 2008 Sent to minors
July 29, 2008 Purchased from minors
June 13, 2008 Outrighted to minors
June 06, 2008 Sent to minors
May 25, 2008 Called up from minors
March 28, 2008 Sent to minors

So, who is Cory Sullivan?  Another guy at camp, I guess.

Games start Thursday!

Bring back Willy T.!

Posted in Houston Astros with tags , , , , on February 11, 2010 by beckeesh

Looks like we’re looking for an extra outfielder.  Yes, extra meaning in addition to Jason Michaels.

According to mlbtraderumors.com, we’re interested in Endy Chavez.

According to Bernardo Fallas, we just offered Willy Taveras a minor league contract.

Bring back Willy T.!  Bring back Willy T.!

Bring back Willy T. and watch the city of Houston unite in Astros fandom!

Bring back Willy T. and watch his career be reborn!  Engage in a bidding war that pits the love of a town against the greed of a Boras client.  It’s soap opera!  It’s baseball!

I’m not being sarcastic!

Willy T. will lay off the outside slider!

Willy T. will cook many delicious meals!

Willy T. will continue the 3:2 Willy T.-on-the-Astros : Astros-reaching-the-NLCS ratio!

Bring back Willy T.!  Bring back Willy T.!