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Willy T. v. Wandy: What do I do?!

Posted in Houston Astros with tags , on March 17, 2010 by beckeesh

Wandy pitched well today.  He struck out 7 and gave up only 2 earned runs, both solo shots, in a 70 pitch, 4 inning effort.  The Astros beat the Nationals 11-2.

One of the home runs belonged to my man, Willy T.

See, it’s situations like this that make me cringe.  As an Astros fan who latches on to certain players and never lets go, I had a crisis today.

Willy is 1 for 12 off Wandy in regular season play… but what if he’s got his number now?!  What will I do?!

Of course, yes, it depends on the situation:

Are we in the playoff chase?  Oh wait, we’re the disAstros… Are we one game out of the cellar?

Are there runners on base?  Or, OK, is there one runner on base?

Are we ahead by 10 runs?  Oh, wait, sorry, Spring Training scores have me all out of whack…  Are we ahead by 3 runs?

And how is Wandy feeling?  Is JJO misquoting him in the media again? Is little Walinda sick? Oh wait, JJO isn’t around, and we still don’t get decent Wandy coverage!!!

People, I am an Astros fan, first and… first.  So, you know, the important factors, I’ll take them into consideration.  I’ll add them all up and divide and quantify before I make the decision to I tearfully root for…

Willy T.?  or Wandy?

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.!

Everyone’s talking about… Willy T.?

Posted in Houston Astros with tags on February 7, 2010 by beckeesh

Since the Reds DFA’d Willy T. earlier this week, there is talk of the Astros getting him back.

Haha, I bet Cabeza is cringing right now, but I think Berkmaniac would be down for the possible bring-back-Willy T.-but-only-if-we-can-sign-him-to-a-minor-league-deal bandwagon.

Off-day Notes

Posted in Houston Astros, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 12, 2009 by beckeesh

Have y’all seen Alyson Footer’s blog?

I’m throwing it a shout out because I am so enjoying the Mother’s Day luncheon pics!

First of all, that luncheon looks nicer than my wedding.

Second, I’m enjoying looking in the background of the shots.  I’ve spied Brownie.  He looks hungry.  And there’s a bunch of Japanese men seated at the table behind Russ Ortiz.  Where’s Wandy?  Can anyone find him? 

All I’m saying is, if I had Alyson Footer’s job, there’d be way more shots of JD, Brownie, and players on the bubble.  And Wandy.  This is what the people want to see!  Geez, we see Berkman all the time.

In other news, as much as I don’t look forward to hearing about Micah Owing’s offensive prowess all season (here and here), I am pumped about the Reds! 

Second in the NL Central, the Reds are the only team in our division with starting pitching good enough to challenge the Cubs long term.  It’s true that Bronson Arroyo isn’t worth his salary right now.  (Unless he’s on the road – What’s with that?)  And yes, Volquez needs to settle down.  (He will!  I believe it.) 

Even still, Cincy is on the up.  (See Cueto, Votto, and don’t look now but Taveras’s OBP is over .380!)

Yes, I’m getting on the bandwagon, and I’m getting on now.

Finally, this Onion Sports article made me chuckle.  And it caused me to look into how greedy Drayton is.  I mean, how much MLB tickets cost across the country.  I ended up happening upon this article about how greedy Drayton is.   Go figure!  Check it out and you’ll see that we consistently rank higher in revenue than we do in payroll. 

Wait – I wanted to end on a positive note.

Hey, we play the Rockies tomorrow!  At 12-18, they’re worse than we are!  And I like Paulino.  If he does well enough, I’ll write a post justifying my ridiculous confidence in this unproven arm.

WBC: Something to Prove

Posted in World Baseball Classic with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 8, 2009 by beckeesh

If you aren’t watching Panama v. Dominican Republic in the first round elimination game right now, you should be.

Dominicana better get their act together, or they are gonna be out early. Alternatively, Panama has a chance to advance with their first win in WBC play.

Panama’s biggest bat is the Astros’ own, Carlos Lee.

And the Dominican team has crazy talent! Cueto is on the mound. Jose Reyes is at short, Willy T. center field, Miggy at third, Fernando Tatis is playing a fine first base. He made an amazing play on a line drive in the second inning.  Other names include David Ortiz (DH), Robinson Cano (2B), Jose Guillen (RF), Miguel Olivo (C)… and Hanley Ramirez on the bench.

Unlike regular Spring fare, this is a major league level event!

So get to the couch, or the bar, or your mom’s place.  Get to a high-definition television and turn on the game!

Update:  Dominican Republic 9, Panama 0 (eliminated from WBC) 

highlights / notes of interest:

for the Dominican:  Miguel Olivo, 2HR, 5 RBI; Willy Taveras:  again runs when he shouldn’t, this time right through a stop sign at home, thrown out at the plate (3rd inning)

for Panama:  Carlos Lee went 1 for 3

In in-game interview, Moises Alou reveals that he will be attending this year’s Kentucky Derby with “my best friend in the game, Jeff Bagwell.”

Stay tuned for U.S.A. v. Venezuela

WBC: Netherlands Upset Dominican Republic!

Posted in World Baseball Classic with tags , , , , , , on March 7, 2009 by beckeesh

What?!

I was watching a recording of last night’s Korea v. Japan game, then realized, I’m missing my team on ESPN right now! Serious baseball on today.

Came to the game in the top of the 9th, Netherlands leading 3-2?!

Willy T. led off the bottom of the 9th with a walk, and advanced to second on a ground out. Then, with Hanley Ramirez at the plate, Felipe Alou sent him to third and he was caught stealing! 2 outs. No one on. All momentum gone.

Netherlands 3, Team Dominicana 2.

More on the WBC throughout the weekend…

Update:  Apparently, Felipe Alou did not send Taveras in the 9th.  It was Willy’s decision, Alou said after the game; “It was not a good play for us.”

WBC: Top Five Reasons I’m Rooting for the Dominican Republic

Posted in World Baseball Classic with tags , , , , , , , , , on March 5, 2009 by beckeesh

Last night, I had the best dream.  I was on a baseball field surrounded by guys who love baseball.  It was sunny.  It was humid.  It was the Dominican Republic.  It was actually just like a feature on Angel “Nao” Presinal that I saw on Sunday’s edition of Baseball Tonight.

Anyway, my dream inspired this post, but it did not inspire my love for the island nation I’ve never visited.  No, my affection springs from a love of the Dominican Republic’s music, weather, history, and, most importantly, people.

Top Five Reasons I’m Rooting for the Dominican Republic

5.  Hanley Ramirez

Best player in baseball?    Alright, I know that’s supposed to go to A-Rod, but y’all know Hanley is off the hook!  And I love how nonchalant he is about the whole 9+ OPS and 40+ SB thing.  I saw this kid at Spring Training last year.  He was about 3 yards from me.  He looked like any kid!

4.  Moises Alou

He pees on his hands.  He gets things done.  In 2006, when the man was 40 years old, he managed 74 RBIs and 22 HR in only 98 games.  Take that, Ty Wigginton!  If you’ve ever thought, “Alou for team captain!,” then pinch yourself; you’re not dreaming.

3.  No Albert Pujols

Its’ hard to root for him, isn’t it?  ‘Stros fans can’t do it, can we?  This year, y’all, no worries!

2.  Willy Taveras

OK, I don’t want to get ridiculous here.  I love this man.  LOVE him.  Why we threw him into the Jennings deal is beyond me.  I maintain that it was the worst trade in ‘Stros history.  Willy has speed, he has fielding ability, he has the arm!  As for hitting, call me a sucker.  I think it’ll come around.  If you hate the thought of seeing him in a Reds uniform, then root for him here. 

1.  Miguel Tejada

The national player of the Dominican Republic.  Yes, read that twice.  “La Guagua” remembers his roots: he plays winter ball every year.  And for those of you who question the wisdom of this decision, may I remind you that he’s the heart of the Houston franchise all season long?  If he weren’t around, who’d be leading our team?  Berkman? 

To get on the good side of Houston fans, La Guagua even claims to love Toby Keith.   (I say “claims” not to accuse him of lying, but because if I believe that he actually loves Toby Keith; I have to move him up the list.)   The man is practically a saint!

La Guagua means “the bus.”  Jump on and he’ll bring you home.  I hope Miguel brings home a ton of runs in the WBC.  I hope Houston fans rally to support him in these trying times.  I know I will, because Miguel Tejada is the number one reason I’ll be cheering,

GO TEAM DOMINICAN!