Well, today I was at the home of someone who has satellite, which means they have the MLB Network, which they didn’t even KNOW (imagine THAT??!!) and on one of the shows they asked the question – who is the face of the Astros? Must have been posted somewheres on the astros dot com page, where maybe 2 dozen people saw it, because that appears to be the number of replies they got, judging by the percentages, which was a couple of guys at 8%, a couple of guys at 4% and a couple of guys at 2% and
Jose Altuve at 68% – you note it WASN’T Biggio, who got 8% and Bagwell wasn’t even named. Bud Norris, now the Most Respected Exalted Veteran Commanding The Team High Salary – of 3 mill a year!!! drat that horrid union and their icky arbitration making Crane give some of that 85 mill he gonna be getting to the players – what an outrage!!!!!
where was I?
Oh yeah – Bud got 8% as did Biggio – Justin Maxwell, Luhnow and Kevin Goldstein got 4% and Julio Daniel Martinez got 2% and yes there were some other guys but just like the rest of the universe, I’ve forgotten who they are.
They then interviewed Bo Porter, seeing as how the Token Female they had on the show (thank GAWD she isn’t another slutty looking blond) couldn’t think of anything to say bout Jose. Or any other Astro or the Organization, for that matter. Just like the rest of the universe. So they had Bo Porter on as a (telephone) guest and naturally, he mentioned how “excited” he is about the team. That appears to be an Organization “Key Word To Always Be Spoken In Every Sentence To The Media” thingy this year – sort of like the old days of Killah Bees.
Anyway, Bo managed to contain his “excitement” enough to talk about his life history and how with the DH he doesn’t have to worry about thinking about his lousy bullpen – or something like that. Don’ worry Bo, ain’t hardly nobody else thinkin bout it neither.
Of course I’m wondering how many “fans” actually showed up at the usual Astros “Caravans” in Houston, let alone anywheres else. During the good years, the veterans and stars almost nevah dirtied their hands and noses by showing up at those – it was always the nobody vets and the rooks who were not stars. This year, they have Altuve and
whoever. Good time to get autographs, seeing as how their poor lil hands won’t be as tired as their asses.
You know the Astros are seriously lousy when then object to a Big Star like Fernando Martinez going off to play for – I forget who – Antarctica or Peru or something. Really, Luhnow expressed his unhappiness publically. Wonder how long it took for Buddy Boy to get on the phone and tell Crane to rein in his bigmouth dissing Buddy Boy’s Pet Project. Luhnow says they need to see him in ST to evaluate him. ORLY? Like, WHAT is it they missed in his few lousy months up here? But he’s “competing” for the LF spot with Proven Veteran Rick Ankiel.
Can this team lose 120 games???
Three weeks to PACR.
Oh yeah – I forgot. MLB network is supposed to be so superior to BBTN. Let me put it this way – any network that employs Mitch Williams as anything other than a janitor gots no business thinkin of itself as “superior” seeing as how he makes Hawk Harrelson look intelligent and well-spoken.
Wonder why it seems that almost every ballplayer, as soon as he retires, turns into a whining, complaining grumpy old man who, back in HIS days, Men Were Men and this means they all worked like Dogs, never sinned and Knew How To Play The Game The Right Way (still don’t know what way that exactly IS, but it appears to be something that is done only by each successive generation as it has just retired). Too bad couldn’t nobody seem to take a lesson from Stan Musial, who might could have gotten old, but never caught the Whining Grouch Disease.
I love hearing stories about The Man. Never claimed to be bettern everyone else, or A Leadah, or Requiring Only Purple M and Ms, 100 in each bowl, before agreeing to pose for autographs, then leaving after the photographers did. Never put others down. Didn’t shut his eyes to Evil and pretend it wasn’t happening. Apologised for his friends’ transgressions. And, best I know, is what Joe Paterno pretended to be.
I don’t expect other ballplayers to be Stan, either as The Man or the man, unlike the media, but I know it is really great to know that there were and are people like Stan. May he rest in peace.