This group of young Astros are pretty special. I know that soon on this gr
oup folks will be finding their shortcomings, diminish their achievement,ma
ybe even claim cheating,extreme luck, doping, payoffs or some other kind of
crap. That will be a real shame.
Unlike so many athletes and teams these days, those guys felt especially co
nnected to their fans and city. First,their fans stayed with them for the
last few years when they were AWFUL. But the joy of being a young man is p
revalent throughout their clubhouse, and every year they thought it was "th
eir year". They play with a certain joy and enthusiasm that is really infec
tious. And they really like each other and it shows. They play as a TEAM,
and anyone with doubt should watch the post game interviews.
Someway they decided to actually take the "Houston Strong" campaign to hear
t. Unlike like wearing a ribbon or pin simply to be politically correct, m
any of the players made it known how much that slogan meant to them and how
proud they are to have it on their uniform. It was inspiring in its own w
ay to so many that lost so much to Harvey (including my own sister that los
They have been saying for about six weeks that they are playing for the peo
ple of Houston and they felt like the fans were counting on them to deliver
. In the end, it wasn't just baseball fans. I have several friends that l
ive in Houston, and even those that never watch baseball were glued to the
Astros and the Series, cheering them on.
The best part to me was to think that my first game seeing them was when th
ey were the Colt 45s, and played at a ball field with wooden bleachers. I
was a child, but remember it well. Then the big news was the Astrodome. I
remember getting to see the Astros (new name!) in their new home a couple
of times during their first year there.
And all that time, till now, no championship. I went to the Series in 2005
, and it wasn't pretty, not even close.
So to see this group of young men battle it out in one of the most exciting
Series I can remember and win, it IS special.
Gotta love those Spacemen!