The other day news hit that the Houston Astros fired their manager. Not a big surprise given their season but also this is another reminder of the long-standing pain associated with being a fan of that franchise.
Well the pain ever end? Yes I remember World Series not that long ago where the Astros were the participants from the National League but lost four straight games to the Chicago White Sox and I do recall 1980 where the Astros made it to the playoffs only to be dispatched by the Phillies.
But this very same season the hot team in the National League is the Washington Nationals. The freakin’ Washington Nationals. This is a team that was moribund not that many years ago. Anybody remember the Montréal Expos? When major league baseball was talking about contraction what was the team at the top of their list?
Yes, the franchise that (at this writing) has the best W-L record in baseball.
Why can’t this type of thing ever happen to my beloved Astros? So sorry to see they’re flirting with a 2004 Arizona Diamondbacks-type season.
How bad is it for the Astros? Even the Macalope took a swipe at them in today’s piece.
With a little less interest I also noticed that the bicycling authority (or whatever the USADA is) decided to finally revoke Lance Armstrong’s victories. Vacating wins seems to be the in-thing for sports authorities these days whether it’s bicycling (Armstrong) or college pigskin (Penn State). Sticking with the baseball theme of today’s blog piece let me ask: When is major-league baseball finally going to do the right thing and return the career home run record to Hank Aaron as well as restore the single-season home run record to Roger Maris?