…but I don’t think it counts as “snagging” it.
My friend works for T-Mobile, and apparently they have a suite at Dr Pepper Ballpark (where the Frisco RoughRiders, the AA team of the Texas Rangers, play). Somehow he wrangled a signed Texas League ball from Zack Parker (it was in the suite when they got there). He’s not doing real well right now, and the ball’s signed in Sharpie, but I totally don’t even care. He’s officially one of my new favorite players. And the brand-new, straight-from-the-Rawlings-box ball smells incredible.
Back in the Majors…
We won a game! No, wait. WE WON A SERIES! OHMIGOSH! And José Valverde got a save without allowing a run! WOW. I’m shocked.
I’m disappointed that Hunter’s play-at-the-plate didn’t even garner a mention on Baseball Tonight. Disgusted, even.
I finally figured out that they call Eric Young “EY…” I thought they were all stupid and thought his name was “Eli.” GOOD JOB Kylie. As long as I still get to be the mayor of Souvenir City.
I’m disgusted with Shawn Chacon. What a jerk. Chris Sampson had the same demotion but took it with grace, making me adore him even more (♥), while Shawn spewed a line of expletives that couldn’t be printed. You don’t perform, you get demoted. Lucky it wasn’t to Round Rock. I officially hate you, Shawn Chacon. Good luck making it back into the rotation–NOT.
I’ve read a lot of trade rumors. Do you think we should trade Roy Oswalt? In a completely non-groundbreaking idea, I think we’ve spent too much time trying to fix the now Astros. Instead, we should trade some guys (Roy, Tejada, Carlos, Brandon?) and build up the farm system. Look at the Rays! I think that’s my new slogan. They’ve sucked their entire existence, but all those years of number one draft picks have built up and they’re BEASTLY this year. I would hate to see any of those guys go, but seriously, long-term!
Where Is He Now?
Today we’re going to visit Brad Lidge in Philadelphia, where he holds an ERA of 0.89 as the Phillies’ solid closer. He has 18 saves, one of which came against the Astros at home. How about Brad? Just like so many other former ‘Stros, we got rid of him because he sucked and the change of scenery has brought him back to his former awesomeness. However, what we got for him in Michael Bourn (and Mike Costanzo, but… yeah) has helped out our team in a big way. I’ll be the first to say that although I do miss the Lights-Out Lidge that we used to have, I don’t miss the Light-’em-Up Lidge or that very distracting mole. Other than the mole he’s a very attractive man. Oh well. I’m proud of him for doing so well up there in Pennsylvania. Best wishes, Brad.
1. AAH I’m still happy about Tulo being back. And Clint Barmes got activated too!!
2. That’s it, really.
…and then there’s “retro-losing.”
Yes, last night the ‘Stros had on their retro “rainbow guts” uniforms and THE GAME WASN’T TELEVISED. I have never been so cranky. I can’t believe I missed it! I wish the ‘Stros wore their retro uniforms on Sunday like some teams (Phillies, Blue Jays?) do.
And they retro-lost.
Oh, we came close. But Doug Brocail let the game go. Oh, Dougie. You had been so solid this entire year (except for that Jeter home run). Your recent ERA of 1-ish had been supporting my fantasy team. Oh, Dougie.
How could you?
Once again Wandy goes the distance (ish) and pitches a GREAT game and we can’t get him a W.
Our record in one-run games sucks (10-14), and so does our record in extras (1-1). 1-1, you say, that’s .500! NO, my friend. That means that we can’t get games close enough to make it into extras. Vomit.
But then again, I don’t know much about the rest of this game, considering that I couldn’t watch any of it except Carlos Lee’s homer.
Where Is He Now?
I decided that I absolutely had to get Matt Albers in here, so here he is. Last year was my first year “in baseball,” (OHMIGOSH yes I’ve only been a fan for a year but believe me, I’ve made up for lost time) and my dad and I literally would sit and talk about the team. We both decided that Matt was going to play a key role in the Astros’ future and rotation. Well, Matt was another part of that heartbreaking trade for Miguel Tejada. Don’t get me wrong, I love Miggy, but I was crushed to hear that three of my favorite Astros, Luke Scott, Dennis Sarfate, and Matt had been traded to Baltimore. I wouldn’t even get to see them at Spring Training! So now Matt is excelling in orange, posting an ERA of 2.77. His strikeout-to-walk ratio isn’t very good (25/21) but apparently, it doesn’t matter. He’s kicking butt and taking names as a reliable arm in the Oriole bullpen, and I couldn’t be prouder of the 23rd round pick. Good job, Matt.
And now it’s time for Pointless Ramblings. I do it so often that I decided to name it. And bold it. WOW.
1. Do I really need to reiterate my love for Darin Erstad? His two stellar defensive plays on Friday were just that–stellar. I love this guy.
2. Oh my God. Tulo came back on Friday, just as they said he would. I watched his at-bats from the last two games, and my heart swelled. I’ve never felt such happiness watching a player play. And the Rox are still wearing those black jerseys. I say throw away the others and just wear the lucky blacks. Except the grays with the purple pinstripes are my faves.
3. I’m watching last night’s Baseball Tonight. Two things: Shawn Marcum is hot, and C.C. Sabathia hit a homer! Even more evidence that the DH is silly. I love it.
4. The glove trick worked from the third floor balcony to the ground. Now I just have to actually get it to a park. We’ll see how it works out.
5. Another pitcher gets hit in the face.
6. UBALDO! And the Rox went back-to-back… and Tulo got a hit.
That’s it, really.