First of all, the Astros have won some games. I am shocked beyond belief. Once again, the importance of spring training in the grand scheme of things is easily debatable, but it’s significantly more reassuring to see the boys winning than to see the boys losing.
The Rockies are also doing quite well. Aaron Cook and Ubaldo Jimenez are doing solidly. I’m unhappy that the Rox let Joe Koshansky go, but the Rangers picked him up, so I’ll see him again in May.
Speaking of May, I get to stop going to class in five weeks. After that I’ve got a few AP exams, and then I’m free of high school forever. I don’t know how you guys felt about high school, but I’ve hated it. Private school is a good thing academically, but sometimes the social aspect of it is difficult, especially if you don’t fit in the mold that everyone keeps trying to squish you into, which I most certainly don’t. So I’m looking forward to moving on and moving west.
In other news… (not like I was really going anywhere with that anyway)
I chopped all my hair off. Well, not all of it. About twelve inches. It was getting tangled and taking too much shampoo to wash it and two bottles to color it, so I decided to chop. I’m mailing the ponytail to Locks of Love.
photo courtesy of the Associated Press
So how am I still standing?
It was a rough weekend for me, because in a house, nay, city full of Astros fans I was sitting alone in my room watching the Rockies lose twice. It was the saddest thing to watch Jeff Francis pitch so spectacularly and get a loss, especially because he’s on my fantasy team and I have no room for error as I battle it out for the seventh place spot.
On the positive side, the Astros really pulled it together. Impressive pinch hits from Darin (♥) and David Newhan helped out a lot, and fantastic pitching by MY LOVE THE ONE AND ONLY JACK CASSEL (more on him later). Brad Hawpe had a bunch of very key hits, and Jeff and Ubaldo (not so much Jorge) pitched fantastic games.
On the downside, Wandy’s hurt. That can’t be good. Troy Trevor has gone like, a week without a homer, and is 1-for-14 since his last home run. Manny Corpas still sucks, and Jorge de la Rosa is Mr. Inconsistent.
JACK CASSEL TIME!!!!
Pretty much if you’ve ever read this blog you know of my love for Jack Cassel. If you don’t, here’s a little backstory of my adoration of no. 20.
I met Jack at Spring Training this last year. I had no idea who he was when he signed my hat (other than he was ADORABLE, and still is), so when I got back to the hotel I checked the Astros’ roster. Turns out he went to Loyola Marymount University, which is one of the colleges I was looking at at the time. I asked him about it the next day and he provided no resounding endorsement, and we chatted as he signed random items for other people. Long story short, he is such a sweetheart, and he and his brother both had a collective big day yesterday. Tom Brady went down and Matt Cassel, Jack’s little bro who has been Brady’s backup for four years, came in and took over the game (and the Patriots won). Wandy went down and Jack took over, and the Astros won. And there’s another Cassel brother, Justin, who is in the White Sox system right now. And, and, there’s more. You know it’s not important unless The Dugout has done a piece on it, and guess what? They have. And it’s hilarious and well-written. And if you don’t yet read The Dugout, you should.
So enough gushing about Jack Cassel. How about we gush about Troy Tulowitzki?
Nah, I won’t subject my non-existant readers to more of that than I already have–except to say that he has a LOT of weird tics, like pushing his jersey up all the time.
So all in all, it was a mediocre weekend that resulted in my heart being ripped in twain by the Boys in Purple and the Boys in Red.
Thursday I’m going to the game and I’m hoping I’ll get a chance to talk to Jack :]
Until then, keep it spiffy.
…tempered with overall sadness.
Troy Trevor hit another homer last night, and the Rox won thanks to an outstanding performance from Ubaldo.
– the Astros lost and were pathetic
– Clayton got optioned
– Jeff Francis got DL-ified
I’m so mad at the Dodgers’ staff for optioning my boy. Honestly. Why would you do that?
And the Astros… phew. I really can’t even begin to quantify this loss. Why does Hiroki Kuroda have our number? He almost no-hit us last time we faced him.
I’m actually glad about Jeffy because OBVIOUSLY something was wrong. I’m really mad at him for pitching through it, though. What was he thinking? He killed my fantasy team doing it.
I’m going to the game now so more later!