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.
…nyah nyah nyah nyah nyah-nyah!
Yes, those would be five-year-old playground noises.
I’m so proud of my boys–especially Wandy. Do you know how much I love Wandy? I ADORE WANDY.
I’m in the midst of planning a trip to Denver.
Hopefully for next weekend. To go see the Rockies and visit Colorado School of Mines, but I’m most excited about the Rockies.
The only problem is that it’s Matty Bobblehead Day, so I might have to buy my tickets like, online or something.
That would suck. My $4 ticket could easily turn into, like, a $12 one. But that’s totally okay because OHMIGOD THE ROCKIES.
Can you even fathom how exciting that would be? I might even go to TWO Rockies games! Of course, it would be better if I could leave Thursday and come back Sunday but we’re having a 4th of July party so that wouldn’t work. I hate day games (Sunday), but it’s better to go to a day game than no game at all. And Denver has a zoo.
Amy–is there a light rail stop at the Zoo? I figured you might be able to help me out in this aspect.
…but the draft is really the only aspect of baseball I can’t bring myself to get particularly excited about.
Although apparently, Jason Castro is quite the catching beast.
Anyhow, it was nice to see that Wandy was back on. However, with the loss yesterday combined with the Brewers’ win, we’ve dropped down to fourth in the NL Central.
It was also great to see the Rockies take two from the Dodgers. They really needed that boost! And unfortunately, I had Jeff Francis benched on my fantasy team the day that he threw seven shutout innings, and I had Micah Owings active yesterday. BLECH.
Ordinarily I would do a “Where Is He Now?” right here but my brain is not quite with it, considering I just sat on the couch and played Mariokart on the Wii for an hour and a half, and I slugged down a large Black Forest from The Coffee Bean. DO YOU KNOW HOW GOOD THE COFFEE BEAN IS?! I really wish we had them in Texas. That and Trader Joe’s.
Apparently, we’re supposed to be getting the Internet at home, so when I get home tomorrow we might actually have connectivity! I really need to buy some new music for my iPod. Stupid Comcast. I hate Comcast!
There’s two Pizza Hut pizzas freshly delivered sitting on the table and I have to babysit, so hasta la vista until I can string thoughts together into coherent sentences.
…because Jack Cassel was called up and Wandy has been activated!
Two of our better pitchers are ready, and Dave Borkowski was finally DFAd. Not that I don’t like him–he’s definitely one of the nicest people I’ve met in my life–but he stinks.
And OMG, Hunter Pence. Complete, total, utter beast. Five for five. WOWsers. There aren’t really enough words.
Shawn Chacon surprises me endlessly. I cannot believe what a bargain-bin beast he has turned out to be. I was not expecting him to be so consistent. I am constantly pleased with what I see from Chacon.
I am pleased with the lack of fighting in last night’s game. I got quite tired of seeing my team act like six-year-olds.
Where Is He Now?
Today I’m focusing on Luis González, who currently plays for the Marlins. I remember his smiling, Cuban-Brad-Ausmus-look-alike face from so many games while he was in Houston. He’s currently signed by the Marlins as a backup left fielder to Josh Willingham. I don’t really know what else to say about him because he hasn’t really done anything significant this year, I was just inspired to revisit him because here in Dodgertown, the people still remember him. Granted, his batting average this year is higher than it was in 2006 or 2007, and that’s good. We’ll keep an eye on him and see what happens.
That’s really all I have for now, other than the fact that some dork in my fantasy league dropped Blake DeWitt, so I snatched him up and am quite pleased with my team now.