So, as often happens at Chipalatta, the conversation tends to meander off course. That happened Monday night when regular commenter Becky thought it would be great for Roger Clemens to have a chat about attitude with Jonathan Singleton. I, then, suggested I would love to see Becky talk with both Singleton and Jonathan Villar.
And that got me thinking, if you had one chance to talk with one Astros player, give some advice and have it make a difference, what would you say?
So, here are some possible things people might say to their favorite Astros. These are the easy ones:
Jonathan Villar: Learn the difference between talent and performance. Because, deep down, I think you have a ton of talent. But what we see on the field is often horrible. You’re being outplayed by a guy with half your range and 80 percent of your arm. Why? Because he’s focused. So focus!
Jonathan Singleton: There’s a whole field out there son. Use it when you’re up at the plate. The homers will come naturally, but you have got to make contact first. No contact, no fireworks.
George Springer: Swinging for the seats is nice, but with your power, contact is enough. You might hit half a dozen fewer homers, but if you put a little less effort into swinging out of your shoes, and a little more effort into putting the barrel on the ball, you’ll be a better hitter.
Josh Fields: It’s all about repeatable mechanics. If you can pitch consistently, you’ll get consistent results.
Dexter Fowler: I’m sure someone told you you’d be playing center field over here, but the fact is, you are the third-best center field option on this team. Move over to left field and let Jake Marisnick or Springer take over. The team will be better for it.
And, of course, these little talks don’t have to be limited to the players.
Jim Crane: Just get it done. The product on the field has been bad, but it is getting better. But you can earn a lot of good will — and a bunch of fans — if you get a TV deal done. I know, a bad deal will impact this team poorly for years, but you can figure it out. Put in payout escalators for certain viewership levels. The fans you’ll see in the ballpark will make it worthwhile.
A.J. Hinch: This is your second chance. Blow it, and you won’t get a third.
Spit it out.