The 2015 Houston Astros season has come down to the nine final games with the Astros falling swiftly in the race for the AL West division lead and on the verge of missing the playoffs all together.
What will happen between now and the end of the season? What kind of team will they end up being and what will their legacy be, if any, in Astros lore?
Two distinct possibilities loom, both tied to poetic quotes.
Near the end of the 1996 blockbuster Independence Day, Bill Pullman as the president / fighter pilot war hero gives a rip-roaring speech, which if it had gone as long as a speech by the real president at the time, probably would have doomed the world’s inhabitants to being the featured weenies at a hot dog grilling. Nevertheless, who will forget the words semi-borrowed from Dylan Thomas, “We will not go quietly into the night”?
A second possibility could be summed up in a quotation borrowed and twisted from T.S. Eliot. “This is the way the (season) ends, not with a bang, but a whimper.”
Will this team, which….
- Is 7-14 in September
- Has turned a 4 game divisional lead into a 3 game divisional shortfall this month
- Is 0-9 in one run games since Aug. 24th
- Has only won 3 of their last 13 road games
- Has seen their bullpen implode in September
- Has been playing like the inexperienced team it is…
…..Be remembered for its glorious fight to the death or for a season’s end as memorable as a shrug?