All Things Astros and a whole lot more
There are so many good points being tossed randomly around about the 2017 Astros vs. the recent versions of the Astros, that it feels like a dart tournament for the blind.
The Astros aren’t as good as the Cubs.
The Astros are not the dog they were a few scant years ago.
The Astros never seem to make the big move that will put them over the top.
The Astros have made some solid moves that got them into the playoffs in 2015 and into contention in 2016.
The Astros have traded away a lot of prospects and have little or nothing to show for it.
The prospects traded away have mostly done little to this point.
And on and on….
There are two facts that need to be remembered by proponents of both sides of these arguments:
The fans need to be patient with each other more than with the team. The ones (and you know who you are) who are being impatient and judging this team before Thanksgiving, need to stop assuming what the team won’t do in the next couple months based on what it did not do previously. The ones (and you know who you are) who are being impatient with the cynicism and negativism of the other fans need to have some empathy for folks who have been through the ringer and disappointed for so much of their too fast dwindling lives.
The half full view of this team is as follows:
Yes, it would be nice to think that the team will outbid other teams for someone other than an iffy, injured starter. And they could still do that. It would be even nicer to know what the team will look like come February by looking in our crystal balls. That will only happen with time, not magic.
The bottom line is there is no reason to doubt this front office for what has not happened yet. There is no reason to have unreasonable expectations and praise for this front office for what has happened before.
It is going to be an interesting off-season, if we all survive.