Here are a few subjects to toss around as training camp begins to roll ahead……
Is Justin Verlander kick butt or what?
Astro fans already had been impressed with what JV brought to the party. He came into town and immediately inspired a team that was floating aimlessly in August. He pitched flawlessly in September, had a great playoff run and in the end, got the woman of everyone’s dreams.
His leadership showed itself in the epic Game 2, when the team had blown the lead they fought so hard to take. He came out of the clubhouse and told them loudly that they could still bloody well win that game. And then they did.
So, it was no surprise that when radio personality Chris “Mad Dog” Russo said the Yankees were the team to beat, that JV jumped his case right here.
I called Russo a personality because if you heard his illogical rambling and incomprehensible discussion of why the Yankees were the team to beat you could never call him a sports voice.
Then in words that reminded me of the great Walter Brennan (“No brag, just fact”), Verlander said that the AL has to come through Houston.
JV is not a Texan, he’s from the great state of Virginia, but he is certainly fitting in quickly.
Dallas Keuchel non-news
The following “news” story tells us that Keuchel won’t negotiate during the season. Other than ex-Texan Duane Brown who negotiates during the season? Then you find out that they haven’t even been in talks yet.
David Paulino Tells You Why
In the same link above, David Paulino apologizes for the lapse that caused him to be banned for PEDs. Then he reveals why he did it. Many players take PEDs for improved performance, but the other big reason that is not discussed as often is that players will use it to get their body to heal from injury. Either way, he did it and he got caught and he was punished. Hopefully, he has healed now. And Learned.
M & M
You have to love it when your home team is recognized and even revered by the national press. Mike Lupica wrote some nice things about the Astros last season even before they won it all. Here he talks about how Charlie Morton and Lance McCullers Jr. did twice what they probably dreamed about playing catch in their front lawns as kids. They pitched successfully in two Game 7’s against the Yankees and the Dodgers and helped this team do what 55 Astro teams before them failed to do.
It would be the biggest irony in the world, if Anthony Gose who came to the Astros from the Phillies in the Roy Oswalt trade for the express purpose of being sent on the same day to the Blue Jays for Brett Wallace, makes his big splash with the Astros. He doesn’t have a great chance, but it is not like he has to beat out Andrew Miller. If he can beat out Tony Sipp and……convince the team to swallow the $6 million Sipp is owed, maybe he will have a shot. The other thing that could happen is that if they can’t keep the Rule 5 draftee on the major league roster for all of 2018, that they could complete a trade with the Rangers.
So, talk among yourselves….