The Houston Astros meet Hollywood

Sports and the movies are both entertainment industries with their own stable of uber-celebrities down to bit players. Today we tie current Astros and management folks to famous movie quotes.

Justin Verlander (Quote One). “I’m as mad as hell, and I’m not going to take this anymore!” Network, 1976

JV talking about how he believed MLB has juiced the balls at pitcher’s expense.

 Justin Verlander (Quote Two). “I’m going to make him an offer he can’t refuse.” The Godfather, 1972 

A quote from the pre-meeting with Joe Torreleone, Jim Leylandini and the mystery MLB enforcer about JV’s quotes about juiced baseballs.

 Tyler White (Quote One). “You don’t understand! I coulda had class. I coulda been a contender. I could’ve been somebody, instead of a bum, which is what I am.” On the Waterfront, 1954


Tyler White (Quote Two). “Hasta la vista, baby.” Terminator 2: Judgment Day, 1991​​​​​

General consensus send off in a few weeks.

 Gerrit Cole (Quote One). “Show me the money!” Jerry Maguire, 1996

Cole’s upcoming off-season….

Gerrit Cole (Quote Two). “Greed, for lack of a better word, is good.” Wall Street, 1987

And again ……

Carlos Correa (Quote One). “One morning I shot an elephant in my pajamas. How he got in my pajamas, I don’t know.” Animal Crackers, 1930

His original explanation of his broken rib by massage.

Carlos Correa (Quote Two). “What we’ve got here is a failure to communicate.” Cool Hand Luke, 1967

What the front office said after Correa tried to explain his broken rib……

Myles Straw. “I feel the need – the need for speed!” Top Gun, 1986

You get it.

White, Derek Fisher, Reymin Guduan, Brady Rodgers. “Round up the usual suspects.” Casablanca, 1942

The front office attempting to fill in the 25 man roster during a tough run of injuries.

Yordan Alvarez. “Here’s looking at you, kid.” Casablanca, 1942

The Houston fans whenever this Wunderkind comes to the plate

Forrest Whitley. “Houston, we have a problem.” Apollo 13, 1995

It’s not always great drafting high school pitchers with grade school temperaments in the first round

Jose Altuve. “Say “hello” to my little friend!” Scarface, 1983

Sorry, Jose. I couldn’t resist.

Rodgers, Guduan, Cionel Perez, Jose Urquidy. “Well, here’s another nice mess you’ve gotten me into!” Sons of the Desert, 1933

Sometimes relief is not the right word for pitchers (OK Urquidy has only started)

A.J. Hinch. “Snap out of it!” Moonstruck, 1987

A.J. talking to his troops after their recent 7 game losing streak.

Jeff Luhnow – “You’re gonna need a bigger boat.” Jaws, 1975

What Jeff’s assistants tell him as he faces getting Brad Peacock, Carlos Correa and Aledmys Diaz back onto a full 25 man roster.

Jake Marisnick. “Forget it, Jake, it’s Chinatown.” Chinatown, 1974

What everyone tells Jake as gets a two-game suspension from the MLB for turning Jonathan Lucroy into a crash test dummy.

The whole 2017 Championship Astros team. “The stuff that dreams are made of.” The Maltese Falcon, 1941

You bet.

 The whole 2019 Astros team. “Carpe diem. Seize the day, boys. Make your lives extraordinary.” Dead Poets Society, 1989

What all fans would tell the team facing the 2019 season

Your turn – what movie quotes would you apply?


83 comments on “The Houston Astros meet Hollywood

  1. Tyler White takes Robert Downey Jr’s place in Iron Man II as he sits inside the giant Randy’s Donuts sign scarfing down the dough as his baseball life flashes before him.

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  2. JV upon being chastised by Torre, Leyland and as 1OP Calls him (the fish), “This is a conspiracy here, and you’re all a part of it.” – Warden Norton in the Shawshank Redemption,

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  3. Surprisingly to me – Marisnick is appealing the suspension. Perhaps Luhnow is hoping the hearing will occur at a later date when he might need those two games to put off DFAing someone???


  4. From Home Alone 2

    (Dan to the MLB office after the Jake suspension) – “What kind of idiots do you have working here?”

    (Joe Torre) “The finest in New York…”

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  5. Verlander telling Luhnow about his meeting with MLB: “We are going into the wilderness being led by a lunatic.” Mitch Robbins, City Slickers, 1991.

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  6. You just don’t know what’s next on the ranch. Yesterday my daughter in law comes running up to my house and says “Grampa, I need you, it’s Ranger” And there stood Ranger with a fishing lure hanging from his lips.
    The treble hook had two barbs through his upper lip and the remaining barb through his bottom lip. He couldn’t open his mouth.
    I ran and got wire cutters and it took about five minutes to cut the individual barbs. I could not make myself take those barbs out, though, so I held him tight so he couldn’t move and that woman removed those barbs without a whimper.
    Five minutes later, he’s sucking on a bottle.
    That Ranger is something else. He had wandered into our shop and got himself into the fishing gear. You will never hear me say “I’ve seen it all”, because God has a sense of humor.

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  7. A few things:
    It’s been so long I’ve forgotten what Diaz and Correa look like.
    I’m very glad that Peacock is rested and back with the club.
    I despise the arlington little league.
    I fail to see the humor in the suspension of Marisnick. It’s time to drop it.
    I *REALLY* hope Luhnow gets another proven starter A.S.A.P.

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  8. There are better hours/days ahead for our club. Jake should have been suspended for 0 or 10 games. If Verlander got a chance to customize Jakes suspension, he should have said FU instead of playing that particular game. We need pitching. Our minor league system is not as good as advertised. Anyone want to tell me how good our pitching depth is? Please convince me.


  9. Some fans upset Altuve & Bregman being selfish chasing HR’s instead of serving the greater good of tm with better AB’s.
    King Baldwin to Balian de Ibelin in (Kingdom of Heaven 2005) on making good choices, “better team AB’s are in your own keeping. You can’t say you were told to do thusly.”

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    • Dan, good for Alvarez, a rookie, he knows the zone better than the ump. It will pay off down the road. Again, I’ll yell for technology to give us a strike zone of integrity.

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    • An injury this tm can ill afford. Hope it’s not serious enough to keep him out for an extended time. He’s a tough kid though. Pray he bounces back quick enough


  10. – Nice job by Sneed to not let the game get ridiculous
    – Joe Smith and Brad Peacock could both be activated over the weekend
    – They think both Correa and Diaz will start minor league rehab next week with Diaz a couple days ahead of Correa


  11. Turned it off after Bregman got hit. This organization is so exposed with the lack of pitching in our minor league system is *Z E R O*.


    • Becky, I apologize for stealing your comment literally. Unfortunately, it is true. We have nothing on the horizon. And I’ll go further. Young Whitley has much bigger issues than immaturity. If Luhnow can unload him, I’ll be beyond impressed.


  12. All these setbacks will make the club tougher down the stretch. But we are far from invincible. Minor league talent depth ratings mean nothing unless your name is Alvarez. We have zero ready arms.


  13. Wow. Did our guys show up tonight to make Lynn like he was deserving of an AS berth? Getting mowed down, 10 and counting. He hasn’t done that since 2014 I think they said. This not only disappointing, it’s pathetic for the boyz not to show up tonight. Sorry to pile on, that’s how it looks and feel


  14. Cole and Verlander are going to have to be perfect this weekend, because it was evident our guys didn’t show up tonight. I hope this was the VERY last time we have to see Framber Valdez on the mound for the Astros. They have given this kid every opportunity to succeed, the experiment is over.

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  15. This year Valdez – ERA at AAA 1.98/Houston 5.48. But if you look at his 5 years in professional ball, ERA in the minors 3.79/Major 3.90. WHIP is 1.309/1.386. So it appears his screen in Luhnow’s office turns GREEN when Framber pitches at Round Rock and turn RED when he pitches in Houston.


  16. My first thought about this 4 game series with the Rangers, coming out of the ASB and all the media hoopla about how great the Astros are [which always gets in their heads, and results in lifeless performances and their abject humiliation as a team] was that I would be happy if our guys can squeak out 2 wins. After watching that fiasco last night, I am no longer that optimistic.

    Oh, and I wouldn’t be too excited about Sneed’s numbers last night. After jumping out to a 5-run lead, and seeing Bregman leave the game bleeding, the Rangers knew they had it in the bag and coasted. A start by that guy against a hungry team would be even uglier than a start by Framber Valdez.


  17. For the life of me, I don’t understand why they did not start Cole last night. He did not pitch in the ASG and is plenty rested. Move these question mark starts to later when you can.

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  18. The Marlins just signed their first round pick, the #4 pick in the draft, for $6.67 million. That is $1.3 million more than the Astros were allotted for their top 10 picks combined.


  19. Almost Hollywood sayings:

    Jerry MaGuire said: ‘Show me the money!’ We say: ‘Show us the hitting, the pitching, the defense, ANYTHING!!!!’

    Rhett Butler said to Scarlett: ‘You should be kissed – by someone who knows how!’ We say to the Rangers ‘You need your *!% kissed – by a team that doesn’t know ‘jack’!’

    Kim Darby’s character said to Rooster Cogburn: “They tell me you are a man of true grit.” The whole world says to Tyler White: “It is plain to see you eat too many grits.”

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  20. Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn.
    GONE WITH THE WIND 1939 (Also spoken to Scott Boras about Keuchel leaving)

    I’m gonna make him an offer he can’t refuse.
    THE GODFATHER 1972 (Also a conversation between Luhnow and Crane concerning Cole)

    Toto, I’ve a feeling we’re not in Kansas anymore.
    THE WIZARD OF OZ 1939 (Also soon to be spoken by several Royals players to their wives)

    May the Force be with you.
    STAR WARS 1977 (Also spoken by AJ Hinch each time Yordan bats)

    I’m as mad as hell, and I’m not going to take this anymore!
    NETWORK 1976 (What Verlander WANTED TO SAY to the MLB Unholy Trio)

    There’s no place like home.
    THE WIZARD OF OZ 1939 (Also spoken by Jake to Gary Pettis just before…….)

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  21. Our #1 pitching prospect last night:
    1.2 innings
    3 runs
    1 hit
    3 walks
    5 K’
    Whitley had better get it together, or he’s gonna get shipped out in the next trade. Something is wrong in Astros land.


  22. Joe Smith added and Cy Sneed optioned back down, Correa added to 60 day IL.
    Who is this Correa person😠? No word on how long Bregman will be out of the lineup, but you can imagine how sore he is today!
    Going into The Heights for dinner with our youngest son, and watch the game!

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      • Got to give those damn Rangers some credit. We’re not supposed lose up 8-4 in the middle of the 7th. I hope Collin McHugh is okay. I’m weary of watching makeshift Astro line ups.


  23. As fans all we can do is feel sad for Garrett Cole and the rest of our guys tonight.
    Gnashing our teeth, seaming and yelling doesn’t do one thing to change the score. I feel very sad for Cole, he should have won this game.

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  24. Today’s game for the Angels was supposed to be a dedication to Tyler Skaggs. So what do the do? No-hit the Mariners and win 13-0! His mom was in attendance too. My head goes out to her and all of his friends and teammates

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  25. I feel like Dorothy in Oz or Alice in Wonderland.
    One day I wake up and realize I don’t trust one pitcher in this organization.
    What the H**l happened?????.


      • I think they know we get 2 strikes on them and an elevated fast ball is coming and if it’s in the middle or not elevated enough – kaboom


      • So maybe our genius pitching coach’s strategies have become obvious.
        It looks like every team we face has our next move figured out and we continue to play right into their hands.
        These games are becoming difficult to watch. Not fun anymore!


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