There is very little activity related to MLB baseball at the moment, so thoughts are all we have.
In reading the following article about what the players are saying about MLBs reactions around the “deadline”,.
…..one of the things that strikes me (well, strikes may be a poor choice of a word here) – does MLB really think they can turn the fans against the players, and what difference does that make? Basically, there are fans that are on the player’s side, fans that are on the owner’s side and the contention here is that there is a more significant percentage of fans that are on neither side or vehemently against both sides.
Does either side think that getting the fans to favor one side or the other is going to “pressure” the other side to cave? It is much more likely that they would cave to economic pressure. And since the union supposedly has stockpiled a significant war chest and the owners (mostly) are folks with other non-baseball cash flows, that may not occur any time soon.
Missing Must See
That is the thing I think I miss the most. Thinking back to the dark days of the team, the 100-loss seasons and the TV rights licensing problems there was a lot of “Can’t See” TV tied to “Don’t Want To See” TV with the Astros. But since the 2015 Renaissance, there has been a ton of “Must See” with the Astros. Whether it was watching Dallas Keuchel and his Cy Young out of the blue, or Jose Altuve on his MVP run, George Springer leadoff dingers, Carlos Correa laser relays, Alex Bregman cranking 41 homers, Justin Verlander and Gerrit Cole mowing teams down back-to-back or watching the two youngsters Kyle Tucker and Yordan Alvarez blooming as stars before our eyes, it was all must-see for me.
The Astros have been one of the best, most decorated teams over the last seven seasons. It has been a blast as a fan to tune in to or DVR these must-see moments. It is like a hole in the heart to be missing these moments.
Career Quests Derailed?
One of the comments from friend of the blog uncleknuckle (daveb) was that Jose Altuve at 1777 hits is not a shoo-in to get to 3000 hits. If he falls short, he may be able to point to the loss of games to the pandemic in 2020 and the potential loss of games due to lockout in 2022 as two significant issues that stole games from him.
This is affecting all players, but especially those who are aiming for certain career stat goals. Maybe it is not a big thing, but could be significant to the individual.
Anyone else thinking today?