Today we wander back to an old Chipalatta standard – something we call What They Said – What They Meant. In the world of sportspeak, folks don’t always say what they really mean, so here at the blog, we will be glad to interpret for you.
Today, we take a quick look at two offseason subjects that will be addressed soon by the Astros – we hope.
Historically, this seems just so wrong. James Click, who ran the front office of the Astros, is gone after three seasons as general manager. Three seasons ended up with three ALCS trips, two WS trips, and one World Championship.
Just for fun – here are a couple of Postseason lists as judged by your loyal scribe.
The Astro fans have been under a cloud since January 2020. A dark cloud, not of their making, hung over them since IT occurred. There has been total frustration for nearly 3 years as we were unable to enjoy the first and only World Championship in Astros’ history. The fans have had to hear it from every other fan base, even those whose teams were not that clean themselves.
After the no-hitter slashing of the Phillies in Game 4, the Astros moved on to Game 5 which was the type of game that often decides these series. Game 5 was tough, close, and low scoring, but with plenty of great plays and great performances.
There may not be any bigger difference in a seven-game series than a fourth game that could end up 3-1 in one team’s favor or all tied up at 2-2. Mathematically 3-1 is still doable, but there is no margin for error in having to win all 3 vs. playing a best 2 out of 3. Game 4 from the Astros side really was a must-win to not only even the series but to force the series to eventually move back to Houston and to take the wind out of the Philly sails.
There already has been a bit of a buzz about how the World Series matchup between the Houston Astros and Philadelphia Phillies is a rematch of sorts from 42 years ago. There has been a lot of talk about Steve Carlton, Nolan Ryan, Mike Schmidt, Jose Cruz, Terry Puhl and all those players competing in that 1980 series and about how extremely competitive the series was, with four extra-inning games out of the five played. There are a few things that may not get mentioned but are critical to understanding that series.