Astros’ must-see TV through the years

In the early days of Astros’ baseball (the writer came here shortly after the move from Colt .45s to Astros), any TV appearance was must-see TV. Back in the ’60s, the Astros’ appearances on the TV were few and very far between. For a few years, their only appearance on local TV was Sunday road games or very occasional appearances on the Game of the Week, not due to their performance, but because the Astrodome was a perfect back up site for the main game in case rain came through.

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Is it possible the most critical Astro doesn’t play?

It is a little bit of a trick in the title as the person we are talking about has never played for the Astros. He did play the game, pitching in 100 major league games in the 1970s, starting 75 of them, going 22-39 with a 3.91 ERA. Tommy John surgery was almost named after him as he was second in line for the groundbreaking arm surgery. But he may be the most critical person wearing the Astro uniform in 2021 and his name is Brent Strom.

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Who are the Astros’ untouchables?

In the 2017, 2018 and 2019 seasons there was quite a bit of talk about the Astros’ untouchables as the team put together big-time trades for Justin Verlander, Gerrit Cole and Zack Greinke respectively. At that time the untouchable discussions were all about prospects and frankly centered on two unproven (at that time) prospects, Kyle Tucker and Forrest Whitley. The word was that those two were untouchables and were not included in any of the discussions for the pitching triumvirate that the team reeled in back then.

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