The Astros will be horrible this year. The Astros will be horrible this year. The Astros will be horrible this year.
It seems like a broken record, but that is what my good buddy and fellow columnist David Getz has been telling me for the last three seasons about my favorite team, the Houston Astros.
Raised in Houston for the first 13 years of my life, I have always been a devoted follower to the team.
No matter what I’m told about them, I always say,” But it’s my team and I’m there for them no matter what.”
But wow. I was not expecting the Astros to be THIS bad.
Houston is on pace to have their worst season in franchise history.
Currently, they are a league’s worst 33-66 (.333). The Astros’ worst year was in 1962 in their inaugural season when they were the Colt 45′s. They finished 64-96 (.400).
Six years may not be a long time, but it’s forever considering that’s how long it’s been since Houston made it to their first World Series. Even worse, that it would be the last time they made the playoffs.
How much does it hurt to be an Astros fan this year? Not only does it sting to watch the games at Minute Maid Park, it stings that attendance has plummeted and not one player is bringing their A-game, except for Hunter Pence.
Last year, Houston sent Roy Oswalt to the Philadelphia Phillies and Lance Berkman to the New York Yankees.
It was bum central as I braced for the worst.
All they had left with just a shred of credibility were Pence, Carlos “I’m way overpaid for my performance” Lee and Wandy “I’m inconsistent but I may surprise you” Rodriguez and Michael Bourn.
But the team is not a complete team. Pence is the only person in that line up pulling his weight, leading the club with a .312 batting average and 61 RBI.
Rumors have spread that Pence could end up being traded, which did not sit well with this Astros fan.
Do I sound selfish because they are considering giving up the best player on the team?
Yeah, I’m being selfish. But I can, sort of, understand why.
On one hand, the fans would not be happy. On the other hand Pence would probably like to put his talents to good use on a winning squad.
My co-worker would love to see him back home in Arlington playing for the Rangers. They don’t have good pitching, their batting is mediocre, the ownership is a dud.
I can honestly say that my buddy David was lying. The Astros are not horrible. Calling them horrible is an understatement. Right now I can’t find that word to describe Houston’s performance. I’ll get back to you on that.