My Double Play: Old Movies and Baseball

August 23, 2017

“OH BUNNY, WHAT ON EARTH HAS HAPPENED TO YOU? YOU USED TO BE QUITE A NICE BOY – EVEN FORNICASIONALLY”

 

She Said What???

The quote from this early scene in the 1935 movie, “Biography of a Bachelor Girl”, is what some unspecified members of the old movie industry censorship code group (1930-68) thought they heard when they happened to hear them spoken by beautiful lead actress Ann Harding to her old earlier times boy friend, actor Edward Everett Horton.

What Ms. Harding actually said, according to the script, and my numerous replays of that spot on the DVR copy from the movie’s broadcast this past weekend on the Turner Classic Movies channel were exactly these: ““OH BUNNY, WHAT ON EARTH HAS HAPPENED TO YOU? YOU USED TO BE QUITE A NICE BOY – EVEN FUN OCCASIONALLY.”

Close, but no cigar!

Thank you TCM movie host Ben Mankiewicz for alerting us to look and listen for this issue early on in the playing of the film. In a way that is similar to baseball, or in all passions for any area of history, there is always something new to learn. At any rate, it turned out to be a ripple in the stream issue and the movie went forward without editing, but that wasn’t all the case. The movie’s “Hays Code” was named for Will H. Hays, who was the president of the Motion Picture Producers and Distributors of America (MPPDA) from 1922 to 1945.

The Code had been in effect since 1930, but serious enforcement of it didn’t go into effect until 1934. It wasn’t surprising that a 1935 movie would get this kind of close attention.

It also brings home how much the advent of “talkies” in the 1920’s increased the fear that some Hollywood producers would now run morally amuck and bring down the wrath of government regulation upon the entire industry. So, in self-defense, the film industry created their own code of righteousness – regulating that criminals had to pay for their film crimes, and that sex had to be kept out of sight and even restrained from suggestion or plays on words by film characters. An actor and actress could not sit down together on a bed unless they each kept one foot on the floor for as long as they remained there.

Of course, the nation was operating under a different moral compass in those days. It was not one I admire, nor one I’d ever like to see us repeat.

Most movies were all white; people never had mixed race relationships; it was OK for major white stars to don themselves in minstrel show make up and act like buffoons; and to present minorities, mostly blacks, but sometimes Native Americans, Asians, and Hispanics as smiling stereotypical servants and sidekicks; and everybody smoked heavily and drank themselves into stupors with no long-term side effects; and if you were non-white, you had earned the right to fight for your country too, as long as you understood that you still couldn’t break bread, live next door, or attend church with whites once you came home, if you came home.

Let’s hope that most of our younger people shall live to see the day in which each of them only has to show up as a decent human being to earn their places at the table of life. Statues cannot put you there – or keep you away – once that day comes.

Watch a few really old movies from the 1930’s, for example, and you will get to see all the reasons we still aren’t there today as the brothers and sisters we all really are. And you really won’t have to work hard to see these missed opportunities. You’ll simply need to be old enough to get them. It’s all there in what they say. And what they don’t say. In what the characters do. And what they don’t do.

At least the old movies work from a dynamic narrative script. And the same cannot be said for The Fast and The Furious efforts of this day and time.

My Guilty Pleasure

Some nights I will double play a DVR movie from TCM with an ongoing DVR of the Astros game. depending upon how much the game grips my early inning attention span. It works best when Keuchel pitches. In a typical Keuchel game, I will watch the whole first inning of a home game. Then watch the movie for however long it takes “K” to retire the side and switch back to watch the Astros hit. I never miss anything because of the replay capacity. And my mind “sometimes” seems to crave the multi-tasking. The other night I got to watch Harold Lloyd as a 1928 New York taxi driver whose job it was to get a late Babe Ruth (the real Babe) to Yankee Stadium on time for his game. What a hoot! I thought the Babe was going to have to change his pants as a result of that little hop over the bridge from Harlem.

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Bill McCurdy

Principal Writer, Editor, Publisher

The Pecan Park Eagle

 

 

 

Astros Lose Winnable Game to Good Team

August 23, 2017

Charlie Morton

No question about its nature. The Astros’ 4-3 loss to the Nats in their home series opener was a lost winnable game. The fine point here is that it was a lost winnable game to a really good team, the kind of loss that most often happens in a World Series game between two good teams, as indeed, both the Astros and Nationals each truly are. In essence, it’s a better read on how prepared a club is for the kinds of games that are coming up with the playoffs in October.

In our view of a winnable game, two teams are never far apart in runs throughout most, or all, of the nine innings of the game. In Tuesday’s opener, the Astros led early by 2, and never trailed by more than their 1-run final deficit. As the season progresses, however, we think that you develop a little refinement on your view of these “winnable games” – depending upon who the opposition and the starting pitchers are.

The better your club, the better your hitting, and the better your pitching, the easier it becomes to see every game you play as “probably” winnable against all the clubs that apparently aren’t as good as yours in those areas. The best example of this club in 2017 has to be the Los Angeles Dodgers versus any other club in baseball. Most teams, however, fall variably into those “good”, “mediocre”, and “bad” mental tags we seem to put on almost everything. And here’s where a club’s measurable qualities and the team’s belief in their own level of play is really important – and maybe even act as the difference-maker in a winnable game.

Example: If your “good team” fails to take advantage of a a big-run inning opportunity against a “bad team”, you may just shake it off and give it over to that old “maybe next inning” way of thought without too much concern that your assessed less worthy foes will do it to you first. Underestimating any foe is both human and dangerous. Any other MLB club can beat you, as the Astros just got refreshed to that possibility by the Oakland A’s.

On the other hand, if you miss out on one or more big scoring opportunities against another “good team”, you may also take it to the bank that your talented foe (see Washington Nationals) is going to make you pay through the nose for any failure to clutch hit in RISP situations, any failure to field or run the bases smartly, or, sometimes especially, pay instantly for any gopher balls served up over that big white part of home plate.

Charlie Morton has been a major part of the Astros’ success in 2017. And after the game Tuesday night, he took full responsibility for the pitches that slipped away from him and found the plate for the two big hits that plated all four of the Nats runs. A lot of those other aforementioned things cost the Astros their winnable game against Washington last night, but none were more glaring than those two gopher balls that Charlie Morton admittedly owned up to as regrettable mistakes in a couple of two-out Nats scoring situations. Morton was simply “man up” strong in his ability to take responsibility for his contribution to the totally lost winnable game:

  1. Top of the 3rd, Astros leading 2-0, Nats batting, 2 on base, 2 outs: Astros pitcher Morton grooves one to Howie Kendrick. Hendrick crushes the ball off the center field wall, scoring both runners; game now tied 2-2;
  2. Top of the 4th, Astros leading 3-2, Nats batting, 1 on base, 2 outs: Astros pitcher Morton grooves another one, this time to Matt Weiters, who blasts a 2-run homer off the center field wall above the yellow line; Nats take the 4-3 lead that they will never relinquish in the face of further clutch hitting failures by the Astros.

There’s always room for improvement, as long as we keep in mind the trinity of factors at play in making improvement happen:

Improvement occurs when we (1) have the goal that motivates us like an inner fire; (2) the ability to reach that necessary level of improvement for success to occur; and (3) a total commitment of ourselves to the opportunity.

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AMERICAN LEAGUE WEST STANDINGS

THRU GAMES OF TUESDAY, AUGUST 22, 2017 

RANK AL WEST W L PCT. GB
1 ASTROS 76 49 .608  
2 ANGELS 65 61 .516 11.5
3 MARINERS 64 63 .504 13.0
4 RANGERS 62 63 .496 14.0
5 ATHLETICS 55 71 .437 21.5

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AMERICAN LEAGUE WEST GAME SCORES

THRU GAMES OF TUESDAY, AUGUST 22, 2017

 ANGELS 10 – RANGERS 1.

 BRAVES 4 – MARINERS 0.

 ATHLETICS 6 – ORIOLES 4.

 NATIONALS 4 – ASTROS 3.

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AMERICAN LEAGUE BATTING AVERAGE LEADERS

THRU GAMES OF TUESDAY, AUGUST 22, 2017

RANK PLAYER TEAM AB H 2B 3B HR BA
1 JOSE ALTUVE HOU 477 171 35 3 19 .358
NR * CARLOS CORREA HOU 325 104 18 1 20 .320
2 AVISAIL GARCIA CWS 387 123 21 3 13 .318
3 ERIC HOSMER KC 473 149 23 1 20 .315
4 DIDI GREGORIUS NYY 397 123 21 0 18 .310
5 JEAN SEGURA SEA 402 124 23 1 7 .308
6 MARWIN GONZALEZ HOU 348 106 22 0 21 .305
7 DUSTIN PEDROIA BOS 412 125 17 0 6 .303
8 GEORGE SPRINGER HOU 416 126 24 0 28 .303
9 JONATHAN SCHOOP BAL 474 143 30 0 27 .302
10 JOSE RAMERIZ CLE 467 140 39 5 18 .300
Other Top 40 Astros
13 JOSH REDDICK HOU 386 115 25 3 12 .298
15 YULI GURRIEL HOU 430 127 33 1 15 .295
34 ALEX BREGMAN HOU 416 115 30 5 15 .276

NR * LOST TIME ON THE DL HAS TEMPORARILY REMOVED CORREA FROM AN OFFICIAL QUALIFYING PLACE IN THE RANKING OF TOP 40 HITTERS.

 

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Bill McCurdy

Principal Writer, Editor, Publisher

The Pecan Park Eagle

Shiftless in Seattle

August 22, 2017

Maybe there’s a less romantic reason why people are sometimes “Sleepless in Seattle.”
Photo by Chris Wang
https://www.flickr.com/photos/chrisparadise/16438874421/

Shiftless in Seattle

After we ran that photo of the $120 parking price sign that appeared near a Seattle Seahawks NFL game in recent years, we received this delightful example from our friend and colleague Tom Hunter of how this Seattle penchant for price gouging and a little creative pricing was not confined to entrepreneurial parking options offered by property owners or parking spot squatters near Qwest Field. Tom’s story reference was to an article by Brad Tuttle for the Personal Finance section of Time.com back on January 13, 2011.

Seattle Stadium Beer Scandal: Same Amount of Brew Whether You Pay $7.25 or $8.50

Check it out. We loved the response of Qwest Field officials to the fan’s claim that people were paying more for the large beer draft, but getting the same amount of beer that came with the small draft. To this charge, Qwest Field officials studied the claim and came up with this explanation: “Fans who purchased a 16 oz. beer actually received 20 oz. of beer for the 16 oz. price. Fans that purchased the 20 oz. beer received the amount they purchased.”

Thanks, Tom Hunter. You made our day.

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AMERICAN LEAGUE WEST STANDINGS

THRU GAMES OF MONDAY, AUGUST 21, 2017

RANK AL WEST W L PCT. GB
1 ASTROS 76 48 .613  
2 ANGELS 64 61 .512 12.5
3 MARINERS 64 62 .508 13.0
4 RANGERS 62 62 .500 14.0
5 ATHLETICS 54 71 .432 22.5

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AMERICAN LEAGUE WEST GAME SCORES

THRU GAMES OF MONDAY, AUGUST 21, 2017

RANGERS 5 – ANGELS 3.

MARINERS 6 – BRAVES 5.

ORIOLES 7 – ATHLETICS 3.

ASTROS (day off to watch the eclipse of their once larger ALW lead)

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AMERICAN LEAGUE BATTING AVERAGE LEADERS

 THRU GAMES OF MONDAY, AUGUST 21, 2017

RANK PLAYER TEAM AB H 2B 3B HR BA
1 JOSE ALTUVE HOU 473 171 35 3 19 .362
NR * CARLOS CORREA HOU 325 104 18 1 20 .320
2 AVISAIL GARCIA CWS 383 121 21 3 13 .316
3 ERIC HOSMER KC 470 148 23 1 20 .315
4 JEAN SEGURA SEA 399 124 23 1 7 .311
5 DIDI GREGORIUS NYY 392 121 20 0 18 .309
6 MARWIN GONZALEZ HOU 345 106 22 0 21 .307
7 GEORGE SPRINGER HOU 412 125 24 0 28 .303
8 DUSTIN PEDROIA BOS 340 103 17 0 6 .303
9 JONATHAN SCHOOP BAL 470 142 30 0 27 .302
10 JOSE RAMERIZ CLE 464 140 39 5 18 .302
Other Top 40 Astros
13 YULI GURRIEL HOU 427 126 33 1 15 .295
22 JOSH REDDICK HOU 382 112 25 3 12 .293
33 ALEX BREGMAN HOU 411 114 30 5 15 .277

NR * LOST TIME ON THE DL HAS TEMPORARILY REMOVED CORREA FROM AN OFFICIAL QUALIFYING PLACE IN THE RANKING OF TOP 40 HITTERS.

The race is tight for most of the lower top spots. In fact, once you take in the big picture, you come to realize that it’s #1 Jose Altuve and everybody else. Look at the current standings for #13 Yuli Gurriel and and #22 Josh Reddick, for example. These two Astros are nine spots apart on the batting average standings, but their actual average difference is only .002 points.

How delicious is this simple straightforward baseball data? As a kid in school, I could play with it in my mind for hours during less interesting moments of the day.

 

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Bill McCurdy

Principal Writer, Editor, Publisher

The Pecan Park Eagle

R.I.P. “Former Astro” Jerry Lewis

August 21, 2017

Left to Right: (1) Jerry Lewis takes the field as an Astros first baseman, planting a hug on base umpire Hank Soar; (2) Jerry congratulates home plate umpire Greg Olsen for getting it right; and (3) Lewis ignores the Tigers catcher.

 

Rest in Peace, Jerry Lewis. As you probably know by now, one of the great comedic talents of the 20th century left us yesterday morning, Sunday, August 20, 2017 when Jerry Lewis passed away in Las Vegas of natural causes at the age of 91. My family and I were fortunate to catch his live performance as Mr. Applegate in the Broadway road ensemble company that performed “Damn Yankees” at Jones Hall in 1995. Lewis was great as the devil incarnate deal maker that recruited aging fan Joe Hardy into becoming a major league star for his home team Washington Senators in exchange for his immortal soul. In the process, we real fans got our musical education into the fact that, whether it’s baseball or just the down in the trenches part of everyday life – “you gotta have heart, miles and miles and miles of heart!”

Where heart is concerned, Jerry Lewis had plenty of it. In fact, over time, the comic giant probably became as famous for his annual driving leadership of the Labor Day weekend telethons to raise funds for victims of muscular dystrophy.

Did you also know that Jerry Lewis has a place in the history of the Houston Astros? If not, here’s a link to the column we wrote for The Pecan Park Eagle about that lesser known moment in his life. It originally was published here on November 27, 2013:

https://bill37mccurdy.com/2013/11/27/1973-jerry-lewis-gets-a-hit-as-an-astro/

Goodbye, Jerry Lewis, and thank you. If people failed to learn anything about “heart” from following your life and career, they weren’t paying much attention.

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AMERICAN LEAGUE WEST STANDINGS

THRU GAMES OF SUNDAY, AUGUST 20, 2017 

RANK AL WEST W L PCT. GB
1 ASTROS 76 48 .613  
2 ANGELS 64 60 .516 12.0
3 MARINERS 63 62 .504 13.5
4 RANGERS 61 62 .496 14.5
5 ATHLETICS 54 70 .435 22.0

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AMERICAN LEAGUE WEST GAME SCORES

THRU GAMES OF SUNDAY, AUGUST 20, 2017 

ATHLETICS 3 – ASTROS 2. 

WHITE SOX 3 – RANGERS 2. 

RAYS 3 – MARINERS 0. 

ANGELS 5 – ORIOLES 4.

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AMERICAN LEAGUE BATTING AVERAGE LEADERS

THRU GAMES OF SUNDAY, AUGUST 20, 2017

RANK PLAYER TEAM AB H 2B 3B HR BA
1 JOSE ALTUVE HOU 473 171 35 3 19 .362
NR * CARLOS CORREA HOU 325 104 18 1 20 .320
2 ERIC HOSMER KC 470 148 23 1 20 .315
3 JEAN SEGURA SEA 395 124 23 1 7 .314
4 AVISAIL GARCIA CWS 376 118 21 3 13 .314
5 DIDI GREGORIUS NYY 392 121 20 0 18 .309
6 MARWIN GONZALEZ HOU 345 106 22 0 21 .307
7 JOSE RAMERIZ CLE 460 140 39 5 18 .304
8 GEORGE SPRINGER HOU 412 125 24 0 28 .303
9 DUSTIN PEDROIA BOS 340 103 17 0 6 .303
10 EDDIE ROSARIO MIN 393 119 27 2 17 .303
Other Top 40 Astros
17 YULI GURRIEL HOU 427 126 33 1 15 .295
21 JOSH REDDICK HOU 382 112 25 3 12 .293
32 ALEX BREGMAN HOU 411 114 30 5 15 .277

NR * LOST TIME ON THE DL HAS TEMPORARILY REMOVED CORREA FROM AN OFFICIAL QUALIFYING PLACE IN THE RANKING OF TOP 40 HITTERS.

 

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Bill McCurdy

Principal Writer, Editor, Publisher

The Pecan Park Eagle

Downtown Houston Baseball Parking

August 20, 2017

 

Kathleen and Larry Miggins

 

August 20, 2017: Happy 92nd Birthday, Larry Miggins!

Happy Birthday, Larry Miggins! And may God continue to bless you and the entire Miggins family for all the goodness you and Kathleen and the entire Miggins family bring to the City of Houston and the hard core sweet-spot goodness of our local baseball community and its colorful, knowledgeable, caring for the long season game – and why the round ball and bat heart of summer means so much to all of us!

As easily as the movie in my childhood mind rewinds and plays of you and Jerry Witte coming to bat as the two big boppers of the Houston Buffs during that Texas League championship season of 1951, I will also continue to live whatever remains of my time in gratitude that you and Jerry Witte, my two biggest childhood baseball heroes, would eventually be around to welcome me into your lives – over time – as an adult good friend.

Thank you for making room for me.

Erin go Bragh!

 

Catch your breath!
This one happened in Seattle for an NFL game,
but we don’t want to go anywhere near 3-digits with Houston baseball.

 

Downtown Houston Baseball Parking.

Longer than a brief blog subject. Much irony involved.

Here are a few notes on the obvious eggs of past neglect that are now hatching:

(1) During the 1950s, the absence of sufficient, convenient, affordable downtown parking for baseball fans was a big factor in MLB clubs moving from New York and other places to areas in which parking was both available and controllable by price.

(2) In the late 1990s, when the Astros decided to abandon the Astrodome and move downtown, they did so without a plan in place for how they would control the area around the new Union Station site from being severely effected by commercial pricing exploitation by independent nearby property owners. As a result, new independent residential and commercial construction in the area has eliminated quite a bit of the parking space was available in the club’s first 2000 season downtown.

(3) The loss of parking space potential and the greed of these independent property owners has handled the rest. Parking for big games now goes for $40 per car in the nearest lots. A fan can either get there early and pay the big bucks – or else – park 6 to 10 blocks away from a $10 per car lot.

(4) Now it’s about to get worse. According to Astros President Reid Ryan, TXDOT has decided to expand the freeway to the east of Minute Maid Park in some way. I missed all the details, but I was told by SABR members who heard Ryan speak in full before my late arrival, that the freeway expansion will basically combine I-45 and I-59 into and even wider system and that it will effectively take over the parking areas east of the present structure – areas that had been under the control of the Astros.

(5) In other words, the Astros are now drawing closer to the situation that the Brooklyn Dodgers found themselves in 1957: They have a great ball club, but their fans live in the suburbs, and those fans are not protected from price gouging on limited parking space whenever they decide to engage the inconvenience of driving downtown to see a game.

(6) The current Astros ownership tries hard. They did not create the situation they now find themselves in and they are deserving of our support in the search for effective solutions.

(7) The Astros understand that they have to find a solution to the parking problem. But what can they do?

(7) And what are the chances now that the Astros still may end up seeking yet another way to move the club to a further away site – where cheap parking is both plentiful and controllable?

(8) Maybe Harris County needs to step back on that plan to repurpose the Astrodome.

(9) For a contrast, research for yourself how the Cardinals fought for control and protection against these kinds of potential private and public sector body slams before their own move to the current Busch Stadium in St. Louis. See how that plan has spared them the suffering that the Astros took with them like eggs waiting to hatch when they moved downtown under the implicit threat of leaving Houston, had they not gotten their way.

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AMERICAN LEAGUE WEST STANDINGS

THRU GAMES OF SATURDAY, AUGUST 19, 2017 

RANK AL WEST W L PCT. GB
1 ASTROS 76 47 .618  
2 ANGELS 63 60 .512 13.0
3 MARINERS 63 61 .508 13.5
4 RANGERS 61 61 .500 14.5
5 ATHLETICS 53 70 .431 23.0

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AMERICAN LEAGUE WEST GAME SCORES

THRU GAMES OF SATURDAY, AUGUST 19, 2017

 ASTROS 3 – ATHLETICS 0.

 RANGERS 17 – WHITE SOX 7.

 MARINERS 7 – RAYS 6.

 ANGELS 5 – ORIOLES 1.

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AMERICAN LEAGUE BATTING AVERAGE LEADERS

THRU GAMES OF SATURDAY, AUGUST 19, 2017

RANK PLAYER TEAM AB H 2B 3B HR BA
1 JOSE ALTUVE HOU 470 171 35 3 19 .364
NR * CARLOS CORREA HOU 325 104 18 1 20 .320
2 JEAN SEGURA SEA 391 124 23 1 7 .317
3 ERIC HOSMER KC 466 146 23 1 20 .313
4 DIDI GREGORIUS NYY 388 121 20 0 18 .312
5 AVISAIL GARCIA CWS 372 115 21 3 13 .309
6 MARWIN GONZALEZ HOU 341 105 22 0 20 .308
7 JOSE RAMERIZ CLE 456 140 39 5 18 .307
8 GEORGE SPRINGER HOU 409 125 24 0 28 .306
9 DUSTIN PEDROIA BOS 340 103 17 0 6 .303
10 EDDIE ROSARIO MIN 388 117 27 2 16 .302
Other Top 40 Astros
17 YULI GURRIEL HOU 426 126 33 1 15 .296
19 JOSH REDDICK HOU 379 112 25 3 12 .296
36 ALEX BREGMAN HOU 408 112 30 5 15 .275

NR * LOST TIME ON THE DL HAS TEMPORARILY REMOVED CORREA FROM AN OFFICIAL QUALIFYING PLACE IN THE RANKING OF TOP 40 HITTERS.

 

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Bill McCurdy

Principal Writer, Editor, Publisher

The Pecan Park Eagle

Most Famous Walk in Baseball History

August 19, 2017

Eddie Gaedel
St. Louis Browns
Sportsman’s Park, St. Louis
August 19, 1951

 

August 19, 1951. If you don’t know the story, and you’re in the LA area neighborhood today, try to drop in and check out how the Los Angeles Chapter of the The Eddie Gaedel Society and The Baseball Reliquary are commemorating the walk that little Eddie Gaedel took as a member of the St. Louis Browns back on August 19, 1951. It was the vertically challenged little baseball hero’s only time at bat in baseball, but it made quite a splash then – and it has since rippled into the 21st century as an even longer shift in the tides of baseball history.

https://bill37mccurdy.com/2017/08/18/socal-celebrates-gaedel-tommorow-aug-19/

Thereafter the happening, we’ve always been led to believe that American League President Will Harridge forbade the return of the little man – and others like him – from further serious participation in organized professional baseball. If he or the Commissioner ever expressed this mandate in writing, we’ve never seen the evidence of it. If it did exist, however, we doubt it would have the the lighter than air capacity to fly very far in 2017. Besides, when you look at what Jose Altuve (.362 BA) of the Houston Astros is doing today, it makes you wonder what else Mr. Gaedel had in him that he could only then take to the bars and then to his grave after his banishment from further playing time beyond that now famous date in August of 1951.

What’s that? You say that Jose Altuve is too tall to be brought into the picture here? OK. That’s fine. But then, how short does one have to be before he or she isn’t big enough to play major league baseball?

Don’t know the story of Eddie Gaedel? Google it. It won’t be hard to find. Everybody and his mother has been continuously writing about it for 66 years.

Here are the lyrics to the official anthem of The Eddie Gaedel Society, as written by yours truly and adopted and approved by Eddie Gaedel Society President Tom Keefe of the Spokane, Washington Chapter One in 2015:

The Ballad of Eddie Gaedel

(Verse, Melody and Chorus: to the tune of

“Rudolph, The Red-Nosed Reindeer”)

By Bill McCurdy, 1999. (Minor Revisions, 03/15/2015)

Verse:

You know Pee Wee and Scooter and short guys named Patek,

And Wee Willie Keeler – as small as a flyspeck,

All little people who drew baseball paychecks,

But, do you recall,

The most famous baseball short guy of them all?

Melody:

Bill Veeck, the Brownie owner,

Wore some very shiny clothes!

And if you saw his sport shirt,

You would even say, “It glows!”

 

All of the other owners,

Used to laugh and call him names!

They wouldn’t let poor Bill Veeck,

Join in any owner games!

Chorus:

Then one humid summer day,

Veeck signed a tiny man.

He smiled like a kid in a Panama suit,

Squeaking, “Play me – when you can!”

Melody:

His name was Eddie Gae-del,

Inches short of four feet tall!

He never played much baseball;

He was always just too small!

 

He wasn’t small on courage,

Eddie saw the larger plan.

Took his heart out of storage,

Making him the bigger man!

Chorus:


Then one day in Sportsman’s Park,

Eddie went to bat!

Took four balls and walked to first,

Then retired – just like that!

Melody:

Oh, how the purists hated,

Adding little Eddie’s name,

To the big book of records,

“ Gaedel” bore a blush of shame!

 

Now when you look up records,

Look up Eddie’s O.B.P.!

It reads a cool One Thousand,

Safe for all eternity!

Hail, Eddie!

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AMERICAN LEAGUE WEST STANDINGS

THRU GAMES OF FRIDAY, AUGUST 18, 2017

RANK AL WEST W L PCT. GB
1 ASTROS 75 47 .615  
2 ANGELS 62 60 .508 13.0
3 MARINERS 62 61 .504 13.5
4 RANGERS 60 61 .496 14.5
5 ATHLETICS 53 69 .434 22.0

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AMERICAN LEAGUE WEST GAME SCORES

THRU GAMES OF FRIDAY, AUGUST 18, 2017 

ASTROS 3 – ATHLETICS 1.

WHITE SOX 4RANGERS 3. 

MARINERS 7 – RAYS 1.

ORIOLES 9ANGELS 7.

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AMERICAN LEAGUE BATTING AVERAGE LEADERS 

THRU GAMES OF FRIDAY, AUGUST 18, 2017

RANK PLAYER TEAM AB H 2B 3B HR BA
1 JOSE ALTUVE HOU 467 169 35 3 19 .362
NR * CARLOS CORREA HOU 325 104 18 1 20 .320
2 JEAN SEGURA SEA 386 123 22 1 7 .319
3 ERIC HOSMER KC 463 146 23 1 20 .315
4 MARWIN GONZALEZ HOU 338 104 22 0 20 .308
5 JOSE RAMERIZ CLE 452 139 38 5 18 .308
6 DIDI GREGORIUS NYY 384 118 19 0 18 .307
7 AVISAIL GARCIA CWS 368 113 21 3 13 .307
8 GEORGE SPRINGER HOU 405 123 23 0 28 .304
9 DUSTIN PEDROIA BOS 340 103 17 0 6 .303
10 EDDIE ROSARIO MIN 385 116 27 2 16 .301
Other Top 40 Astros
14 JOSH REDDICK HOU 376 112 25 3 12 .298
17 YULI GURRIEL HOU 422 125 33 1 15 .296
37 ALEX BREGMAN HOU 405 110 29 5 14 .272

NR * LOST TIME ON THE DL HAS TEMPORARILY REMOVED CORREA FROM AN OFFICIAL QUALIFYING PLACE IN THE RANKING OF TOP 40 HITTERS.

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Bill McCurdy

Principal Writer, Editor, Publisher

The Pecan Park Eagle

Larry Dierker’s ’97 Astros Band

August 19, 2017

“Larry Dierker’s ’97 Astros Band”

(to the tune of Sgt. Pepper by the Beatles)

It was twenty years ago today
Larry Dierker taught the band to play
They’ve been going in and out of style
But they’re guaranteed to raise a smile
So may I introduce to you
The act you’ve known for all these years
Larry Dierker’s ’97 Astros Band

We’re Larry Dierker’s ’97 Astros Band

We hope you will enjoy the show

We’re Larry Dierker’s ’97 Astros Band
Sit back and let the evening go
Larry Dierker’s Astros, Larry Dierker’s Astros
Larry Dierker’s ’97 Astros Band

It’s wonderful to be here
It’s certainly a thrill
You’re such a lovely audience
We’d like to take you home with us
We’d love to take you home

I don’t really want to stop the show
But I thought that you might like to know
Jose Lima’s going to sing a song
And he wants the band to sing along
So let me introduce to you
The one and only Billy Spiers
And Larry Dierker’s ’97 Astros Band

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The Amazing Mr. Dierker. Unless you are a millennial by birth, you should remember the whole Dierker five-year “joy ride” as Astros manager from 1997 to 2001. You will also remember that Larry got there on the heels of a 32-year career as an iconic Astros pitcher, sports writer, and radio/tv broadcaster for the club before he stepped onto the field and became the most significant figure in the club’s greatest era for finally proving that the Astros could be a consistent winner in Major League Baseball. From 1997 through 2001, the Astros either won or tied St. Louis as co-champions of the NL Central in 4 of his 5 seasons under the field guidance of Larry Dierker, establishing a beach head on the public’s trust that winning would be the normal level of expectation in Houston – and not the once in a while aberration of a team that could not afford success on a steady annual basis.

During Dierker’s reign, 2000, the club’s first season at the downtown ballpark we now know as Minute Maid Park, was the only season that the Astros finished out of the money. The main reason we’ve always assigned to that bleep was that some of the players, mainly pitchers, and namely Jose Lima, had been too psyched out by the short porch in the new left field to keep their acts together. They crumbled in 2000, but then got it together to make another playoff run in 2001, Dierker’s last season before retiring from the chase.

And what a chase and great impact Dierker’s managerial era still has upon Houston baseball today. And it also must not go without saying. All Larry Dierker had to do, beyond hearing and heeding his call to greatness, was to survive a 1999 dugout collapse from a brain tumor that could have easily ended his life and made this whole topic of sporting accomplishment even less important in the grand scheme of things.

But Larry didn’t die. Thank God. And he did survive to achieve greatness as a manager. Of course, the gifts of Biggio, Bagwell, and Berkman helped him a little bit too long along the way, but even their individual greatness performances would have been too little had someone not pulled them all into a winning team – and that’s what the Houston Astros finally became under Larry Dierker. They became and have remained a winning team, even when losing during rebuilding was part of the plan for this great club that represents the Astros in 2017.

The consistent annual winning attitude was installed during the Dierker managerial era – starting in 1997.

Here’s how former Astros pitcher Shane Reynolds described Dierker’s contributions twenty years ago during his 3rd inning discussion in the booth with AT&T Sports.net broadcasters Todd Kalas and Geoff Blum. When asked what brought the ’97 Astros pitchers to greater success over more innings pitched than before, here’s exactly what Shane Reynolds had to say:

“What helped us the most was Larry Dierker. He took myself, Mike Hampton, Jose Lima, Daryl Kile, and Chris Holt aside in spring training and said, ‘Look, guys, you’re starting pitchers. If you get into trouble by the 4th inning, don’t look over your shoulder expecting me to come out and get you.  The best way for you guys to learn to pitch (as starters) is – when you get in trouble, figure it out. Eventually, you’re going to learn how to get yourself out of trouble. – And once that happens, it’s going to snowball.’ – And I think that’s what happened with us. We relaxed. We got comfortable.”

Reynolds added that pitching in the Astrodome from 1997 through 1999 did help him relax when he was faced with pitching himself out of trouble. The deep outfield distances must’ve been like having an extra outfielder for a pitcher in distress. It’s not hard to see how that 315′ wall in left field at the new downtown park gave some of the guys who counted too much on the Dome to be their extra fielder to relax in the new environs during that first season downtown, but that fact doesn’t detract from the appreciation that came through in the explanation that Shane Reynolds shared with the whole world today about his gratitude for the lessons he and the others learned from Mr. Dierker.

It was twenty years ago today
Larry Dierker taught the band to play

And did he ever teach them well!

Thanks for joining our side of the baseball wars on your 18th birthday, Sgt. Dierker. We treasure the gift of your living presence in the history of Houston baseball.

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Bill McCurdy

Principal Writer, Editor, Publisher

The Pecan Park Eagle

SoCal Celebrates Gaedel Tomorrow, Aug. 19

August 18, 2017

“Eddie Gaedel Day” Celebration, August 19, 2017, Arcadia, California

By on July 26, 2017 in news

L.A. Chapter of the Eddie Gaedel Society to Honor Baseball’s Mighty Mite

WHERE: Matt Denny’s Ale House Restaurant, Library Room, 145 E. Huntington Drive, Arcadia 91006. Phone (626) 462-0250. Parking available in lot and on street.  Walking

Eddie Gaedel, August 19, 1951, Sportsman’s Park, St. Louis.

distance from Arcadia Gold Line station. Free and open to the public (food and drink extra). Space is limited to 25 attendees, so arrive early!

WHEN: Saturday, August 19, 2017, 7:00-9:30 p.m.

CONTACT: Jon Leonoudakis, President, Eddie Gaedel Society Los Angeles Chapter: jbgreeksf24@gmail.com, (818) 886-2998.

The Los Angeles Chapter of the Eddie Gaedel Society will gather at Matt Denny’s Ale House Restaurant, 145 E. Huntington Drive in Arcadia, where the annual “Eddie Gaedel Day” festivities will be held on Saturday, August 19, 2017 from 7:00 to 9:30 p.m. The event celebrates the life and times of Eddie Gaedel (1925-1961), who at 3’7” and 65 pounds was the shortest and lightest player ever to step to the plate in the major leagues.

The Gaedel Society has chapters stretching from Spokane, Washington to Dublin, Ireland. The Los Angeles Chapter collaborates with the Pasadena-based Baseball Reliquary to curate this unique event.

“Brownie Brand,” painting by Ben Sakoguchi, in the collection of the Baseball Reliquary.

“We honor baseball’s biggest little hitter annually on August 19 to celebrate Gaedel’s major league at-bat on August 19, 1951, at Sportsman’s Park, St. Louis,” said Jon Leonoudakis, President of the L.A. Chapter. “We’ll be gathering in the Library Room at Matt Denny’s to raise a glass to Eddie, to tell stories, and to challenge attendees with a special trivia quiz featuring small prizes.  If we’re lucky, Eddie’s athletic supporter will make an appearance, courtesy of the Baseball Reliquary. There are also rumors that a rare holy card of Eddie will be distributed to attendees while supplies last.”

This is the third time around the basepaths to honor Eddie after the Los Angeles Chapter was established in 2015. “We had a great crowd last year, which included members of the Hollywood Shorties basketball team,” said Leonoudakis. “It was a festive event, bonding baseball fans, culture vultures, and students of history, just as Eddie would’ve liked.”

All are invited for a memorable evening of small talk, short speeches, and half-pint beers, and to join in the group’s mantra, “Take a Walk, Eddie!”

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See The Baseball Reliquary website for further details:

http://www.baseballreliquary.org/2017/07/eddie-gaedel-day-celebration-august-19-2017-arcadia-california/

As a long time supporter and now as a member, The Pecan Park Eagle fully supports the creative wide-ranging efforts of The Baseball Reliquary to preserve and foster interest in the preservation of baseball history. Please give this effort your ow serious openness to learning more about their efforts and your own possible interest in becoming a connected contributor to the cause. For the best snapshot on activities and your own interests, please contact Executive Director Terry Cannon for further exploration.

http://www.baseballreliquary.org/events/

Come on. Let’s play ball and celebrate the myriad ways we do it. From here to the crack of doom.

Regards, Bill McCurdy, Publisher

The Pecan Park Eagle

and brand new Baseball Reliquary member.

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AMERICAN LEAGUE WEST STANDINGS

THRU GAMES OF THURSDAY, AUGUST 17, 2017

RANK AL WEST W L PCT. GB
1 ASTROS 74 47 .612  
2 ANGELS 62 59 .512 12.0
3 MARINERS 61 61 .500 13.5
4 RANGERS 60 60 .500 13.5
5 ATHLETICS 53 68 .438 21.0

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AMERICAN LEAGUE WEST GAME SCORES

THRU GAMES OF THURSDAY, AUGUST 17, 2017 

DIAMONDBACKS 4 – ASTROS 0. 

RANGERS 9 – WHITE SOX 8. 

MARINERS (DAY OFF, SHORE LEAVE)

ANGELS (DAY OFF, CHOIR PRACTICE)

ATHLETICS (DAY OFF, YOGA CLASSES)

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AMERICAN LEAGUE BATTING AVERAGE LEADERS

THRU GAMES OF THURSDAY, AUGUST 17, 2017

RANK PLAYER TEAM AB H 2B 3B HR BA
1 JOSE ALTUVE HOU 463 167 35 3 18 .361
2 JEAN SEGURA SEA 381 122 22 1 7 .320
3 CARLOS CORREA HOU 325 104 18 1 20 .320
4 ERIC HOSMER KC 460 145 23 1 20 .315
5 MARWIN GONZALEZ HOU 334 104 22 0 20 .311
6 DIDI GREGORIUS NYY 380 118 19 0 18 .311
7 JOSE RAMERIZ CLE 452 139 38 5 18 .308
8 AVISAIL GARCIA CWS 368 113 21 3 13 .307
9 GEORGE SPRINGER HOU 401 123 23 0 28 .307
10 DUSTIN PEDROIA BOS 340 103 17 0 6 .303
  (Other Astros Below)    
19 JOSH REDDICK HOU 373 110 25 3 12 .295
20 YULI GURRIEL HOU 418 123 33 1 15 .294
40 ALEX BREGMAN HOU 401 109 29 5 13 .272

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Bill McCurdy

Principal Writer, Editor, Publisher

The Pecan Park Eagle

Want an Eddie Gaedel Holy Card?

August 17, 2017

The Eddie Gaedel Holy Card

 

Preceding our usual daily Astros “homer minded” stats on the AL West division and AL league pennant races, here’s a terrific update from Terry Cannon, Executive Director of the Baseball Reliquary out in the Los Angeles area. If you happen to be in LA this coming weekend, you will want to know about plans to celebrate the 66th anniversary of little Eddie Gaedel’s one-time appearance as a lead-off batter/pinch hitter for the St. Louis Browns at Sportsman’s Park in St. Louis on April 19, 1951. There’s also a great video report on the recent Induction ceremony at the Hall and a lot of other information on some interesting baseball history plans by the Reliquary this coming fall. If you would like more information, please get in touch with Terry soon. Remember. Life is short. This is no time to be bashful.

A Message from Terry Cannon of The Baseball Reliquary ~

Friends & Reliquarians:

Greetings from the Baseball Reliquary!  Our next public event will be this Saturday, August 19, beginning at 7:00 p.m.  In collaboration with the Los Angeles Chapter of the Eddie Gaedel Society, the Baseball Reliquary will present a very special celebration of the life and times of pinch-hitting legend Eddie Gaedel at Matt Denny’s Ale House Restaurant in Arcadia.  We’ll be meeting in the Library Room, which comfortably seats 25 people, so please plan to arrive early.  We have lots of interesting activities planned, including a trivia contest hosted by Jon Leonoudakis, president of the L.A. Chapter of the Eddie Gaedel Society.  We’ll also be distributing Eddie Gaedel holy cards (see attached photo) to all those in attendance.  For complete details on this Saturday’s festivities, visit:

http://www.baseballreliquary.org/2017/07/eddie-gaedel-day-celebration-august-19-2017-arcadia-california/

If you are unable to attend but would like to receive the Eddie Gaedel holy card, send a self-addressed stamped envelope to: The Baseball Reliquary, P.O. Box 1850, Monrovia, CA 91017.  Unfortunately, due to the limited quantity of cards printed, this offer can only be extended to current members of the Baseball Reliquary.

We are pleased to announce that this year’s 19th annual Shrine of the Eternals Induction Day was an enormous success, and far exceeded our expectations with a SRO crowd of over 200 people on hand — many of whom said this was by far the best ceremony that they had attended.  If you visit the Baseball Reliquary Web site, you will find links to articles about the ceremony, as well as the transcripts for Dave Mesrey’s memorable keynote address and Lisa Nehus Saxon’s brilliant introduction of Vin Scully’s induction.  You can also view the official video of the ceremony on YouTube at:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qrULgrf6-Ag&feature=youtu.be

On the exhibition front, the Baseball Reliquary currently has a display on view through August 30 in the Humanities Wing of the Pasadena Central Library.  We are featuring a shrine to Babe Ruth and a new multimedia artwork by Greg Jezewski.

Then, from September 2-October 26, we present a brand new exhibition, “Baseball: A Global Pastime,” at the Arcadia Public Library.  On Saturday, September 23, at 2:00 p.m., in conjunction with this exhibition, the Baseball Reliquary will host a panel discussion including former major leaguer Roger Repoz discussing his experiences playing baseball in Japan, author and historian Byron Motley sharing stories about baseball in Cuba, and former international baseball scout Mark Garcia.  More details on this event will be forthcoming.

To view additional details on all the Reliquary-sponsored programming through the end of the year, visit:

http://www.baseballreliquary.org/events/

Sincerely,
Terry Cannon
Executive Director
The Baseball Reliquary
www.baseballreliquary.org

e-mail: terymar@earthlink.net

 

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AMERICAN LEAGUE WEST STANDINGS

THRU GAMES OF WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 16, 2017

RANK AL WEST W L PCT. GB
1 ASTROS 74 46 .617  
2 ANGELS 62 59 .512 12.5
3 MARINERS 61 61 .500 14.0
4 RANGERS 59 60 .496 14.5
5 ATHLETICS 53 68 .438 21.5

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AMERICAN LEAGUE WEST GAME SCORES

THRU GAMES OF WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 16, 2017 

ASTROS 9 – DIAMONDBACKS 5.

ANGELS 3 — NATIONALS 2.

MARINERS 7 – ORIOLES 6.

RANGERS 12 – TIGERS 6.

 ROYALS 7ATHLETICS 6.

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 AMERICAN LEAGUE BATTING AVERAGE LEADERS

THRU GAMES OF WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 16, 2017

RANK PLAYER TEAM AB H 2B 3B HR BA
1 JOSE ALTUVE HOU 459 167 35 3 18 .364
2 JEAN SEGURA SEA 381 122 22 1 7 .320
3 CARLOS CORREA HOU 325 104 18 1 20 .320
4 ERIC HOSMER KC 460 145 23 1 20 .315
5 MARWIN GONZALEZ HOU 330 104 22 0 20 .315
6 JOSE RAMERIZ CLE 451 139 38 5 18 .308
7 DIDI GREGORIUS NYY 377 116 19 0 18 .308
8 AVISAIL GARCIA CWS 368 113 21 3 13 .307
9 GEORGE SPRINGER HOU 398 122 23 0 28 .307
10 DUSTIN PEDROIA BOS 340 103 17 0 6 .303
  (Other Astros Below)    
18 JOSH REDDICK HOU 373 110 25 3 12 .295
19 YULI GURRIEL HOU 414 122 32 1 15 .295
36 ALEX BREGMAN HOU 397 109 29 5 13 .275

 

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Bill McCurdy

Principal Writer, Editor, Publisher

The Pecan Park Eagle

What’s Riding on the Next Big Astro Signing?

August 16, 2017

Jose Altuve
The Key to the Astros’ Long-Term Credibility

 

What will be the next big Astro signing? On the one hand, it’s as simple as this well-known acknowledgement:

It’s a lot easier for us fans to spend the ball club owner’s money and line of credit than it is for the owner to cover any major deal that doesn’t work out as hoped. Often times, as in situations like these armor-up for the playoff deals, we really mean these “desperate” major “baseball stud” acquisition deals when a club floats out the spending dough and risks the loss of a future Hall of Famer from their farm system of tomorrow’s box of roster assets.

Right, Boston Red Sox?

The fans can walk away from a fall off the sheer cliff of baseball disappointments and get their kicks anew from complaining about why the prices of everything keep going up at the ballpark, even though the team blew their big opportunity to reach or win the World Series last season in spite of all that super-star talent they acquired. Ownership, on the other hand, now has to scramble to live with the dents they’ve put on their normal cash flow by all the money they spent upon a failed effort to win it all.

So, why do clubs put themselves in that spot in the first place? Why would a club like the Astros go out now – a half month after the trade deadline passed – and make a deal for an aging Justin Verlander that on surface first appears to be only guaranteed to help the Detroit Tigers, as in – an incredibly large salary dump and young talent acquisition?

Why do it? The answer is just out there to either embrace or kick to the curb.

Right now, in 2017, the Houston Astros are having the kind of season that could change the face of the franchise forever from – one of the competitive horses in the annual race that allows the big winning and free spending clubs like the Yankees, Dodgers, or Red Sox to thrive as the only serious potential champions each year – at least – to a humble acceptance of  the Astros as new kids on the block of baseball’s River Oaks neighborhood.

The value of the franchise, if it so ascended, could make principal owner Jim Crane look like a genius for buying into MLB – and also boost him up a few spots on the billionaire tree, should he decide to then turn around and immediately sell the club.

Would winning a single World Series be enough reward in itself?

It wouldn’t be enough for the fans to “simply” win the 2017 World Series and never return. Crane will be under the gun, immediately, if the Astros do win, to show that this was not merely another of those “one and done” championship clubs (aka the old Florida Marlins) that followed “veni, vidi, vici” with a back up the truck garage sale of the talent they bought to get there – ever so briefly.

Astros fans would not want to fall back right away into the same re-building pattern that got them here this time. They will be looking for signs that the club plans to stabilize and continue to improve from their current levels of skill and ability.

And how will the fans know pretty quickly if this “hold-our-ground-and-continue-to-build” pattern is in place?

Easy.

The litmus test will be obvious. In fact, it’s there now, even if the Astros do not win the World Series this year. The Astros still have to go through agent Scott Boros and lock Jose Altuve into what could turn out to be the largest long-term contract ever signed by a future Hall of Famer in his early prime. And maybe they will not be able to re-sign Jose Altuve because they simply are not the Yankees, Dodgers, or Red Sox.

If the Astros do not re-sign Altuve, the fans will walk away disbelieving anything else the Astros say thereafter about commitment to winning – even if they first seem to understand the club’s explanations that “baseball is a business – and we just couldn’t afford to keep Jose Altuve.”

The heart will overrule the head in this matter, even if the “business” explanation for such a loss is based on solid facts.

Lots of luck with whatever marketing plan the Astros deploy on the heels of unthinkably losing Altuve to another club.

So, how does all of this stuff tie back into a late and expensive Astros acquisition of veteran star pitcher Justin Verlander?

  1. Signing Verlander could be the difference between winning the World Series this year. Win or lose their first World Series championship, the inflation that such a result brings to the club’s value should more than cover the cost of his salary pay-out. It will ascend anyway for simply getting there.
  2. If the goal is to build hope among Houston fans for the future of the Astros as a repetitive contender, however, the man who must be signed is not Verlander, but Jose Altuve. Houston fans are tired of slogans and allusions to future greatness. They now expect delivery.
  3. Sign Verlander for the delivery help he may bring to 2017. Sign Altuve because he is our franchise hinge pin on the Astros’ credibility in their plans for long-term greatness – and beating out the Yankees, Dodgers, Red Sox, and all others for the little Venezuelan’s future services at a signing is part and parcel of the goods the club stands to receive in return for so doing.

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AMERICAN LEAGUE WEST STANDINGS

THRU GAMES OF TUESDAY, AUGUST 15, 2017

RANK AL WEST W L PCT. GB
1 ASTROS 73 46 .613  
2 ANGELS 61 59 .508 12.5
3 MARINERS 60 61 .496 14.0
4 RANGERS 58 60 .492 14.5
5 ATHLETICS 53 67 .442 20.5

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AMERICAN LEAGUE WEST GAME SCORES

THRU GAMES OF TUESDAY, AUGUST 15, 2017

ASTROS 9 – DIAMONDBACKS 4

MARINERS 3 – ORIOLES 1.

RANGERS 10 – TIGERS 4.

NATIONALS 3 – ANGELS 1.

ATHLETICS 10 – ROYALS 8.

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AMERICAN LEAGUE BATTING AVERAGE LEADERS

THRU GAMES OF TUESDAY, AUGUST 15, 2017

RANK PLAYER TEAM AB H 2B 3B HR BA
1 JOSE ALTUVE HOU 455 165 35 3 18 .363
2 CARLOS CORREA HOU 325 104 18 1 20 .320
3 JEAN SEGURA SEA 376 119 22 1 7 .316
4 MARWIN GONZALEZ HOU 326 103 22 0 20 .316
5 ERIC HOSMER KC 456 143 23 1 20 .314
6 DIDI GREGORIUS NYY 373 115 18 0 18 .308
7 JOSE RAMIREZ CLE 451 139 38 5 18 .308
8 AVISAIL GARCIA CWS 364 112 21 3 13 .308
9 DUSTIN PEDROIA BOS 340 103 17 0 6 .303
10 JONATHAN SCHOOP BAL 449 136 30 0 26 .303
11 GEORGE SPRINGER HOU 393 119 23 0 28 .303
20 JOSH REDDICK HOU 368 108 25 3 11 .293
21 YULI GURRIEL HOU 409 120 31 1 15 .293
39 ALEX BREGMAN HOU 393 107 29 5 13 .272

 

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Bill McCurdy

Principal Writer, Editor, Publisher

The Pecan Park Eagle