PPE01: Congratulations, Astros!

"You Gotta Have Heart!" And, bearing a close dugout resemblance singing the famous in this photo, the Astros again proved that they've got miles and miles of HEART!"

“You Gotta Have Heart!”….
….and, bearing a close dugout resemblance to the boys singing the famous “heart” song here from “Damn Yankees,” the 2015 Astros again proved all the miles and miles of HEART they possess by taking it to the 2015 “Damn Yankees” last night in The Bronx! Well done, Astros! Houston Pride Rises!


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Congratulations, Houston Astros! Your 3-o win over the New York Yankees last night was both a work of art and a statement of everything that has been the strength of this exciting young club all year. It only took two first-pitch “hit-or-sit” swings by Colby Rasmus and Carlos Gomez, plus a little razzle dazzle base runner management by A.J. Hinch, some great situational hitting by Jose Altuve, incredible lights-out pitching by Dallas Keuchel and the relief staff, a club oblivion to the animal attitude of Yankee fans, and a dugout spirit of camaraderie that only grew more humanly fun to watch as the innings melted away from a Yankee club that played more like the “outside the safe house” cast of the original “Night of the Living Dead” movie.

Now that the Astros have won their way into the AL Divisional Series round as the remaining wild card, here’s a short list on a few ironies for our boys and all fans to celebrate and hope that we now avoid:


1) With their 3-0 thumping of the Yankees in the wild card, in-or-out game, they ave established themselves as the only club in MLB history to hold a winning edge against the Bronx Bombers is post-season play, all-time. When you’ve only played another team once in post-season, that one game is your all-time post-season history with that particular club.

2) The previously explained condition also establishes the Astros as the only club, all-time, to hold the Yankees scoreless over their entire post-season history.

3) You get the idea. Based upon what the Astros did Tuesday night, what other all-time post-season accomplishments against the Yankees do you see that may appeal to other Astros fans as other reasons to celebrate? Please post them as comments.


1) Let’s hope the Astros don’t get swept by the Royals now that we’ve come this far.

2) If we end up playing the Cubs in the World Series, don’t get swept by them – and don’t lose to them. Period. We’ve already helped the other club from Chicago to break their World Series Championship drought – and that one lasted from 1917 to 2005, when the White Sox swept the Astros while the club was still a member of the National League. Now, do the Astros subsequent forcible transfer to the American League, Houston has a chance to yield the same embarrassing service in 2015 to the Cubs – and they last won a World Series in 1908.

Do we really want the Astros to be the club that allows the Cubs, should they also survive to reach this year’s big show against the Astros, to break a 108-year old absence from the World Series winner’s circle by beating our guys?

No way!


Baseball Is Still the Greatest!

Baseball Is Still the Greatest!



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3 Responses to “PPE01: Congratulations, Astros!”

  1. Mike McCroskey Says:

    Don’t know about post season records, but Dallas Keuchel went into last night’s game with 16 scoreless innings this year against the Yankees. 6 more innings against the Yanks runs the scoreless streak to 22. Record or not, pretty impressive!

  2. Rick B. Says:

    I have a question: What event brought about the Astros’ postseason curse? The Red Sox had the Curse of the Bambino, the White Sox had the Black Sox scandal, the Cubs have the Curse of the Billy Goat, but to what do we attribute the Astros’ misfortunes?

  3. mikemccros@hotmail.com Says:

    The trade of Mike Cuellar?

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