Saturday Reflections: July 16, 2016

Cuban infielder Yulieski Gurriel Our Newest Astro

Cuban infielder Yulieski Gurriel
Our Newest Astro

 

Politics and a 1st Houston World Series Win. The Houston Astros and Cuban infielder Yulieski Gurriel, 32, reportedly have agreed to a 5-year deal worth $47.5 million. Now wouldn’t that be the kicker if the changes in our relationship with Cuba provided the Astros with the wild card they need to both reach and finally win a World Series in the same year? We know the question is way premature and loaded with the hyperbole of wishfulness, but c’mon, man! In the short-term, moves that evoke hope never remain small for long.

Nice Second Half Start, Astros! Friday night’s Astros 7-3 win over the Mariners on the road was just what we needed to see. George Springer leads off the game with an opposite field HR to right. Carlos Correa later. Doug Fister keeps the seamen on the goose going into the top of the 5th – and the Astros score 5 more runs, including two runs tallied on wild pitches, with Correa scoring all the way from 2nd base on his great race to the plate. In bottom of the 5th, Fister gives up 3 runs to Seattle, but that’s all they will get for the night – as Manager Hinch allows Fister to finish the inning and remain eligible for the win he eventually gets. In the top of the 7th, Marwin Gonzalez lucks out on ball call of his bunt attempt – and then kills the next pitch deep into the right field stands to nail the 7-3 eventual final score.

Friday. Rangers lose. Astros win. Houston now pulls to only 4.5 games behind the ALW-leading Texas club.

Looking for Mr. Good Bat. Hope you join the Astros soon, super prospect Alex Bregman. Either you or Gurriel – and hopefully both of you – will fill the bold-type title of this particular wish.

Closing Riddle: “Those who make it, don’t want it. Those who buy it, can’t use it. Those who use it, can’t see it. – What is it?” If you watched the re-run show from an earlier time on the James Corden CBS “Late, Late Show” last night, you already know the answer. If you know the answer, feel free to post it as a comment. If you are right or wrong, I will let you know as a reply to your answer by comment. – And – if nobody gets it, the correct answer will be posted in tomorrow’s column.

Have a Nice Saturday. And “GO ASTROS”!

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Bill McCurdy

Publisher, Editor, Writer

The Pecan Park Eagle

Houston, Texas

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5 Responses to “Saturday Reflections: July 16, 2016”

  1. materene Says:

    It’s hard for me to wrap my head around a number that has more than 2 zeros trailing. I hope they at least leave enough off the ticket price to buy the kids a hot dog. ;0)

    http://sabr.org/research/mlbs-annual-salary-leaders-1874-2012

  2. Sam Says:

    A 32 year old, huh!!!!! Trade bait (pricey) What am I missing here?

    When it comes to time to pay our young guys! What do we say? See yaaa!

    Help me see the light!

  3. Sam Says:

    Please excuse the typo!

  4. Tom Hunter Says:

    With respect, the “changes” in US relations with Cuba had nothing to do with Yulieski Gurriel coming to the Astros, since he defected as have so many other Cuban players in the past.

    Answer to riddle: A coffin?

  5. Rick B. Says:

    $9.5 million per year for five years for a player who is about to enter his declining years? Are the Astros following the Angels’ logic for signing players now? Why not call up Bregman and try to trade for a front-line starting pitcher instead?

    I’m glad Jim Crane is starting to loosen the purse strings a bit, but this signing reminds of Drayton McLane finally opening his wallet only to overpay Carlos Lee. That signing worked out well for all of one season.

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