Altuve and Springer are 2017 Silver Sluggers

November 10, 2017

OUR TWO ASTRO 2017 SILVER SLUGGERS (LEFT) ENJOY A DAY AT DISNEYWORLD WITH HOST MICKEY MOUSE AND ANOTHER FAIR SLUGGER HIMSELF, CARLOS CORREA.

 

The list of 2017 Silver Slugger Award winners includes two members of the World Series Champion Houston Astros. Unsurprisingly, three-time AL batting champion Jose Altuve is the man at second base for the Junior Circuit and, most deservedly,  George Springer joins his AL brother as one of the three AL outfielders. Springer provided the bookends on AL hitting in 2017 too. Playing at home, he hit the first pitch of the season he saw for a home run that got the Astros off to a winning start. Then, in Game 7 of the World Series, Springer smashed his last home run of the season at Dodger Stadium. It would be one that put pitcher Yu Darvish and the LA Dodgers in a 5-0 hole from which they would never recover.

YES. Both Astro selections were 2017 Silver Sluggers Deluxe.

AMERICAN LEAGUE
Catcher: Gary Sanchez (Yankees)
First base: Eric Hosmer (Royals)
Second base: Jose Altuve (Astros)
Third base: Jose Ramirez (Indians)
Shortstop: Francisco Lindor (Indians)
Outfield: Aaron Judge (Yankees)
Outfield: Justin Upton (Angels)
Outfield: George Springer (Astros)
Designated hitter: Nelson Cruz (Mariners)

NATIONAL LEAGUE
Catcher: Buster Posey (Giants)
First base: Paul Goldschmidt (D-backs)
Second base: Daniel Murphy (Nationals)
Third base: Nolan Arenado (Rockies)
Shortstop: Corey Seager (Dodgers)
Outfield: Giancarlo Stanton (Marlins)
Outfield: Marcell Ozuna (Marlins)
Outfield: Charlie Blackmon (Rockies)
Pitcher: Adam Wainwright (Cardinals)

An MLB.com report excerpt on our two Astros Silver Sluggers:

“(Jose) Altuve, whose four straight Silver Sluggers coincide with his four straight 200-hit seasons, is a leading Most Valuable Player candidate after leading the AL with a .346 average and 204 hits. The 5-foot-6 wonder didn’t lead the charge to the postseason alone, however, as the first Silver Slugger won by outfielder George Springer helps attest. Springer delivered from the top of the lineup that led all of baseball with 896 runs scored, hitting all 34 of his homers as a leadoff man and whacking nine leadoff homers. He set career highs in homers, RBIs (85), average (.283), slugging percentage (.522) and OPS (.889).”

Here’s a link to the complete article on the two 2017 Silver Slugger teams:

http://m.mlb.com/news/article/261136728/2017-silver-slugger-awards-announced/

Way to go, Jose and George. Once again, Astros Nation is both proud of you and happy for you!

GO ‘STROS!!!

 

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Bill McCurdy

Principal Writer, Editor, Publisher

The Pecan Park Eagle

Sports Illustrated Touts Astros Again

November 9, 2017

More on Astros in new Sports Illustrated
Publication Date, November 13, 2017

 

That 2014 Sports Illustrated publication that made the call on the Astros as the future winners of the World Series in 2017 is a ship that’s taken on a lot of wind in its full sails from firing the latest baseball shot around the world and then watching its 36-month flight of hope and destiny land successfully together in Los Angeles on November 1, 2017, but it got there. It happened. And it’s always going to be hard for anyone to top that kind of long-range projection again. Even if it gets written about the New York Yankees, the Boston Red Sox, or the Los Angeles Dodgers. Unless, or until, the vagaries of cash, ego, and power striation invade the Astros baseball culture as they years ago did the big boy clubs we just mentioned, the Houston Astros will remain everybody’s best choice as the next heavyweight champion of the baseball world three years hence.

Next week’s November 13, 2017 publication supposedly will go into the “Wild Ride” of the club from 2014 to 2017 nirvana and how “this World Series Trophy won’t be their last.”

In case “SI” misses this point, we feel the need to express it here.

Unlike the Boston Red Sox, the New York Yankees, or the Los Angeles Dodgers, the Houston Astros didn’t expect to just show up and be anointed for greatness by the club that lined up to play them this deep in the season. The Astros came to take the prize as a team – and that’s exactly what they did – and with all respects for the St. Louis Cardinals – against the three richest, most storied other franchises in baseball.

The first two fallen foes – the Red Sox and Yankees – apparently didn’t even know who did them in. They, in turn, placed the blame on their managers and fired John Farrell and Joe Girardi. The Dodgers, on the other hand, have gone a week without also canning Dave Roberts as their manager, but we shall see. Some of the Dodger family weren’t too happy with Roberts’ handling of his pitching staff, but the Astros did have a little to do with the Dodger pitching staff effectiveness. We shall see.

The point is even simpler: The Astros played harder and better than their foes. They played together as the team they are. Their energy was connected to the energy and shared challenge of their fans in Houston as a result of Hurricane Harvey. And they never gave up. Hit ’em hard – and they simply hit back harder. Knock ’em down – and they simply got back up and knocked their foes down – until they just stayed down – and left the scene forever in 2017 on a 4-3 roller ball out, one that features Jose Altuve and Yuli Gurriel – in a five second movie that now plays on variously in the minds of all Astro fans.

The Houston Astros are not merely the World Series Champions of 2017. – They are the kind of champions that shall live on in our hearts and minds forever.

Indeed – forever. As these words hit the page, may the joy it spills splash strong enough to hit you straight in the eye of your own heart and hope.

GO ASTROS! ~ FROM HERE TO ETERNITY!

And thank you, Sports Illustrated, for bringing our boys into the brighter light.

 

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Bill McCurdy

Principal Writer, Editor, Publisher

The Pecan Park Eagle

World Series Tie Game of 1922 Arouses Suspicion

November 9, 2017

Don’t look for any baseball ties at any future World Series game.

… unless you run into Bill Gilbert and he’s wearing one of these kind of baseball ties.

Over the past week, I’ve spent an inordinate amount of time going over the Wikipedia List of Previous World Series Winners. My compulsion seems highly influenced by the joy that comes each time I reach the year 2017 and find our wonderful Houston Astros sitting on the throne as the current – and our forever – Champions of Baseball.
It also fine tunes attention to the fact that there have been three tie games played in the separate World Series years of 1907, 1912, and 1922. A closer look at what happened in 1922 also explains why it has not – and will not – happen again. Let’s take a look at what we’ve easily learned from Wikipedia – with some excellent research assistance from good friend and staunch SABR colleague Sam Quintero.
We know there’s more, but what we’ve got short term is all in the Wikipedia notes – and in the knowledge of the fragile public distrust in baseball that existed in 1922 on the heels of the 1919 scandal.

Wikipedia notes: In the 1922 World Series, the New York Giants beat the New York Yankees in five games (four games to none with one tie; starting this year the World Series was again best-of-seven.) By now, the term “World Series” was being used frequently, as opposed to “World’s Series”.

As with the 1921 World Series, every game was played at the Polo Grounds since it housed both teams, with the home team alternating with each game.

The Giants pitched around Babe Ruth and scored just enough runs to win each of the games outside of the controversial Game 2 tie. That game was called on account of darkness, but many thought there was sufficient light to have played some more innings (the sun was still in the sky), and there were some suspicions that one or both teams might have “allowed” the tie to happen to increase the overall gate receipts. Commissioner Landis was among those who was dissatisfied with the result. One story is that Landis asked Umpire Hildebrand, “Why the Sam Hill did you call the game?” The umpire answered, “There was a temporary haze on the field.” The game decision was in the hands of the umpires, but the Commissioner’s Office controlled the gate receipts. Landis ordered the money, more than $120,000, turned over to World War I charities, thus nullifying any impropriety. The tied game would turn out to be the third (and final) tied game in the history of the World Series. The other two tied games occurred in 1907 and 1912. No ties are possible under the modern rules, which allows for suspension of a tied game and resumption of it at a later date, as with Game 5 of the 2008 World Series.

This 1922 appearance would prove to be Giants’ manager John McGraw’s third and final World Series win. Although McGraw would return as the losing manager for the Giants against the Yankees the very next season as AL New York club celebrated its first of now 27 Yankee World Series wins in their brand new 1923 Yankee Stadium. McGraw’s Giants would also lose in 1924 to the Washington Senators in his final World Series run as a manager.

The List of World Series Winnershttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_World_Series_champions

The Propriety Concern Makes Sense. Baseball was still seeking its way back into trust by the baseball-ticket-buying public in the early 1920s. The 1919 Black Sox Scandal had stung the sport hard and the still new first solitary Commissioner of Baseball, Judge Kenesaw Landis had every reason in the world to suspect the umpires for calling Game 2 at 3-3 with an arguable amount of daylight remaining for clear crooked number and honest decisive settlement of the game’s winner.

A called tie would otherwise presumably allow the clubs to keep the gate from a settled tie game – and also make up for the lost income potential that came with the fact that 1922 represented a return to a “best 4 of 7” format after three consecutive years (1919-21) of play in a “best 5 of 9” plan.

The umpire’s direct defense to eye-witness Landis held no water of credibility. There was no case for a “temporary haze” – unless the old arbiter was making reference to twilight – and we all know what happens to twilight if you wait long enough for it to clear.

Since his office controlled the disbursal of receipts, Landis had the power to act here. He turned the gate receipts from the Game 2 tie over to charity, thus clearing the way for the elimination of tie games in the future by the removal of ties as bonus money sources,

Seeking Input from Knowledgeable Source. We don’t have time to do credible research on another point this morning, but, if any of you know the answer, please leave your information here as a comment on this post and we will make sure it’s brought up top with credit to you as an important contribution to this topic.

The question is simply this: Were the individual player game statistics for each of the three World Series tie games (1907, 1912, 1922) all included in the World Series Player Record Books? Or were they simply dismissed? Or handled differently in different years?

Bill Hickman to the Rescue (Within an Hour of Our Request)

“Individual game stats were included for the tie games in 1907, 1912, and 1922. An old copy of the Neft and Cohen Baseball Sports Encyclopedia confirmed that the World Series records for players on each of the teams in those three world series amounted to a sufficient number of games to have included the tied games. Then I selected three players — one from each of those years who played the maximum number of games in that WS, and checked his Retrosheet record to confirm that an identical number of World Series games showed up for him in the given year. It did.” – Bill Hickman, SABR Colleague, Baseball Friend, and Pecan Park Eagle Reader

Thanks, Bill Hickman!

 

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Bill McCurdy

Principal Writer, Editor, Publisher

The Pecan Park Eagle

Maxwell Kates: A Couple of No Hitters

November 9, 2017

Roy Halladay
Born: May 14, 1977
Died: November 7, 2017

“A COUPLE OF NO-HITTERS”

By Maxwell Kates

Whoever coined the expression “no crying in baseball” must not have been following the Tuesday evening news. Earlier in the day, a small private plane, an Icon A5, registered to Harry Leroy Halladay III crashed into the Gulf of Mexico near New Port Richey, Florida. The 40 year old right hander was the pilot and tragically, he did not survive. Halladay leaves a young widow, Brandy, and two sons, Ryan and Braden.

Halladay posted stellar numbers in a sixteen year major league career with the Toronto Blue Jays and the Philadelphia Phillies. With a lifetime record of 203 wins against 105 losses, he registered 2,117 strikeouts against only 592 walks, good for a lifetime earned run average of 3.38. Perhaps most astonishingly, in the era of specialization in which he pitched, Halladay threw 20 shutouts amid 67 complete games. He went 22-7 for the 2003 Blue Jays and 21-10 for the 2010 Phillies, earning the Cy Young Award in both seasons. Nominated to eight All-Star teams, Halladay was brilliant in his five postseason starts with an earned run average of 2.37. In 2017, he was inducted into the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame.

A late season push by the 1998 Blue Jays to unseat the Boston Red Sox as the wild card finalists proved to be unsuccessful. Still, failing to make the playoffs did not prevent 38,036 spectators from converging on SkyDome to watch the final game of the season on September 27. Entertaining the visiting Detroit Tigers, young Roy Halladay was about to pitch the second start of his big league career.

Roy Halladay
Rest in Peace

Not one Detroit batsman had reached first base through four innings. Leading off the fifth inning, Tony Clark reached second base on an error by Toronto infielder Felipe Crespo. However, the next base hit yielded by Halladay, the Blue Jays’ first draft pick of 1995, would be the first.

Halladay remained dominant through eight, throwing only 85 pitches, 66 of them strikes. No Detroit batter even saw a three-ball count all afternoon. Gabe Kapler led off the ninth by flying out to left field. One away. Then Paul Bako grounded out to second base. Two away. You could hear a pin drop at SkyDome when Detroit manager Larry Parrish summoned Bobby Higginson as a pinch hitter. Higginson swung on the first pitch he saw, and that ball landed in the centre field seats for a two-out solo home run. Roy Halladay’s no-hit bid was over.

The final score, Blue Jays 2, Tigers 1. It was no doubt a disappointing end to Roy Halladay’s afternoon. A year later, I was wandering around downtown Toronto after a game when I spotted Halladay. With his red beard and imposing 6’6” frame, he was not difficult to miss. After introducing myself with “Excuse me, Sir, is your name Roy?” he replied to the affirmative. I continued, “I was at that game last September against Detroit. Mark my words, you’re going to throw a couple of no-hitters before your career is over.”

Why I said ‘a couple,’ I will never know. On May 29, 2010, by now a member of the Phillies, Roy Halladay pitched a perfect game against the Florida Marlins, a 1-0 decision for him. Then on October 6, Game 1 of the National League Championship Series against the Cincinnati Reds, Halladay entertained a crowd of 46,411 at Citizens Bank Park with a 4-0 victory. Throwing only 104 pitches, after giving up a walk to Jay Bruce in the fifth inning, not one other Red reached base.

And there were his ‘couple of no-hitters.’

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Thank you, Maxwell Kates, for that fitting tribute to Roy Halladay. Our deepest sympathies go out to this fine man’s wife, children, and family. Nothing can take away the pain of such a loss for them, and only time can bring about the kind of relief that shall come about over the years that lay ahead for his surviving loved ones. And that relief takes the form of healing perspective about great loss. It is not the eradication of pain or caring, but a growing recognition that people who die living life fully may leave larger holes in the souls of those who mourn their everyday presence, but because they are who they are, full live-for-life people, they also often serve to awaken survivors to take a greater personal responsibility for filling those gaps that spawn from death with a pursuit of their own surviving life passions.

Rest in Peace, Roy Halladay. ~ And thank you for your passionate service to life during the time you were here.

~ The Pecan Park Eagle

 

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Bill McCurdy

Principal Writer, Editor, Publisher

The Pecan Park Eagle

 

 

 

Kate Upton: The Man I Literally Love

November 7, 2017

The Man I Literally Love

By Kate Upton (We Assume)

With More Soulfully Poetic Help

From George and Ira Gershwin

And an Apt Suggestion by Tom Hunter

Kate and Justin
On Their Wedding Day
November 7, 2017

Some day he’ll come along,
The man I love
And he’ll be big and strong,
The man I love
And when he comes my way
I’ll do my best to make him stay.

He’ll look at me and smile
I’ll understand;
And in a little while,
He’ll take my hand ;
And though it seems absurd,
I know we both won’t say a word

Maybe I shall meet him Sunday
Maybe Monday, maybe not ;
Still I’m sure to meet him one day
Maybe Tuesday will be my good news day

He’ll build a little home
Just meant for two,
From which I’ll never roam,
Who would – would you ?
And so all else above
I’m waiting for the man I love.

To Kate Upton and Justin Verlander
With Our Astro Fan Wishes For
Peace, Love, Loyalty, Health and Happiness
Now and Forever

 

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YouTube

Want to hear “The Man I Love” sung and heard as intended, click the following link and immerse yourself into an era in which love songs were far more than swamp gas gurgles of barely intelligible performers:

 

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Bill McCurdy

Principal Writer, Editor, Publisher

The Pecan Park Eagle

You Can’t Take That Away From Us

November 7, 2017

Astros Win Game Seven, 5-1
Take Dodgers in World Series, 4 Games to 3
Dodger Stadium, November 1, 2017

 

You Can’t Take That Away From Us

In Appreciation Also to George and Ira Gershwin

For Their Original Similar Words About Love

There are many many crazy things
That will keep us – loving you
And with your permission
May we – list a few

The way you swing a bat
The way you hit – A Plus
The memory of all that
Oh No – they can’t take that away from us

The way our defense bites
Recall that Bregman Throw
And all those Springer flights
Oh No – they can’t take that away from us

We may never, never meet again, on that bumpy road of glove
But we’ll always – always – keep – the memory of

Verlander’s baseball knife
How Morton danced three plus
The way you changed our life
Oh No – they can’t take that away from us

Oh No – they-can’t-take-that-away …… from us

 

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Bill McCurdy

Principal Writer, Editor, Publisher

The Pecan Park Eagle

Little Known New 2017 World Series Facts

November 6, 2017

Game 7, Bottom of 9th, 2 outs
Astros Catcher McCann Pulls up to Grab 98 mph Fastball
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Larry King (2nd from right, rear) Looks on to impending, 5-1, LA Loss.

Little Known New World Series Facts

  1. A.J. Hinch and Bobby Cox are now tied for most wins by a World Series Manager.
  2. Phil Garner now trails Hinch and Cox by a mere single win.
  3. The Houston Astros are the only club to have played in the World Series as a representative of both the American and National Leagues.
  4. At this writing, the Milwaukee Brewers are the only club eligible to repeat (in reverse) the Astros dual league representative accomplishment.
  5. Two recent winning World Series managers (John Farrell of the 2013 Boston Red Sox and Joe Girardi of the 2009 New York Yankees) were both fired for losing to the Houston Astros in the 2017 American League Playoffs.
  6. The Houston Astros are the only Texas-based franchise to ever have won a World Series.
  7. Of the 30 MLB franchises, only 2 clubs (the Seattle Mariners and the Washington Nationals) have yet to play in a World Series.
  8. Of the 28 World Series appearance clubs, the Houston Astros are now among the top 14 who have achieved a .500, or superior winning percentage, in their overall competitions.
  9. The 2017 World Series is the first to conclude on a throw from a guy from Venezuela to a fellow from Cuba.
  10. 2017 was the Series-on-TV year that answered a burning question: “How come we never see Larry King on ‘Dancing with the Stars’?”

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Addendum, 11/06/17

“If the screen grab had been just a little more to the right, you would have seen someone a little easier on the eyes than Larry King: Mary Hart. She and her husband are regulars at Dodger Stadium during the baseball season.”
~ Tom Hunter

 

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Bill McCurdy

Principal Writer, Editor, Publisher

The Pecan Park Eagle

Astros Did It! ~ A Replay Request!

November 5, 2017

As Predicted by Sports Illustrated for 2017 Back in 2014!

 

Astros Did It! ~ A Replay Request!

Late in the evening of November 1, 2017, a Dodger batter’s ground ball to second baseman Jose Altuve quickly got picked up and thrown to first baseman Yuli Gurriel for the last out in a fifty-five year quest for what this final out of a ball game has to offer for all time. At last, the 2017 Houston Astros had accomplished something that all our fan hearts and ballplayer efforts have been leaning into getting done for well over half a century. With the 4-3 put out, the Houston Astros, finally had risen to the goal that always lay before them. They were finally the Champions of the World Series, Champions of the Baseball World.

On the original “Astros Did It” column, we posted the same featured prediction cover from Sports Illustrated shown above here, the one featuring the Houston Astros as their pick for the World Series Championship of 2017.

And what do you know? Three years later, as of Game 7 in the World Series, that oracle work is now fulfilled. The Houston Astros are now Champions of Baseball, for a first and forever time.

Sadly, I just managed to do something here at The Pecan Park Eagle that I’ve never done before. In cleaning up some never published draft files this afyernoon, I accidentally deleted the original “Astros Did It” column, along with the fewer than a handful of comments some of you left there. Now I have a request to go along with my apology:

Would all of you who commented on your first reactions earlier, please do so again here. I promise they will not be lost again.

And will more of you, while we are still close to the event itself, please write something about what the World Series Championship for the Houston Astros now means to you? On some level down the road, our reactions to what has just happened in Houston baseball history are part of the legacy we leave to all those who come after us and, since I’m going to do all I can to make sure that these few thousand columns are archived for the ages, and maybe even continued by someone other than me, once I’m gone, your help here will be greatly appreciated.

Not just appreciated. Required is the word. The Pecan Park Eagle isn’t limited to what I think and feel as publisher and editor. It’s about all of us. What we think, and what we feel, each in our own unique ways. And it’s about what we are learning and gaining from this ride into the sunset with Houston Baseball – as everyday Houstonians and partially gilled water-breathing people of this general area and the humidity hinterlands.

Please don’t send your responses here to me by e-mail. Simply post them as comments in the section that follows this column. And please don’t wait too long. The sooner you write it, the fresher it will be to the truth.

If you find questions helpful, here are a few for all of us: What does this 2017 World Series Victory by the Houston Astros mean to you? – What did you think or feel in the moment that Altuve and Gurriel were taking care of that last out? – Were you surprised by anything that happened in your personal reaction?

Whatever you say honestly here is all that matters. Just say it. The sooner the better, but later’s better than never.

Thank you very much.

 

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Bill McCurdy

Principal Writer, Editor, Publisher

The Pecan Park Eagle

Astros Do TV’s Breakfast of Champions

November 5, 2017

Jose Altuve, Alex Bregman, and George Springer
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On Saturday Night Live with Leslie Jones
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November 4, 2017

One of the goodies that springs from a World Series win is the immediate short and showy appearance of players on the early morning and late night network TV shows that demand them for a few Andy Warhol moments in a broader-than-baseball spotlight. This time it appears that NBC picked off the earliest, biggest, and most often-seen attention spots. On Thursday night, 11/02/17, Jose Altuve somehow managed to get to New York for a guest spot on the Jimmy Fallon Tonight Show and still get back to Houston for the big parade the next afternoon. That same morning, Carlos Correa and his fiancee made a “Skype” appearance on the NBC morning Today Show and last night, three of our local Astros heroes managed to slip back to NYC for an appearance on Saturday Night Live (SNL).

Comedienne Leslie Jones and comic Colin Jost of the Weekend Update crew at SNL hosted Jose Altuve, George Springer, and Alex Bregman in the premise that the three Astros had come to present “Yankee Fan” Jones with an Astros cap and jersey, plus a game ball, as a gift in honor of their brand new world championship – and in celebration of Jones’ willingness to jump on the club’s bandwagon in spite of the fact that she didn’t really seem to be a regular follower of the game.

Jones’ script was loaded with spurned too-long-lonely female comebacks that have been around, at least, since the 19th century, so you can imagine the range of things she may have said about the “gift of a ball” and be right, if you simply fill in the blank with whatever comes to mind. I never said this TV appearance came with any modicum presence of genius comedy. After all, it is the 2017 version of SNL.

Jones expressed her great joy in being sought out by the men, implicitly, since it doesn’t happen all the time, but she feigned frustration that a little guy like Altuve had done all that home run damage to her New York Yankees. Springer’s tame scripted line was to explain to Jones that it’s “not Jose’s fault he’s short”.

At that point, Jones uses a “come on over here, honey” approach and quickly has a shy, smiling, and bashful Altuve sitting on her lap. “This is something I never say, Honey, but I got to say it. Sometimes good things do come in small packages.”

And that was the line that brought the skit and our first featured picture up top to its grinning conclusion.

Jose Altuve and Jimmy Fallon
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The NBC Tonight Show
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November 2, 2017

One Lesson Down: Nobody ever said that everything about being in the spotlight as the reigning Baseball World Series Champion was always going going to be easy, especially, for the club’s stars.

George Springer Sidelines Interview
Colts @ Texans NFL Game
November 5, 2017
The Message to Texans?
“Here’s Ours! ~ Where’s Yours?”

One Lesson Up: When it’s New as a Pup, Winning Barks Its Whazzupp!

Carlos Correa on Jimmy Kimmel Live
November 6, 2017

One Lesson Ongoing Forever: Never propose marriage on television right after the end of Game 7 in the World Series unless you want to talk about it forever over the same media.

 

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Bill McCurdy

Principal Writer, Editor, Publisher

The Pecan Park Eagle

 

The Exhaustion of Euphoria is Suspended Forever

November 4, 2017

2017 Houston Astros
World Series Champions
Now and Forever

 

The Exhaustion of Euphoria is Suspended …. until what happens, maybe, just the passage of time, who knows?

If you are a real Astros fan, don’t hold your breath, just waiting for the euphoria to flatten out.

For two empty nights running, since Wednesday Night’s Game 7, we’ve approached 7 PM in the evening, both Thursday and Friday, in anticipation of another game.

It didn’t happen. Apparently, the Astros and Dodgers now have other things to do with their lives beyond the pinging pale of a bell that already has been rung.

The Houston Astros are now the irreversible, permanent Champions of the 2017 World Series – from here to eternity. Forever. Or til the end of time. As we know it to be.

…. Nevertheless, the Euphoria of this 55-years-in-the-making Championship lives on. It is not suspended, nor is it diminished emotionally or spiritually by our simple acceptance of the knowledge that 2017 finally raised its head as the “to be” answer to our perpetually extant question as to when the Houston Astros would finally become Champions of the Baseball World.

The time is now. 2017. And there is no sign of us cooling down from the euphoric lift we feel continuously from the simple thought of those four digits – and what they now represent to each of us and our Astro fan bond to the Houston Astros – in the last moment each night – right before we fall pleasantly into sleep – or in the first sweet moment we awaken each morning.

It is the same realization:

“2017 ~ Astros ~ Baseball ~ Champions ~ Forever.”

Embrace it with the same Humility that thrives within our great Jose Altuve, Astros fans, but never let go of the Euphoria that only comes from forever things and conditions that can never be taken away:

“2017 ~ The Houston Astros are the 2017 Baseball World Series Champions ~ Forever!

 

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Bill McCurdy

Principal Writer, Editor, Publisher

The Pecan Park Eagle