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Chronicle’s Brian Smith is an Honest Man

July 12, 2017

Aside from the fact that probably thousands of Astros fans swore back in 2013 that they would never again see a Houston game because of the Bud Selig shift of the franchise to the American League, the 2017 Astros and their juggernaut-level winning style seems to have softened a few hearts. If the Astros’ current plus 30,000 attendance average is any measurement, it appears that either a lot of broken local hearts have either mended in four years – or that there’s an endless stream of new followers who will gladly pay to watch a club that possesses the ability to bludgeon a foe by 19-1 at any time and place.

Houston Chronicle writer Brian Smith, whom I’ve come to enjoy more and more over time, is that he dances through the case for Astros fans forgiving Bud Selig as though he were Demosthenes himself.

Smith doesn’t bully pulpit that we should forgive Selig for moving the Astros to the American League. He simply uses his own words to suggest that many fans may now have done so, based upon what has happened.

Here’s an example of Smith’s honesty in his search for the larger truth:

Had it not been for the AL move and the concurrent rise of Jeff Luhnow as our Astros GM, we would not have had the rebuilding opportunity to pick some of the young talent that is now propelling the club into the “best club in baseball” discussion that goes with our 60-29 mark at the All Star Game break. Or, as Smith puts it, the league shift now leaves the Astros as one of the five best teams in baseball, but the only one now located in the more somnolent AL.

Smith even writes in language that would have been read as heresy in 2013, but maybe not so much in 2017 – due to the monster offensive club the Astros now possess. Smith says “…. this (2017 Astros) team isn’t as dangerous if (pitcher) Brad Peacock is hitting instead of Carlos Beltran or Evan Gattis.”

Better watch out, Brian! It almost sounds like you don’t mind the presence of the DH in the current Astros lineup! Are you implying that you would rather see Marwin Gonzalez come to bat as a DH in the 6th inning of a tie game with the lead run on 3rd base and two outs – when you could be watching reliever Chris Devenski take his cuts at helping his own cause at the plate?

Here’s the link to Brian Smith’s column. Read it over and let us know what you think. Is Houston really ready to thank Bud Selig for all he did to put us in this winning position?

http://www.houstonchronicle.com/sports/columnists/smith/article/Switching-leagues-actually-a-good-thing-for-Astros-11281919.php

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Bill McCurdy

Principal Writer, Editor, Publisher

The Pecan Park Eagle