Last Night A Wake Up Call for Somnambulent Astros? We can only hope…

TombstonepageCould almost getting no-hit by Carlos Zambrano last night be the equivalent of the 2005 tombstone in the Houston Chronicle? Is this rock bottom? Or do the Houston Astros need to be officially declared Dead Team Walking before they come alive? Fine. I’ll do it. The season is over. Let’s have a rebuilding year. Break up the team, sell off the pieces. Last night was humilliating. As the administrator of my super-fantastic discussion board put it so eloquently during the game (and here I’m paraphrasing): It would have been more enjoyable to rub your skin with steel wool and then pour lemon juice all over yourself. We were reduced to wishing and hoping for a hit, just one, a bloop single, an infield hit, anything to break up the no hitter. And when it was broken up by Preston Wilson in the eighth inning, we felt like that was a victory in itself, never mind we were losing 8-0, that the opposing pitcher who was no-hitting us was responsible for half of the Cubs’ RBIs. It was humiliating. It was pathetic. After starting the season with the best record in Astros’ history (19-9), they have managed to tank in ways I never thought possible. They have raised tanking to an art form. And now our ace, our plug in the bottom of the leaking boat, is heading to the 15-day DL with a back strain. No way we can come back from this one. Not with the way our Kiddie Corps has been struggling (with the possible exception of Fernando Nieve). Not with the way Jason Lane and Adam Everett and Willy Taveras have been hitting (not hitting). Not with the streakiness of the amply talented but psychologically fragile Morgan Ensberg. Not with a struggling Dan Wheeler. It’ll be over before Roger Clemens joins the rotation June 22. His return will be reduced to nothing more than a fanfare-laden, tragically expensive joke. It’s over.

Is that what you guys need to light a fire under your a5ses? There. I’ve done it. Now go get ’em.

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3 comments

  1. josh_powling@hotmail.com

    nothing like a good old tombstone to get the Astros going is there? I posted the same photo a week ago and the ‘stros did nothing…bah

    maybe we’re seeing a kiddie corps revival?

    yesterday was 06/06/06, at least it will be an easy date to remember if this is the start of a blazing revival.

  2. Lisa

    Josh,

    Psychically, I think they’re just locked into me somehow 😉 Mea culpa that I haven’t checked your blog for a while…

    I’m impressed with Wandy’s performance, that is for sure. And it’s a good sign that he could come back from the abysmal outing on short rest and pitch so well. Good for him, and good for us… Nieve was very good on short notice when Oswalt got scratched, too… Hopefully that will continue!

    6/6/06: We can only hope, the start of something good!

  3. etdeloach@aol.com

    Phil losing to the Braves & Cardinals should tell you what kind of manager you are. Andruw Jones (3 homeruns in his 1st world series @ 19)isn’t good enough and Scott Rolen the best 3rd baseman in the league can’t make it in the game it’s their fault not the jelous loser Manager of the Loser Astros fault. What a sorry manager, I feel sorry for the stros’.

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