Wow, what a finish. Roy is fired up.
How about that ending to last night’s U.S.A.- Puerto Rico matchup? I spoke with Roy Oswalt briefly after the game, and I’ve not heard that kind of excitement in his voice in a long, long time. It reminded me of how much he burns to win, how much it drives him, and the same can be said about most of the Major League players you watch day in and day out. Hearing Oswalt talk about how much fun he was having reminded me how much fun he had back in 2004 and 2005 when the Astros pushed their way through the postseason, and how much fun everyone had back then.
Winning is the only thing that matters in this game, and watching the highlights of last night’s game was a tremendous reminder of why players play and why fans watch. You can say the World Baseball Classic in only an exhibition, but after watching the U.S.A. team’s wild celebration after that finish, I think most of us agree this tournament very much matters.
So the question at batting practice yesterday was, who do the Astros want back in Spring Training more? Oswalt or Pudge Rodriguez? The overwhelming sentiment was Rodriguez, considering he has a brand new pitching staff to get to know. I would expect the process to move quickly from here and it wouldn’t surprise me if Pudge was in uniform no later than Friday.
Talked with Steve Phillips — the Mark Mulder thing was a simple mistake in his column about Pudge in espn.com. He meant Brian Moehler. Mulder is not an Astro.