Astros frustrated? You bet. Giving up? Not a chance.
So, you’re probably wondering if the Astros are hitting desperation mode. You’re picturing them sitting at their lockers, head in hands, mulling over the first 25 games and wondering how things have gone so wrong.
If, if, if. If Lance Berkman hadn’t started the season on the DL. If the middle of the order was producing. If the younger starters weren’t going through the expected growing pains.
Are they mad? Yes. Frustrated? You bet. Baseball might be a kid’s game, but Major League Baseball is big business. Professional pride drives players to give everything they have, night after night. They’re upset with how things are going so far, and they’re a bit shell-shocked at the record. A bad start? Again? Really?
But while clutch hits have eluded them, determination has not. Confidence hasn’t waned either. Believe it or not, the talk in the clubhouse after the game wasn’t how bad the team is, but how much they’re looking forward to that moment when things finally start turning. They’re waiting. Patiently? Maybe not. But they still feel they can pull this thing together.
Michael Bourn summed it up nicely while sitting at his locker, besieged by local reporters. He was asked if it was just a matter of finally getting that big breakout inning that will make everyone relax a little.
“Anything can make somebody start hitting,” Bourn said. “One big inning, one big game. It’s not about getting hot, it’s about being consistent. We know what we can do. We’re just scraping to score some runs.”
They know where they stand, both in the division and on the stat sheets. They’re in last place, and their offensive numbers — hits, runs, home runs, RBIs — are the lowest in the league. It’s inexplicable that Lee, Berkman and Pence are all struggling at the same time. But they’re determined to turn it around. When that happens, no one knows. So we wait. Some more patiently than others.
I don’t want to say “It’s about time,” but whenever I cover one of the many charity golf tournaments the Astros are affiliated with, I always wonder why there aren’t more women participating.
This was not an issue on Monday at Redstone Golf Club, where dozens of women hit the greens for the first-ever Astros Pink in the Park Tee Time Ladies Golf Outing. Benefitting breast cancer research and sponsored by Minute Maid, the ladies-only tournament ended with a luncheon and awards ceremony and drew an impressive number of patrons, including several women from the Astros front office.
Some pictures from the event:
Morgan Keppinger, married to infielder Jeff Keppinger, talks with FS Houston’s Patti Smith.
The tournament began the Astros’ week-long salute to moms and breast cancer research. Minute Maid Park is adorned with pink ribbons everywhere — on the tops of the dugouts, the train and banners and signs. The Astros star on the wall behind home plate is also pink.
Keeping with the Pink theme, the Astros are hosting a new event this year: Wine and Cheese Night. It will take place Saturday (May 8) in the Union Station Lobby and will feature master Sommelier Guy Stout. Ticket packages are available for $40 or $60 and include a game ticket, event ticket (two wine pours, wine class, and wine charm). A portion of the proceeds from the event and from a special silent auction will benefit breast cancer research.
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