Giants 6, Astros 4
W: Kontos (1-0)
L: Keuchel (1-8)
by Sphinx Drummond
It should be an honor to recap a game by the great San Francisco Giants. Willie Mays. Man, was there ever a better all around player? With all due respect to Stan the Man and Hammering Hank, the Say Hey Kid is the greatest living player, and one could easily make the argument of greatest of all time. I remember as a boy how impressed I was when reading in an old Astros game program from the mid 60s and finding that my favorite player, Jimmy Wynn, chose to wear number 24 because his favorite player was Willie Mays. But then, Barry Bonds makes that recap honor go away.
I’m tired of recapping games in which the Astros lose. Also it has become clear to me that MLB, starting at the top with Bud Selig and going all the way down to the bottom of the totem pole with Astros owner Jim Crane, that MLB doesn’t give a shit about tradition or propriety. Tradition is not found in the fabric of a throwback jersey. Tradition was compromised when they started fucking with the fabric of the game. They started chipping away long ago beginning with the DH. Inter-league play? Why not? Fuck the Astros and make them take the Brewers’ old place in the AL? No one will care, no one goes to their games anymore anyway.
The announced attendance was just 13,207, the smallest crowd in the history of Houston’s 12-year-old ballpark. The previous record low came a night before as fewer fans come out to see the worst team in the majors. A new record low is expected tomorrow. Memo to Mr. Crane: setting records in futility is winning at failing.
I wonder if they burn incense and hang beads from the doorways in the Giants’ clubhouse? I mean since the drug culture sort of permeates the whole franchise. No sooner than they lose one drug addled poser they gain another. Guillermo Mota, after serving a 100-game suspension for his second positive drug test, made his first appearance since May 5, in the sixth inning. Mota tested positive for Clenbuterol, which he says was in children’s cough syrup.
Since Bud Selig and company feel they can make up new rules as they go along, what the fuck, as a fan, I can make a few rules of my own. Even if they don’t mean anything to anyone but me. From now on I get to take away one inning of each game. Strike it out as if it never existed. The first inning, last night, gone. Beaker‘s homerun didn‘t count and the loud cheers weren’t heard. The Astros won 4 to 2. Otherwise it was your typical Astros ballgame.
Craig Biggio addressed the team before Wednesday’s game at the request of DeFrancesco. DeFrancesco said he wants to teach the young team how the Astros were during their years of success when Biggio played.
DeFrancesco commented after the game. ”They’re playing hard and giving us a chance. There’s a lot of good things happening, and we’re playing some good teams that are trying to get to the playoffs.”
Hey, what more could you ask?