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Sunday, January 15, 2012

Moneyball 2

If you didn’t watch the winter meetings, and you’re a Houston Astros fan, you might want to continue reading.

Also, if you didn’t know that the Cardinals won the World Series, and you’re an Astros fan, you’ll REALLY want to keep reading.

In the winter meetings, the Astros announced that they fired former GM Ed Wade, who traded all of the good players on the Astros to already good teams for no-named guys who can’t even make the preseason team.

Also during the winter meetings, the Astros announced that they hired Jeff Luhnow, former GM of the reigning World Series champs, the St. Louis Cardinals.

Well I’m sure that that’s good news and bad news. It’s good for the Astros, who in 2011 had the worst record in franchise history, 56-106, but bad news for the reigning World Series champs, the Cardinals.

So what does Luhnow want to do next (Dramatic pause…)? He is going to continue the trade talk of Wandy Rodriguez, Brett Myers, and Carlos Lee.

I personally think Luhnow should stop doing trade talk about Wandy Rodriguez. Wandy is my hero, a left-handed 5’11 pitcher, and I don’t want him playing AGAINST the Astros, I want him playing with them.

I’m okay with Brett Myers leaving, though. He has one good year with the Astros, and then goes to nothing. Carlos Lee could go either way.

All Astros fans are probably wanting this year’s Astros to be like what happened in “Moneyball.” In this movie, the Oakland A’s lose to the Yankee’s in the 2001 ALDS. Then they lose Jason Giambi, Johnny Damon, and Jason Isringhausen. So then Billy Beane hires Peter Brandt, a former analyst for the Cleveland Indians, to help him with the team. Then Peter shows Billy Beane the most underappreciated guys that they can get for the MLB minimum salary, $237,000 dollars.

They then go 20-26 before the trade deadline and got rid of Carlos Pena and Jeremy Giambi. Then they put Scott Hatterberg at first, but only for a little while.

Then the A’s go on a 19 game winning streak, which was the former highest winning streak. After blowing an 11 run lead, Art Howe puts Hatterberg in to pinch hit. Throughout the whole movie, Art hated Hatterberg. So then Hatterberg hit a walk-off home run, making the 2002 Oakland A’s the record holder for the longest single-season winning streak, with 20 straight wins.

So anyway, Jeff Luhnow is bringing hope to the Astros, and the Astros hope they can get a winning season out of Jeff. So let’s just all wait and see what happens to the Astros in their last season in the NL.

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