Stick a fork in 'em, but keep looking up

added 9/20/2002 by Darrell Pittman
Yep... Stick a fork in 'em, they're done.

I'm just as disappointed as most everyone else, but it occurs to me that as Astros fans, we've become kust a little bit spoiled. Due to their success in the Hunsicker era, we almost expect the Astros to reach the post-season every year.

Even though we won't reach the playoffs this year (and therefore will miss the automatic adventure in ignominy the last four playoff series have brought us, thus avoiding all that angst), I believe that we Astros fans have a lot to be grateful for.

Let's enumerate some of the reasons to look on the bright side:

  • We're not the Cubs

  • We have one of the best (some think the best) farm systems in baseball, bursting at the seams with talent

  • In Roy Oswalt and Wade Miller, we have a one-two punch that rivals Schilling/Johnson

  • Lance Berkman is almost sure to become a perennial All-Star

  • We get to watch two future HOFers, Jeff Bagwell and Craig Biggio, who will almost surely go to Cooperstown wearing Open Stars

  • Four playoff appearances in six years isn't too shabby, even if the results left much to be desired (I'm putting it kindly). Just imagine the pandemonium that would break out in Miami, Tampa/St. Pete, Kansas City, Chicago, Detroit, Milwaukee, or Pittsburgh if their team could play in October.

  • We're not the Cubs

  • We're almost sure to finish the year with a winning record

  • The grass at Astros Field will get some extra rest this year, and just think of the electricity that will be save without that roof opening and closing all the time

  • There's still plenty to root for, like Roy-O getting his 20th win

  • We have one of the best GM's in the business in Gerry Hunsicker, able to squeeze a lot out of a little, and Tim Purpura in charge of player development

  • We're not the Cubs

  • We have the bast baseball fansite on the Internet, bar none

  • At some point our "Hall of Fame Broadcaster", Milo Hamilton, will eventually retire

  • By some miracle, a player strike was averted this year. Funny how good things happen when people sit down and bargain in good faith, isn't it? With any luck, this may be a harbinger of things to come.

  • Rumor has it that Bud Selig is contemplating getting a new toupe

  • The dude who traded Sammy Sosa away from the Rangers (doh!) is now our President, and running a war

  • Success is way overrated

  • Did I mention that we're not the Cubs?

So, next time you're tempted to take a Jonestown Kool-Aid&tm; Cocktail just because the 'Stros won't make the playoffs, just remember all the good things there are left to live for.

Darrell Pittman

Kool-Aid&tm; is a trademark of whomever makes the stuff. No Kool-Aid&tm; pitchers were harmed in the making of this column.

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