I don’t know anything more about this new Astros team after watching one Spring Training game. Well, that’s not exactly true. I know that Brain Bixler is #12 and it took me forever to figure that out when he was put in the game as a pinch runner (MLB At Bat was being wonky on my phone and there’s only so much information my brain can compute.)
I sat next to Phillies fans yesterday and they were incredibly fun to watch this game beside. We teased each other back and forth as the score volleyed between the Astros and Phillies. We also played “guess the player” quite a bit. The blazing sun made the Astros names difficult to read as we were trying desperately to distinguish young and new players. It was pretty darn comical at times.
In the 10th inning with Bixler at the plate the man next to me said, “This will be a 6-4-3 double play.”
I responded with, “Or he’ll clock it over the wall and prove once more that the Astros always beat the Phillies in their home parks.”
We both chuckled and then I cheered as that ball went flying over the left field wall finishing the game 6-5, Astros. My first Spring Training game of the season was quite a delight despite the raging sunburn I’m now sporting.
I take it back, I did learn a little something at yesterday’s game. In the second inning Jeff Luhnow came and sat with me for a bit chatting about my plans for the week and what he’s seen of the guys so far this spring. I asked him one real question. I wanted to know which player was working harder than people expect.
His response? “Carlos Lee.” Turns out the most senior of the team is in the gym early every morning spending time on the bike. Huh. Who would’ve guessed?
Tonight I’m heading to watch the Nationals at the Braves, but not before spending a little time over at Osceola County Stadium checking out the backfields and hopefully watching some of the Astros minor league guys play a simulated game.
Terri Schlather (AGirlintheSouth) is the tortured Senior Houston Astros Writer for Aerys Sports. You can email her at email@example.com, or follow her ridiculous ramblings on sports, vodka and the weeone on twitter @agirlinthesouth.