Remember Junior High School? Remember the rumor mill back then? You never knew who to believe and what to trust. People would tell tall tales just to get their name in circulation or to look cool or “in the know.” The run up to MLB non-waiver Trade Deadline is Junior High School all over again…and it’s going to be the death of me!
The biggest rumors involving the Astros are around Hunter Pence. There seems to be a bit of a split personality going on with fans, myself included. On one hand we all understand that Hunter is valuable and if the Astros could get a really great deal that helped build up the farm system and give the team a future that it is the smart thing to do.
But, my heart doesn’t want the Astros to do the smart thing. My heart thinks that the club should remember that Hunter’s one of the few things drawing fans to Minute Maid Park this season and to lose him would be devastating. Fans would be irate and I’m certain the outrage would be bigger than it was when MMP thought it was the home of the Red Sox a few weeks ago. Ed Wade, Hunter’s only 28 and at least with him we know what we’ve got. Prospects don’t always pan out!
Do you see what’s happening to me as the trade deadline approaches? I’ve developed multiple personality disorder over what I think should happen! I’m not sure my blood pressure can take 9 more days of this. We’ve lost Jeff Keppinger to the Giants, which was sad, but at the same time exciting since that trade led to the promotion of Jose Altuve from AA Corpus Christi and the hype around that kid has been big. It seems the rumors surrounding the Braves going for Pence have subsided, but MLB Trade Rumors has been reporting that the Phillies are hot after a right bat and that Pence might just be the bat they’re after.
I suppose all I can do is sit and wait and guess. I’ll keep my eyes on twitter and the rumor sites and watch my moods fluctuate with the updates. I will keep reminding myself that it can’t get any worse in Houston and that whatever trades are made, the Astros will live to play another day and I will live to cheer another day. But just in case, could someone have 911 on speed dial for me?
Terri Schlather (AGirlintheSouth) is the Senior Houston Astros Writer for Aerys Sports. You can read her Astros blog atÂ www.talesfromthejuicebox.com, email her atÂ firstname.lastname@example.org, or follow her on twitter @agirlinthesouth.