One has to wonder if the Astros lined up for a three-game series against un-affiliated minor league team the Sugarland Skeeters, could they take two out of three.
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Before you answer with your, "But, the Astros are a major league ball club" response, keep in mind that they were barely major league this year and the Skeeters were damn good. They were so good, in fact, the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball named Skeeters Manager Gary Gaetti the 2013 Manager of the Year. The team also had three players awarded first-team honors and two others, including Roger Clemens son, Koby, second team.
The reason for all the honors would have to be their all-time best winning record of 95-45, surpassing the second best win total by a whopping 7 games. While they may have bowed out in the championship, at least they made it that far, which is more than we can say for a certain other baseball team playing downtown.
"It's a great honor to receive this award but it's certainly not something I can receive on my own," Gaetti, a former major leaguer and hitting coach for the Astros from 2004-2006, said in a release. "I have to share the recognition with my coaching staff because it says a lot about the team we had this year. This is one of the best groups I've been around in my baseball career and I'm just honored to be associated with it."
I've been saying all year long the best baseball being played in the area was in Sugarland, certainly not that atrocity that happened at Minute Maid. Now, let's line up the 'Stros and Skeeters and see who comes out on top. That would be damn entertaining.