I’ve been advocating the Astros give up the current dog-and-pony GM search and contact someone from the Minnesota Twins or the Oakland A’s. Yesterday, Twins GM Terry Ryan announced that, after 13 years on the job, he’s retiring at the end of the season.
Terry Ryan’s the perfect man for the Astros job. He’s used to working for an a-hole. He’s used to working for an extremely rich a-hole who doesn’t like to spend lots of money. He’s known for scouting and player development. The Twins, under his guidance produced Torii Hunter, Joe Mauer, and Justin Morneau. He works with a budget. And he doesn’t command attention.
Then again, Ryan’s supposedly retiring because the team that he’s built is about to be torn apart because the rich a-hole owner won’t pay. He’s been working for the American League equivalent of the Astros for 13 years. Why would he want to do it anymore?
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But the Astros better be placing a call to Minneapolis.
Meanwhile, the nightmare that is the Astros season continues to tick slowly to a close. The Astros lost 6-2 last night, with all of the runs for both teams coming by way of home run. It’s just that the Cubs started the night off by scoring four runs on two homers in the first inning off a starter Woody Williams. Yeah, what a shocker, Woody Williams giving up multiple home runs and multiple runs in the first inning. The Cubs won the series, and the Cubs also won the season series against the Astros.
And, since the Brewers had the day off, the Cubs moved into sole possession of first place in the NL Central. The Astros moved a full two games behind the Pirates in the fight to escape last place. If all goes well this weekend, the Astros could either be in fifth place, or be solidly in last place. And remember, the Pirates have dominated the Astros this season. I think Xavier Nady’s especially awaiting his return to MMP, what with the way he hits Brad Lidge.
I love baseball, and I wish I could give you a good reason to head out to the ballpark this weekend, but MMP’s one of the worst ballparks in the majors, and the Astros suck, so I can’t really think of a reason. Watch the U.S.C./Nebraska game tomorrow night, and either watch the Texans lose or go to roller derby on Sunday. – John Royal