Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Astros: Not brutal, just bad

Jeff Passan has a preview, kind of, of the 2010 Houston Astros:

Years of skinflint draft-day bonuses – thanks, Drayton McLane, for being the only owner in all of baseball to adhere to Bud Selig’s non-mandated slotting rules – have led to this. It’s not a brutal team; just a bad one. And no matter what sort of attitude new manager Brad Mills brings from the Red Sox, he can’t make chicken salad here. The Astros come with no demonstrable strength and a bevy of weaknesses, chief among them a bullpen that brought in failed Florida closer Matt Lindstrom to upgrade the corps. Even if Roy Oswalt and Lance Berkman are healthy – and right now, neither is a lock for opening day – Houston is a leaning tower of bad contracts and grim prospects. And timber it shall go.

I suppose that, by "timber," that means it's falling over...? And what if I don't like chicken salad? So if Brad Mills can't make it, isn't that good? For me, it is.


Andrew said...

I believe Mr. Passan was referencing the phrase "you can't make chicken salad out of chicken shit." You pretty much have to use 'chicken' there, since the the phrase 'tuna shit' doesn't have the necessary gravitas and 'egg shit' and 'potato shit' just don't make sense.

The Constable. said...

That is a +3 for the explanation, and the use of the word "gravitas"

BryanTSC said...

I don't know, Andrew. This past weekend I paired an omelette breakfast with an egg salad lunch. I think the best way to describe what happened that evening would be 'egg shit'.


Anonymous said...

Everyone start loving Jeff Passan. He thinks we are bad not horrible. Screw him.

Reuben said...

Right. So, we should think of teams like the Cardinals as bona-fide chicken salad. Got it. Cards= chicken salad.