Wednesday, September 5, 2012

How to proceed

You may have noticed (but then again, you may not have noticed) that Astros County has been moderately quiet over the last couple of weeks. Between separate family emergencies, work, kids, etc., writing about a team 50+ games under .500 hasn't exactly been a priority. And judging from the complete lack of comments, reading about a team 50+ games under .500 hasn't exactly been a priority, either.

So how do we proceed? I don't want to pull Astros County's Annual "We're Taking a Break" post again. Should the day come where Astros County ceases to exist in its current format, I want there to be weeping and gnashing of teeth...not, "Well, they've been talking about it for three years."

Ultimately, the losing is awful. Yes, brighter days are ahead, and not guaranteed. You know what's guaranteed? This Astros team is the worst. Ever. Remember when the Astros were 2-1? That was the highlight of my season. I tweeted, "I am not emotionally prepared for 2-1." Three games in, and I was flying high. Even when they were 22-23, we all collectively couldn't believe our luck.

Little did we know how fast and hard the Astros would fall. Since 22-23, the Astros are 20-71, a .220 winning percentage, which would translate into a 36-126 full-season record.

How do you continually talk about losing? Are there positives to come from this season? Sure. The Astros have $5.5m committed to payroll next season - $500K for Chris Snyder's buyout, and $5m to the Pirates for taking Wandy. There are five players eligible for arbitration, so that will send payroll up slightly, but areyoukiddingme$5.5millioncommitted. Luhnow got rid of every asset, sacrificing this season to prepare for what will be perhaps the biggest rebuilding project in modern baseball history (the 1998 Marlins should be on the list - but Loria's a douche, so...)

Talking about losing isn't fun. The "XX losses in their last XX games" stats are getting old, as are the "Jordan Schafer managed to strike out eight times in three plate appearances" stats. Yet every day that passes is another day The Luhnow Plan is put in place. Nobody said it would be easy. Nobody said it would happen soon.

Ultimately, we're still here because there's no way we're bailing on the Astros - and talking about the Astros. Why? Because we're looking forward to writing about the good times, however far away they may be. Just bear with us while why we figure out what the rest of the season looks like.

17 comments:

Anonymous said...

I read you guys everyday even though I have only commented a couple of times. Losing this blog would make my life a little less wonderful. Your work here is very appreciated by your readers even if we are silent in our loyalty. Please keep up the good work. Thank you

Terence said...

You guys are fighting the good fight, keep it up. Go 'Stros!

Anonymous said...

Agreed with the above poster. For what it's worth, those captchas aren't easy :/

But seriously folks, thanks for the hard work. While the page stats (and home attendance numbers) may not reflect it, our Astros are in a more hopeful time than they have been in a long while.

Mike Castleman Jr. said...

I enjoy your blog immensely.

With all the sports reality programs out there...i'd love to see a real documentary 3 or 4 years from now...something like Baseball Origins: Starting from Scratch.

I've started a number of companies over the years and the Astros to me are the most fascinating story in sports. Has there ever been a team where the new regime came in and so thoroughly blew up the program? I feel like i'm watching the death of disco and its awesome!

Anonymous said...

I read this blog every day. In fact this and the crawfishboxes are the first thing I check on my computer every morning. I really appreciate what you guys do here. I don't comment that often. Usually because I don't want to get caught at work!

Although this has been a terrible season for the team in regards to winning games, it has been one of the most important seasons this team has ever had. Lunhow and Crane have a plan and they are doing a good job so far. It will be interesting to see what they do in the offseason. It could be huge, and it could be nothing. I'm not sure where I stand on what to do with the offseason and adding players. Part of me thinks they should just let the kids play and see what happens. They are all in AAAA, not because they are bad, they are just young. If we could add 2 veterans like and Ivan Rodrigez or Jason Giambi or even Clemens to the team I think it would add something to help the spirit of this team. I'm not saying they would be awesome at playing, but I think they would help this team with leadership. That is the big part missing right now.

Anyways... don't stop doing what you are doing. It makes a difference in my life.

Luc

Mike Fast said...

I enjoy reading what you write and missed your commentary while it was absent the past few days. Glad to have you back!

Astros County said...

Awww, y'all are sweet. And, holy crap, Mike Fast (!).

Just to be clear, we have not had any discussions about shutting Astros County down. We're just trying to figure out what to write down the stretch that isn't the same old tired crap about losing.

Clearly we need more slideshows.

Anonymous said...

This blog is great for reading about what goes on in the minors, probably the best resource I've found for the Astros system. I check this blog every day

Juvenile Court Clerk - Bryan Trostel said...

Yes! More slideshows! It seems to be working for the Chron, ever since their apparent merger with Bleacher Report.

Anonymous said...

Hang in there... this painful season is almost over...
We here are ALL "true" fans for sticking it out through these tough times...
We will not be compared to those that jump on and off "band wagons"...
Thank you for all of your hard work and constant info... Looking forward to more...

street said...

Hooks, JetHawks, and ValleyCats playoff news!!! Crappy and difficult time to write about (and watch) the MLB team these days, but pretty exciting time for the kids!!!

North Texas Lefty said...

I read you every day. I never knew, though obviously I should have, that you thought we weren't out here, suffering along with you. I promise to comment more often.

About the losing...I've been a fan since the 70's. I can take a loss. I just keep reminding myself that ANYBODY can root for the Yankees. When the Astros start winning again, it will be that much sweeter. I'll be here.

Astros County said...

NTL,

Thanks! AC has never attracted much in the way of commenters (the ones we do have are dedicated), so that certainly wasn't what we were hinting at. We're just asking for some patience as we figure out how to provide a different reading experience. Thanks for reading and, by all means, comment!

Reuben said...

Just make it all slide shows. Slide shows and pie charts. Wicked awesome.

Imasalmon said...

This season sucks, but it's still baseball! Hell I am single and already renewed my two season seats for next year. We are all here because we love this game, and we love baseball.

Blinutne said...

Add me to the chours, I read Astros County daily. I don't care what the club's record is or how bad the team plays, I will always love the Astros, and I truly appreciate the opportunity Astros County provides for me to stay up-to-date on what's happening with the club from 1,000 miles away.

PunkRocket said...

I love your recaps. Very brief, but never seems to be lacking some info. Just right for a fairly busy person like me.

I check out AC everyday.