Friday, January 5, 2018

Friday Morning Hot Links

*The previously-announced February 14 report date for pitchers & catchers is actually the first workout date for pitchers & catchers. The first full-squad workout is actually February 19, not February 20.

*After catching 17 of the 18 postseason games (Gattis was behind the plate for ALCS Game 3) of the postseason, Brian McCann took an extra month of rest in order to get his body ready for 2018. McCann:
I'm big on making sure that my body is healed up before I start wearing and tearing and doing weights...Playing that extra month, I feel like I just got done. And I look up and six weeks from now we'll be in camp.

*Carlos Correa hit Tilman Fertitta's "First Shot" before the Rockets/Warriors game last night, earning $5,000 for charity. He's the first Astro to make the shot, besting Springer, Bregman, and McCullers. Correa then proposed to his girlfriend on the court following the shot.

*Apparently the Astros have joined the Giants and Padres as the teams who have made an offer for CarGo and, before your brain does what my brain did and melted upon thinking of a Carlos Gomez reunion, that means Carlos Gonzalez.

*Alex Bregman is out here doing Spanish language informative videos on Instagram.

*On a show that is apparently called "First Take," boxing guy Max Kellerman and shouting guy Stephen A. Smith took shots at the Astros for accepting the White House's invitation to visit. The phrase "wrong side of history" was used before saying that it wasn't a partisan issue.

Ah hell here we go. Okay. I follow politics, I follow world events. I do not get my news from Facebook. I do, however, spend too much time on Twitter. I have thoughts on what is happening in the United States today and I am willing to share those thoughts. However, I do realize that I'm not the reason you visit Astros County dot com. The Astros are. For me, there's a sense of escapism in putting together the Hot Links. I get to spend some quiet time in the mornings not thinking about the size of anyone's Button, and perhaps you feel that this is a (weird) corner of the internet where you can do the same. There would be some whiplash in reading a post making a joke about Jordan Jankowski's wife Jordan and then - BOOM - political commentary.

There's a certain "stick to sports" element in play. I don't always like it, I don't always subscribe to it, but there it is. It's not as though I'm scared to alienate some of you with my political beliefs - I certainly wouldn't be risking any revenue stream - but I retain the right to respect that you and I may disagree on some things. Silently.

Oh, and The Floridian Golf Club (Crane's baby) is 30 miles from Trump National Golf Club. In November the TC Palm noted Crane's "political neutrality" and his "close relationship with" Obama.

A couple of days after the Astros won the World Series Lance McCullers summarized the internal struggle people in this position - being invited by the president to visit the White House - may feel in our current political climate:
There's obviously a lot of things that this country is going through and things that people need to deal with, but it's the White House. It's hard to say you're not going to see the most historic building in our country...The White House stands for a lot, and I would be crazy not to want to see that firsthand.

To be an athlete invited to the White House generally means that you won a world championship, which is an honor.


Craig Harmann said...

Yes!! Thank you!! Let’s quit politicizing EVERYTHING, especially the tradition that has gone on for a while (30 plus years?) of champions being invited to visit the President, regardless of party. It’s an honor. You won. You deserve it. Geez.

calhoun said...

exactly. much like the 100 plus year tradition of the president throwing out the ceremonial first pitch....odd, cant seem to find that video. probably a scheduling conflict, and definitely not the fear of the 60' in front of him or the rain of boo's to follow.

Anonymous said...

How about just keep winning WS and go when the Racist, Nazi, Bigot is gone.

ABlindHog said...

I love a good political argument and I love to follow the Astros. I have developed an affinity for the people I have come to know in this forum. I consider them to be friends and feel free to argue baseball vociferously. Knowing that disagreements about the Astros here are not likely to end in enmity is refreshing. If there is such a place for political debate I have not been able to find it. If you know of such a place I would be delighted to join you there and agree or argue with you till the cows come home.

Anonymous said...

I agree. Thank goodness for President Trump, who has restored our economy and our borders! Cannot even imagine if evil Hillary were running the show.

We are a lucky nation to have a real President again.

Eight-Soft said...


Anonymous said...

AGREED! finally a REAL president. let me just scroll his tl and see whats on his full plate of work...oh

"I will be announcing THE MOST DISHONEST & CORRUPT MEDIA AWARDS OF THE YEAR on Monday at 5:00 o'clock. Subjects will cover Dishonesty & Bad Reporting in various categories from the Fake News Media. Stay tuned!"

^100% real tweet from the commander and chief. neat!

Anonymous said...

Well, got to weigh in. It is constant fake news and lies put out by the hysterical left media. That's why it is refreshing to see them outed for what they are.

Teddy said...

Gotta love how a good amount of this post was about AC trying not to bring politics onto this blog so that we can have at least one place to go with that subject invading...and then several people just have to do it anyways. Both sides...just shut up!

Anonymous said...

wanna talk about religion?

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Anonymous said...

Gotta love how AC spends a good amount of time attempting to pretend that it hasn't already introduced politics into the blog (see the last news item on most days, if you somehow haven't noticed.) Most of us accept that it's your blog and respect that you have the right to your opinions without needing to argue; we're grateful for all AC does in keeping us informed about our beloved Astros. And thanks for not trying to overly politicize the White House visit (even though you've done a very good job of making your political views quite clear.)

Teddy said...

Not really interested in conversing with anyone who stays anonymous.

Teddy said...

At least we know who he is when he posts, try using a name so we know who is saying what.

Anonymous said...

I only talk to people if I know they are white.

Astros County said...

The last news item on each Hot Links post since November 1

Jan 4: Jose Altuve playing stickball
Jan 3: Iconic music producer passes away
Jan 2: Chris Archer tweet
Jan 1: No Hot Links
Dec 31: No Hot Links
Dec 30: Robbie Robertson tweet
Dec 29: No Hot Links
Dec 28: Yankees tweet
Dec 27: Link to article on Basketball in England
Dec 26: Link to Roads & Kingdoms
Dec 25: Link to article on hating the Yankees
Dec 24: Guys falls down escalator video
Dec 23: No Hot Links
Dec 22: No Hot Links
Dec 21: The baseball cards in A Christmas Story
Dec 20: Link to article on Willie Nelson's "Pretty Paper"
Dec 19: Link to article on a 27-year old White Sox manager
Dec 18: Link to article on an Italian soccer player's stalker
Dec 17: Link to article on WW2 history in London's fences
Dec 16: Rangers might go with four lefties in their rotation
Dec 15: Link to article on ESPN culture
Dec 14: No Hot Links
Dec 13: Tyler White will be on Astroline
Dec 12: Dallas Keuchel tweet
Dec 11: Jack Morris HOF criticism
Dec 10: Video of Rage Against the Machine being played on kids toys
Dec 9: Astros All-Access video
Dec 8: Link to article on the death of the Houston Press
Dec 7: Rangers give Mike Minor a three-year deal
Dec 6: Link to Astros World Series film trailer
Dec 5: Josh Reddick and George Springer go back home
Dec 4: Link to article on Mattress Mack
Dec 3: Link to article on Braves former international scouting director
Dec 2: Link to article on the Marlins
Dec 1: No Hot Links
Nov 30: League City Christmas lights
Nov 29: No Hot Links
Nov 28: No Hot Links
Nov 27: Link to article on English soccer
Nov 26: Link to New York Times article on the Nazi next door
Nov 25: My HOF ballot
Nov 24: Link to article on Hedy Lemarr
Nov 23: Link to Amazon of a book I was reading about 18th-19th century watches
Nov 22: Link to article on flat-earth guy
Nov 21: No Hot Links
Nov 20: Link to article on Christian Pulisic
Nov 19: Musician Scott McCaughey had a stroke
Nov 18: No Hot Links
Nov 17: No Hot Links
Nov 16: Peter Gammons tweet on Curt Schilling's Cy Young history
Nov 15: Link to article on Fox Sports bribing South American soccer officials
Nov 14: Brad Peacock tweet about going to a Backstreet Boys concert
Nov 13: Jay Bruce's preferred free agent destinations
Nov 12: Joe Musgrove tweet lighting up a Dodgers fan
Nov 11: Link to article on Paul Quinn College turning its football field into an organic farm
Nov 10: JJ Watt tweet
Nov 9: Astros celebration video
Nov 8: Mariners tweet
Nov 7: Link to buy shirts I helped design
Nov 6: Link to article on the guy who plays Orbit
Nov 5: Video of Gary Pettis' son setting the NCAA punt return TD record
Nov 4: Alex Bregman tweet
Nov 3: Link to article on butthurt Rangers fans mad about a Dallas hotel congratulating the Astros
Nov 2: Tweet about Astros artifacts headed to Cooperstown
Nov 1: Link to FanGraphs article on "slick balls"

If you want to mention how I use the last of the Hot Links to promote soccer, you'd have an argument.

Teddy said...

If I only talked to white people, my life would be pretty dull and have a lot less variety when it comes to food. Sucks to be you Anonymous #8.

Scott said...

Uh, pretty sure his "white people" thing was a joke, Teddy. At least I hope so.

And even though it is clear that AC is a typical Teacher's Union liberal, which I fortunately am not, he still puts together a fine blog we can all love across party aisles (except no commies are allowed).

Anonymous said...

Teddy yes it was a joke but so are you. You complain about anonymous but you have a blogger account that is pretty fucking anonymous. So basically your a fucking fraud or put simply a republican.

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