As New Year approaches, I’m going to take a page out of the book of every major TV news channel, entertainment news outlet, sports news outlet, and high school yearbooks and take a look back at the past 12 months. Although is purely a Houston Astros edition. My apologies to Barrack Obama, Lady Gaga, the New Orleans Saints, and the Drury High Lady Demons.
January 8: Signed Brett Myers for 1 year and $5.1 million
April 1-8: Started the season 0-8
Apr 2-May 4: The Astros completed their second 8-game losing streak of the season. In the first month. Surprisingly, these streaks sandwiched a 10-game period that saw the Astros get 8 victories.
June 22: Chris Johnson becomes everyday 3B; Pedro Feliz moved to right/center hot-dog vendor
July 11: Hitting Coach Sean Perry is fired and replaced by living legend Jeff Bagwell
July 29: Roy Oswalt traded to the Philadelphia Phillies for J.A. Happ and minor leaguers Anthony Gose and Jonathan Villar.
July 29: Gose’s time with the Astros lasted all of 5 minutes as he was shipped to Toronto for slugging first/third baseman Brett Wallace.
July 31: Lance Berkman traded to the New York Yankees for minor leaguers Jimmy Paredes and Mark Melancon.
August 3: Scored 18 runs against St. Louis. This was Houston’s 7th straight win, making it their longest winning streak of the season. It was also a season best for runs scored.
October 8: Exercised the 2012 contract option of manager Brad Mills and added a club option for 2013.
October 23: Jeff Bagwell announces he won’t return as hitting coach for 2012
November 5: Named Mike Barnett hitting coach
December 20: Agreed to terms with UT Bill Hall on a one-year contract. Hall will become Houston’s everyday second baseman.
December 23: Acquired LHP Wes Musick and RHP Jonnathan Aristil from Colorado for RHP Matt Lindstrom.
Now go get some champagne and prepare to bring in the New Year with a bang. Hunter Pence homerun-style.