This year’s Spring Training will be a different experience for the Astros.
Every year around this time there is always the renewing aura of optimism surrounding the Astros. However, there have been some years where that was a rather quick, fleeting sensation. Times have changed though.
For the first time in roughly a decade, the Astros are coming off back-to-back winning seasons. And this year’s team is projected to be one of the best in baseball.
Oh, there is also a shiny new Spring Training complex in West Palm Beach for all of us to marvel at now.
The only fantasy that could make this Spring Training brim with even more excitement is if an exhibition series was held in the Astrodome. Well, one can dream, right?
Don’t let my over-the-top enthusiasm fool you; there is actually a lot to like about the Astros this year.
As pitchers and catchers report to camp today, you can’t help but feel like the Astros are knocking on the door.
The core is young, fortunately healthy, and quite good. And the supporting cast could be amongst the best in baseball. I’m serious in stating that I would have a difficult time choosing another team’s roster over the Astros.
Ownership has also somewhat demonstrated the desire to spend the cash necessary to bring in some necessary pieces to help round out the roster. And while many will point to the lack of an ace starting pitcher, you must remember that not all good things happen at once.
Compared to the state of the franchise just five short years ago, I gladly take the small positive steps. I’m not sure if I should be disappointed in my low expectations. Hey, it’s Spring Training. I’ll let that slide for a few weeks.
I implore you, friends of the Astros and baseball in general, to enjoy this Spring Training. Reminisce on the past, good and bad, while looking forward to the future. I have a feeling that this could be the year. If it isn’t the Astros year, well, trust me I’ll say that statement boldly once again next year.