Astros are returning home this weekend
By Cody Poage
Baseball is a silly game. The Astros should not be the most important aspect in times like today. But it can be used to provide momentary relief to a devastated populous.
As southeast Texas begins the long recovery process following Hurricane Harvey, I will attempt to discuss the latest news involving the Astros. Please bear with me as my mind is clearly in other places.
To start, the Astros recently announced their decision to keep their scheduled series against the New York Mets in Houston this weekend. In place of the Friday game though, Houston will play New York in a doubleheader Saturday before closing out the series Sunday.
This will also be the first doubleheader in the ballpark’s history.
As you all may not know, the team is currently playing at Tropicana Field in Tampa, Florida for their “home” series against the Texas Rangers this week. I won’t even bother to try to discuss the specifics there as much more important issues abound.
There were even rumors about the Astros playing the Mets in Tampa this weekend. But since Minute Maid Park escaped major damage from Hurricane Harvey, the deciding powers chose to let the Astros go home.
More importantly, this development will afford Astro players, coaches and staff an opportunity to attend to personal matters at home. Many members of the organization have families and friends within the affected area of southeast Texas. Like many in southeast Texas, members of the organization will have to recover and rebuild.
In more positive news, the Astros are expecting Carlos Correa to return to the lineup this weekend against the Mets.
Correa was having an MVP-level season before he suffered a torn thumb ligament that required surgery on July 18th. His estimated recovery time was six-to-eight weeks.
And here are a couple of classy moves by the Astros organization.
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Obviously baseball should not be on the forefront of everyone’s mind. As I write this post though, I find this to be strangely therapeutic. This is my attempt to regain normalcy following an extremely stressful situation here in Houston. And I am one of the fortunate ones. I cannot possibly imagine the heartache and despair facing many fellow Texans. And I implore you, our valued reader, to please pray and keep everyone affected by this historic storm in your thoughts.