The first day on the Astros’ quest to repeat as World Series champions begins now.
Spring training has officially started!
Yes, Astros’ pitchers and catchers reported to camp on Tuesday, yet the first workout didn’t occur till Wednesday, February 14th. Otherwise known as Valentine’s Day.
And…that’s the most excitement as I can muster on the subject. Don’t get me wrong as I am thrilled that the 2018 season is quickly approaching. But spring training can never fully substitute the feeling of Opening Day. Like the chips, queso and salsa at my favorite Tex-Mex restaurant, and I love chips, queso and salsa, it’s a mere appetizer to the shrimp fajitas. Or, in this particular example, the regular season.
The players, though, seem ready to kick things off. Justin Verlander believes, and understandably so, that the path to AL supremacy runs through Houston.
Verlander also states how he believes that the Astros could be a dynasty in the making in terms of mentality.
Mr. Verlander has not been an Astro for long, but I think I speak for the entire fan base when I say that there should be a statue of him in front of Minute Maid Park one day. Next to Jose Altuve. Wearing the famous “I literally love you too, Jose Altuve.” Make it happen, Jim Crane.
Back to spring training business.
Dallas Keuchel sheds light on his contract status past the 2018 season. Honestly, you can’t blame the man.
Keuchel also states his opinion on the starting rotation.
Mr. Keuchel, you’re definitely not a “poo baller.” Just promise everyone to use a better pillow, alright? We don’t to see any more pinched nerves in the injury reports.
Anyway, spring training is a valuable time to begin the process of gauging the team. For example, the Astros, on paper, appear to be stronger than ever. Jeff Luhnow and his front office have added Gerrit Cole, Joe Smith, and Hector Rondon to strengthen an already quality pitching staff. Derek Fisher is currently presumed to be the front-runner for the starting job in left field. The only question marks on this Astros’ roster is left-handed reliever and backup catcher. It’s nice, and a luxury, to have an abundance of talent.