ORANGE OCTOBER – What Astros Baseball is all about!
By Karen Watson
I almost can’t watch. And yet at the same time, I cannot stop watching. Oh, the anxiety of Astros October baseball! And wow, what a reward!
Which one of these scenarios describes you? You put on your favorite Astros Jersey or t-shirt, turn your hat inside out or put it on backward or get out your bobbleheads. You’re that jack-in-the-box type, not able to stay seated or standing up. You move around a lot, biting your nails, pacing the floors, and screaming at the TV. Or maybe you’re like me — on your knees, praying constantly for the next swing or the next pitch to be THE one!
Better yet, you’re that armchair manager who is second-guessing everything the Skip is doing. Or maybe you’re simply waiting with bated breath to hear him console us after every game. Maybe, all of these describe you and your passion for Astros October baseball.
It’s edge of your seat baseball. It’s the postseason and every pitch counts; every AB counts; heck, every bounce of the ball counts.
It’s going to be okay, H-Town. The boys are headed to NYC waiting to give the ball to Gerrit Cole for Game 3 of this best of 7 series (well, it’s now the best of 5).
So if you’re the type to believe in any or all of it, do what you do. Game time is at 3:08 p.m. CDT, so be ready wearing that winning jersey, those good luck socks, and the rally caps. Be ready to wear out your knees, pace a hole in the floor, and/or sit in the same chair. But whatever it is, grab the edge of your seat and hang on. Game 3 is probably going to be a bit bumpy. It’s that roller coaster we call October baseball, and it’s going to be a thrill of a ride.
Today’s game promises to be one of the very best in Astros baseball. Rest assured, our local nine are prepared to fight. Just remember these things: We play 162 games and 51 series in the regular season for this reason, and this reason only – the reward of playing October playoff baseball! And to quote our favorite third baseman, “It’s the only baseball that counts.”
The playoffs are comprised of series because baseball is a tough, tough game of skill. It’s a game that requires fortitude and the ability to forget the last game — good or bad — because each game is its own fight! And we’re on to the next fight!
We have the offense, we have the pitching, we definitely have the defense, and we have the heart. We’re the Astros and we’re winners. Go ‘Stros. Let’s do this! Let’s #TakeItBack! #LettheKidsPlay #WePlayLoud