Houston Astros: Five worst moments in franchise history

HOUSTON, TEXAS - OCTOBER 30: Will Harris #36 of the Houston Astros reacts after allowing a two-run home run to Howie Kendrick (not pictured) of the Washington Nationals during the seventh inning in Game Seven of the 2019 World Series at Minute Maid Park on October 30, 2019 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TEXAS - OCTOBER 30: Will Harris #36 of the Houston Astros reacts after allowing a two-run home run to Howie Kendrick (not pictured) of the Washington Nationals during the seventh inning in Game Seven of the 2019 World Series at Minute Maid Park on October 30, 2019 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images) /
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We painfully relive the five worst moments in Houston Astros history.

Maybe I’m just a glutton for punishment, but when I ranked the top five moments in Houston Astros history, I figured I also needed to do the five worst. As I compiled my list of the most heartbreaking events, I was having some serious difficulty narrowing it down to just five. But naming the top 10 would be too long, so I narrowed it anyway.

These moments are burned into many of our minds, forever part of our collective baseball consciousness. Many of them changed the course of Astros history, shaping the franchise into what we know today.

These five moments are among those that most Astros fans would list, though we might disagree on the order. There are a few that got left out, so I have some honorable mentions. We have a pair of home runs in the 2005 World Series, one by Scott Podsednik to end Game Two, and one by Geoff Blum to give the White Sox the lead in the 14th inning of Game Three.

Jim Edmonds‘ walk-off homer in Game Six of the 2004 NLCS comes to mind, as does Kendrys Morales‘ go-ahead hit in Game Four of the 2015 ALDS. Finally, we can’t ignore the beaning Dickie Thon took early in 1984 that ended his season and quite possibly altered the trajectory of his career.

Now without further ado, here are the five worst moments in franchise history, recounted in all their painful glory.

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