The Houston Astros had one representative at the All-Star festivities: Orbit, but he wasn’t welcomed nicely.
With all four of the Houston Astros backing out of the 2021 All-Star Game, no other player was selected to represent the ball club. With Jose Altuve nursing an injury and now dealing with a family emergency, many fans would’ve let out their worsts to the 2017 MVP.
Carlos Correa and Ryan Pressly are attending to their pregnant wives, as Correa was also placed on the 10-day IL due to health and safety protocol. In the end, Michael Brantley wasn’t going either, as he is resting a recent side injury.
That left no one to represent the Astros other than beloved mascot, Orbit. The big, green alien has been an award-winning mascot in his return to the franchise, but he didn’t receive a warm welcome before the commencement of the Home Run Derby.
It can be seen as sad or funny, but did you expect anything else? No matter if the representative was on the 2017 team, they were going to hear it from fans across the country at the All-Star Game. Orbit has been one of the most rambunctious mascots in relation to messing with opposing fans, but if you watch pregame at Minute Maid Park, other players love to go back and forth with the green guy.
While being an exhibition game, it does sting to not have anyone there to represent the best team in the AL West. In the end, the goal is to be the last one standing in October, so this is just another year of a game showing no meaning other than an accolade on your Baseball Reference and a possible boost in regards to a future Hall of Fame ballot.