Archive for February 12th, 2013

Commentary has tried not to spend a whole lot of time talking about the SD6 Special because I don’t want folks to know what is going on.  In the past I probably said too much about certain campaigns and I’m sure there was a time or two when it came back and bit me in the arse.  So I won’t have a whole lot to say over the next 18 days.  There won’t be any trash talking either – got it!

204 years ago today Abraham Lincoln was born.  And the Oscar goes to Daniel Day Lewis!

Name the ‘Stro who is the all time leader in stolen bases?

Of course I will watch the State of the Union Address tonight.  The Chron says immgration, guns, jobs, the deficit, and energy independence will be front and center.  I’m looking forward to his remarks on immigration – si se puede!

Today the ptichers and cathcers have their first workout.  As most folks know Commentary is not looking forward to Opening Day.  Most of the experts are predicting another 100 plus loss season – yikes!  I’m thinking we probably have the lowest payroll in MLB.  Most of our players are getting the minimum. 

In yesterday’s Chron there was a piece about how the new skipper Bo Porter was going about trying to get his team motivated by putting up signage, having them read books, and stuff like that.  Here is a part:

Porter’s not naive. He just believes in what others are convinced will fail. Inside Porter’s clubhouse Flywheel — a concept derived from Jim Collins’ book “Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap … And Others Don’t” — is the term “break point.” Porter evaluated all 162 of the Astros’ 2012 games, which featured a franchise-record 107 losses. He discovered 35 that featured a break point — a contest the Astros could have captured but lacked the focus and will to claim.

The Chron also mentions a meeting the new skipper had with NFL coaching great Bill Parcells:

“Bill is full of quotes. And one of the things he said is, ‘Never make exceptions for your players doing the preparation. Because you’ll look up one day, and you’ll have a team full of exceptions,’ ” Porter said.

Here is the entire Chron piece.

I guess you have to do what you have to do.  We have an umproven bunch for sure.  I’m all for motivation but I also want talent and quality MLB experience on the roster.  That’s the piece we’re missing and that’s a big piece.

Cesar Cedeno of course is the ‘Stros all time stolen base leader with 487.  That’s all I have.



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