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A Tainted Franchise

No MLB question today.

Thanks to the Astros front office, America is rooting against the Astros in the 2019 World Series. Thanks, assholes!

When they signed Roberto Osuna, Jeff Luhnow said trust us. I didn’t and you should not have either.

Commentary used to write that the folks who run the Astros were smarter than the folks who run the Texans. Not anymore.  They let us down.

Just about every national baseball sports columnist is calling us out on the Astros Assistant General Manager Taubman rant aimed at three female sports writers Saturday night. The Baseball Writers of America are calling us out. So is sports columnist Jenny Dial Creech of the Chron.

Even Astros Skipper A.J. Hinch is not cool with what happened.

We got Jose Altuve, Alex Bregman, #SpringerDinger, Justin Verlander, and Gerrit Cole, all favorites in MLB, but fans across the country have problems with us because we disrespect women.

Here is from the Star Telegram’s Stefan Stevenson:

The whole ordeal has given some fans around the country a reason to root for the Washington Nationals against the Astros in the World Series. And it has caused some knuckle-dragging Astros fans to circle the wagon, put their heads in the sand and fingers in their ears. They just want to concentrate on the World Series. Sorry, the Astros screwed that up.

Here is the entire Star Telegram column:
https://www.star-telegram.com/sports/mlb/texas-rangers/article236552888.html.

From the Chron’s Jenny Dial Creech:

The last two days should have been all about baseball.

The World Series is in town featuring the Astros and Nationals — two teams boasting great stories that we should be telling.

Now, thanks to the behavior of several people in the Astros organization, the series is tainted.

Women being harassed in the clubhouse, a reporter who did her job being dragged through the mud by an organization, a few bogus apologies that do not hold enough weight to matter … these are the things being discussed at Minute Maid Park instead.

Here is the entire Creech column: https://www.houstonchronicle.com/sports/columnists/dialcreech/article/Creech-Astros-just-don-t-get-it-14554602.php.

From Dan Shaughnessy:

Before the World Series even started, the Washington Nationals were America’s team. It’s got nothing to do with the fact that the Nats play in our nation’s capital. Or that they’ve never been to a World Series.

No, the Nats are the team to root for because the Houston Astros’ organization has framed itself as arrogant, shifty, tone-deaf, stubborn, and completely unaccountable. And that is why on the night of the first World Series opener ever hosted in Houston, the Astros were dodging arrows from across America as they attempted to defend the indefensible.

I didn’t sign up for this. I remember when Drayton got rid of shortstop Julio Lugo because he went off on his wife.

We are a tainted franchise this morning.

I pay good money to the Astros and this is what I get. Sad.

Oh, yeah.  About last night’s game.  We are not going to win a World Series by leaving 11 runners on base.

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