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Jerry Flores

We lost our good friend Jerry Flores early this morning.  He was one of the nicest, caring and down to earth individuals I ever met.  He was in a freak accident two and a half years ago and never recovered.  He was a leader in our community. He was an HPD officer and one of his gigs was working for the Astros and MLB.  I would always run into him at The Yard. He was proud that he got to work with and travel with the team during their World Series run.  He also got presented with a ring from the team.  Jerry will be terribly missed for sure. 

I wonder what Jerry would be thinking about the team right now.

In case you haven’t noticed, we are the most hated team in MLB these days.  MLB fans outside of H-Town are not happy that we advanced yesterday and are now in the ALDS which will begin on Monday.

Carlos Correa kind of threw gasoline on to the fire yesterday and he got a response from NoCal sports columnist Dieter Kurtenbach yesterday:

Karma is coming for the bratty Astros and Carlos Correa

Houston Astros need to be knocked down a few pegs. The Oakland Athletics would love a shot at the job in the MLB playoffs.

The Astros, who suspiciously couldn’t hit this year and entered the expanded 2020 playoffs with the worst record of all qualifying teams, beat the Twins in their best-of-three series Wednesday, advancing them to the next round.

And apparently, beating a team that has now lost 18 straight playoffs games is reason to start talking all sorts of smack.

“I know a lot of people are mad. I know a lot of people don’t want to see us here,” shortstop Carlos Correa said. “But what are they going to say now?”

I’m going to say that the Astros beat a team that can’t help but soil the bed every postseason and that life won’t be so easy in the next round. So impressive…

But more importantly, Carlos, I’ll say that you should follow the advice you gave Dodgers star and outspoken critic of your cheating scandal, Cody Bellinger, before the season:

“Shut the (expletive) up”

The Astros are cheaters. They were caught in the act and the team’s players were let off easy for their involvement in the sign-stealing scandal.

Now, are they the only cheaters in baseball? Hardly. But they were the ones dumb enough to get caught.

And they’re doing a bad job of wearing their shame.

The Astros have been brazen, unrepentant brats since their cheating was brought to light, with Correa leading the way.

He’s hardly alone, though. Remember when assistant coach Alex Cintron (himself passed over for justice despite being involved in the sign-stealing scandal) thought it was a good idea to pick a fight with A’s outfielder Ramon Laureano, only to duck out of the way when such a challenge was accepted?

That moment and Correa running his mouth after beating the Twins — really, the Twins? — tells you everything you need to know about the Astros culture.

The Astros players and some coaches clearly think that because they received immunity from Major League Baseball in the investigation into their cheating, they now have immunity from criticism for it.

They don’t.

I’ll say something right now that’s going to get me in some trouble, but it’s the truth: a lot of ballplayers aren’t exactly the sharpest tools in the shed. If one of those players was acting like this, I’d think of the situation differently Correa, by all accounts, isn’t such a player. That’s why his petulance and gaslighting is so annoying.

And that’s why the Astros players playing the victim and turning that criticism into some rallying cry is downright gross.

What really bothers me is that Correa seems to speak for the entire organization.

The Astros Twitter account — I know, I know, it’s just a team employee – trolled the world with Correa’s quote and a tweet after the game effectively said “u mad?”

The folks at the bottom of the food chain aren’t embarrassed.

Astros owner Jim Crane’s non-apologies on the subject and denials of any responsibility made it clear months ago that the top of the food chain isn’t bothered, either.

And you wonder why the Astros’ culture is trash — no pun intended.

Major League Baseball let the Astros keep their trophy and their rings. Their place in the record book is not assailed, and over the course of time, fewer and fewer people will remember that the title was won on fraudulent grounds.

And the Astros have decided to rub our collective noses in that fact.

Apparently the joke’s on all of us. They got away with it.

But truth is, I’m ready to laugh at them — hard.

I know 2020 hasn’t been a good year for karmic balance, but there are still a few months left. And the A’s or White Sox — whichever team wins Thursday’s game at the Coliseum — can deliver that karma in big, fat doses.

So whichever team wins Game 3 — the hometown squad or the south side nine — we have a new favorite team this postseason.

Because they’re playing the Astros, and the Astros need to be humbled in the worst kind of way.

Dieter don’t like us.

Have at us, baby!  We are ready. It’s H-Town versus MLB.

I have to admit, we got a little special help from someone on Tuesday when the Twins shortstop muffed an easy force out that kept us alive in the ninth inning.

Yesterday, a base running blunder by the Twins best base runner was key. 

That’s baseball.

We will face the White Sox or A’s on Monday.

The debate commission said they are considering making some changes. Good luck. I have never heard of making an arsehole look good in the span of a couple of weeks or so.

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