Snakebit ‘Stros

It’s not strictly Austin news, but the collective sigh of Astros fans reverberated throughout the entire state last night. On the verge of their first World Series appearance, the Houston Astros called upon the accumulated frustration of their 45-year history to lose Game 5 in dramatic fashion. Fans had gathered in downtown Houston to watch the game and join in the pending celebration, only to have Albert Pujols pull the red carpet out with 2 outs in the 9th. I imagine more than one fan ready to “turn Houston upside down” sheepishly blew out their Molotov cocktail and righted a prematurely overturned car before heading home to cry into their retro orange pillows.

Take heart Astros fans and fellow Metbloggers; there’s no billygoat curse, Grady Little isn’t your manager, and 1980 was a long time ago. Last night, the NL’s best reliever pitched to the NL’s best hitter and lost the battle on a bad slider. It was a fair gamble considering the match-up and the 3 games-to-1 advantage, and the Astros still have to be considered the favorite to win one of the next two games in St. Louis.

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