It’s been nearly five months since we last saw the Houston Astros play baseball for real wins and losses. As baseball fans, we’ve been waiting for this moment since Kyle Tucker caught the last out of the World Series. Opening week is finally here. Baseball is back.
In those months the Astros have added some new faces to the squad. Welcome to the best infield in the league, José Abreu. The team also brought back Rafael Montero and Michael Brantley which just warmed my heart.
Unfortunately, we had to say goodbye to some of our favorite players. Justin Verlander wen to get his enormous bag with the New York Mets, and the time had finally come where Yuli Gurriel is no longer a Houston Astro. They are both two-time World Series champions with the Astros, and will always be welcome back with open arms as long as I’m concerned.
The World Baseball Classic gave us a tease for the regular season, and got baseball fans fired up for the next 162 games. The Astros had players all over the WBC, and we were blessed with the best WBC tournament ever as the sport continues to grow.
The next 162 is sure to be grueling for fans to enjoy each and every day because we all know it’s only a matter of time until Astros Twitter starts to argue over Dusty Baker’s lineup card on a Wednesday afternoon in July. All I’m saying is to cherish the season because the five months where we don’t have baseball aren’t nearly as fun.
Opening Week is finally here. Baseball is back.