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Welcome To Case's Column

Let me say a big welcome to all of you for joining me here. I'm going to call these blog meetings Case's Column. I wanted to use "Corner", but that was already taken. Since 2008, it's been a real privilege to come on here and share some of my life with you, and it's a big world where we live.

In these blogs, I'll just speak whatever is on my mind, but we will be playing within the rules here. I may pick a particular topic, point out an event, or shoot the breeze. I'm a little bit of an essayist at times, so I'll just speak what's on my mind, and I might tell a story or two. Or, I might spew out an opinion or three. There will be some serious moments, some tender, some poignant, but there will also be those moments that you'll just bust out laughing. But, hopefully, everything will be in good fun here. And, of course, there's a place below for your comments and thoughts as we go along here. So feel free to join me for the ride -- I sure as heck hope I'm doing this right and not making any mistakes.

Thanks for taking your time in reading Case's Column. Hopefully, you'll enjoy being entertained by it as much as I've enjoyed putting these writings together. And thanks for the time you spend in City-Data.com, where it's great to be alive!



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Astros Get A Little Help In Continuing Their Title Chase

Posted 11-22-2021 at 04:52 PM by case44

Some folks in Houston didn't expect this. Heck, many baseball fans in general didn't exactly expect this thing happening, either. But Astros righthander Justin Verlander proved his critics, fans, and analysts wrong.

JV is returning to Houston for, at least, the 2022 season. Smart move for Justin and smart for the Astros. After all, the guy is just coming off of Tommy John surgery but recently did a throwing session and had people see his speeds come back close to where they were when we last saw him pitch a live game. No matter what else happens this off-season, this is a game-changer in many ways for a Houston team which came so close in 2021. If they'd just had their offense show up and had gotten better pitching from Framber Valdez and Luis Garcia, then the Astros would have successfully fulfilled my Astros in 6 prediction. And as you know, well, it was the other team which won in six games. As it is, a healthy Justin Verlander will be the shot in the arm that this franchise needs to get its second world championship.

And there is also less risk with a smaller contract. Never mind that the Astros are shelling out $25 million for next year, with the one-year option which, I think, he'll take even if Houston wins it all. I'm pulling for JV to do well and for him to reach the personal goals he set for himself. He doesn't believe he's done, and neither do many Astros fans.

Unfinished business? Where the Astros are concerned, there still is. And where JV is concerned, his mountain won't be a real big one to climb.
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    Come on, MLB. Finish the CBA negotiations.

    Pretty please???
    Posted 12-10-2021 at 05:31 PM by case44 case44 is online now

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