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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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case44

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Should We Panic At This Year's Houston Astros?

Posted 05-08-2023 at 01:10 PM by case44
Updated 05-08-2023 at 01:35 PM by case44


Look, sports fans, nothing can change history. The Houston Astros have always been notorious for having slow starts to their regular season. Given that history, you'd be nuts to expect any different.

And as much as I'd like to see Houston off to a 12-0 start in their first twelve games, perhaps I should be lumped in with the nut crowd. I'm every bit as disappointed as you are that the team isn't performing the way we all hoped they would at this time.

Here the Astros are now, sitting at .500 and already thirty-four games into the season. Brian McTaggart's article for the Astros' website fits my preachment and observation perfectly.

https://www.mlb.com/astros/news/astr...-early-in-2023

Is now the time to panic for the Astros? No. We are in May and there are pickuploads for baseball still left to be played. Alex Bregman is hitting at the Mendoza line, two of our starting pitchers are out with injuries (and of them is out for the season with impending Tommy John surgery). Chas McCormick and Michael Brantley will be returning shortly from the injured list. Draft time was going to see Houston general manager Dana Brown drafting prospects who are kids for way down the line. That was his original reply on a recent talk show. He may have to change his mind as his team's depth is going to be tested, and they can't afford any more injuries or off-years. The minors, though somewhat replenished with last year's draft, need a little more sustenance in the pipeline.

Concerns? Sure, there are. Time to panic? I'd rather drink out of the toilet.
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