October 20, 2005


Congrats to the Houston Astros, who after more than four decades of futility have finally won their first National League pennant, setting up a World Series with the Chicago White Sox. It should be a fascinating Series- pitching vs. pitching, between one team that has never won the World Series and another who hasn't in 88 years.

And I somehow didn't notice this until last night, but the Astros' hitting coach is... Gary Gaetti! None other than the starting third baseman for the World Series-winning '87 Twins. Seeing him amid the celebration, I must say, really brought back pleasant memories.

And finally, numerous mis-steps by Fox: the announcers named Roy Oswalt Player of the Game before the bottom of the ninth even started; a graphic appeared advertising the Astros-White Sox Game 1 before the last out had been recorded, and the announcers failed to acknowledge, after the game, that we'd just witnessed the final game at Busch Stadium. And I don't even want to discuss Steve Lyons' hair. But that said, I'd prefer this announcing crew to Buck/McCarver roughly 1000 times out of 1000.

Posted by Stephen Silver at October 20, 2005 04:27 PM

Well. Game 5 player of the game was announced before Pujols hit his homer...

I noticed Gaetti too. And you know what? I was certain you'd mention it on your blog.

I didn't realize busch stadium was only 40 years old.

Posted by: Jeff S at October 20, 2005 06:30 PM

On commentary - what do we have to do to keep Lou Pinella the hell away from a microphone during the Series?

Posted by: Gib at October 21, 2005 09:10 AM
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