With our city facing one of the greatest, if not the greatest tragedies in its history, the world of the MLB seems very far away. The heroism and drama of baseball have nothing on the moment-by-moment, ongoing acts of courage we’re seeing across the city of Houston right now. Even as you struggle through the horrors of this storm, though, know that the team you’ve cheered so valiantly is cheering too--this time for you. In their messages, you can hear them hoping against hope that their thoughts and prayers will lift you up, just as yours have so often done for them. Draw strength from the guys that never give up, Houston. Draw strength from the team that lives for defying expectations. Draw strength from your Astros, Houston.
“We played a great game today and won,” tweeted Astros manager A.J. Hinch last evening after the ‘Stros 7-5 victory over the Los Angeles Angels. “Proud of our guys. Even more proud of the Houstonians who are battling this relentless storm.”
“Hard to focus with everything that’s happening in Texas,” wrote outfielder Josh Reddick to our embattled city. “Still thinking about everyone toughing out the storm.”
“I can't sleep thinking of what it can happen to my family in Houston and me being here with my hands tight,” wrote Marwin Gonzalez in the wee hours of the morning last night.”
Collin McHugh: “I hope today's game brought a smile to someone's face in Houston. Know that every one of us has the city on our hearts & in our prayers.”
“Thinking of you Houston!!! Stay safe!!!” cheered Alex Bregman.
Injured shortstop Carlos Correa said it all in three words: “Praying for Houston.”
“Houston, you are all in our thoughts and prayers!” wrote pitcher Lance McCullers Jr. “Please stay safe and be strong.”
“Mis oraciones para la gente en Houston,” wrote Cuban first-baseman Yuli Gurriel. “My prayers for the city of Houston”
And finally this, from Astros president Reid Ryan: “Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone dealing with the effects of this terrible storm.”
[As of 10 a.m. this morning, the Astros are in Dallas, by the way, the team having been rerouted. No decision has yet been made about tonight’s game with the Texas Rangers, which was scheduled to begin at 7:10 p.m. at Minute Maid Park. There is some talk about the ‘Stros playing the present series at Globe Life Park in Arlington, swapping that for a later series scheduled there in a few weeks. No definite decision has been made, however, and in any case that wouldn’t solve the problem of what to do about this weekend’s planned series against the New York Mets. We’ll keep you posted.]