If we are being honest with ourselves, Spring Training isn’t always fun to watch. Maybe you give it a few innings of attention, but then the ‘other guys’ get in the game, and you flip the channel. That is okay because the teams aren’t really out there to win games, but more to get ready to win them during the season.
That doesn’t seem to be the case in Houston Astros camp, though.
This season, everything matters for the Astros. They have heard it all season long about their 100-plus loss seasons, and most expect another this year.
The Astros have a real big problem with that line of thought. They are excited. Most teams have everything settled except for a fifth starter or a final bullpen spot, but not the Astros. They have everything up for grabs. Literally almost every position has either a competition for who will start the season there, and who will backup there as well.
That creates a great sense of competition that Bo Porter is able to use to drive these guys. They think they are winners, and go out even during the spring season and try to prove it. At last check, they are 3-2 on the Grapefruit League season in 2013. They have done it with a smile on their face, while also being all-business on the baseball field.
Let those other teams just swagger up to opening day knowing full well how many wins they plan to have, and who are willing to accept nothing but a World Series trophy for their troubles. The Astros right now are thinking about going out tomorrow, getting their work in, and winning a game.
The Detroit Tigers loss to the Astros might have meant nothing at all, but for the Astros, a victory over the Tigers means a lot. Frankly, I love the Astros’ approach.