Leave it to the Houston Astros to concoct a play that rivals the ever-famous Mark Sanchez Butt-Fumble. On Tuesday night against former division rival Cincinnati Reds, Jonathan Villar tried to stretch a single into a double, but was thrown out awkwardly at second. The best way to explain the tag is to say that Villar reminded everyone that the Astros were at the ‘bottom’ of the league.
Even more appropriate is that the play happened on what would become the Astros’ 100th loss, but it could be looked at even more symbolically than that.
It was a single, and Villar tried to put in that extra effort to make it more. Sounds like the Astros’ season. They’ve had some successes and put in that extra effort, but sometimes they just look silly with mistakes and flaws, as can be seen by their place at the rear-end of MLB for the third straight season.
This is what Villar is all about though. No, not butt-slides, but hustle and effort. Who remembers his walk off run on the error against the Oakland Athletics, when he scored from second on a wild throw? The guys got spirit, and it’s unlikely that one little goofy blunder will hinder that extra pep in his step.
The slide will put the Astros on the butt end of even more jokes and will, in all likelihood, become the poster for their season, so the sooner they can accept that, the better.
It may not be the prettiest season, but the foundation is being built for next year.