March 12, 2018
“We’re not the Cubs!”
We have just witnessed the shortest off-season in MLB history (only 148 days) and perhaps that explains why the Astros’ competitive fire is still burning. The normally taciturn Dallas Keuchel let it be known emphatically that Houston is going to be ready to defend its 2017 World Championship from Opening Day, 2018.
When asked about the possibility of a championship hangover, Keuchel responded “We’re not the Cubs!” referring to the 2016 champions and their less-than-stellar first half to the 2017 season.
As if challenging the Cubs’ mental toughness was not enough, Keuchel added “I firmly believe we have better players.” Perhaps he meant that the 2018 Astros team is even better equipped than the 2017 champions, but it also could be interpreted as declaring that the Astros are better than the Cubs then and now. The Chicago media interpreted it that way and disagreed:
Well, we are 17 days away from finding out how fresh the Astros are and how accurate of a prognosticator Dallas Keuchel is. You have the same number of days to get your B.A.B.E.S. picks in, smack-talking optional.
From my personal archives, I thought I would share my son Jack’s evolution from simple baseball fan (gotta love the Cubbies) to die-hard Astros fan (older and wiser).
And then there is our indoctrination as full-fledged Keuchel’s Korner irregulars…