B.A.B.E.S. – Homeplate


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…

Keuchel's Korner

10 thoughts on “B.A.B.E.S. – Homeplate”

  1. “Off Season”, what’s that? Way to go Scott….glad to see you finally created a blog so all can have the benefit of the baseball thoughts that I must hear everyday!

  2. WAS Scott Brosoius 3b home grown ? A good guy in the 90’s. Scott, I like your balancing of the Yanks from the 90’s as opposed to present day. I agree, It is honestly not the same- too many bad trades. Eric

    1. Eric, Brosius was drafted by OAK and played there 10 years before being traded to NYY for Kenny Rogers in 1997 (funny, huh?). Brosius became a free agent after that season but resigned with NYY and contributed to World Series wins in 1998-2000.

  3. Great thoughts in the spirit of the season Scott. But no reference to the Evil Empire? That should have been a softball for you….

  4. Thanks, Jed, but due to my Advent pledge to love my enemies (12/1/12), I refrained from the many opportunities to include NYY in the piece, including making them the evil force that created the need for the Christmas Story in the first place.

  5. okay Scott … Sitting here waiting for your January installment. After all it is January 7th! Having withdraws. Can’t wait to see if the Dodgers bought enough players. I mean properly filled out the roster with capable players. I don’t view it as buying players as much as I believe they are trying to win now as they begin to rebuild a depleted farm system.

    Not buying that are you?

    1. Your wait is over, and your work has begun. Before we talk about LAD, we must start thinking about the strength of Spain’s rotation, or whether Canada has enough power on the left side of the infield. So many questions in today’s integrated, global world.

  6. Re: the Cardinals “uncharacteristic” World Series fielding snafus, the ESPN radio commentary I heard the other night BEFORE Game 1 was that the Cardinals outfield were the three worst fielders in the league, and under some fielding analytics tool I’ve never heard of (sort of like WAR or some similar acronym), they actually predicted that the Cardinal gloves would lose the game for them. Pretty interesting!

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