After a Void unlike any that’s come before, in the 59th year of my Colt .45 / Astro fandom, I look at the season ahead and I’ve got absolutely no idea what to expect.
My hope is that this godawful situation will forge the players together like Damascus steel. Tougher and stronger than any player could be on his own. Astro hitters hammering pitch after pitch amid a crescendo of boos and epithets in opponents ballparks. Astro pitchers dominating with veterans and newcomers with nasty dispositions. A dominant, 100+ win season followed by a dominant post-season that includes a sweep of the Yankees and the Dodgers. That’s my hope.
My fear is that media driven rancor will reach such a level that people get physically hurt and that the team will lose cohesion, be shaken by the vitriol and wither like the 2000 Astros. I can imagine any number of plausible, horrible, even disgraceful scenarios.
My expectations, however, remain as blank as a fresh notepad. I’ve got no idea.