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"Lou is not talking about mechanics when he goes out to the mound,"
~Chicago Cubs pitching coach Larry Rothschild

Thursday, May 17, 2007

one pence, sooooo the richer!

Okay so everybody knows the theme from shaft right? Well sing that Issac Hayes classic in your head for a second but when you get to the part where the backup singer's chime in with the chorus line that just so happens to be the name of the song/movie, insert the word:"PENCE" yeahhh, now i can dig that!

You know who else can dig it? The Astros Fans, pence absolutely tore it up in spring training and you can ask Matt Resell, I told him that Pence was going to get called up before the all star break. This one really was a no-brainer. Chris Burke is not an outfielder, especially a center fielder. It was inevitable that he was going to have trouble at that position and to make it worse for Chris he has not fully recovered from shoulder surgery in the off season so his batting couldn't even save his job in the lineup. Chris Burke will be back, once Mark Loretta moves on and Biggio retires. Chris will be playing his true position at second and he will get the Chance he deserves.

No where was I? Oh yeah Hunter Pence, i know it is early but as an Astro enthusiast I am really excited about this kid. We haven't had a real hitting star come out of our farm system since Lance Berkman, I'm not calling Pence a star yet but i am willing to say that he has the tangibles to be one. If Pence continues to develop as a Major League player the way he has in this short time up, he could be (GASP) a Five Tool Player! (Knock on Wood)
Regardless of all my Hunter man crushing, his emergence in the lineup has sparked a vastly better team in May than the one we endured in April. Its not all Hunter Pence though. Berkman has been hitting much better and Lee is swinging the bat like he is "El Cabong", the cartoon Spanish horse that would wail his guitar into a purse snatcher. Bottom line, the Astros are better, bullpen is holding up and the starters are giving good outing's the majority of the time. Its not all him, but who better to serve as a scapegoat for the teams success than the fresh faced 24 year old who should probably pay more attention to the game going on, than hand signaling his age to a hottie on the Home Run Porch. I heard she's a lesbian Hunter, one out buddy....throw's going to second!

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