The Astros, leading the seven-game series with the Cardinals 3-1, were one strike away from their first-ever World Series apperance. A hit-walk-home run later, and the series is heading back to St. Louis.
Why does this sound so familiar?
It is as if the ghost of Donnie Moore, banished from Anaheim in 2002, has now taken residence in Houston. Or maybe it was the spirit of Gene Mauch who passed away earlier this year. The Astros are one of the few teams in Major League Baseball that have never been to a World Series. The wait has just become a little bit longer. Like the Astros must do in St. Louis, the Angels played the final two games of the 1986 ALCS in Boston. "Played" might not be the right verb. The Angels looked as comfortable in those two games as Katie Holmes did during her pregnancy announcement. The Angels claim that they could still win it were about as believable, too.
The same thing will happen to the Astros. This series is done. Over. Finished. The Astros can talk about Roy Oswalt and Roger Clemens, but forget about it. You are only fooling yourself. Take it from somebody who has been there, it is over. To try to convince yourself would be foolish. It is not going to happen.
But look at the bright side. You will win the World Series ... in 16 years.