Astros and Yankees Opening Day (Photos)
Opening Day in Houston was full of promise. One of baseball's greatest players, Yankees captain Derek Jeter, threatened to steal the spotlight as he took the field in what will be his final season before he retires. Astros starter welcomed him in the first inning by hitting him with a fastball on the knuckles!
The Astros struck early and often. Leadoff hitter Dexter Fowler hit a double and later scored on a single by Jose Altuve. The Astros second baseman would eventually score himself, giving the home team a 2-0 lead. Early in the second, Jesus Guzman hit a two-run homer to push the lead up to 4-0. L.J. Hoes later hit a solo homer to make it 5-0. Altuve again chipped in with an RBI to make it 6-0.
As I listened and observed the fans, I noticed that they were not only cheering, they were also smiling wide and joyously yelling. These weren't the type of fans that only show up on Opening Day, then leave before the seventh inning stretch. These were real supporters, with real hope. And that feels good, man.
The players felt the vibe as well, I presume. They ran out every grounder, chased every pop-up, and took every opportunity towards greatness.
Winning can do wonders for a team and its fans. A win is cherished. A winner is exalted. A winning team carries that momentum into the next game, then the next. Sure, this is only the first game, which was eventually won by the score of 6-2, but right now, the team is perfect. Even sweeter is the victory because The Yankees are the team that attempts to buy a trip to the World Series year after year. But not today. Not at this moment, and not in our house.
As of right now, the "Lastros" are a thing of the past. The road to the World Series is wide open, and Houston is making its way there, one win at a time.
Slideshow: The Astros Beat the Yankees on Opening Day