With a victory on Wednesday, the Astros have won the series in New York against the Yankees and have taken the season series overall, regardless of tomorrow's outcome. I caught the final out on MLB highlights, but their celebration seemed somewhat subdued given they have just beaten a team with a higher payroll than the Red Sox.
There could be a few good reasons why they withheld from dumping Gatorade over Bo Porter's head and didn't douse the clubhouse reporters with bubbly (at least as far as we know).
1. The Yankees don't hold the same mystique these days as the Red Sox do given that the Red Sox have won three titles in the last ten years while the Yankees have only won one. The Red Sox are also the reigning World Champions, so they are the new Goliath in spite of their lesser payroll.
2. As their eager young players mature, the Astros are a professional major league team that now expects to more often win series against teams with veteran players and established franchise success. As professionals, they conduct themselves accordingly.
3. The most obvious would be that they haven't completed the regular-season series and play tomorrow. Maybe this judgement is premature and we should expect revelry tomorrow evening if the Astros sweep.
4. They're a bit burnt out on celebrations after achieving the ultimate goal for the season (see reference below).
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I believe I stated last month, just wait until August 17th. The Red Sox will be trying to avoid a 4 game sweep at HOME vs the Mighty Astros. And by 5PM that Sunday evening you will see just how low the Sox have allowed themselves to sink. Easily ahead of pace for a 100 loss season and officially tagged as the single most embarasing team one year following a World Series Title. Don't believe me? Go back and read the posts. And if you missed it, I urge you once again to mark August 17th down on your calendars so you can witness history. I will warn you to turn it of immediately after the last out is made unless you want to see a celebration of the other team on your home field because to the Astros, that will be the closet thing they get to a World Series Championship.
While this prediction didn't exactly come to fruition, andrew-mitch defended the spirit of the post on last Sunday's game thread. Here's a little sampler.
posted at 8/18/2014 4:22 PM EDT
In response to Hfxsoxnut's comment:
In response to andrewmitch's comment:
and the Astros. Don't forget the Astros. It was a huge deal for them. Taking 2 of 4 in Fenway; the home of the WSC's and a team that has 4X their payroll or roughly $110 million more (roughly more $than 90% of all team). Yes my friend, you've forgotten how big a deal this was for the Astros. The only one who didn't care is the Sox; of course they don't care about winning at all this year.
The Astros are vastly improved over last year, winning 42.4% of their games compared to 35.4%. They are playing a lot better against everybody, not just us. This series was not anything special for them, unless you have some quotes to that effect.
You are a pretty good spin doctor though, I have to say.
If I have time, I'll see if I can find anything on the Stros blogs/newsites; I guarantee they are walking with an extra jump in their steps today........
I guess andrew-mitch didn't have time.