As soon as Tony Kemp took ball four, Jason Castro retreated from the on-deck circle and back to the Astros' dugout. Out stepped Alex Bregman, 13 days removed from his last plate appearance, wielding a bat in his hands.
George Springer had three hits, including a two-run double during a six-run sixth inning, and the Houston Astros beat the Seattle Mariners 8-4 on Tuesday night.
The Astros aren't ready to turn the page on 2016 just yet.
Around the League
Wednesday's Say Hey, Baseball includes a couple of big injuries to potential playoff teams in the NL East, touching moments on the field following Jose Fernandez's death, and the marriage proposal from your nightmares.
The Pirates are being blitzed by the Cubs this year. The season record stands at 13-3, with the Pirates outscored 103-60. Following a 12-2 throttling, the competitive gap between the clubs looks wide and, perhaps, increasing.
Ty Cobb, Mickey Mantel, Mel Ott, Jimmie Fox, Ted Williams - those are all some great names in the world of baseball and an amazing talent lineup. Those were all the top 5 players in WAR by the age of 24 before Mike Trout came around. This weekend while the Angels were embarrassing the Astros in a 3 win series victory, Mike Trout passed Ty Cobb to sit on top of that list and bump them all down one spot.
Since the passing of Jose Fernandez, the outpouring of support has been nothing shy of astonishing. His strory hist home with all of those who knew him and those who loved him from afar. Aledmys Diaz, who plays for the St. Louis Cardinals, was one of Jose's best friends, having played baseball together since they were young and lived in Cuba.