The 2020 season fast approacheth. Spring Training games begin Saturday. Are you ready?
This season will be unique. It will be unpredictable. That is, more so than usual. On paper, the Astros are still awesome. But the games are played on the field, not on paper. By people. With minds and emotions that no one can predict.
Yes, the ubiquitous cheating scandal. How does it affect the Astros? How does it affect us at TCB?
How The Cheating Scandal might affect the team going forward
First, the Astros. Maybe it has no affect. Swinging and throwing and catching happen in the moment, and psychological background noise doesn’t affect baseball performance.
Maybe the scandal hurts the Astros. Playing all season under jeers and the almost universal hatred of fans and fellow players alike, the shame and guilt of the past takes away their mojo.
Or maybe, the Astros play with renewed determination, just to prove that they still deserve the accolades they have received in the recent past.
How The Cheating Scandal affects the Crawfish Boxes
If you are reading this, you probably are a troubled, but still loyal, Astros fan. A fan of the most hated team in baseball.
You may remain loyal for a number of reasons, personal to you. But know, the hatred many baseball fans feel towards the Astros extends to those with the audacity to remain their loyal fans. Not only will the Astros be mercilessly attacked this season, so will we here at TCB.
We, the editorial staff of TCB, will try to monitor and prevent outside trolls to an even greater extent than in the past.
But there is another element to our situation. Just as the Astros are going to be under intense scrutiny, so baseball fans across the country are going to be putting us here at TCB under additional scrutiny. We need to be especially cognizant of the Community Guidelines. See HERE, or posted below.
It’s simple really. Be nice. Show respect, Don’t insult or attack people. Don’t try to provoke people or push their buttons. (no trolling) And remember, don’t feed the trolls.
We will be under additional scrutiny for these infractions in particular:
“Discriminatory or derogatory language: This includes racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, ableism, or other forms of discrimination.”
Let’s try to keep it to baseball. Avoid politics and religion as much as possible.
So, above and beyond the normal moderation we have done in the past, we, the editors, have been encouraged to increase the level of moderation.
Here’s to another championship in Houston in 2020.
Here are the Community Guidelines: