Astros Headed to the World Series – Chalk One Up to Chemistry
by Alan Whitaker
October 19, 2005
So, the Houston Astros head off to the World Series for the first time in their history. As much as I hate them during the year, I could not be happier for them (since it wasn't the Cubs they beat to get there). Seeing Jeff Bagwell and Craig Biggio sit together in the dugout as the final out was made, and seeing them calmly smile and congratulate each other as their teammates run and jump and scream and shout all around them was fantastic. In the free agency era, Bagwell and Biggio are the last of a dying breed – the career teammates. They are this era's Ruth and Gehrig, Greenberg and Gerhinger, Hodges and Snider, McCovey and Mays, Aaron and Mathews. They are two of the all-time greats, and, as much as it pains me to say it, they deserve to be going to the World Series.
But the story of the Astros goes beyond Bagwell and Biggio. The Astros as a whole are truly an anomaly in this era. They are a team built of player development and chemistry. As evidence of this, I offer only this one fact – of tonight's starting lineup for the Houston Astros, only Brad Ausmus is not a career Astro. The other eight players were all developed by the Astros minor league system. That, above anything else, is reason enough for anyone in the country to root for the Houston Astros. Anything, that is, except for those of you on the South Side of Chicago. But I digress.
Congratulations to the Houston Astros on their first ever trip to the World Series.