Before I get to what's really bugging me about the Astros today, I need to address the latest blog from Richard Justice in which said Justice suggests that the Astros and Drayton McLane should be forgiven because they do what's right in the community. Then he gives a listing of the community activities that will be done by the team when the Astros return home from Chicago.
What bothers me about this is that Justice writes it that the Astros are so much better than all of the other teams in sports because they're the only team in sports that puts such an effort into this. He knows it's wrong. But he can't make his point unless he writes this, so he just puts the facts aside to make Drayton happy. The Houston Aeros are a minor league hockey team, and they do just as much charity work/charity efforts as the Astros. I guess I'm just tired of people trying to make Drayton into some great saint when he's not a saint. He's not a saint. He's never been a saint.
But what really bugs me is that, once again, Brad Mills is benching Michael Bourn because he needs a breather, and he's putting Jason Michaels in CF and batting leadoff. And once again, Carlos Lee is in the lineup. Lee has started every this game. If anyone needs a breather, it's Lee. Yet Lee, fat of body and fat of contract, continues to play while the team's best player, best fielder, and currently, only guy able to consistently get on base, sits.
Who do you think needs the breather? Bourn, hitting .351 with a .368 on-base percentage, and a .432 slugging percentage. Or Lee, with a .103 average, .125 on-base percentage, or .103 slugging percentage? Put Michaels in for Lee. But damn it, play Michael Bourn. I'm really getting tired of the most preferred nation status around Lee. The guy doesn't deserve it. Not on a team this bad, not on a team that desperately needs to have guys on bases.