Another goal of this blog is to vent my frustrations, therefore saving my sanity. Today’s frustration: I HATE Minute Maid Park! There, I said it. I hate it with a passion. If I ever see thoseCrawford boxes again or hear that buzzing sound that gets played for
1/2 of Houston’s line-up again I am going to be sick.
When I first
heard the term "Crawford box" it was all about Shaun Dean and his 2
caught homers. I thought, that is cool for him and I really respect
that he is giving them back. What are the odds of someone catching 2 home runs in 1
game? But as I watched this series — I hadn’t really noticed before
when we played at MMP — I realized that if Mr. Dean had been sitting in
that seat for the entire post season, he might have 4 or 5 balls. It’s silly how many times I heard the announcers say that
"XX – Astro’s player hit the ball to almost the exact same spot as
Burkman’s and Burke’s home runs in the last game of the DS." In every
game this series, one Houston player hit a homerun to those
seats 315 feet away. It doesn’t even look hard – a few astros
looked just stuck out the bat and off it goes to left field… and into
the crawford boxes. It just seems cheap to me to have a feature in a
ballpark that makes it so easy to hit homeruns, especially with a team
that pitches as well as the Astros. Runs are at a premium and it must be
nice to be able to poke out a HR when you need it most in a 1-0 game.
You might say the Cards have the same opportunity to hit a HR there, but the reality is
that the Astros definitely have the advantage – they play there
approximately 81 times a season, plus practices where they surely
concentrate on exploiting that feature of this ballpark. Everyone else plays there 6 (or so) times.
They poke it there over and over and over again. I guess that’s just
the way it is. Perhaps this is what
accounts for the Astro’s dominance at home and troubles on the road.
Sorry, it just seems cheap to me.