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IT'S AN ODD FEELING REALLY

Posted by Southern Lion on November 3, 2017 at 5:00 PM

Fredericksburg Texas is a quaint, charming little town nestled in the bosom of a region known locally as the Texas Hill Country. It lies approximately seventy-five miles northwest of San Antonio, and about 25 miles from my home town. With a population of just over 11,000 people, Fredericksburg is widely known for its antique shops, museums, wineries, and its unique German heritage. For some of us it is also known as the birthplace and home town of Roger Metzger.


Roger Henry Metzger was a shortstop for the Houston Astros in the mid1970s. He was drafted in the first round (16th overall) of the 1969 MLB draft out of St. Edward’s University by the Chicago Cubs. He was named to the 1971 Rookie All-Star team by Baseball Digest, and he also won the National League Gold Glove at Shortstop in 1973. He led the National League in triples twice- once in 1971 and again in 1973.


The Houston Astros became my favorite baseball team when I found out that Metzger was from a town so close to my own, sort of a “brush with greatness” situation, or at least it was to me as a bright-eyed 13 year old who knew next to nothing about baseball.


Now that the Houston Astros have finally won a World Series, I have to say that, as one of their biggest fans, it’s an odd feeling, really. Odd because I don’t live in Houston, and because of a bad TV deal, Astros games are not shown here in San Antonio on a regular basis. I still get to see the occasional game between the Astros and the Texas Rangers because the Rangers TV deal has them in the San Antonio media market, so, since they’re in the same division that’s at least 19 games a season.

 

The San Antonio Spurs have won five NBA Championships, and I can attest to the fact that it really is a special moment when the team you support from the city in which you live wins it all, so I can at least relate somewhat with the residents of Houston.


In 2013 Bud Selig pulled the levers on his big baseball machine and forced the Astros to move to the American League. I have always been a National League guy, mainly due to my loathing of the designated hitter rule. I believe that every player who pitches the ball should hit the ball and every player who hits the ball should field the ball. I’m still an NL guy at heart, although I’ve come around to the DH in the past few years, but the move to the AL really bothered me at the beginning, but I’ll get over it eventually.


So now that the Astros have won their first (hopefully of many) World Series, what happens now?....The same thing that happened last year in Chicago and the year before that in Kansas City, and all those years that the spurs won. The earth will still turn, the sun will still burn, and life will go on, but one thing is for sure- the Houston Astros are World Series Champions, and that can never be taken away.

 

I didn’t cry when Jose Altuve fielded the grounder for the last out and tossed the ball to Yuli Gurriel, but I definitely felt a jolt of chills running through my body and it was great.


Roger Metzger is seventy years old now, and no longer lives in Fredericksburg, but I know more about him now than just his name and the name of his home town, thanks to the baseball online archives, and wherever he is, I sincerely hope that he got to see the team that he used to play for finally achieve the greatness that every player plays for. It’s an odd feeling.

Thanks for the read.

SL


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19 Comments

Reply the immortal scurds
6:48 PM on November 3, 2017 
its good when new blood takes the title. i believe dynasties r problematic . many feel the pats dominance has really hurt the nfl, and there is always lots of resentment when dream teams r put together. the jays back to back was sweet.
Reply Radatz
7:05 PM on November 3, 2017 
I still remember when Rico Petrocelli caught the blooper that knocked off the Twins in 1967. I'm not sure anybody was still aware the Tigers would still have to lose to avert a playoff game. But they did. I'd never seen a pennant before. It sticks with you.
Reply Radatz
7:07 PM on November 3, 2017 
the immortal scurds says...
its good when new blood takes the title. i believe dynasties r problematic . many feel the pats dominance has really hurt the nfl, and there is always lots of resentment when dream teams r put together. the jays back to back was sweet.

??? I think you'll find that the NFL has gone from huge to impossibly huge in NE's 16-year reign. Baseball only got richer between 1920 and 1960, mostly under Yankee domination. Hockey never floundered when Montreal owned things. Fans love dynasties. When it's a chinese fire drill sports suffer, IMO.
Reply Ferociousjane
10:26 PM on November 3, 2017 
I think fans like rooting against dynasties just as much as people like rooting for them.

You have always had a certain lovely style to your writing, SL.
Reply Ark_Razor
11:32 PM on November 3, 2017 
Radatz says...
I still remember when Rico Petrocelli caught the blooper that knocked off the Twins in 1967. I'm not sure anybody was still aware the Tigers would still have to lose to avert a playoff game. But they did. I'd never seen a pennant before. It sticks with you.


I remember this also as I saw the Twins-Sox game on NBC. I was rooting for the Bosox that year of the Impossible Dream. I remember NBC giving updates from DET against CAL verbally.

CHISOX also were in it until the penultimate day, getting swept at home in the final weekend of the season by the awful Sens.
Reply Ark_Razor
12:05 AM on November 4, 2017 
Where are you from, SL? Boerne, Llano, Junction? I remember Raja quite well. He was part of the 1972 team that finally finished better than .500. He and Rader won GG's in 1973. The Astros pitcher Dave Roberts was quite dependent on Raja's fielding as was Claude Osteen.

I woke up yesterday morning, nudged my wife, and said, "Guess what. The Astros are World Series Champions."

Thanks for your read on this.
Reply Ark_Razor
12:08 AM on November 4, 2017 
the immortal scurds says...
its good when new blood takes the title. i believe dynasties r problematic . many feel the pats dominance has really hurt the nfl, and there is always lots of resentment when dream teams r put together. the jays back to back was sweet.


Yea, I know we agree that MTL dominating hockey all those decades was awful?!
Reply Southern Lion
1:10 PM on November 4, 2017 
Thanks Scurds. The fact that the Astros went through 3 of the biggest baseball franchises to get the WS title says a lot about the team. They should be competitive for a few years to come, hopefully.
Reply Southern Lion
1:26 PM on November 4, 2017 
Thank you, Radatz.
Reply the immortal scurds
4:42 PM on November 4, 2017 
my comments have been removed it seems
Reply the immortal scurds
4:43 PM on November 4, 2017 
Ark_Razor says...
Yea, I know we agree that MTL dominating hockey all those decades was awful?!


depends on what post u commentng on apparently.
Reply Southern Lion
4:44 PM on November 4, 2017 
Ferociousjane says...
I think fans like rooting against dynasties just as much as people like rooting for them.

You have always had a certain lovely style to your writing, SL.

Very sweet words, Jane. Thanks.
Reply Southern Lion
4:45 PM on November 4, 2017 
Ark_Razor says...
Where are you from, SL? Boerne, Llano, Junction? I remember Raja quite well. He was part of the 1972 team that finally finished better than .500. He and Rader won GG's in 1973. The Astros pitcher Dave Roberts was quite dependent on Raja's fielding as was Claude Osteen.

I woke up yesterday morning, nudged my wife, and said, "Guess what. The Astros are World Series Champions."

Thanks for your read on this.

Ark I was born and raised in Kerrville.

Thanks
Reply Southern Lion
4:53 PM on November 4, 2017 
the immortal scurds says...
depends on what post u commentng on apparently.

I did not remove tham, Scurds. Don't know what's going on there....

SL
Reply Ark_Razor
7:43 PM on November 4, 2017 
Southern Lion says...
Ark I was born and raised in Kerrville.

Thanks


PDT was also raised there, and I think you are year younger than him. Did you go to Tivy?
Reply the immortal scurds
7:57 PM on November 4, 2017 
Southern Lion says...
I did not remove tham, Scurds. Don't know what's going on there....

SL


some oddities on the site these days SL. i'm not pointing fingers.
Reply Southern Lion
10:06 PM on November 4, 2017 
Ark_Razor says...
PDT was also raised there, and I think you are year younger than him. Did you go to Tivy?

No, Ark, I went to high school in Harper Texas. It's a long story.....
Reply Radatz
1:11 AM on November 5, 2017 
Ark_Razor says...
I remember this also as I saw the Twins-Sox game on NBC. I was rooting for the Bosox that year of the Impossible Dream. I remember NBC giving updates from DET against CAL verbally.

CHISOX also were in it until the penultimate day, getting swept at home in the final weekend of the season by the awful Sens.

Earlier that month (Sept. 4?) I saw Tommy John (before his eponymous surgery) shut out the Red Sox 4-0 for the Pale Hose. Got there at 10:30am with my HS friend; Hoyt Wilhelm showed us how to throw a knuckle ball! It worked, too :)
Reply Southern Lion
10:51 AM on November 5, 2017 
Ark_Razor says...
PDT was also raised there, and I think you are year younger than him. Did you go to Tivy?

PDT And I have often discussed the goings on at our home town, Johnny Football debacle, etc, but we took different academic paths.