|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.
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