Ding! Dong! The Witch is Dead!
Sure, the Astros’ entire organization – from Rookie Ball to the Major Leagues – has been eliminated from the playoffs. Sure, the big league team is in the middle of an eight-game skid that not only has buried them behind the Cardinals, Cubs, and Brewers, but may in fact allow the Cincinnati Reds to catch up.
Sure, we’re lousy, but there’s reason to be optimistic for next year, Astros fans: Cecil Cooper has been fired.
Now, everyone knows I was never Cecil Cooper’s biggest fan. In fact, I thought he was laughably bad as a manager, and proved that he could handle neither young nor veteran players. Decisions he made hurt the Astros in nearly every single game – whether it was wasting outs on maddening sacrifice hits, burning through the bullpen, or refusing to give a player a chance to play.
It may be too much to hope that I’ll get my way entirely, with Tim Bogar returning to Houston as a manager, but my fingers will remain firmly crossed. No matter what happens, it’s great to have Cecil gone. And long, long overdue.