September 23, 2021

Three quick observations from the Astros’ win over the Nationals in Game 4 of the World Series (The Athletic)

In the third inning of Game 4 of the World Series, Astros shortstop Carlos Correa backpedaled into the shallowest portion of center field and raised his eyes to the sky. He was tracking a pop-up off the bat of Nationals outfielder Adam Eaton, and his initial read was inaccurate. The ball was fading deeper than expected past his right shoulder. Correa had turned in the wrong direction. On the mound, rookie pitcher José Urquidy hunched at the waist and waited along with  the red-clad fans packing Nationals Park.

There are moments like this in almost every Houston Astros game, moments that take away the breath of the viewer. They can feel difficult to savor during a week like this, when the boorishness of one of their former executives, the aggressively reckless response from the team to a report about that executive’s behavior, and the subsequent bumbling attempts at apology have overshadowed the Fall Classic. During those on-field moments, the viewers must navigate the…

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