Thought #3: Wrapping it up to the present
Morton would follow up with another stellar season. This was perhaps his best season to date as we would go 15-3 with an ERA of 3.13 and 203 strikeouts. All of these would be career highs for him. This would garner him his first All-Star appearance in his career. But sadly, his tenure came to an end. First, the Astros couldn’t repeat as champions and then, Morton accepted a better offer to join the Rays.
So for now, all we have left is the memories of Charlie Morton. But to be fair, as I said earlier, it doesn’t matter what he will do in his career. His defining moment happened in the 2017 playoffs. It’s the same thing as Mike Montgomery, a former Cubs pitcher now with the Rays. His best moment came when he recorded the final out to give the Cubs their first title in 108 years.
It’s the same thing with Nathan Eovaldi, who had a clutch postseason to pitch well and contribute
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to the Red Sox 2018 World Series title, including a heroic nine innings of relief despite taking a loss
in the World Series.
It’s the same thing with Mike Stanton, a former pitcher turned analyst with our Astros TV coverage. Stanton earned two of the Yankees four World Series wins in the 2000 fall classic and that was only in relief.
Charlie Morton will never be a Hall of Famer unfortunately. He will probably not be a household name nor will he ever be considered one of the all-time best pitchers ever. But you know what? We don’t care about that. We love Uncle Charlie and we admire and thank him for all he’s pitched to us. You can hear the stories about what an influence Morton was to his teammates and we can just smile.
If you watch the World Series championship documentary, you’ll hear the narrator say that World Series titles are for a journeyman who picked just the right time to peak. That’s exactly what Morton did for the Astros.
Once again, Charlie, we salute you and wish you well with the rest of your career.
Oh, here’s a little something I found on YouTube. Yes, Charlie can actually sing and play the guitar well.
So what do you think about Morton’s legacy? Feel free comment in the section below.