Houston Astros third baseman Alex Bregman was scrutinized because of a simple stunt with his bat after he clobbered a home run. Here’s why it’s no big deal.
The Houston Astros will be partaking in a Game 7 for the second time in two trips to the World Series over the past three seasons. There’s always something eerie about a Game 7 as you never know what’s going to happen and it can be anybody’s guess as to who will emerge when the dust settles after the final 27 outs of this set are doled out.
We know, of course, that the Houston Astros are favored to win this matchup but as with anything, the Washington Nationals are good at exceeding expectations and changing the narrative. That’s what they’ve done the entire postseason from eliminating the Milwaukee Brewers, stunning the Los Angeles Dodgers and embarrassing the St. Louis Cardinals.
And they’re not done…
They want to topple over the Houston Astros, who had the best record in the majors this season, achieved a franchise record with 107 wins on their plate. They could potentially sweep the most-coveted seasonal awards with the AL MVP, Rookie of the Year and Cy Young likely tilting in the franchise’s favor. We’ll have to see about that as it would be tragic to see the Nats upset the Houston Astros. I’m trying to do my best to insinuate great vibes to my hometown team.
But back to last night’s disappointing 7-2 Game 6 loss…
Well, instead of dropping the bat, he carried it all the way over to first base coach Don Kelly. But
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he held the bat as it if were spear, a tool in the war of battle and it made the Nats’ bench quite uneasy when they saw that. It was the ultimate display of showmanship and I absolutely loved it.
Now the Houston Astros were up 2-1.
But from the old adage of just being a good sport, it fired the Houston Astros‘ opponent up to no end.
One could tell it resonated with the Nats because, at the top of the 5th, Juan Soto homered off Justin Verlander and did the exact same thing that Bregman did as if it were a return punch after getting knocked in the mouth. This pushed the Nats up 3-2.
Bregman later apologized in the presser about it and Soto was perfectly fine with him doing it but you can obviously tell the competitive juices were flowing between these two.
Even Frank Thomas alluded to this incident on FOX’s postgame telecast that Altuve talked to Bregman after that happened and reminded him not to do that. One doesn’t want to wake up a sleeping giant.
But all in all, Bregman was in the moment and I’m perfectly fine with him doing it. He just has to be careful to pick his spots and be sure he can back things up against this young-yet-powerful Nats team.
I’m crossing my fingers that this franchise gets its second World Series championship tonight — let’s go Houston Astros!