Houston Astros: Jack Mayfield making OD roster is the inspiration we need

Houston Astros infielder Jack Mayfield (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images)
Houston Astros infielder Jack Mayfield (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images) /

Houston Astros infielder Jack Mayfield has made the Opening Day roster for the first time in his career. His candidacy is the inspiration that we all need.

The Houston Astros will get things going tomorrow night, opening things up at Minute Maid Park against the Seattle Mariners.  Unfortunately, we cannot be within the friendly confines of the Juicebox as we normally would but we’ll be all watching from home.

It was great being able to watch the team scrimmages.  Despite it having no audio and limited sightlines while being streamed through the Houston Astros’ social media channels, I didn’t care, I just wanted to see my guys compete again and it was quite refreshing to see.

The exhibition games that occurred earlier this week was even better, accompanied by fake crowd noise courtesy of MLB The Show and the broadcast crew delivering their calls remotely.  With the sea of empty seats that will eventually be filled with cardboard cutouts, it wasn’t as awkward as I thought it would be and they have tailored the sound just right depending on the situation.

Hopefully, this will be the only season we’ll have to worry about this and we’ll be back in the stadiums starting next year but we’ll have to see about that.

The Houston Astros look ready to get back to the World Series once again — despite losing Gerrit Cole to free agency — and it appears there’s no stopping them as the ferocious train charges its way through on the tracks.

Yes, it’s time to see Justin Verlander, Jose Altuve, Alex Bregman, George Springer and Carlos Correa among others once again!

The Opening Day roster has been announced and although most of who would make the roster is no surprise, that’s no reason to look at the story behind their candidacy.

Jack Mayfield, who was just called up last season from the minors, is on the Opening Day roster for the first time in his career and I’m positive this guy is grinning from ear-to-ear.

It’s deserved because he has clawed every bit of his way to a roster spot and because of his versatility in the infield, his value is immense and will be counted upon, especially in this crazy

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world of COVID that we’re living in.

Mayfield is native right out of Del Rio, Tex. — I love going up to Seminole Canyon State Park up the road when I get a chance to hike/run/explore in the area — and his journey to the big leagues is nothing short of awesome.

He wasn’t highly recruited, he wasn’t heavily sought after yet the Houston Astros saw something in him and signed him into the organization as an amateur free agent back in 2013.

Having to live off a minor leaguer’s salary made him hungry with every stride that he’d break, with every play that he’d make with every breath that he’d take knowing that he’d get to his dream one day.

He’s there and now he’s got to prove his worth on this roster that could be using him heavily depending on how healthy this roster stays during this pandemic.

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He knows the score and he’s ready to win…

It felt like it took forever for him to break free but now it’s a reality and it’s important to keep an eye on this guy crushing it to no end.

Let’s hope for the best!