The Astros surprising season hit a speed bump before the All Star Break. But they are just 1 game back heading into late July, better than anyone’s expectations for 2015. The team remains one of the few organizations to have never won a World Series in their lifetime (which began in 1962 as the Houston Colt .45s.)
And along the way, they have lost some of the most heartbreaking games in baseball history.
Great pitching chances squandered. The winning run stranded on base. Runners being picked off. Odd bullpen decisions. Eight extra-inning losses.
A bounce here in 1980, a carom there in 1986, an extra hop in 1999, a pop up in 2004 or an RBI in 2005 and who knows? The Astros might have a few World Series banners flying.
These are the 15 most painful playoff losses in the history of the team.
In the 11th inning of yesterday’s Dodgers/Rockies game, Rafael Furcal grounded into what looked like a double play but was called safe.
Jim Tracy came out to argue and less than a minute after the play was made, the instant replay showed that Furcal was indeed out.
It was 52 seconds.
All the people screaming “it will slow down the game” need to answer to this.
Less than a minute later we saw the call was blown.
Furcal came around to scoring the game winning run.
The Rockies are now 1 game back in the loss column for the NL West lead and every game counts.
Now granted, if the Rockies REALLY want to blame someone, blame themselves for not holding onto a 6-0 lead against a dormant Dodgers team.
That being said… we’re going to have the playoffs starting soon and more and more we are seeing that we have the technology to GET CALLS RIGHT for all time.
Once again, the need to instant replay shows itself.
I think 52 seconds is a fair amount of time to spend to make sure the right team wins the game.