Being an All-Star is an efficient feeling, or at the very least I’d suppose so. Clearly, I’ve by no means been named an MLB All-Star, however the affirmation that you’re in reality one of many sport’s greatest gamers, attending to line up alongside a number of legends, and have that star subsequent to your title in your Baseball-Reference web page must be among the best emotions on the planet. To not point out, you possibly can leverage your All-Star standing throughout your subsequent contract negotiation. Groups will coddle you, inform you you’re fairly, and give you a hefty sum of money to hitch/stick with their crew…aside from the Oakland A’s.
Based on the crew’s All-Star, pitcher Paul Blackburn (6-5, 3.62 ERA), the A’s had been planning on flying him to Los Angeles on a industrial flight. In all equity, Paul Blackburn isn’t any celeb. He might stroll right into a high-end restaurant in Oakland and most of the people there could be none the wiser, so flying industrial wouldn’t get him bombarded with followers on the lookout for the All-Star’s autograph. That mentioned, he’s nonetheless an All-Star and deserves to be handled as such. The Astros clearly know this, as a result of as quickly as they’d heard of the A’s transgression towards their greatest participant, they supplied to fly Blackburn to LA on their non-public constitution aircraft.
That’s Houston, one of many A’s division rivals, setting apart their dislike for anybody in Oakland to assist out Blackburn. Clearly, it didn’t price the Astros a lot time or effort. They had been already in Oakland for his or her ultimate collection previous to the All-Star break. All it price the Astros was the steep value of being first rate folks and one spot on their non-public aircraft, which I’m positive had numerous area given that there have been solely 5 different gamers on that aircraft.
It’s (very) exhausting to cheer for the Astros, however this was an A+ transfer. I nonetheless don’t like them, however I can’t assist however transfer them above the Athletics on my record of favourite ball golf equipment. They deserve a sluggish clap, mild nod, and a cup of nice whiskey raised for this transfer. Perhaps I’ll begin letting that 2017 World Sequence title slide somewhat bit. All of us make errors typically.
The A’s at present have the second-worst file in MLB, forward of solely the Washington Nationals. Blackburn has been one of many only a few vivid spots for the A’s and their followers. It’s no secret that the A’s have been slicing prices in an effort to depart their cesspool of a stadium. Nevertheless, going full Rachel Phelps in “Main League” and forcing your All-Stars into the worst conditions doable was not one thing I had on my 2022 MLB bingo card.
I do know this would possibly power me a number of Hail Marys in confession this weekend, however I’m going to say it anyway. Good on you, Astros! You noticed somebody in want and supplied a serving to hand. You’ve earned my respect, and I hope none of your gamers get booed once they take the sphere tonight (doubt it, although).