During the mid-2000s, I would venture to say there was not a team I despised more than the Houston Astros.
Jeff Bagwell and Craig Biggio. The buzzing of the killer bees every time they came to bat in Houston. So aggravating!
Then Lance Berkman came along. Probably the Astro that irked me the most. Such a good hitter and so loyal to that team. They got a rookie outfielder from Kansas City named Carlos Beltran that turned out to be just another Killer B.
And their pitching staff. Oh, what a pitching staff. Roy Oswalt was outstanding
So imagine Cardinals fans surprise when seven years later, Berkman joins the Cardinals. Blasphemous. And even the thought of telling any one of us that he would be a beloved member of this team or one day would be held to a higher regard than that former first baseman who went off to make millions in L.A.
Then a couple of weeks ago, Cardinal Nation received the gift of Carlos Beltran rejoining his old buddy Lance Berkman. Sure both guys are a little older, but fans still remember … these two were apart of that Killer B squad. They have stuff left in their tanks. They can hit or they would not be making millions! Right?
But that’s not it …
Over the weekend, rumors began to swirl that would just make the 2004 Astro reunion complete.
The Cardinals are in the mix for getting Roy Oswalt.
Again, this is an older version of Roy. But he’s still Roy Oswalt. He has some nasty stuff and the attitude to back it up. He proved that during the NLDS. If it weren’t for that squirrel scampering in front of Skip Schumaker at home plate, Roy might not have gotten so flustered.
I would also be curious to see how Roy and manager Mike Matheny get along. Fun thought, right!
It seems there are always rumors that involve Oswalt coming to our Cards. What better time than now for it to happen? What better time to get the old gang back together!
Just don’t find me back in 2004 and tell me this information.
I might not be very nice!
Miranda Remaklus is lead St. Louis Cardinals contributor to Aaron Miles’ Fastball. She’s also senior reporter at Aerys Offsides in the NFL section. Follow her on Twitter, @missmiranda.