Being an All-Star is an efficient feeling, or at the least I’d assume so. Clearly, I’ve by no means been named an MLB All-Star, however the affirmation that you’re in actual fact 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 top-of-the-line emotions on this planet. To not point out, you possibly can leverage your All-Star standing throughout your subsequent contract negotiation. Groups will coddle you, let you know you’re fairly, and give you a hefty sum of money to hitch/stick with their workforce…aside from the Oakland A’s.
In response to the workforce’s All-Star, pitcher Paul Blackburn (6-5, 3.62 ERA), the A’s have been planning on flying him to Los Angeles on a industrial flight. In all equity, Paul Blackburn is not 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 in opposition to their greatest participant, they provided 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 have been already in Oakland for his or her ultimate collection previous to the All-Star break. All it price the Astros was the steep worth of being respectable individuals and one spot on their non-public aircraft, which I’m certain had plenty of area given that there have been solely 5 different gamers on that aircraft.
It’s (very) arduous 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 listing of favourite ball golf equipment. They deserve a gradual clap, light nod, and a cup of nice whiskey raised for this transfer. Possibly I’ll begin letting that 2017 World Sequence title slide a bit of bit. All of us make errors generally.
The A’s at present have the second-worst document in MLB, forward of solely the Washington Nationals. Blackburn has been one of many only a few vibrant spots for the A’s and their followers. It’s no secret that the A’s have been chopping prices in an effort to go away their cesspool of a stadium. Nonetheless, going full Rachel Phelps in “Main League” and forcing your All-Stars into the worst conditions potential was not one thing I had on my 2022 MLB bingo card.
I do know this would possibly power me just a few Hail Marys in confession this weekend, however I’m going to say it anyway. Good on you, Astros! You noticed somebody in want and provided a serving to hand. You’ve earned my respect, and I hope none of your gamers get booed after they take the sphere tonight (doubt it, although).