Wouldn’t it be great to see the Houston Astros falter again this postseason? Except this time to the New York Yankees?
Or … even better! Wouldn’t it be incredible to watch the Astros crumble from within and not even get to face the Yankees after an early elimination?
Honestly, we’ll take any scenario that features the Astros going down in flames, and we can only hope Carlos Correa’s recent announcement is only the beginning.
On Wednesday, in a story published by The Athletic, Correa said that 2021 will be his last year with Houston, as he all but officially alluded to contract extension talks that clearly weren’t able to progress to his liking.
You could say Correa’s likely final go-round with the team could motivate the clubhouse … but on the flip side, you can’t help but suspect it could have others upset.
After all, why would one of the best teams in MLB opt to not come to terms with arguably their best player when they have just $141 million committed to their payroll in 2022 … especially AFTER Correa was among the top players acquired during the Astros’ clear tank job from 2011-2013. You’re gonna play THAT game and then not reward him?
Could Carlos Correa’s situation erode the Astros and help the Yankees?
Reminder — Correa is only 26 years old! Compared to the other shortstops who will be hitting free agency, he’s the youngest and quite possibly the all-around best, depending on how you view his impact across his relatively limited (thanks to various injuries) body of work.
Not only would letting Correa walk hurt the Astros from a production standpoint, but it’d also greatly impact their mental edge. The veteran shortstop is their vocal leader. He’s their go-to trash talker. And he backs it all up. We hate to say it, but it’s true. As much as we can’t stand watching him, we sure do respect him. We have no other choice.
“It’s a business” is always the “excuse” in sports. And it’s hard to believe a team as close-knit as the Astros — especially after the sign-stealing fallout — won’t be affected on some emotional level that Correa already knows he probably won’t be returning after this season.
Do you really think he hasn’t forged brotherly relationships with guys like Jose Altuve, Alex Bregman, Yuli Gurriel, Yordan Alvarez and Lance McCullers, all of whom are integral to the Astros’ core as well?
You thought the Yankees were bad with timing? This really couldn’t be worse for the Astros. And we can only hope it continues to snowball in the form of a failed 2021 campaign for them.