Pudge Rodriguez makes the Astros instant contenders in the NL Central.
Certainly, Houston is no Chicago, but I-Rod always seems to make his team better…significantly better at that.
Remember, both the Marlins and Tigers were laughable at the time Pudge joined them…yet, he led each to the World Series.
The Astros, however, are in much better shape than either of those clubs when Ivan arrived.
The Stros’ biggest need this offseason was finding a bona fide catcher, now they have one, a HOF one.
Of course, it makes sense to think Pudge could be playing out the string with Houston…a 37-year-old hanging onto his last opportunity to play in a major league uniform and for a major league paycheck.
And maybe there’s some truth to that, but then again, maybe Pudge also sees something the rest of us don’t…an NL Central crown for Houston.
Seemed far fetched with the Marlins and Tigers too, except this time I’m taking notice…so should the Cubs.