April 7, 2012 by danolaurel
The sell-out crowd was electric Friday at Minute Maid park as fans were anxiously waiting the beginning of a new era in Astros baseball. The home team was hosting the Colorado Rockies for opening day and much buzz had been created from the aggressive ROOT!ROOT!ROOT! campaign created by the team. The pregame street-fair gave a jump-start to the electricity felt inside the ballpark.
The Astros had a pretty decent spring training to say the least. They were two games under .500 and that was much improvement from the previous year. The team seemed to be meshing well all throughout the Grapefruit League season and fans began to have higher hopes for the season.
Wandy Rodriguez (LHP) took the mound as the opening day starter, his first, and his typical slow start helped the Rockies get on board early even though all of the eventual three runs were unearned. Jordan Schafer made two spectacular diving catches in the outfield to keep it close and Carlos Lee and Brian Bogusevic hit back-to-back homeruns to bring the Astros back in into a tie game. The bats were definitely swinging and that was a big part of what was missing from the team last year.
Those were the good highlights.
With any young team comes a lot of inexperience, and even though the Astros had one of the best defenses going into spring, first-game jitters seemed to take affect on the entire infield. Four errors were counted against the team and hopefully they got all of the nerves out in game one. This is, after all, a very long season, but it is important to realize the last two seasons saw Houston start off on very, very slow starts. The team never seemed to catch back up to those horrible starts.
Long-time veteran Jamie Moyer, 49, takes the mound today for the Rockies as he will make his historic comeback after missing all of 2011 after having Tommy John surgery.