To the victors go the spoils…and banana splits

The Astros have spent all spring practicing their post-game handshakes, and on Thursday they got a chance to work on their walk-off win celebration.

Brandon Laird’s RBI single in the bottom of the sixth inning capped a four-run rally to send Team Ensberg to a 5-4 win over Team Everett in an intrasquad game at Osceola County Stadium.

“Never say die with the ‘Stros,” manager Bo Porter said. “That’s outstanding. It was a great comeback with a lot of energy. It served a great purpose. They played the game the way it’s supposed to be played and took advantage of mistakes the other team made.”

Morgan Ensberg said: “Our motto the whole time is ‘That’s what we do, we win.’ I’ll be honest with you. It was the young guys that did it. Delino DeShields had some huge hits. Jake [Goebbert] in the bottom of the seventh hits the triple to tie it up. Chris Carter gets a couple of hits and Brandon Laird gets a couple of hits, and all of a sudden we’re partying on the field.”

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The losing team had to serve banana splits to the winning team.

“You want to turn it into a little bit of fun,” Porter said. “These guys have worked hard this entire camp and now we’re getting ready to play against opponents… We put a small wager on the line, something we all like — ice cream and banana splits.”

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Ensberg called it the biggest win of his managerial career, which isn’t hard to do when it’s your first game.

“The thing that’s impressive about it is my managerial style hurts the players, and the fact they could do something positive with me in the dugout is a testament to their mental fortitude,” he joked.

Here are the pictures from the intrasquad:

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Astros new radio team of Robert Ford and Steve Sparks.

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Coach Morgan Ensberg has already earned a name on his back.

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Players watch from the dugout.

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Carlos Corporan.

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Brandon Barnes connects.

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Jake Elmore.

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Brett Wallace

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Chris Carter.

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Vince Coleman.

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Chris Carter.

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Adam Everett.

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Bo Porter watches intrasquad.

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Veterans Jason Castro, Tyler Greene, Brett Wallace and Wesley Wright.

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To the victors go the spoils.

3 Comments

Brian, one of my most treasured things that I own, is a signed baseball from Adam Everett. I have a friend who knows his family very well, and he asked Adam if he would sign a ball for me. While pitchers are pretty cool…….guys like Adam are the most important players on your team. Ask *ANY* pitcher who toed the rubber here in Houston when Everett was playing behind him. They KNEW he would get to any ball hit his way. He is now, and always WILL be my very favorite Astro of all time!
Next time you see him, tell him a grandmother of 9 grandkids, says he’s the *BEST*!!
Thanks, Becky :) :) :)

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Brian, well, I missed this one, Morgan’s team took this one, well I suppose Adam did not mind being on the other side, they all probably got banana split anyway, so there was fun for all, great ball playing and ice cream for everyone !!!                    Ralph

       

I inexplicably really want a banana split right now!!! Also, thanks for sharing so many great pictures during the past few weeks of camp, Brian. I know I really appreciate them. It’s like I’m there!!

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