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Barry Laminack: Stop whining, Colts. McDaniels did nothing wrong

Josh McDaniels (left) decided to stay with Bill Belichick. Elsa/Getty Images

There is no loyalty in sports - free agency made sure of that - so when Josh McDaniels decided not to take the head coaching job with the Indianapolis Colts, it really wasn't that big of a deal to me.

If any of us normal folk went looking for a job, found a new one, but at the last second our current employer made us a better offer, we'd take it. So stop acting like Josh McDaniels did something wrong, because he didn't.

BUT HE HAD A HANDSHAKE DEAL WITH THE COLTS!

So?

Let's play a game. 

Say Colts GM Chris Ballard (who is sooooo upset about this) was in the running for a new job with say, the Texans, and the two teams had agreed to terms and everything was ready - but nothing had been signed. Then, the day before it was to be made OFFICIAL, Colts owner Jim Irsay made Ballard a better offer.

Do you think Ballard is going to turn that down?

Hell no he isn't.

Say Jim Irsay is planning on selling the team and gets a really good offer and agrees to it in principal at lunch with plans to sign the deal the next morning. Then, that night somebody calls and offers him 30% more money for the team.

Guess what? 

Irsay’s taking that better deal.

And so would you, that's how job hunting works. 

The fact is, Josh McDaniels was given a better offer by his current employer before he left to for another job. 

This happens every day in the business world.

The way I see it, he did nothing wrong, and anyone else would have done the same thing in this situation if they felt strongly enough. 

Besides, it's laughable to me that an NFL team would be crying about loyalty when they are the only teams in major sports that have figured out a way to rig the system so that they can cut players once they deem them useless, with very little in the way of repercussions.

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Kyle Tucker had a big day at the plate on Sunday. Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images

After splitting the first two games of the series, with one team or the other putting on a solid offensive performance in each, the Astros tried to win their fourth series in their last five by taking the rubber game on Sunday against the Blue Jays. Thanks in part to a big day from Kyle Tucker, who played a significant role in the early offense they used to power to the win, they would accomplish their mission.

Final Score: Astros 7, Blue Jays 4

Astros' Record: 18-16, second in the AL West

Winning Pitcher: Bryan Abreu (2-1)

Losing Pitcher: Nate Pearson (0-1)

Kyle Tucker helps lead the offense to seven unanswered runs

Houston did not go easy on Nate Pearson in his 2021 debut. After a scoreless first, the Astros loaded the bases on two walks and a single, then brought the first run of the day home on an RBI walk by Michael Brantley. Another walk opened the door in the bottom of the third, and Kyle Tucker capitalized with an RBI triple to make it 2-0, followed by an RBI single by Robel Garcia to make it a three-run lead, ending Pearson's day one out into the bottom of the third.

Things didn't get easier for Toronto's pitching in the next inning, as Jose Altuve would lead off the bottom of the fourth with a solo homer. A single and a walk then set up another big hit for Kyle Tucker, a three-run dinger to make it seven unanswered runs and giving Tucker four RBI on the day.

Blue Jays pound Greinke in the fifth

After four shutout innings to start his day on the mound, working around a few hits along the way, Zack Greinke tried to cash in on his team's offense to get another win on his record. He wouldn't be able to get it done, though, as Toronto would get after him in the top of the fifth. They would score four times amongst five batters that came to the plate, with a solo homer by Rowdy Tellez, a two-RBI double by Bo Bichette, and an RBI single by Vladimir Guerrero Jr.

That made it a 7-4 game, and with Greinke still not having recorded an out in the frame, Dusty Baker would lift him at 88 pitches in favor of Bryan Abreu, who would get a pop out and a double play to end the inning and keep the lead at three runs. Greinke's final line: 4.0 IP, 9 H, 4 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 1 HR, 88 P.

Houston takes the series

No more runs would come on either side the rest of the way, with Kent Emanuel working around a single for a scoreless sixth, Ryne Stanek getting a 1-2-3 seventh, and Andre Scrubb doing the same in the eighth to set up Ryan Pressly for the save. Pressly would get the job done, sending the Blue Jays down in order, including two strikeouts to wrap up the win and giving Houston the series victory.

Up Next: The Astros will stay at home to continue this homestand, welcoming in the Angels for three games starting Monday at 7:10 PM Central. The opener will feature a pitching matchup of Alex Cobb (1-2, 5.48 ERA) for Los Angeles and Luis Garcia (0-3, 3.28 ERA) for Houston.

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