Texas governor Greg Abbott knows how to pour salt in an open wound. It's bad enough for the Astros that they blew a four-run lead in the eighth Monday and let the Kansas City Royals walk out with a 9-6 win -- a victory that forces a decisive Game 5 -- when Houston was just six outs from wrapping up the series.
That hurts, and then there's Abbott making everyone's day worse. The governor was all too eager to call the game before it ended, and he tweeted out a congratulations to the Astros while the game was still ongoing.
He deleted the tweet, but the damage was done: The Houston Chronicle managed a screengrab of the error.
— Greg Rajan (@GregRajan) October 12, 2015
Meanwhile, the Astros embarked on a dumpster-fire finish while the Royals roared back to life with some of the magic that defined their run to the World Series last year. Now the Astros have just more than 24 hours to pull themselves back together and gear up for a mentally grueling Game 5, while the Royals are elated and riding the momentum into what will be an electric home game.
Hopefully Greg Abbott watches this one -- and stays in his seat until the last out is recorded.
Will we ever learn? There's a reason why Yogi Berra's quote "It ain't over till it's over" is so popular.