GLENDALE, Ariz. - The latest example of ultimate forgiveness has been supplied courtesy of the Houston Astros.
On Wednesday, the Astros officially announced via their Twitter account that Geoff Blum will serve as one of their television analysts. Bill Brown and Alan Ashby were also named to the broadcast team. Blum will work a little more than a third of the Astros’ games.
The move makes sense. Blum did play five of his 14 seasons in Houston over two separate stints. He also had what was probably his most memorable moment as a player at Minute Maid Park.
The only problem is that highlight moment came against the Astros as a member of the Chicago White Sox. Blum hit the home run in the 14th inning of Game 3 of the 2005 World Series that put the White Sox one victory from the title.
The White Sox won that World Series title a day later and in the most memorable photograph of the White Sox’s on field celebration – the photo where A.J. Pierzynski has his catcher’s mask thrust into the sky – Blum is featured prominently while bear hugging Bobby Jenks.
Three years later, Blum started his second stint with the Astros before moving on to the San Diego Padres for his last two seasons on the field.
A recent story on the Astros’ own website acknowledged that Blum is still likely best remembered by Astros fans for his World Series home run with the White Sox.
Blum, who was traded to the White Sox from the Padres during the 2005 season, had only 31 regular-season games and 99 at-bats in a White Sox uniform. He batted just .200. But he couldn’t have made a bigger impact than his home run against the Astros, a sin that apparently was forgivable.