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ESPN’s Steve Berthiaume explains why he picked the Astros last year

Apr 4, 2012, 4:00 PM EDT

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Last year, ESPN’s Steve Berthiaume famously picked the Houston Astros to win the NL Central.  They then proceeded to lose 106 games.  Missed it by thaaaaaat much.

Today Berthiaume explains the thought process behind the pick that caused him so much grief:

I had written a piece for this website in September of 2010 and felt obligated to remain consistent six months later despite the realization that a moment of bold optimism had deteriorated into a sinking ship. I naively thought, “Well what the heck, it’s just a harmless predictions list anyway, right?” BOOM!!!! Here’s a link.

Silly Steve Berthiaume. Thinking that consistency and intellectual honesty get one anywhere on the Internet.

But a nice move eating that crow anyway. Most of us just pretend we never made those bad predictions in the first place. It’s actually quite easy!

  1. hojo20 - Apr 4, 2012 at 4:06 PM

    Steve Berthiaume = unwatchable on ESPN.

  2. saints97 - Apr 4, 2012 at 4:16 PM

    Because he’s an idiot.

    Mystery solved.

  3. dexterismyhero - Apr 4, 2012 at 4:22 PM

    Hey Steve………your pick was “Just a bit outside”…

  4. churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Apr 4, 2012 at 4:33 PM

    Give the guy credit for at least sticking with it, rather than changing it after the fact like Jeff pearlmann did and said it was a joke

    • scatterbrian - Apr 4, 2012 at 5:13 PM

      …not to mention owning up to it and admitting it was outlandish.

  5. gostros19 - Apr 4, 2012 at 5:03 PM

    Craig loves to kick us while we’re down. Don’t ya Craig?

    • stex52 - Apr 6, 2012 at 12:29 AM

      You must admit we are pretty easy pickings for now.

  6. qcubed3 - Apr 4, 2012 at 6:12 PM

    (At the time of the prediction) Looks like he picked the wrong week to NOT stop sniffing glue

  7. leftywildcat - Apr 4, 2012 at 9:06 PM

    It should have been Miami that was forced to switch leagues — not the Astros.

    Everybody knows from “Back to the Future II” that the Chicago Cubs play Miami in the 2015 World Series.

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