The Houston Astros are in the midst of a rebuilding project that will take at least two years to bear fruit (if not longer).
They have traded away SP Roy Oswalt, 1B/OF Lance Berkman, OF Hunter Pence and OF Michael Bourn over the past two seasons.
Those are all very good players, but they had no room in the Astros' long-term plans.
It has been a very painful 2011.
Having the worst team in baseball is something that leaves a bad taste in the mouths of Houston Astros fans.
However, Houston did have something to smile about Tuesday night, as OF Brian Bogusevic hit a walk-off grand slam in the bottom of the ninth to erase a three-run deficit.
That game was a reminder that watching a young, losing team is much more fun than watching an overpriced, veteran squad play .500 ball.
They never quit.
They are aggressive and play hard every night.
They battle in every at-bat and run for every ball in the gap. I've even seen Carlos Lee run from time to time.
It was nice to see their effort rewarded with a win like that. All this losing makes those wins that much sweeter.
However, the losing will continue for a while for the Astros.
Do not expect Houston to be a contender for at least two more seasons, if not longer.