The Astros held a b-ball tournament and Carlos Correa drained buckets in a James Harden jersey
The celebration didn't quite rival the one the Astros enjoyed when they beat the Yankees in the American League Wild Card game last year, but Kevin Chapman's long shot to win the team's annual spring basketball shooting contest sent his teammates into a frenzy.
Here's Kevin Chapman's game-winning shot and celebration pic.twitter.com/yntQxBUGfN— Brian McTaggart (@brianmctaggart) March 13, 2016
Chapman and fellow relief pitcher Jake Buchanan won the contest when Chapman knocked down a 20-foot jumper to beat Tyler Heineman and Brad Peacock in the finals.
The tournament, which was an appropriate mid-March way for the team to stay loose, featured Dallas Keuchel intermittently sounding an air horn, George Springer wearing a Texans helmet and, perhaps the most Houston performance of the day, Carlos Correadraining a few buckets in a James Harden jersey:
Chaos in moments after Chapman's game winning hoops shot. Notice Springer in Texans helmet, Correa in Harden jersey pic.twitter.com/brPhpKGtKm— Brian McTaggart (@brianmctaggart) March 13, 2016
"He's probably good at everything," manager A.J. Hinch said of Correa -- who earlier this season met NBA Most Valuable Player Steph Curry. "Breaking out the Harden jersey gave him a little bit of an advantage. He enjoys the backboard. I don't think Harden uses the backboard as much as Correa. Very fundamental, but he does a lot of things fundamental."
But alas, unlike Curry and the Warriors last year, Correa's team was eventually eliminated in the 'Stros tourney.
"It's a great break in the action for everybody," Hinch said. "It's perfect on a Sunday home game after a long road trip, and the guys get into it. Sometimes you can't map it out any better than a couple of buzzer beaters."
Hinch has the players participate in bonding activities throughout the spring, and the basketball shooting tournament was the culmination. Last year, relief pitchers also won it when Luke Gregerson and Joe Thatcher took home the crown.
"Everybody has a good time with that," Hinch said. "It's all about camaraderie and enjoying the length of the spring. That sort of caps some of the things we do behind the scenes to introduce everyone. Everyone wants to compete, and March Madness is around the corner."