Camaraderie observed after intrasquad thriller
KISSIMMEE, Fla. -- The Astros have spent all spring practicing their postgame handshakes, and Thursday they got a chance to work on their walk-off win celebration. Brandon Laird's RBI single in the bottom of the sixth inning capped a four-run rally to send Team Ensberg to a 5-4 win over Team Everett in an intrasquad game at Osceola County Stadium.
"Never say die with the 'Stros," manager Bo Porter said. "That's outstanding. It was a great comeback with a lot of energy. It served a great purpose. They played the game the way it's supposed to be played and took advantage of mistakes the other team made."
Morgan Ensberg, who will be a Minor League coach this year, reveled in the win over his close friend, Adam Everett.
"Our motto the whole time is, 'That's what we do; we win,'" Ensberg said. "I'll be honest with you. It was the young guys that did it. Delino DeShields had some huge hits. Jake [Goebbert] in the bottom of the seventh hits the triple to tie it up. Chris Carter gets a couple of hits and Brandon Laird gets a couple of hits, and all of a sudden we're partying on the field."
Porter, who began the day by pitting the media against the players in a game of Family Feud, had the losing team serve banana splits to the winning team.
"You want to turn it into a little bit of fun," Porter said. "These guys have worked hard this entire camp, and now we're getting ready to play against opponents. … We put a small wager on the line, something we all like -- ice cream and banana splits."