In this week’s edition of Forgotten Astros, we focus on a certain Astro who played a big part during the Astros historic 2017 title run, “El Oso Blanco” himself, Evan Gattis.
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Janitor to Champion
Evan Gattis’s road to the show wasn’t pretty. Gattis struggled with anxiety, drug addiction, and depression for most of his life, it was so bad that he even quit baseball before his season with Texas A&M even started. Gattis was a wanderer, working as a pizza delivery man, ski lift operator, and janitor. However, Gattis would overcome this to return to baseball as he played for UT Permian Basin and was drafted by the Atlanta Braves in 2010, until being traded to Houston in 2015.
Gattis helped the Astros in 2015 to reach the postseason for the first time in a decade. Gattis would continue to play for the Astros, winning a World Series in 2017, until he retired in 2018.
Although his time in Houston was short, Gattis made a lasting impact. Gattis’ stats in Houston were as follows:
.245 Batting Average, 422 hits, 11 triples, 96 home runs, and an on-base percentage of .769.
Perhaps one of the best DHs in Astros history, Gattis was a force with his bare-handed batting, and his odd ability to crush pitches that were at his eyes.
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