When one Astros legend takes on another, the results are not going to be pretty. But, that's the situation we seem to be in when Milo Hamilton came out firing on Lance Berkman leading up to this series. Hamilton called Berkman out for his big contract and how he didn't really want to be a leader (according to Milo) and that he let his conditioning go.â†µ
Observers that aren't a part of a team can very easily pick a player apart for their "conditioning," which is just a fancy way for calling them out about their weight. Which is why Hamilton's comments don't really ring very true. That may have been the case in 2009, but last season, Berkman was noticeably skinnier and looked to really put some effort into his conditioning. Once his knee was hurt, things went downhill, largely because it's hard to do much with a bum knee. No running, no hitting, no nothing. All that takes a while to come back.
Berkman handled things very classily, just as I expected from the Big Puma. It's not the easiest thing seeing Berkman wearing Cardinals red, but Hamilton was a little off-base in calling him out for his last few years in Houston. Don't forget, Hamilton has a bit of a history with this, feuding with others in the radio industry during his long and storied career. There were a few people, like Harry Caray, that he threw under the bus in his memoirs published a few years back. There's nothing wrong with that. It's just who Milo is.â†µ
But, at his age and with ready replacements already in the booth, it's a question of how much controversy can Milo get into before he's given a ceremonial position and taken off the day-to-day operations of this team. I don't think Drayton would do that to him, but a new owner won't have that same loyalty. Could we be seeing the first glimmerings of the end of the Milo Era with this kerfuffle?â†µ