PHOTOS: Houston Astros get up close and personal with snake in clubhouse

  • David Whitlock

The Houston Astros are a baseball club that defines “team in transition”.  After three seasons of losing 324 total games from 2011-13, then “only” losing 92 in 2014 and now stocked with young talent, many feel that they are about a year away from seriously contending.  Throw in a new manager in A.J. Hinch and significant turnover every year, and the players are in need of some bonding.  Enter a 11-foot albino Burmese python.  Translation:  Big Snake.  Some of the players seemed very comfortable with the long fellow (via @astros)

There’s always one guy in the bunch who is deathly afraid of snakes.  According to Brian McTaggart of, it was bullpen coach Javier Bracamonte

Astros longtime bullpen catcher Javier Bracamonte, whose phobia of snakes stems from his childhood and is well known in the clubhouse, saw the snake and jumped into the air between Carlos Correa and Jon Singleton as quickly as he could.

“I feel like I want to cry,” he said. “It sounds funny, but when you’re really scared you feel you want to cry.”

[Relief Pitcher Chad] Qualls said Bracamonte will be on high alert for the rest of camp.

I’m a guy who can handle spiders, high speeds, and horror movies.  But snakes freak me out, too.  I’m with you Javier!

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– David Whitlock

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David (a.k.a. Longhorndave or lhd_on_sports) joined the staff late in the 2012 season and moved to Site Manager in early 2013. A lifelong Houston Astros fan (and mini-season ticket holder for 9 years) he attends 20+ games per year. A statistics freak, David still keeps score the "old fashioned way" on occasion (and has kept manual score of World Series games since 1986 and retains the sheets). He was a featured guest weekly on the Phil Naessens Show. He is also a Texas Longhorns alumnus and huge football and baseball fan of his alma mater. When he isn't watching or writing about baseball, he works as a contractor at NASA Johnson Space Center. He lives by the mantra "a bad day at the ballpark is better than a good day anywhere else."

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