1. A mid-season coaching change from an old, conversative type to a younger, calculated risk taker/intelligent manager can turn a team of underachieving players into champions 2. Even teams with nobodies can become champions if the key players play well and the role players play their role 3. A terrible start can still end in glory 4. A great defense can shut down any offense 5. Playing with heart and effort can make all the difference 6. Veteran leadership, even if the player is declining/injured, is invaluable mentally, emotionally, etc. (Biggio, Bagwell, Clemens) PS: CONGRATULATIONS HOUSTON ASTROS----NL CHAMPIONS AND PENNANT WINNERS!