HOUSTON- Nameplates are often last on the checklist in the frenzy of player transactions, thus while Justin Maxwell was sufficiently outfitted for his Astros debut and announced his arrival with a two-run, pinch-hit home run in the eighth inning on Monday night at Minute Maid Park, the space next to the No. 22 above his locker remained blank afterward.
That logistical hazard did not excuse his being misidentified by one his new teammates. It was his surname that was absent in the clubhouse.
"Somebody called me 'Jason' but I'll forgive him," Maxwell quipped.
Maxwell described his 384-foot blast to left field as "pretty cool" when asked to summarize the likelihood of his capping a frenetic 48 hours in such a fashion. After the Yankees designated Maxwell for assignment last week, he spent several days enjoying family functions back home in Maryland before getting the call the Astros had claimed him off waivers.
He likened the news to divine intervention, a fitting description given...