The Wizard leaves the field at Minute Maid Park to little fanfare after pitching his final inning Saturday night.
When Roy Oswalt joined the Astros 10 years ago as a middle reliever, I thought "how unfortunate to have the same last name as the lonely gunman who shattered our collective American dream in 1963". Soon after, I learned he pronounced his name OHS-walt, not OZ-walt. What a relief! Today, the owner of the Houston team, Drayton McLane, Jr. picked up $11 million in spare change and negotiated a deal with the Philadelphia Phillies to send one of the best arms in our history (plus the extra money) to the Phillies for a young pitcher and two minor leaguers. Two months ago, Roy approached the owner requesting a trade to take him away from the barren land that has become the 2010 Astros. He even gets to keep the tractor that Uncle Drayton gave him for pitching the team to a big playoff victory and a trip to the 2005 World Series. Oswalt reportedly enjoys the solitude of driving the John Deere and cutting the grass on his farm in Weir, Mississippi. He's no city boy, so don't expect any huge changes in his life, just maybe the elusive World Series ring that his personal fortune cannot buy.