(Morgan explains to a young fan the importance of being circumcised as soon as possible why wearing a Nike baseball glove is tantamount to using a Rawlings I.U.D.)

In the wake of yesterday’s Ty Wigginton acquisition, the Astros will part ways with Morgan Ensberg.

“I understand this is just how the game goes,” Ensberg said. “We sign up for it. And I was expecting something to happen, although I didn’t know for sure what.

“The toughest part for me is that I met some just great guys here in Houston. Adam Everett is one of my best friends and will be for life. And I got to play with a Jeff Bagwell and Craig Biggio.”

Everett was just as moved as he gave Ensberg a hug while they talked about the sudden news.

It’s not only sad for him, but lousy business for the ‘Stros, who now lose Ensberg for nothing or next to it when they could have raked some value for him last year (hindsight and a grain of salt I know, but he was rumored to be part of a package for Miguel Tejada, and the Padres and the Phillies eyed him too).

In addition to his contributions at the major league level (including 36 home runs in 2005) Ensberg will always be remembered – by some of us, anyway – as one of the jewels of the inaugural (and title-winning) Round Rock Express club (along with the great Keith Ginter).