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ASTROS GAME!


Yesterday I went with my friend Candie and her two daughters (Renee & Samantha) to Faith & Family Night at Minute Maid Park. We volunteered for a group that specializes in bringing faith events to sports venues. After we did our assignment (we passed out cards for people to sign up for drawings/prizes) we were free to stay for the game (they gave us great seats).

Lance Berkman gave his testimony before the Jeremy Camp concert and there was a variety of vegetables (Veggie Tales) walking around the concourse during the event. Astro usher, Alfred, suggested I’d get a good picture of Mr. Camp via the big screen, and it turned out pretty good.

Jeremy Camp
We had an hour or so to kill before the game, so we took some pictures.

Renee, Candie, Samantha
To put it mildly, Candie and her daughters are HUGE Astros fans. They go to as many games as they can and when someone at work e-mails that they have tickets up for grabs, Candie “quick draw” is usually the one who gets them. In fact, today she’s at a game and has seats in the Crawford Boxes in left field where two home runs have been hit.

Just about every game Samantha (below, left) and Renee (right) go stand at down at the bottom of the stands along first base/right field and they have been fortunate enough to get some really great autographs on their baseball gloves. Tonight was no exception. They waited patiently for an hour or so and would call us when they wanted pictures of players.


Adam Everett came out and ran on the field for a few minutes to show everybody how he’s coming along with this broken leg. It looks like it’s healing nicely and I hope to see Adam back at shortstop again soon.


Roy Oswalt came out to play catch.


Some game shots:

Carlos Lee always looks like he’s having a good time.


This one is for Candie.

Brad Ausmus
I’m really going to miss Craig Biggio.

Today was the 3,000 hit ceremony for Biggio, and since Candie’s at the game, I hope I get to hear all about it. Biggio had a homerun today and I watched part of the emotional dedication before the game. At least he’s going out well.


We were ahead 4-0 when we left in the sixth inning, but alas, the Astros lost 7-4. I had a great time, though, and I want to say a special thanks to Renee for allowing me to borrow a hat. 🙂

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STILL PROUD

In a state where football is the sport, baseball cracked through in past week to dominate the headlines here in Texas. The first two World Series games were held in Houston last week to sold out, frenzied crowds. Though the Astros were swept, they were in each game to the very end, giving fans the drama, the excitement, and the frenzy usually reserved for football.

I am proud of the team, though they ran out of steam when it counted most. On June 1st, local sportswriters had written the team off as dead, and though their season appeared to be over to the public, the players reached deep inside themselves to elevate their game and catapult themselves, by the last hair of their playoff beards, into the World Series.

Somebody has to lose, but for one shining moment, the Astros showed the state of Texas what it feels like to be winners.

NLCS Champions. Not too shabby.

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WORLD SERIES!

The Astros are in the World Series! I really want an NLCS champion t-shirt, but alas, they keep selling out of them before I can even think about going to get one. It’s amazing to see all the signs and painted windows in cars supporting the Astros. People are going crazy.

I am picking the Astros in 5. Mostly, I just want them all to shave. Only one or two Astros look good with that much facial hair. The rest of the guys are all resembling Grizzly Adams or a few serial killers I’ve seen on posters at the Post Office. (Just kidding guys!)

It’s been a great ride, from worst to first this year. I look forward to a great series!

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I FINALLY MANAGED TO GET MYSELF ON TV

First of all, I’m still proud of the Astros. So proud, I climbed up on the roof of the church I work for and allowed myself to be photographed by tv cameras from helicopters… I should explain. Let me back up.

Wednesday, October 20….

Today it was Go Astros Day in Houston, which means you get to wear your Astros shirts and stuff to work. The pastor I work for is a HUGE fan so he said we could all wear our Astros stuff to work.

He asked us to pose for a group photo this afternoon. There were 25-30 of us and after we got the group shot the pastor had to run off to a meeting. The photographer and the head of our graphics department had this brilliant idea to get another group shot on the roof of the church with the downtown skyline in the background.

We (about 20 leftover from the first group) all trek up to the sixth floor and then up one more floor to the roof. May I mention here that it was 94 degrees when we were doing this? On the roof, there is a place that sticks up yet another floor that can only be reached by LADDER. The photographer (great guy) Jack says, “Let’s go up there.”

To my surprise, nobody argued with him. Four of the group are majorly afraid of heights, but hey, we’re saluting the Astros and we’re not working. Let’s go.

I am mildly wigged out coming down ladders, but I decided I wasn’t going to wimp out, so up I go… knowing a return trip would be necessary. Many of us commented as we cheered the height phobics on that this was a great bonding experience, sort of like a ropes course that you send all your employees on so they can learn to get along. It was really fun, though, and really lifted morale.

Here’s where things get interesting… An accident had occurred on the freeway next to us so there were no less than four news helicopters in the area. As we are getting the group shot ready, they notice that there are PEOPLE on the roof of the church.

So, here come the helicopters. The police dept sends their chopper over because well, I’m told it’s normal terrorist activity to try to enter a large building through the roof. Perhaps the other helicopters radioed them that there were people on the roof of the church (the police even called the security people at church to ask what the crack we were doing up there), but no matter how they found out, they came to check us out and waved to us when the saw the Astros signs. I’m glad they didn’t hear my smart aleck remark — saying that we should tell them the pastor made us drink koolaid and sent us to the roof… ha ha.

The news helicopters see us nut jobs up there with our Astros shirts and the ‘GO ASTROS!!” letters. (By the way, if you live in Houston and you see it, I’m holding the A). Fox News zoomed in on us and the helicopter got so close so the camera guy could zoom in. We were going nuts.

Before the game started, here in Houston, Fox (the local news) was showing an interview with Carlos Beltran and then had a shot of us on the roof before they cut to St. Louis. I haven’t seen it but many of the others I was up there with have. Too funny. I finally managed to get myself on TV… even if it was acting like a complete lunatic.

And, even if the Astros don’t win tomorrow, I’m still glad I overcame my fears and climbed up on top of that hot roof.

But the Astros WILL win tomorrow so what am I talking about?!

We were also on the news the following morning. Some of my friends saw it… too wild. That night, I was at the grocery store and the kid sacking my groceries and I start talking about the crazy things people were doing to salute the Astros. I asked him if he saw the people on the roof of the church and he said, “those people are idiots!” Imagine his face when I told him I was one of those idiots. At least he laughed.

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HOORAY FOR THE ASTROS!!

Congratulations to the Houston Astros… after decades of post-season teasing and futility, they finally came through! After Sunday’s game, I wasn’t so sure. I was having flashbacks to all the times the Astros have snatched defeat from the jaws of victory, but tonight… tonight they won in a decisive, commanding fashion. WOO HOO!!