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My friend Orell sent me this yesterday:

I’m not happy about the Astros going to the American League for $70 million.

I may never go to a game again.  It sure doesn’t feel like the American past-time any longer when you buy a city’s soul with the Yankee dollar. How about Occupy Minute Maid when the season starts?   ……. If I were you, I would discontinue my season tickets today!

You can go here to read the front page Chron piece on fan unhappiness about the move.

Meanwhile, a partner with Fulbright went through the Minute Maid lease between the ‘Stros and the Harris County – Houston Sports Authority and found that a move to the AL would violate the lease agreement.   Here is how my pal Sports Authority Chair Kenny Friedman responded:

“We’ll take a hard look at it.  If there is a legitimate legal position to be taken by the Sports Authority that benefits the community, we ought to take it. If it’s a stretch or if it’s something that ultimately doesn’t benefit the community, then that’s not what we should be doing. But that’s easy to say. How to sort through all that remains to be seen.”

Translation:  Kenny has to check with The Mayor, Hunker Down, the new owner, and other key players before he takes a position.  Check out the piece here.

Of course, if Kenny listens to the fans, he’ll enforce the lease agreement so we can remain in the NL.

It looks like the team is getting sold today and I’m going to keep going to The Yard, Orell.

This MLB Hall of Fame great received the highest-ever percentage of Hall of Fame ballot votes from the Baseball Writers with 98.84% (on 425 of 430 ballots).  Who am I talking about?

CM James Rodriguez’s former opponent is now running for Dem Precinct Chair.   CEWDEM is airing a mini debate of sorts on her candidacy.  My take:  She’s bad news.  Just ask the good Dem folks that were working hard for CM Rodriguez’s campaign.   Here is just a taste of what was regularly falling out of her piehole.  At an Early Vote location, she was asked if she supported The DREAM Act.  Her response:  “Let them dream on.”  She’s bad news.

A nice crowd turned out last night to hear CM James Rodriguez and Lydia Camarillo of Southwest Voter Registration Education Project (SVREP) answer questions on “The Decisive Latino Force 2012”.  There was a good mix of non Latinos in the turnout.  It is going to be interesting to see the next steps.   We have a long way to go but it is certainly worth the effort.
Here is a Chron piece leading up to last night’s gathering.

The Dean will have his annual reception tonight at the Four Seasons.

It looks like the Chron is starting to draft the Guv Dude obituary.  They have piece today on Dude’s fundraising drying up and some donors are heading to other camps.  Check it out.

Hall of Fame great Tom Seaver of course received the highest percentage of the vote in Hall of Fame balloting history.  Tom Terrific is celebrating his 67th BD today!

If we do move to the AL in 2013, then next season will be called “The Season of Discontent.” 

 

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If you are interested in an effort to get more Latino voters in the H-Town area engaged in 2012, drop by the Crowne Plaza Downtown at 1700 Smith.  CM James Rodriguez and Southwest Voter Registration Education Project (SVREP) will be answering your questions on “The Decisive Latino Force 2012”.

CM Rodriguez has invited SVREP to partner with the Latino community based on their track record of increasing Latino voter participation.  It is our intention of helping to identify and recruit sponsors to assist in providing resources for the effort.  Latino and non-Latino concerned and interested leaders and activists are invited to participate Wednesday evening at no cost. Come by and learn about what we are trying to accomplish.

THIS IS THE ONLY LATINO VOTER ENGAGEMENT EFFORT IN TOWN SO BE THERE!

For more information or to RSVP call us at 713-861-2244 or email marisol@camposcommunications.com.

What is the over-under on Guv Dude and Herman Cain doing a vanishing act by Christmas?   I wonder if Cain will donate his brain to science once he’s a goner so we can figure out what thoughts were swirling around in his head.  I wonder what the former staffers of Newt that quit him earlier this year are thinking these days. 

In the City of H-Town run-offs, is there a clear front runner in any of the races?   In A’s Brown vs CM Stardig, anytime you have an incumbent down by 479 votes and 6 percentage points, that’s trouble.  So the advantage goes to Brown.  In B’s Byrd vs Davis, that’s a total toss up with only 66 votes separating them in Round 1.  In At-Large 2, with only a percentage point separating them, I give a slight edge to Thibaut because she is getting a lot more endorsements.  In At-Large 5, I give CM Jones the edge.  Of course, all this could change.

Speaking of the state of Pennsylvania, name the only U.S. President who was born in PA? 

This former MLBer won the NL Rookie of the Year Award in 1984 and then won the NL Cy Young Award in 1985.  He ended up with a 194-112 won-loss career record.  He also started and pitched only one game for the ‘Stros in 2000, lasting only 4 innings.  Who am I talking about?

Here is a Chron piece today about former ‘Stros not too cool about moving to the AL.  Commentary is not happy with this AL move but I would never jump ship like some fans are saying.  Where would you jump to?  You just have to get used to it and look forward to interleague play.  I hope fans don’t stay away because that won’t help the cause.  Stay tuned.

Here is the Chron front page story on the sale of the team and the move.

As a Met, Dwight Gooden of course won the 1984 NL Rookie of the Year Award and the 1985 NL Cy Young Award.  Dwight Gooden is celebrating his 47th BD today.

James Buchanan, the 15th U.S. President, was born in Pennsylvania.

The ‘Stros will play 6 weekday afternoon games next season at The Yard.

 

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Folks got their hands on the H-Town precinct returns yesterday and tried to make sense of last week’s election.  Here is how Kuffer starts off his take:

As expected, Mayor Parker had her best showing in her District C stronghold, but let’s be honest: 65% against a bunch of no-names is nothing to write home about. Even on her friendliest turf, she failed to top the Lee Brown line. This is what I mean when I say that her problems begin with a lack of enthusiasm in her base. That needs to be Job One for her political team.  Here is Kuffer’s entire take.

Of course, how does a Mayor get her base enthused?  They don’t get to pay their Rebuild Houston fee?   They get those special green recycle bins that some folks don’t have?   They get their potholes fixed first?  They get moved up to the top of the list if they speak at City Hall?  They get special rates on those parking gizmos by The Yard?  I don’t know about that!

The H-Town Mayor only won 41% of City Council District A – CM Brenda Stardig’s District.  Chron.com reported yesterday that two of the Mayor’s top consultants, my good pals Kathryn McNiel and Kim Jessup, are now helping CM Stardig in the run-off.  Kathryn and Kim are the best but I’m thinking that Stardig’s opponent is going to hang the Mayor around Stardig’s neck.  Good luck Kathryn and Kim!

The Mayor only won 45% of District I – CM James Rodriguez’s district – yikes!

This former MLB pitcher had 821 regular season career at-bats without a single dinger however he did hit a dinger in his first at-bat in the 1968 World Serious.  Who am I talking about?

From the new Tea Bagger flavor of the week, Newt:

The American people believe English should be the official language of the government. … We should replace bilingual education with immersion in English so people learn the common language of the country and they learn the language of prosperity, not the (Spanish) language of living in a ghetto.”

From an online dictionary:  Newt: a small amphibian of the salamander family with short legs and a well-developed tail – weeeeeeeee!

Keep those anti Latino takes coming from the GOP camp!

Once again some of us are involved in an effort to engage the Latino vote in the Greater H-Town area and you are all welcome to participate and drop by a reception tomorrow, Wednesday evening (November 16 at the Crowne Plaza Downtown, 1700 Smith) to learn about “The Decisive Latino Force 2012” that Houston City Council Member James Rodriguez and Southwest Voter Registration Education Project (SVREP) are heading up. 

CM Rodriguez has invited SVREP to partner with the Latino community based on their track record of increasing Latino voter participation.  It is our intention of helping to identify and recruit sponsors to assist in providing resources for the effort.  Latino and non-Latino concerned and interested leaders and activists are invited to participate Wednesday evening at no cost (well maybe parking and/or valet).  Come by and learn about what we are trying to accomplish.

THIS IS THE ONLY LATINO VOTER ENGAGEMENT EFFORT IN TOWN SO BE THERE!

For more information or to RSVP call us at 713-861-2244 or email marisol@camposcommunications.com.

Tiger great Mickey Lolich of course had a solo dinger in the top of the third inning against San Luis in Game 2 of the 1968 World Serious.

Quanell X says they are out to get him.  Oh, brother!  Check out the story here.  I’m thinking he’s had too many press conferences.

I wonder how Newt would react if he were at The Yard and heard the promo that comes on in Spanish.

 

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According to the Kyle Johnston 2011 Early Vote Report, the Dem/GOP/Independent numbers pretty much stayed the same as compared to the 2009 Early Vote (57%/31%/12%).  What I found interesting about the Kyle Johnston Early Vote report is 15% of the voters hadn’t participated in any of the last three city elections this go around as compared to 1% in 2009.  I would venture to guess that this might have been the Anti Prop 1 folks.

I ran into a respected player the other day and he cracked about the low Latino voter turnout in City Council District J last Tuesday here in H-Town.  My reply was I don’t think anyone can be proud of the total turnout last week in H-Town.  City of H-Town voters in Harris County came out at an anemic 13.14%.  This compares to 19.12% turnout a couple of years ago when we had four major mayoral candidates running.  That’s not too good either. 

Here are last Tuesday’s turnout rates in Harris County by City Council district:

12.87% in A, 10.6% in B, 18.28% in C, 13.19% in D, 12.17% in E, 8.47% in F, 16.15% in G, 10.36% in H, 11.62% in I, 10.32% in J, and 14.47% in K. 

According to the Kyle Johnston Early Vote Report, the Latino vote was 12% of the total early vote of H-Town voters in Harris County.  In 2009, the Latino vote accounted for 9% of the total early vote.  I guess you could say that Latinos improved from two years ago.  Or you could say that Latinos stayed the same and all other voting groups had a decrease.  Regardless, turnout out here in H-Town for city elections is a serious embarrassment that needs to be addressed. 

City services are pretty important to folks.  Police, fire, trash pick-up, street improvements, and water to take a bath in are basic.  We need to figure out a way to get more folks to participate in City elections. 

Some of us are involved in an effort to engage the Latino vote in the Greater H-Town area and you are all welcome to participate and drop by a reception this Wednesday evening (November 16 at the Crowne Plaza Downtown, 1700 Smith) to learn about “The Decisive Latino Force 2012” that Houston City Council Member James Rodriguez and Southwest Voter Registration Education Project (SVREP) are heading up. 

CM Rodriguez has invited SVREP to partner with the Latino community based on their track record of increasing Latino voter participation.  It is our intention of helping to identify and recruit sponsors to assist in providing resources for the effort.  Latino and non-Latino concerned and interested leaders and activists are invited to participate Wednesday evening at no cost (well maybe parking and/or valet).  Come by and learn about what we are trying to accomplish.

For more information call us at 713-861-2244 or email marc@camposcommunications.com or marisol@camposcommunications.com.

Name the MLB Hall of Fame great that won batting titles at the age of 39 and 40? 

Commentary watched the GOPers debate Saturday night.  A few of them wanted to bomb Iran – yikes!  Guv Dude didn’t mess up so I guess he’s still hanging on.

Hall of Fame great Ted Williams of course won batting titles in 1957 (.388) and 1958 (.328).

Commentary is not happy that the ‘Stros will now play in the AL and have to use the DH but I guess I’ll have to get used to it – drats!  I guess the silver lining in the deal is that we get to see the Yankees and Red Sox here at The Yard every season and we get to go to Yankee Stadium and Fenway every year.   I probably would want to go check out the Twins for a series up at Target Field or go back to SEA-TAC to check out the Mariners at Safeco.  Oh well!  It looks like there is just one season left of NL ball at The Yard!

 

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One of the best in the business is retiring for now.  Today is the last day at the Chron’s E-Board for my friend Tim Fleck.  That’s going to leave a huge hole over at the E-Board.  You don’t replace a guy like Tim. 

I’ve known Tim for over 30 years now and I have always found him to be fair and thorough.   He’s taken some shots at Commentary in years past and I probably deserved some of them. 

I really appreciated his work as the “Insider”.  He kept most folks on their toes so to speak.   He never was afraid to ask the tough questions.  If some news outlet ever decides to resurrect an “Insider” it will never be on the level of Tim’s “Insider.”

After Tim left the Houston Press, the Press was never the same in my eyes.  I hope the E-Board takes don’t fall a notch or two with Tim gone.

I never got mad at Tim like some folks did because I thought his work was important and necessary here in H-Town.  Politics needs a guy like Tim that will try to keep players honest and open.

Tim may be leaving the Chron but he will still be around.  You did a great job, Tim! 

I’ll see you tonight at the Tim Fleck Retirement Celebration, Part II.

After Tim leaves, I wonder if the E-Board will continue to read Commentary.  They did yesterday because here is how they start today’s editorial: 
Please come home, Rick Perry. It’s time.   Here is the entire take.

Go here if you want to see Nick Anderson’s killer cartoon on Guv Dude that is in today’s Chron.

Only one MLBer played in all 162 regular season games this past season.  Name the MLBer?

I’m not going to say nothing about 11/11/11 because I’m more interested in 12/12/12. 

The Lone Star State government finally did something right when they decided yesterday that the south will not rise again at least for now.  They said no to the Johnny Reb license plates. 

Prince Fielder of course played in all 162 games for the Brewers.

There is still nothing to report from The Yard today.

 

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Dear Mr. Toomey.  I’m asking that you quit raising money for your super PAC and go fetch Guv Dude and bring him home.   He’s embarrassing you and all the others that own his arse.  He’s not ready for the big leagues.   If Commentary is starting to feel sorry for his arse, you know it’s bad.   Herman Cain is going down because of sexual harassment.  Dude is going down because he is abusing himself.  The ballgame is over for Dude in case you haven’t heard.

It is really hard to gauge the impact of the Manuel Rodriguez hate mailer. The mailer started showing up in mailboxes last Friday, the last day to vote early.  The early vote total had Rodriguez leading by 102 votes.   The Chron posted a story on the piece Saturday and it made the hard copy on Monday, the day before the election.  Channel 11 ran stories Sunday evening and Monday evening.   Univision ran a story Monday evening.  Channel 39 ran a story Monday evening.    Ramiro Fonseca then won the Election Day vote by 78 votes.

I read somewhere somebody said that half of the District III E-Day voters obviously didn’t think the mailer was a big deal because they ended up voting for Rodriguez.  That’s kind of a silly thing to say.  It is hard to say how many E-Day voters were versed on the mailer.  The story only had a life of a couple of days max on just a few media outlets.

Some folks aren’t happy with Commentary’s post election take on District J.  Too bad!  Here is today’s Chron story on the District J race.  The results tell the story.

What is Roy Oswalt’s won-loss record since he left the ‘Stros?

H-Town Dems did pretty good this past election.  Dems got elected in the new Districts J and K.  District C will now be held by a Dem.  After the run-off, At-Large 2 will still be held by a Dem.  At-Large 5 is still up for grabs.  Not bad at all!

The Tim Fleck Retirement Get Together, Part I was held last night at The Roundtable.  The usual suspects showed up including the Harris County DA and CM James Rodriguez.  It was a nice crowd for sure.  Part II will be held tomorrow evening.

A lot of folks were talking about the H-Town Mayor’s E-Day performance and what it means for the next two years.  A lot of other folks were asking CM Rodriguez about his next moves. 

That sorry arse Manuel Rodriguez is now apologizing.  What a slime bucket. 

Roy O. went 7-1 in 2010 after he was traded and 9-10 this season for a 16-11 post ‘Stros record of course.

There is no news from The Yard today!

 

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Commentary is really not surprised at the H-Town Mayor’s 50.8% showing last night.  It has been that kind of year.  Folks will now start talking about taking her on in 2013.  Let the names begin!

Commentary is really bummed about that sorry arse Manuel Rodriguez winning by 24 votes.  I’m thinking that he fed off of the H-Town CM James Rodriguez name out there.  It is a real shame that a hate monger will be on the HISD Board of Education for the next four years.  Every elected Latino and Latina elected official and leader ought to turn their back on that sorry arsehole Manuel Rodriguez and ask him to resign.    The Latino community is a loser this morning.

Commentary is not happy with the fact that H-Town CM Ed Gonzalez and a few other Latino and Latina leaders endorsed Criselda Romero in District J and not check with others before doing so. H-Town CM James Rodriguez who led the Latino redistricting effort on City Council was hoping for a vetting process to get a strong Latino candidate.  CM Gonzalez and others decided to handpick a candidate who ended up being a weak candidate and we saw what happened last night.   CM Gonzalez and others didn’t do much in terms of raising money or providing resources to help their candidate.  Never again!

Commentary’s client CM James Rodriguez ran a strong campaign against a Tea Bagger candidate.  Folks were already talking to CM Rodriguez last night about the next step and move.  He also had some calls this morning.

The Big Puma thinks if any MLB National League team has to move to the American League, let it be the Brewers since they used to be an AL team.  When did the Brewers first start playing in the NL?

It is anybody’s guess who will win the H-Town City Council run-offs.  CM Jones vs Christie, Byrd vs Davis, CM Stardig vs Brown, and Burks vs Thibaut – stay tuned!

I will say that Laurie Robinson has a future in politics.  I hope she hangs in there!

The Milwaukee Brewers started playing NL ball in 1998 of course.

Today the ‘Stros are still a NL team and that’s all I have from The Yard!

 

 

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