Archive for June 25th, 2012

Now it’s METRO’s turn to let voters know what is in store for November.  Here is from an Op-Ed in yesterday’s Chron:

On Thursday, the Metro Board of Directors will decide what to put on the ballot for the November election. Should the money continue to be drained away or not?

We believe it is time to end the drain on the transit revenues and invest now in transit, as originally intended by the voters so long ago – for our heartland, for our tax base, for our future.

Here are the organizations that authored the Op-Ed so it is probably a little safe to say that they intend to get involved in the campaign:

Texas Coastal Watershed Program, Houston Tomorrow, richmondrail.org, Houston Access to Urban Sustainability, Avenue CDC, LISC, Washington on Westcott (WOW) Roundabout Initiative, LANDology, Project Row Houses, Texas Campaign for the Environment, Better Houston, HBL Architects, Community Artists Collective, Houston Sierra Club, Bayou Preservation Association, HIVE, Air Alliance Houston, White Oak Studio Landscape Architecture, American Society of Landscape Architects – Texas, Davidson Landscape Architecture, LLC, Bayou Preservation Association, SWA Group, HOK, Bike Houston,  Coastal Prairie Partnership, USGBC Texas Gulf Coast Chapter, Emerging Professionals, Citizens’ Transportation Coalition, and Environmental Educators’ Exchange.

Here is the Op-Ed.

A reminder that Commentary will be at the following this Saturday and you are welcome to attend:

Join us to celebrate the life of a great journalist and our dear friend — Lori Rodriguez, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday, June 30, 2012 at the Downtown Club at the Met.  6th Floor of the Parking Garage at the Allen Center, 340 West Dallas Street (Between Clay Street and the Pierce Elevated).

This is from a Channel 2 story that ran this past weekend: 

Houston’s city hall has been lit up like a rainbow in honor of Pride Week, but not everyone in the city is proud of the display.

The Houston Area Pastor Council is raising questions about the city’s decisions to illuminate the building.

“City hall belongs to the people of the city of Houston," said Dave Welch with the HAPC. "Mayor Annise Parker does not have the latitude to use it as a shrine to worship the GLBT lifestyle. It’s not something that represents the people.  It’s something that is highly controversial.”

Here is the entire story.

There is really nothing you can say other than I guess they’re entitled to their opinion.

The Chron E-Board weighed in on behalf of The Rocket Saturday and here is how they ended up their take:

Nevertheless, in our view Roger Clemens still belongs in baseball’s Hall of Fame. More importantly, we should be willing to at least consider the possibility that he was telling the truth all along. That he really is the Rocket.

Here is the entire E-Board take.

Of course, the last I heard, the Chron E-Board isn’t a member of the BBWAA so they don’t have a vote.

Commentary watched ‘Stros pitcher Dallas Keuchel pitch a complete game Saturday afternoon in a 8-1 win over the Tribe.  June 17, 2011 was the last time a ‘Stro pitcher threw a complete game – wow!   Who hold the ‘Stros record for pitching the most complete games in a season? 

Roy O. pitched for the Rangers Friday night so we’re now up to five 2005 World Serious ‘Stros still in the bigs.

Alyson’s Footnotes is leaving the ‘Stros and going back to MLB.com.  Here is what she posted last week:

I will leave my post with the Astros to go back to MLB.com for an exciting new opportunity. I’ll be a national correspondent, working with all 30 teams on a variety of levels. My first assignment will be All-Star week.

What a bummer since her takes always provides me with ideas for takes.  THE WHOLE YARD EXPEREINCE IS CHANGING THESE DAYS!

Here are some of her farewell thoughts:

I hated the hot sauce packet mascot race. Mascots who run in races, by definition, need eyes. When you put faces on inanimate objects, it’s funny. And what’s up with Mild Sauce losing every day? I know Texans like their spicy toppings, but come on. Totally fixed.

I agree and I don’t miss the races one bit!

Best moment: Covering the clubhouse scene when the Astros won the pennant. What I remember most about the World Series was not that the Astros were swept, but that Craig Biggio said to me at least three times, “You know, this was totally worth the wait.”

Worst moment: Covering the clubhouse scene the day Darryl Kile died, 10 years ago today. The grief was overwhelming. I’ve never witnessed such complete devastation and I sensed that some of Kile’s friends would never be able to get past the loss.

Most challenging moment: Covering Game 5 of the 2005 NLCS. Reporters have to turn in game stories five minutes after the last out is made, and with two outs in the ninth, no one on base and Lidge on the mound, I had 700 words written about the Astros’ pennant-clinching win over the Cardinals. Ten minutes later, Albert Pujols launched his moon shot to left field, and I had no choice but to highlight the story, push delete, and start over. (Honorable mention: the 18-inning win over the Braves in the NLDS. When games go that long, paragraphs that were important three innings ago eventually become irrelevant. So for three hours, it was type, delete. Type, delete. Rinse, repeat.)

Favorite memory that I couldn’t write about: I finished my game coverage around 3 a.m. after the Astros clinched the pennant in St. Louis and walked back to the media dining room to pour a Budweiser beer from the single tap located near the eating area. I propped my feet up, savored the moment and realized I was probably drinking the very last Bud beer ever to be poured in old Busch Stadium. The ballpark was razed the next morning.

Here is Footnote’s farewell take.

Good luck Alyson Footer!  I’ll miss your Footnotes!

Larry Dierker of course hold the ‘Stros record with 20 complete games in 1969.

Speaking of hot in Cleveland, Valerie Bertinelli was at The Yard yesterday taking it one day at a time.

The ‘Stros bats came alive Saturday and Sunday and we took the series from the Tribe.  The Padres are in for four starting this evening.


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