Archive for May 13th, 2013

The Mayor kicked off her campaign this past Saturday and there was a story in the Chron about her kickoff.  This is what Rice political scientist Mark Jones had to say:

“Bill White left her with a lot of messes to clean up. That, combined with a very tight budget as a result of the recession, led to a difficult first two years.  The second term has been much smoother sailing. The voter mood is going to be much more positive as people go to the polls this fall, and there’s going to be less of a tendency to want to cast a protest vote against the mayor than there was in 2011.”

Here is from a piece on the kickoff and mentions District I candidate Robert Gallegos:

Robert Gallegos said Parker is the first mayor he worked with as a civic organizer that actually got things done, from conducting feasibility studies of overpasses and saving a century old school building from being sold.

Bill White was a very popular Mayor and easily won reelection.  I’d like for both fellas to go stand in the middle of Discovery Green and diss on Mayor White. 

The Big Puma was in town this past weekend.  How many post season dingers does he have?

When the Graci Garces for City Council District I Campaign decided on holding the takeoff at the 1940 Air Terminal Museum we knew getting a crowd would be a challenge since the Museum is located on the other side of Hobby Airport literally on the outskirts of H-Town.  We figured a 6:30 pm start would allow folks time to get out there.  We also knew that if folks made the drive to the Air Museum they were pretty much hard core Graci supporters so we were happy when 150 show up.

Here is a Saturday Chron.com post of The Mayor’s kickoff.

An earlier post Saturday afternoon said over 100 supporters showed up at The Mayor’s kickoff.  A crowd number isn’t mentioned in this posting.   Having over 100 doesn’t speak well for enthusiasm.   I wonder how many folks showed up.

If you are going to get in a smack-off with Tiger, you better bring your game with you.  Sergio Garcia took his dislike of Tiger public and Tiger got the best of him.  Tied with Tiger with two holes to play, Sergio put three shots into the water in a very public meltdown.

Here is what Garcia said after the meltdown: “It sounds like I’m the bad guy here.

I was the victim.”

Is this Weinergate?  Turn this over to the FCC.  This is by the Chron’s Jose de Jesus Ortiz:

The Astros said that the fan who stood up and pretended to expose himself while inside Minute Maid Park’s exclusive Diamond Club is not a season ticket holder and that the team would work with “the proper authorities” to investigate.

Sitting in the section that became famous as the seats for former President George H.W. Bush and first lady Barbara Bush, a fan appearing to hold either a cigar or a hot dog weiner stood up and dangled it while Philip Humber pitched to Albert Pujols.

The fan appears to be right behind the prime two seats former Astros owner Drayton McLane and his wife Elizabeth used. Fans in those seats get plenty of air time on television, and the fan clearly timed his prank to appear on the telecast.

The Astros have monitored that section closely under new owner Jim Crane, but at this point the Astros say they don’t know the fan in question.

“The Houston Astros have no affiliation with the individual involved in the incident in the Diamond Club seating area last night,” Astros Vice President and General Manager of Building Operations Marcel Braithwaite said in a statement. “The individual is not a season ticket holder. The Astros are currently investigating the matter with the proper authorities.”

Earlier in the homestand, a fan was shown on the Minute Maid Park big screen flicking his middle finger.

What are they going to nail him on – impersonating a flasher?  If they are the seats right behind where Drayton used to sit then they belong to the new owner.  I’m betting the front office knows the identity of the fake flasher.

The Big Puma has nine post season dingers of course – six with the ‘Stros, one with the Yankees and two with San Luis.

About the only thing good that happened at The Yard this weekend was getting my fourth foul ball of the season that went to a kid.  I don’t know what else to say other than 14 ½ back.


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