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Silly METRO

METRO is tired of dealing with East End leaders on the Rail Line overpass-underpass issue. Last week the H-Town City Council held off on forking over $10 mil to METRO so METRO is now saying they will build a scaled down overpass for rail only and not for cars. F___ you East End leaders! Nah, nah, nah!

If you ask me, METRO is kind of acting silly and playing games.

Here is from the Chron:

(METRO Board Chair Gilbert) Garcia said the delay in funding means the overpass will probably just include the rail line, and potentially result in an overpass less popular with the community.

“With much regret, I must report that we will still meet Tuesday, but I have been forced by this action to reverse course and to proceed with a plain rail-only overpass,” Garcia wrote in a Friday letter to people involved in the overpass discussion.

Yeah, that ain’t going to happen. The Mayor’s and her METRO appointee’s names would be mud in the East End. It is all talk if you ask me. METRO is not going to do something stupid in the East End that will be a hideous legacy for decades to come. Start acting like a grown-up.

Name the two 2014 Opening Day starters for the ‘Stros who are no longer on the active player roster?

I still like this. This is from the Tribune today:

State Rep. Trey Martinez Fischer, speaking at the Texas Democratic Party convention on Friday night, referred to the GOP as “Gringos y Otros Pendejos” — a line that drew gasps and laughter from the audience and sputtering anger from conservatives on social media.

Need a translation? “Gringos” are Americans, and the word can be derogatory or not, depending on the context. “Otros” means other. “Pendejos” is general purpose profanity used to refer to people who are objectionable, useless or both. If you search the internet, you’ll find that the word got a lot of use when a World Cup referee called a critical late-game penalty against Mexico last weekend.

And:

Martinez Fischer’s line — which was in the prepared version of his speech — probably inspired some bumper stickers. He made some of his fellow Democrats feel better at their biennial gathering and generated a laugh. He riled Republicans, who are weary of being called racist when they make similar comments. In other words, it got people’s attention.

Keep it up!

The ‘Stros were hacked last year. Who in the world would want to hack into the conversations of a last place team?

At least the team still reads Commentary. I have been complaining about Jonathan Villar and Jerome Williams. Well, they are now gone. Villar was given his chance and he’s batting around .200. Williams just couldn’t shut down batters. Here is from MLB.com:

The Astros are preparing to call up slugging outfield prospect Domingo Santana, along with infielder Enrique Hernandez and left-handed reliever Kevin Chapman, a baseball source told MLB.com early Tuesday. The club had not announced the moves.

Upon his arrival, Santana would be the third top prospect the Astros have called up since mid-April, joining outfielder George Springer and first baseman Jon Singleton. Santana is rated by MLB.com as the organization’s No. 7 prospect.

The Astros optioned Jonathan Villar to Triple-A following Monday night’s 10-4 loss to the Mariners so Hernandez would take his place on the roster. It’s unclear what other roster moves would be made to accommodate Santana and Chapman. Veteran pitcher Jerome Williams was designated for assignment late Monday, but Anthony Bass has rejoined the team and is expected to come off the disabled list Tuesday.

Santana, one of four players acquired from the Phillies in the 2011 blockbuster deal that sent Hunter Pence to Philadelphia, was hitting .304 with 13 homers and 51 RBIs through 84 games for the RedHawks. He has been playing right field. He would be the last of those four players to reach the Majors.

Hernandez went 3-for-5 with a home run and two doubles with a season-high four RBIs on Monday in Oklahoma City’s 10-6 win over Colorado Springs. He is hitting .337 with eight homers and 31 RBIs in 67 games for the RedHawks.

Chapman, who appeared in six games for the Astros earlier this year, has thrown in 26 games for Oklahoma City and has allowed only three earned runs in 28 2/3 innings (0.94 ERA) while striking out 37.

Don’t bother me from 3 pm to 5 pm today. USA, USA!

Villar was our Opening Day starting shortstop and Robbie Grossman was our starting left fielder of course and they are off the active player roster.

I am looking forward to watching Santana this evening. I will be going with MariGirl.

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