Archive for January 7th, 2015

On a MLB Hall of Fame related note, name the player who won the 1993 NL Rookie of the Year Award?

A discussion on bike safety and automobile drivers can sometime get a bit heated so I have kind of avoided the topic over the years. I am not much of a bike rider but I certainly respect cyclists and do support aggressive enforcement of laws and ordinances designed to protect them. Here is a bit from a Chron story from behind the paywall today:

A law authorizing police to ticket drivers for encroaching on bicyclists and pedestrians has yielded fewer than a dozen citations in the 20 months it has been on the books, though law enforcement officials and biking advocates said they are reluctant to use enforcement as a measure of success.

“You don’t have to ride around Houston very long to know that this is a very low number of citations given the frequency of the occurrence,” said Michael Payne, executive director of BikeHouston, which is working with city officials on cycling improvements.

After some high-profile incidents involving cyclists hit by cars, and numerous complaints of bike riders being run off city streets by aggressive drivers, Houston officials approved a safe passing ordinance effective May 7, 2013. The law requires drivers to provide three feet of space to vulnerable road users such as bicyclists, pedestrians or people in wheelchairs. Commercial vehicles must provide six feet of space.

When the law took effect, police focused on making drivers and community groups aware of it, said Lt. Michelle Chavez, who oversees some traffic safety operations.

Here is the entire article: http://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/transportation/article/Few-citations-issued-under-law-protecting-5997480.php?cmpid=btfpm#/0.

On a kind of related note, don’t you think we ought to have a law requiring cyclists to wear helmets – at least if they are riding on major thoroughfares? I kind of also find it annoying when I see a cyclist blow through a red light – is that allowed? Oh well!

I am sure at some point in the near future the City of H-Town will designate a Craig Biggio Day and bring him to City Hall and give him his proclamation and let every member of Council talk about their favorite Biggio memory. This season the ‘Stros will have seven or so Biggio commemoration days where they will probably hand out a new bobble, replica jersey, poster and stuff like that.

But yesterday was truly Craig Biggio Day and you can’t argue that.

The local twitterverse exploded when his named was announced.

He got run throughout the afternoon and evening on ESPN and the MLB Network. The local TV newscasts led off with the Biggio news.

Accolades came in from throughout the universe from Bush 41 to Bob Costas to Drayton McLane, Jr. to the great Yogi Berra.

Nick Anderson drew up a cartoon for him here: http://blog.chron.com/nickanderson/2015/01/biggio/.

The Chron E-Board put out a take on him here: http://www.chron.com/opinion/editorials/article/Biggggggio-5997839.php.

The ‘Stros announced a rally for him this Friday at The Yard.

The Chron drew up an illustration on what his Hall of Fame plaque should look like. It takes up the front page of today’s sports section.

The Biggio faithful throughout the area are now digging out their Biggio memorabilia. Biggio stuff I have include t-shirts, a number 7 jersey pin, a media badge for his 3,000 hit celebration, numerous bobbleheads, a 3,000 hit commemorative engraved bat, a Matsui foul ball from the 3,000 hit game, his jersey name patch, a FiveSeven Grille lid, and the list goes on and on.

Biggio said yesterday that the 1998 team was arguably the best. When asked yesterday if he has a lid preference for his Hall of Fame plaque, he said it didn’t matter. The Chron illustration has him wearing the open star lid from the World Series days. The 1998 team wore the gold star. It doesn’t matter to me.

Yesterday was huge for H-Town. We got us our first MLB Hall of Famer. Way to go!

Mike Piazza of course who finished fifth with 69.9% of the vote in yesterday’s Hall of Fame balloting and just missed out was the 1993 NL Rookie of the Year.

Not a bad day out at The Yard yesterday!

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