Archive for April 11th, 2016

Opening Day 2016

The World Serious champs who also ended our season last October are in town.

Commentary thinks it is healthy for Latino and Latina politics when folks like Rosario Dawson can talk about the legend she played in a movie. Dolores Huerta can certainly take care of herself. I want to see Latina and Latino celebs like Dawson and Eva Longoria and others out there stumping.

What a joke! Check this story:

Donald Trump has a big lead in polling in his home state of New York, but he won’t be getting the votes of two of his biggest advocates there: His kids.

Trump conceded Monday that two of his children – Eric and Ivanka Trump – failed to register as Republicans in the state in time to be eligible to vote for him in New York’s April 19 primary.

“They were unaware of the rules and they didn’t register in time,” Trump said on Fox News. “So they feel very, very guilty. They feel very guilty but it’s fine.”

The deadline for new voters to register to vote in New York’s closed primary was March 25, and the deadline to change party affiliation was back in October.

“Eric and Ivanka, I guess, won’t be voting,” Trump said.


Marisol tweeted this yesterday:

Marisol Valero ‏@marisol_valero 15h15 hours ago Houston, TX View translation

Houston Dash! #equalplayequalpay @ BBVA Compass Stadium

Here is from Texas Leftist from last year:

But even as the whole nation celebrates a well-deserving championship team, the National Women’s Soccer League continues to endure blatant inequality.  While their male counterparts in the MLS (Major Leage Soccer) receive average salaries well in excess of 6 figures, NWSL players are lucky to earn a living wage, with some paid as little as $6,000/yr. Shocking as it seems, these numbers are not made up.  Women playing professional sports and doing every bit of the same work as men (let’s be honest… more work given that they likely have full-time jobs just to support their passion for the game, and other life needs) are literally being paid pennies on the dollar.  And need we be reminded that men’s soccer in the United States has yet to produce a World Cup championship team?

Here is the entire Leftist take: http://texasleftist.com/tag/houston-dash-salaries/.

There is a story out today about some women soccer players talking about boycotting the Olympics this summer.  Go for it!

Well inequality is happening right in our back yard at Compass.

From Tags’ book, what years did we wear the rainbow jerseys?

On this Opening Day the Chron has a pretty good front page story on parking at The Yard. If you are going to the game, it is a must read.

Here is a part:

Fans heading downtown for Monday’s home opener may be in for a rude shock: Those favorite parking spots of years past could very well have a shiny new building on them, or at least a big hole in the ground.

The transformation of downtown from a work place that empties after dark to a true community is finally underway in earnest, with residents, retail shops, and restaurants that remain open long after the lunch rush. The building boom is everywhere, and that includes the area around Minute Maid, which had been the domain of abandoned warehouses and repeating squares of blacktop.

As new development gradually alters the timeworn tableau of skyscrapers, hotels and parking lots, the matter of where to put all the cars that flood into the area – be it for work in the day, governmental dealings, or nighttime entertainment – becomes a bit less obvious. Nowhere is that more true than in downtown’s eastern precinct, home to the Astros, Rockets, Dynamo, George R. Brown Convention Center and Discovery Green.

Here is the entire article: http://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/health/article/Texans-cheerleader-puts-in-the-hard-work-7237532.php.

I actually did some recon on the parking situation by The Yard a few days ago. You better have a plan for this evening. Those lots close to The Yard will probably be charging $40 to $50 a slot. Street parking is probably going to fill up fast like by 5 pm for the 7 pm game. Prepare to park a few blocks from The Yard. If you think the Light Rail is a good fit, make the deal. I have my plan down.

BTW: I would never pay $40 to park.

This is from the Chron:

Whether you call him Tyler “Great” White or Tyler Blanco, there’s no doubting the Astros rookie first baseman is White hot. 

White went 0 for 3 with a walk in Sunday’s loss at Milwaukee, but that only dropped his average to .556 through the first six games of the season. 

His 10 hits, three home runs and nine RBIs in the first five games were the most for any Astros player in the first five games of their career. 

Of course, success for one week doesn’t necessarily equate to career greatness. 

Remember Astros shortstop Orlando Miller? Probably not, but 12 years ago, he was every Astros fans’ newest favorite player. In his first six games in 1994, Miller hit .450 with two home runs and seven RBIs. Three years later, he was traded to the Detroit Tigers and was out of baseball a year after that. 

Then, there’s all-time Astros greats like Craig Biggio, Jeff Bagwell and Lance Berkman who were pretty awful in their first six big-league games.

The team wore the rainbow jerseys from 1975 to 1986 of course.

All I can say is the team played sloppy yesterday. There is no excuse for baserunners getting picked off of base – period.

This will be the 17th season at The Yard and this will be Commentary’s 17th Opening Day at The Yard.

Wear orange, please!

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