Archive for April 12th, 2016

Before the game last night, AL Cy Young Award winner Dallas Keuchel and AL Rookie of the Year winner Carlos Correa were presented brand new pick-up trucks. Here is a tweet from after the game:

Brian McTaggart ‏@brianmctaggart 9h9 hours ago

Correa on getting a cool truck: “Especially the streets here in downtown Houston are very bad, so it’s good to drive a truck around.”

Jerome Solomon of the Chron says attendance at The Yard this season may hit the 3 million mark. When was the last time we hit 3 million?

I don’t know if this story has legs and I don’t know if I care. Commentary is talking about the Mayor’s Transition Committee Report being kept from the public. Here is from the Houston Press:

Not long after his swearing in earlier this year, Mayor Sylvester Turner assembled a “transition team” comprised of more than 250 local academics, business leaders, politicians and everyday citizens to study nearly every corner of city government and report back their policy recommendations. The mayor called the effort “unprecedented” in scope and inclusiveness, saying the team’s “advice and counsel will be invaluable as we move Houston forward toward that better tomorrow I promised in my inaugural address.”

Invaluable and kinda secret, turns out.

Soon after City Hall sent out a 17-page “Transition Team Report” last week, we started to hear grumblings that the report left out some important recommendations and information that had been submitted to Turner’s office. When the Houston Press contacted Turner’s office for a basic explanation of some of the recommendations that did manage to make it into the mayor’s report (for instance, what exactly does it mean to “Improve the transparency of the citizen complaint process” for the Houston Police Department?), Turner spokeswoman Janice Evans said she couldn’t help us because “The transition team process was conducted entirely outside of city government.” Evans also told us transition team members “do not do media interviews.”

At least not on the record they don’t. Several transition team members wouldn’t talk about the process publicly for fear of getting on the new-ish mayor’s bad side. None would send us the individual transition team reports that were submitted to the mayor’s office – reports that supposedly discuss in detail some of the most pressing issues facing the city, from budgeting and finances to public safety and police accountability.

“We were under the impression that these would be public documents,” one transition team member told us. It was only in recent weeks, the team member said, that officials in charge of the process “started saying these documents are to be kept quiet.”

Here is the entire Houston Press story: http://www.houstonpress.com/news/does-mayor-turner-have-a-transparency-problem-8316438.

We will see if any other media outlets ask for the report. This is interesting but Commentary will let others get into this debate.   It is probably just some criticism of department heads.

The LED lights at The Yard are getting twitter run. Here is this:

MoiseKapenda Bower ‏@moisekapenda 14h14 hours ago

The new lights inside Minute Maid Park are extremely bright. Feels like I’m on the Cooper Station in Interstellar. #Astros #KCRvsHOU 

Mayra Moreno ABC13 ‏@ABC13Mayra 4h4 hours ago

So the lights are too bright at #MinuteMaidPark according to some @astros fans but it saves lots of energy! did you notice the lights?

tony renteria ‏@ugotiger 2h2 hours ago Houston, TX

@CourtneyABC13 @tomkochnews @astros horrible…go back to old system lights..I saw the difference and they blinded me watching pop fly balls

From where I sit, I can’t even make out the upper deck seats across the field. It is like a bright haze.

Commentary got an easy foul ball last night and missed one that was hit hard.

The Chron has a story on the parking around The Yard last night. I took the light rail.

How about these tweets:

Jake Kaplan ‏@jakemkaplan 10h10 hours ago

Carlos Correa is the first shortstop to drive in 74 runs over his first 106 major-league games since 1942 (Vern Stephens). 

Jake Kaplan ‏@jakemkaplan 10h10 hours ago

Tyler White is the first player in Astros history to tally 12 hits in his first seven major-league games.

3,020, 405 made it to The Yard in 2007 of course.

Last night’s win was nice. It is just one win but it sure was an energizer for an Opening Day. Nice. Nice. Nice.

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