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Beto and Cruz

Normally, Commentary would say “whatever” at the news that a Dem was running for a major statewide office in Texas. Not this time. Why? Who in the heck likes Sen. Ted Cruz? Nobody I know and I know a lot of GOPers.

Cruz’s negatives are significantly higher than his positives. He is more interested in his political future than in doing his job.  He has been in office for over four years and can anyone tell me what has he accomplished for the people of the state of Texas in those four years?

He promotes himself but doesn’t promote the state of Texas.

He made a fool out of himself at the national GOP convention last year. He has succumbed to the wishes of Donald Trump.

This is from a Chron story today on Cong. Beto O’Rourke thinking about running against Cruz:

“I like Beto O’Rourke,” said Texas U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, the No. 2 Republican in the Senate and the former chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee. “He’s somebody I’ve worked with and continue to work with. But if he thinks that he can beat Ted Cruz, I think he’s sadly mistaken.”

And this:

“This is a political suicide mission,” said Austin GOP strategist Matt Mackowiak. “He may think Cruz is vulnerable. But I don’t see any sign of that.”

Not so fast. I don’t know about this. Like I said, a lot of folks don’t like Cruz and his act. And Cruz would be running to defend Trump and his policies. It will be real easy to hang a very unpopular Trump around Cruz’s neck big time.

If O’Rourke can get him some serious dough and get a good team behind him (hopefully not the regular bunch that has been running the Dem State Party into the ground the last decade or so), he might be able to make it very competitive and interesting.   O’Rourke looks like he could be a good canaidate.

I am staying tuned!

Here is the entire Chron read on Beto’s run: http://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/politics/us/article/Beto-O-Rourke-to-take-on-Ted-Cruz-in-2018-11037450.php.

With the removal of Tal’s Hill, the deepest part of the field is now 409 feet. What was it when the hill was still there?

Has it been this long? Check this tweet:

Texas Sports History‏ @TXSportsHistory 2h2 hours ago

Today in 2000, The Ballpark at Union Station (Minute Maid Park) opened up with a Astros 6-5 exhibition win over the Yankees.

You can say that again. I agree with 43’s assessment of the Trump swearing-in. Here is from the internet:

Even while dealing with an unruly poncho during the Trump inauguration, George W. Bush still managed to listen to the dark, foreboding speech the new president gave that day. And, according to three sources, it seems as though the former president spoke for us all when he gave his decisive critique.

After the swearing-in ceremony was finished, several people heard the former president say, “That was some weird sh_t.”

No sh_t!

I guess Sunday’s punk job on Sean Hannity by Ted Koppel is still hurting. Hannity was whining again last night.

Get over it dude. Koppel owns your arse.

The deepest part of center field during the Tal’s Hill era was 436 feet of course.

The media got to see the new look at The Yard yesterday.  Here is a bit from MLB.com’s Alyson Footer:

HOUSTON — When Jim Crane took over more than five years ago as the owner of the Astros, he had his sights set on two long-term goals: Make the Astros a contender, and improve the gameday experience for the fans in the ballpark as the on-field transformation was unfolding.

Crane is pleased with the progress of both. The Astros will begin the 2017 season as legitimate contenders to win the American League West, and Minute Maid Park has undergone another dramatic transformation, with a rebuilt center-field section offering a more comfortable, spacious area and improved food and drink options for fans.

After surveying several premier ballparks throughout the Major Leagues, Crane, team president Reid Ryan and senior vice president of business operations Marcel Braithwaite determined too much space surrounding center field was being wasted. On Wednesday, the Astros unveiled an $18 million renovation that includes new bars, patios and concessions, along with a restructured batter’s eye, a redesigned Champions Pavilion and an additional elevator, escalator and stairwell for better fan access.

The project included lots of addition, and a bit of subtraction. The most glaring difference at first glance is the absence of Tal’s Hill in straightaway center, a unique feature of Minute Maid Park that was named after former club president Tal Smith when the ballpark opened in 2000.The deepest part of center field will now measure 409 feet.

In terms of additions, no new feature received more attention than the two new culinary tenants at Minute Maid Park — Shake Shack and Torchy’s Tacos.

Torchy’s Tacos, an award-winning Texas favorite for decades, will be located on the center-field Mezzanine Level location. They’re also sticking to the old favorites — the Trailer Park, the Beef Fajita, the Fried Avocado and the famous Green Chili Queso and Chips.

The FiveSeven Grille, which occupied so much space behind center field, is now a modestly sized FiveSeven Market, and will offer a wide variety of fresh and packaged foods and beverage items, including an assortment of salads, fruit cups and vegetable cups.

Shake Shack, located in center field on the main concourse, will feature a menu of the classics — the ShackBurger, SmokeShack, ‘Shroom Burger, Shack Stack, Chick’n Shack and hot dog, along with their signatures shakes ….

I will be there this evening and check out the new look.

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