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Happy Fourth!

These two Hall of Fame great pitchers recorded their 3,000th strikeout on July 4. Both are still with us and only 16 pitchers have hit the 3,000 plus career strikeout mark. Name the two, please?

A bonus. Three baseball theme movies are on the American Film Institute’s (AFI) Top 100 Movie Quotes list. Care to try to name the three and the quotes?

More on Pasadena from the Chron’s Mike Snyder today and here are bits:

(new Mayor Jeff) Wagner deserves a chance to succeed or fail without the burden of (former Mayor Johnny) Isbell’s baggage, and some of the former mayor’s opponents are encouraged by what Wagner is showing them so far. They’re pleased, for example, by his appointments of Latinos to two key positions: former Houston Councilman James Rodriguez as the mayor’s chief of staff, and Pasadena police veteran Lt. Al Espinoza as police chief.

“I’m optimistic,” said Cody Ray Wheeler, one of three Latinos on the council.

And:

One of the things Latino leaders will be watching is whether the city continues its appeal of an order by a federal judge who found that the creation of two at-large council positions intentionally weakened the influence of Latino voters. U.S. District Judge Lee H. Rosenthal ordered the city to use the old system of eight single-member district positions for this year’s election.

Some mayoral candidates vowed to drop the appeal, which already has cost the city more than $2 million in legal fees. Wagner has said he would ask the council for guidance on the decision; it’s unclear when that will happen.

If Pasadena continues its appeal and prevails, future elections will follow a system of six district and two at-large positions that will make it harder for Latino voices to grow stronger.

Here is the entire column: http://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/columnists/greater-houston/article/Good-will-at-ceremony-belies-challenges-facing-11263874.php.

Take the at-large council members off the table. It is a distraction. Mayor Wagner only needs these positions if he is politically insecure and he is not.  He can govern without these positions.

And on this Happy Fourth of July, Texas House Speaker Joe Straus tossed a firecracker, err cherry bomb at Dan Patrick. Here is the Speaker’s quote on the bathroom bill:

“I’m not a lawyer, but I am a Texan. I’m disgusted by all this. Tell the lieutenant governor I don’t want the suicide of a single Texan on my hands.”

Strong words on this Fourth of July aimed at the pathetic Patrick.

I am in Baytown this morning hanging with my Dad. Tuesdays and Fridays are their garbage pick-up days and I am thinking since today is a holiday there would not be any pick-up. Then I heard the rumblings of a truck down the street and there it was. I dashed across the house and snatched up the kitchen trash and went out the door and grabbed the bin and barely made it on time. Baytown contracts with Waste Management for trash pick-up so I guess WM doesn’t observe holidays.

“Today, I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of the earth.” – “The Pride of the Yankees” is 38 on AFI’s list of top movie quotes.

“If you build it, he will come.” – “Field of Dreams” is 39.

And “There’s no crying in baseball!” – “A League of Their Own” is 54.

And in 1980, Cesar Geronimo was Nolan Ryan’s 3,000th strikeout victim and in 1984, Larry Parrish was Phil Niekro’s numero 3,000 of course.

We didn’t play yesterday but still moved up a game and now we are 15 games up, yep, that’s 15, and we are in The ATL for the next two days.

Have a safe and Happy Fourth of July!

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