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Archive for August 29th, 2017

I get the news I need on the weather report, I can gather all the news I need on the weather report.

…..Paul Simon

Harvey put a hurt on Commentary’s server yesterday so I couldn’t get email and stuff. I am back for now.

The Texans dedicated this season to H-Town.

Thanks, we needed that.

I did have to get around some yesterday and my phone gizmo’s traffic app came in real handy.

Everyone in these parts is getting clobbered.

Here is the Chron’s sad story on the theater district: http://www.houstonchronicle.com/entertainment/arts-theater/article/Shades-of-Allison-Houston-Theatre-District-12113867.php?cmpid=btfpm.

You really don’t need Commentary to tell folks what is going on with Harvey. So, a diversion of sorts is that it looks like we are finally be getting us a real rivalry with the Texas Rangers.

The ‘Stros will be hosting the Rangers this evening, tomorrow, and Thursday at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg. We will be the home team. We may end up playing the Mets there this weekend. Your guess is as good as mine as to how many folks will show up wearing ‘Stros, Rangers, or Rays gear.

When Ike slammed us the evening of Friday, September 12, 2008, we were supposed to play the Cubbies at The Yard. That game was cancelled. The next two with the Cubbies were moved to a neutral site, Wrigley North, err Miller Park. Chicago is like 90 miles from Milwaukee or like the distance between H-Town and Beaumont.

The first game was played Sunday evening, September 14 and over 23,000 showed up. The second game was played Monday afternoon and 15,000 and change showed up.   We then went on and played six regularly scheduled road games and returned to The Yard to play the Reds on Tuesday, September 23 – 10 days after Ike hit.

If we do end up hosting the Mets in St. Pete that would make it a 19 game roadie, remember, we have the make-up game with the A’s to play.

It is what it is.

Apparently, some folks here in H-Town didn’t take too kindly on how the Rangers front office handled the Harvey situation.

Here is from the Chron’s Jenny Dial Creech:

Up until Monday afternoon, the outpouring of support and genuine empathy from our neighbors up north had been really touching.

The Cowboys have graciously hosted the Texans. TCU is taking good care of the Rice football team. The city of Dallas has been phenomenal in its in efforts to reach out and help Houstonians.

Then, there are the Rangers.

The Astros were slotted to play the Rangers in Houston this week, but because of the destruction and devastation to the city from Hurricane Harvey, the games needed to be relocated.

The Astros are currently in Dallas.

The teams play again in late September in Arlington, so there was an easy solution for all of this. All they had to do was switch the home and home series and call it a day. 

Instead, the Rangers refused. The organization didn’t want to give up September home games, so now they will all go to St. Petersburg to play.

This is a shameful and classless move by the Rangers organization.

Astros starting pitcher said exactly that in a sarcastic tweet Monday evening.

“Classy as always, should be absolutely ashamed. Greed never takes off days, apparently. Stay strong #Htown! We hope to be home soon,” McCullers tweeted.

An entire city is going through one of the worst disasters imaginable.

Just step up and help in some small way – like by switching your schedule around and making life convenient for a team from Houston.

Several folks from the Houston area have evacuated to the Dallas area. A baseball game in the midst of of all of this devastation could have been a nice distraction, but because the two parties couldn’t agree to a fair solution, now the games will be in Florida.

It’s a real disappointment that the Rangers organization couldn’t step up and make this easy on Houston.

Thanks to all the other sports teams and universities – Baylor is hosting the Rice volleyball team, UT in Austin is hosting UH football – who did step up to be good neighbors.

The Rangers could learn a thing or two from the other organizations who found ways to help.

Equal time from Bleacher Report:

After the relocation of the Ranger’s series against the Astros came under fire Monday, Rangers general manager Jon Daniels defended his team’s stance in the decision.

Because of flooding due to Hurricane Harvey, the three-game series was moved from Minute Maid Park in Houston to Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida.      

According to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, after the league announced the move, Astros president Reid Ryan said the Rangers wanted the series at their home of Globe Life Park and weren’t willing to compromise:

“We went to the Rangers and said, ‘Hey, let’s switch series. You guys have our home series, we’ll take your home series.’ They rejected that and didn’t want to do that. The Rangers wanted us to play the next three days at their place, but they did not want to trade series with us. They wanted all six games at their park.”

In response, Daniels said the Rangers weren’t trying to shortchange the Astros: “We were prepared to make the event all about hurricane relief and helping our neighbors. It had nothing to do with looking for a competitive advantage. That’s an inaccurate portrayal.”

Daniels noted the main reason why the Rangers didn’t want to swap series with Houston: “We didn’t feel it was right to give our fans 24 hours notice that their tickets in late September were now good this week. We were willing to play this series anywhere the Astros and MLB wanted, including here in Arlington.”

The Astros and Rangers start the series Tuesday evening, with Houston designated as the home team.

It is a significant matchup for both teams since it has playoff implications. The Astros are defending a five-game lead at the top of the AL, while the Rangers are three games behind for the second wild-card spot in the AL.

In all fairness to the Rangers, they would have had to have a 12 game roadie toward the end of the season. Still, it would have been a nice gesture but I understand.

I wonder what the ‘Stros would have done if the shoe were on the other foot. We will never know because Arlington never gets hurricanes.

It is still good for the rivalry.

San Luis third baseman Matt Carpenter says he will donate $10,000 for every dinger he hits the rest of the season to the relief effort. Let’s hope he goes like his 2015 effort when he hit 8 dingers after September 1.

That’s all I have so stay safe.

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