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November Surprise

How many individual ‘Stros had 2017 postseason dingers and how many total postseason dingers did ‘Stros players have?

Well that was kind of a stunner.   The November surprise so to speak. Commentary is talking about Cong. Gene Green’s decision to retire.

Check these tweets:

Abby Livingston‏Verified account @TexasTribAbby

Lots of names of potential contenders considering running for Green’s seat: state Sen. Sylvia Garcia, state Reps. Carol Alvarado and Ana Hernandez and attorney Beto Cardenas

Texas delegation fact: No freshman woman has been elected to Congress for a full term since Granger in 1996. With five open seats and three competitive Dem primaries – is this the year?

Rep. Gene Green’s pollster, @ZacMcCrary, said he could easily imagine the number of Democrat candidates running for Green’s seat amount to be in the double-digits.

From the Chron:

“I have been fortunate to have never lost an election since 1972 and I am confident that I still have the support of my constituents and would be successful if I ran for another term in Congress,” Green said in a statement. “However, I have decided that I will not be filing for re-election in 2018. I think that it is time for me to be more involved in the lives of our children and grandchildren. I have had to miss so many of their activities and after 26 years in Congress it is time to devote more time to my most important job of being a husband, father and grandfather.”

Green, who turned 70 last month, is a senior member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee. 

Look, it hasn’t even been 24 hours, so it would be silly to start handicapping the race. Reminder, we haven’t had a full-blown Latina/Latino Dem primary of this size and magnitude in Harris County, like never. Let’s let the dust settle first. There will be a lot said in the coming weeks and months for sure.

It is called party purity. Gov. Greg Abbott want to take down State Rep. Sarah Davis in the GOP primary just because she won’t be his lapdog. She had a good F-You response yesterday here:

 “I have always voted my uniquely independent district, and when it comes to campaign season I have always stood on my own, which is why I outperformed Republicans up and down the ballot in the last mid-term election. Republican voters in (House District) 134 will not be told for whom to vote, and will not nominate a candidate who will be so easily defeated in the fall because they are a wholly-owned subsidiary of the extremist fringe group, Empower Texans.”

Carlos Beltran is retiring. Here is what GM Jeff Luhnow said yesterday:

“He was worth every penny for us,” Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow said Monday at the Waldorf Astoria in Orlando, site of the annual GM meetings. “The fact that we were able to have him finish his career with the Houston Astros meant a lot to us. It meant a lot to our players. It meant a lot to our city.

“He obviously had a historic run in 2004. To be able to come back and help us win a championship – and he helped us win in a lot of ways. Even though his numbers were not what they were (in 2016), he contributed in a lot of ways that were not really seen by our fans. … He really was a player-coach for us this year, and he contributed in ways that lead me to believe there’s no way we win the championship without him this year.”  

I agree. I hope he is at The Yard when the team gets their World Serious rings next season. Now that would be cool!

8 ‘Stros had a total of 27 postseason dingers of course.

Our 1979 ‘Stros had a total of 49 dingers for the entire season.

I am still celebrating the title.

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