Archive for November 21st, 2017


The 2018 Baseball Hall of Fame ballot is out. 33 former MLBers made the ballot. How many of them played for the ‘Stros?

From the Before We Go Shoot a Mexican Dept., here this from CNN this morning:

(CNN) Details remain scant in what the FBI describes as a “tragic incident” that left one Border Patrol agent dead and another in serious condition.

The FBI said both men were found injured late Saturday in a culvert area in southwest Texas.

Rogelio Martinez, 36, died from his injuries at a hospital Sunday morning. His partner, who hasn’t been identified, remains hospitalized in serious condition.

The two Border Patrol agents suffered traumatic head injuries and other wounds such as broken bones, according to the FBI, which is leading the investigation. The results of Martinez’s autopsy are pending.

Although there hasn’t been an explanation of what happened, Texas politicians — including Gov. Greg Abbott and Sen. Ted Cruz — have described the incident as an “attack.” President Donald Trump said the injured agent had been “brutally beaten” as he called for the wall between US and Mexico.

But in Culberson County, where the two officers were injured, the local sheriff painted a different picture, suggesting to the Dallas Morning News that investigators are considering the possibility that the agents fell in a nighttime accident. “The evidence is not obvious as to what happened out there,” Sheriff Oscar Carrillo told the paper.

Here is the entire read: http://www.cnn.com/2017/11/20/us/border-patrol-agent-killed/index.html.

Why not wait for the facts before jumping to conclusions, please. Of course, I don’t expect anything differently from Abbott, Cruz and Trump, do you?

Commentary hasn’t seen an animated flick at the movie house in like over seven years – “Toy Story 3.” I am ready to see “Coco” which right now has a 95% rating from Rotten Tomatoes. The Washington Post has a piece on “Coco” and I like this line:

Creating a Day of the Dead film also led Pixar — which has featured relatively few characters of colors over the past quarter-century — to hire a nearly all-Latino cast of voice actors, including Benjamin Bratt, Alanna Ubach and Edward James Olmos. “This film has leaned very heavily at the studio on Latino artists,” (co-director Adrian) Molina says, “from the animation side to the story side to the art/visual development side.”

Here is the entire read: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/comic-riffs/wp/2017/11/15/coco-forced-pixar-to-dive-deep-into-a-real-world-culture-and-add-some-diversity/?utm_term=.eebf044b97f0.

The “Today” crew talked this morning about what topics to discuss at the Thanksgiving meal table. A no-no was politics. A yes-yes were The Beatles and Tom Hanks. At our dinner it could be politics, for sure it will be family and the ‘Stros, maybe my niece Rachel’s new house, and maybe the ‘Stros again.

Commentary pretty much made his position clear on the Sexiest Man Alive stuff. The Chron today devotes nearly a half page column to the issue. They mentioned #SpringerDinger as a contender. Here is the column: http://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/article/Blake-Shelton-No-literally-anyone-else-should-12371717.php.

I won’t be attending this tonight:

The 2017 World Series Documentary Premiere presented by Budweiser

Tuesday, November 21 7:00 p.m. CT Show / 6:00 p.m. CT Orange Carpet Event

Cullen Performance Hall

University of Houston 4800 Calhoun Road, Houston, Texas 77004

More at uh.edu/cph.

Major League Baseball will hold the premiere of The 2017 World Series Documentary at Cullen Performance Hall on Tuesday, November 21 at 7:00 p.m. CST. Orange Carpet event will begin at 6:00 p.m. CST. All tickets are General Admission for $25 plus fees.

Tickets on sale now!

I wonder when they will air it on the MLB Network.

The Rocket, Aubrey Huff, Jeff Kent, El Caballo, Brad Lidge, Curt Schilling and Billy Wagner – that’s seven –  of course all played at one time for the ‘Stros and are on the 2018 Baseball Hall of Fame ballot. Good luck!

Our two preseason games next season at The Yard are with the Brewers. This past season the Brewers finished 86-76 and one game out of the NL Wild Card game. The games are Monday, March 26 at 6 pm and Tuesday, March 27 at 12 noon. Cool.

From Channel 13:


The holiday season is coming a little early for the Houston Astros in the form of extra money. According to Bob Nightengale of USA TODAY, the Astros World Series checks are expected to be around $438,000 — a record for World Series shares.

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