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Hall of Fame

The Astros have retired 5 jersey numbers worn by Astros, name the pitchers?

From the how low can we go department, a CNN GOP talking head was on the air last night trying to say Donald Trump wasn’t the Grand Wizard of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

It looks like there will be two MLK Day parades in H-Town for a while. Check this from the Chron:

Thousands of Houstonians wrapped in thick blankets and puffy jackets lined Houston’s sidewalks Monday to view the 41st annual Original Martin Luther King Jr. Day Parade presented by the city and the Black Heritage Society downtown and at the MLK Grande Parade in midtown.

And this:

At the parade in midtown, just miles away, children bounced up and down San Jacinto Street moving their hips and dancing along with the dozens of bands celebrating King’s legacy. They were among thousands of people who lined the mile-long MLK Grande Parade route.

Here is the entire article: https://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/houston-texas/houston/article/Martin-Luther-King-Jr-Day-parades-brings-13549797.php?utm_source=sftwitter&utm_campaign=sftwitter.

Commentary doesn’t think H-Town suffered yesterday because of two parades.

There are still green bins sitting out on the streets in my ‘hood. This letter to the Chron editor today does not surprise me:

Trash pickup

It’s pretty clear from the sad state of our solid-waste garbage trucks and lack of timely trash pickups that previous mayoral administrations and city councils have been downright negligent in properly budgeting for this department’s needs. Ancient trucks, extensive repairs and a million dollars of mechanics’ overtime, not to mention delayed services, are the result of chronic underfunding this essential service.

I’d like Mayor Turner to do something about this. Quit glossing over the situation and pretending it’s just a temporary hiccup. It’s not. Here are a few things he can do:

Announce that you cannot meet the biweekly schedule. For the third cycle in a row, my green trashcan, placed on the curb on Tuesday, is still waiting for pickup on Friday evening. Change the schedule to one you can meet until you get this fixed.

Tell us what you are doing to permanently fix this mess. What is the budget going to be? How many new trucks are going to be deployed? When is it going to happen?

Transparency, please, about the severity of this problem and what you are going to do about it.

Wayne Herbert, Houston

Best I can figure, my green bin will be picked up next Sunday. Maybe.

The Astros announced they will create a team Hall of Fame. Here is from Tags:

HOUSTON — The greatest players in Astros history will be immortalized at Minute Maid Park beginning later this year when the club opens a Hall of Fame with the goal to honor, preserve, communicate and educate fans about the rich history of the state’s oldest baseball franchise.

The Astros on Tuesday will unveil plans for the Astros Hall of Fame presented by Houston Methodist, with construction to begin in March. Hall of Fame Alley will replace the current Home Run Alley that runs along the concourse beyond left field and will provide a physical space to honor the greatest players in club history with their own plaques.

The inaugural Hall of Fame class will be large and will include Astros players who have had their numbers retired — Nolan Ryan, Craig Biggio, Jeff Bagwell, Jimmy Wynn, Jose Cruz, Mike Scott, Larry Dierker, Don Wilson and Jim Umbricht — and those who have been honored on the Walk of Fame along Texas Ave. — former players Joe Morgan, Bob Aspromonte, Joe Niekro, J.R. Richard and Shane Reynolds and broadcasters Gene Elston and Milo Hamilton.

If the team is genuine, in the next few years, they will add Drayton and Pam Gardner. If they are petty, they won’t

Astros pitchers Jim Umbright (32), Mike Scott (33), Nolan Ryan (34), Don Wilson (40), and Larry Dierker (49) have their numbers retired.

The 2019 Baseball Hall of Fame class will be announced this afternoon. I wonder how Barry Bonds and The Rocket will do?

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