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Staying Up

In Game 2 of the 2017 ALCS against the Yankees at The Yard, 2 years ago, who was the only player to hit a dinger?

At the televised mayoral debate this past Friday night on Channel 2, the first question dealt with ethics and campaign finance. The H-Town Mayor said he was operating under the same campaign finance guidelines as the last two or three mayors (Lee Brown, Bill White and Annise Parker). I don’t think so. Nope. Got the facts wrong. During those administrations, we used to have blackout periods where you couldn’t do fundraising. It usually ran from the February after a municipal election to the following February or thereabouts. A court threw the blackout fundraising ordinance out towards the end of the Parker administration and now you can pretty much raise campaign money year-round. Three years ago, after City Council went to four-year terms, the election cycle also increased to four years, meaning an individual could only give the $5,000 maximum to a candidate every four years. The City squeezed in two cycles during the four-year term. Got it?

The Chron E-Board endorsed in 2 HISD races today.

For Cris Moses in HISD District II here:
https://www.houstonchronicle.com/opinion/editorials/article/We-recommend-Cris-Moses-for-HISD-District-II-14518813.php.

For Daniela “Dani” Hernandez over incumbent Trustee Sergio Lira here:
https://www.houstonchronicle.com/opinion/editorials/article/We-recommend-Dani-Hernandez-for-HISD-District-III-14519060.php.

For special games like the playoffs or Opening Day, our group of about 10 to a dozen folks gets together at an eatery near The Yard to hang together. We talk baseball, politics, gossip, poke fun of each other and everything else in between. Toward the end of our gathering, we take a group photo. It is a cool group.

In Game 2 of the 2017 ALCS played at The Yard, Carlos Correa had the game’s only dinger of course. Oh yeah, Correa also had a walk-off double in the bottom of the 9th as we won 2-1.

What a game last night! It was one of those games where you just say what the heck to the time and just take it all in and enjoy. I was there with my best friend. Right before the 11th inning, I took a bathroom break and looked around for a snack. Most of the concession stands had shut down. I got some fries and headed back to my seat. Then it happened. As soon as it left his bat, I knew it was a goner. The Yard erupted. Just before midnight. Very few folks had left the game. I got home about an hour later. Wow!

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