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Siete on “Today”

Who has the most dingers in the 2019 MLB postseason?

My sister’s company, Siete Foods, was featured on the “Today” show this morning. How cool is that?

Here is the story:
https://www.today.com/video/go-behind-the-brand-of-siete-family-foods-71472709759

I am so proud of them. Miguel and Vero are so the best. My Mom and Ace even got in. Great story.

Wut! That’s the response from Dem activists this morning when they found out the Chron E-Board endorsed H-Town Council Members Mike Knox and Michael Kubosh.

The Chron ran a piece yesterday on where Astros fans have been hanging out before the MLB playoff games that are played at The Yard. Our hangout got part of the write up. Here is the article:
https://www.houstonchronicle.com/entertainment/restaurants-bars/article/where-to-eat-after-astros-game-playoffs-restaurant-14535695.php.

Care to guess where we hang?

Jose Altuve leads MLB with 4 postseason dingers of course.

The Yankees have to win 3 out of the next 4 games to make the World Series. We have to win 2 out of the next 4. 2 will be played at Yankee Stadium and 2 at The Yard. Commentary thinks we can win tonight and tomorrow night. That’s all I know.

One thing is for sure.  There will still be baseball at The Yard this season.

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For Nick Hellyar

Name the pitcher who has tossed the most innings in the 2019 postseason?

Commentary was at an H-Town City Council District H Candidates Forum last night, and a question was asked about the I-45 Expansion. The question was how about using the Hardy Toll Road to handle all the heavy traffic instead of I-45. Sigh! I am guessing the folks who drew up the question have never visited the neighborhoods along the Hardy Toll Road. They are low income. Mostly of the African American and Latino persuasion. And without political influence. Yeah, stick it to them. Dumb question.

The Harris County Clerk’s elections folks had a meeting and presentation with candidates and other political players yesterday on the upcoming election. I learned that all the Early Vote in Person locations will also be open on Election Day like Moody Park for instance.

The Chron E-Board endorsed Nick Hellyar today. Here is a part:

One, however, stands out for his knowledge of the inner workings of city hall: Nick Hellyar is a 37-year-old real estate agent with a “passion for municipal government” that grew out of early jobs working as constituent services manager for then-city council member James Rodriguez, whose three-term tenure representing District I ended in 2013.

Here is the entire E-Board take for Nick:
https://www.houstonchronicle.com/opinion/editorials/article/We-recommend-Nick-Hellyar-for-City-Council-14537008.php.

Way to go, Nick!

The GOP Texas House Speaker sure doesn’t look too smart this morning.

Gerrit Cole of course has pitched 22 2/3 innings to lead the 2019 postseason.

We will see if we can get a Game 4 in this evening.

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The Nationals can sweep San Luis today for the NLCS Championship? When was the last time a team swept in the NLCS?

Commentary’s headline today is the Chron online headline for the E-Board’s endorsement of H-Town Council Member Karla Cisneros for reelection. Here is how their endorsement take starts:

Poverty and lack of academic achievement are problems that concern all of Houston, but they are particularly pressing in District H, an area that covers not only the growing Near Northside, Woodland Heights and East End, but also struggling neighborhoods north of 610 and near Buffalo Bayou. It’s a place where only about 14 percent of adult residents have a college degree.

“If 70 percent of the kids are black and brown and most of them are in poverty, that is the most critical issue that I see before our city,” Councilwoman Karla Cisneros told the editorial board. “We cannot rely on bringing people in to fill the jobs that we want, we need to grow our own.”

Cisneros, 65, has used her first term on the council to advocate for education, call attention to poverty and address the problem of stray animals and pet overpopulation, all issues that many of her constituents grapple with every day.

She has earned the right to continue to fight on their behalf.

Here is all of Karla’s Chron endorsement take: https://www.houstonchronicle.com/opinion/editorials/article/We-recommend-Karla-Cisneros-for-City-Council-14519787.php.

Nice job, to my good friend and client H-Town Council Member Karla Cisneros. She will do well. She works hard.

Let’s see, a fella who is running for president who got 632,477 votes for a state treasurer race says another fella who is running for president who got 4,045,632 votes for a U.S. Senate race is trying to be “relevant” because he support a mandatory buyback program of assault rifles. Got it.

The Buzbee fella is now attacking Bill King and the H-Town Mayor together in an ad. I wonder if the City Hall trolls will respond and tweet on this. That would require defending Bill, too. That’s funny.

H-Town folks just need to stop talking about the H-Town Rev Cap. If folks had any balls, they would have put it up for a repeal vote. Guess what? They didn’t have any balls so just shut up!

In 2015, the Mets swept the Cubs 4 zip in the NLCS of course.

At 3 pm today, H-Town’s productivity, with the exception of bars, restaurants, and The Yard, will take a dip of sorts for a few hours.

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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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There There

What is our won-loss record in Championship Series?

The $95,000 intern just won’t go away. I was told yesterday that it is being talked about by folks at civic club meetings. Not a good look folks.

The Chron has another story on the issue today. Here is the article:
https://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/houston-texas/houston/article/Buzbee-King-continue-to-hit-Turner-over-airport-14509417.php.

The Chron E-Board weighed in on the matter today and here are parts of their take:

Buzbee has implied there is a personal relationship between Turner and Agumagu but has so far produced no evidence to back it up.

And this:

Meanwhile, there are other areas where the mayor has fallen short. Turner’s opponents should stick to the facts and fight to win on policy differences. Throwing around veiled allegations and innuendo is not a sign of good leadership — or character.

Here is the entire E-Board take:
https://www.houstonchronicle.com/opinion/editorials/article/The-mayor-and-the-intern-Accusation-against-14510138.php.

Now let’s step back for a second. It wasn’t the Bill King Campaign or Tony Buzbee Campaign who manufactured this story. It was an investigative reporter from KPRC-TV Channel 2 news who broke the story. Somebody who doesn’t like the Mayor provided the info to Channel 2.

Commentary has no idea where this is headed. I don’t think the Chron E-Board does either from their take today. As they say in the TV news business, stay tuned!

In 1980, we lost the NLCS, 2-3.

In 1986, we lost the NLCS, 2-4.

In 2004, we lost the NLCS, 3-4.

In 2005, we won the NLCS, 4-2.

In 2017, we won the ALCS, 4-3.

In 2018, we lost the ALCS, 1-4.

Our Championship Series record is 16- 20, of course.

Wow! Last night was electric at The Yard. It was rocking. We did it!

It is Game 1 of the ALCS tomorrow at The Yard!

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Game 5

I nearly fell out of my chair when I looked at the computer yesterday afternoon and saw that San Luis had put up 10 in the top of the first inning and were still batting. I finally got around to watching the end of the game and I heard the announcer say that The ATL had not advanced in the MLB playoffs since 2001. Who was the last team they beat in a playoff series?

Make no mistake. The Astros are under a lot of pressure.  We are the best team in MLB, so we have to win this evening. Period. The team has to step up. If they play their game, we advance.

Tony Buzbee is putting the $95,000 a year intern issue on the air with campaign ads against the H-Town Mayor. Yikes!

Chris Tomlinson, the Chron’s business columnist, writes what Commentary has said recently. Here is how his latest column starts:

Ukrainian natural gas company Burisma hired Hunter Biden for one reason, and one reason only: his last name.

Companies have long recruited relatives of the powerful to win favors and impress others. But what’s despicable is that politicians still find it acceptable, and we have not made it illegal.

Hunter Biden, by his own account in the New Yorker magazine, started playing on his surname in 1998 when he joined President Bill Clinton’s Commerce Department. After the 2000 election, Biden became a lobbyist, where he gained access to exclusive business and political deals.

After his father became vice president in 2008, Biden dropped his lobbying practice and became a consultant, advising companies seeking to expand in the United States. In 2012, he entered into a partnership involving Chinese businessmen and in December 2013, arranged for one of his partners to shake hands with Vice President Joe Biden.

Here is the entire read: https://www.houstonchronicle.com/business/columnists/tomlinson/article/Biden-s-son-was-playing-off-his-name-and-14505238.php?utm_medium=referral&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=sftwitter.

Memo to my fellow Dems. We don’t need former VP Joe Biden as our nominee. It is a burden that will hurt us. If the campaign is about Hunter Biden a year from now, we’re screwed.

In 2001, The ATL beat us 3 zip in the NLDS (Commentary was there at The Yard for Game 3) and then lost to the D-Back in 5 games in the NLCS of course.

I also was there when we beat The ATL in the 2004 NLDS in 5 games and in the 2005 NLDS in 4 that concluded with the Chris Burke dinger in Game 4 in the bottom of the 18th inning with The Rocket pitching the final 3 innings.

Let’s hope for some memorable plays this evening. Let’s win it!

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Best of Five

How many runs have been scored by each team in the four games of this ALDS?

This is nearly six minutes of the $95,000 City of H-Town intern from Mario Diaz and Channel 2 news here:
https://www.click2houston.com/news/investigates/mayor-turner-says-this-resume-is-worth-95k-annually-to-the-city-of-houston.

Commentary admits to laughing throughout the story even though this is serious stuff. How do they think this is a good look? Nobody that I have talked to over the past few days on this think it is a good look. Even folks who support the H-Town Mayor. How does this happen?

Commentary likes to give my observations and oftentimes it goes against the talking points. What did folks expect GOP Harris County Commissioners Jack Cagle and Steve Radack to do yesterday? They didn’t have a choice but to bust the quorum. Their political base doesn’t want an increase in property taxes. To the GOP activists, the property tax is hated. The law says at least four members of Commissioners Court had to attend the meeting for a tax rate setting vote to happen. Every local GOP activist knew that. If Cage or Radack would have attended and property taxes were raised, their political careers would be over. They are looked at as heroes among GOP activists.

The Rays have scored 17 runs and we have scored 13 of course.

Commentary has said it on numerous occasions. The folks who run the Astros are smarter than the rest of us. That doesn’t mean they don’t make mistakes. Going with Justin Verlander on three days of rest instead of four will be forgotten if we win tomorrow evening.

That’s why it is called a Best of Five series. We got Gerrit Cole on the mound to start tomorrow night. What is the problem?

Of course, the Rays did win 96 games this season.

It will be Thursday night baseball at The Yard.

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Campaign Money

In 2017, we lost Game 3 of the ALDS to the Red Sox, 10-3. What was the score in Game 4?

Prop B is a totally unnecessary mess. It got uglier last night with a Ted Oberg story. It never should have gotten to this. Such a mess. Ridiculous and can’t defend it so don’t even try.

Here are the 30-day campaign report totals for some of the #TXHD148SpecialElection candidates:

Michele Leal:

$108,824.85 Contributions
$9,384.52 Expenditures
$61,526.89 Cash on Hand

Anna Eastman:
$50,477 Contributions
$22,735 Expenditure
$28,294.05 COH

Rob Block

$38,825 Contributions
$11,147.48 Expenditures
$27,845.82 COH

Chris Watt:

$32,999 Contributions
$8,163.72 Expenditures
$27,845.82 COH

Kendra Yarbrough Camarena:

$17,370.10 Contributions
$10,531.21Expenditures
$9,260.54 COH
$10,000 Loans

Penny Shaw:

$13,238.83 Contributions
$7,976.58 Expenditures
$14,787.39 COH
$14,000 Loans

 
Alva Trevino:
$7,150 Contributions
$5,549.33 Expenditures
$5,226.00 COH
$5,549.37 Loans

Luis La Rotta:

$6,511.63 Contributions
$3,829.50 Expenditures
$3,219.70 COH

In Game 4 of the 2017 ALDS, we beat the Red Sox 5-4 of course.

6 pm start this evening.

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No Local Control

How many career postseason dingers do Jose Altuve, Alex Bregman, Carlos Correa and #SpringerDinger have?

Sigh! This headline from a story online in the Chron:

State will manage $4.3B Hurricane Harvey recovery funding, not local governments

How does that happen? Sigh! Can’t we handle our own recovery. Like two years later? Sigh! Local control does not exist. Sigh!

Here is what the Governor’s office said:

“Houston and Harris County have proven that they are unable to ensure victims are receiving resources in a timely manner.”

One more sigh!

Go check out the article.

Well what do you know? Hoops diplomacy came to H-Town yesterday, like we needed it. Commentary doesn’t have a problem with folks piling on the NBA or for that matter the Rockets for not standing up to China’s record on human rights. You look like a complete moron if you also don’t stand up against separating families at the border. Got it?

Takeaways from The Yard this past Friday and Saturday.

It sure was noisy. It was crowded getting through the concourse.

Saint Arnold increased from $12.50 in the regular season to $15.50 for the playoffs, the glass is a bit bigger and it is a plastic souvenir glass.

Those were dominating performances by Justin Verlander and Gerrit Cole. In talking to folks, everyone says they each ought to get an equal share of the AL Cy Young.

I got to use hard copy tickets.

Both days I took the Metro Rail from Moody Park and then from Quitman. I tried to check if the Metro Rail fares were suspended for those going to the playoffs. I couldn’t find anything on it on their website, so I paid the buck and a quarter.

I spent a few minutes trying to find fans in Rays gear. Less than a handful.

The lines were long trying to get into The Yard.

Prior to the game, our group got together at a restaurant a block from The Yard.

Our plan for the away playoff games is a Montrose Tex-Mex eatery.

#SpingerDinger has 11 career postseason dingers, Jose Altuve 9, Carlos Correa 8 and Alex Bregman 7 of course.

The Chron predicted an Astros sweep in the ALDS. We will find out this afternoon.

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More Endorsements

How many times have the Rays made the playoffs?

The Chron E-Board endorsed Rashad Cave in District D here:
https://www.houstonchronicle.com/opinion/editorials/article/We-recommend-Rashad-Cave-for-Houston-City-Council-14490454.php.

The Chron E-Board endorsed Sandra Rodriguez in District J here:
https://www.houstonchronicle.com/opinion/editorials/article/We-recommend-Sandra-Rodriguez-for-Houston-City-14490471.php.

MLB put out this morning the times for the games on Monday and they have us playing in the afternoon. It’s TV ratings folks and the Yankees and Dodgers are going to get the primetime slots so don’t sweat it. That is the way it has always been. It has nothing to do with respect.

My fav, Julia Morales tweeted this after seeing a photo of Hall of Fame great Sandy Koufax having his mitt in a bag of Cracker Jack at Dodger Stadium last night in Game 1 of the NLDS:

Koufax eating cracker jacks is everything.

It is Cracker Jack, not Jacks.

This is the fifth MLB playoff appearance for the Rays of course.

It is a 1 pm start today. I think I will take the Metro Rail. I am ready.

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