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World Series Game 1

This is our third World Series. This is an easy one, sort of. Have we ever won a Game 1 World Series and what were the scores of our previous Game 1 World Series?

The GOP Texas House Speaker is throwing in the towel. He brought this on himself. One of the biggest dumbsh_t moves of all time in Texas politics meeting with the MQS fella. Self-inflicted is putting it kindly. Texas’ big cities and big counties are saying adios MFer.

The good thing for Texas House Dems, we don’t have a powerful GOP House Speaker raising money to protect GOP Texas House Members. Nice!

My takeaway from the first day of Early Voting in Harris County. We are at 38% of our mail ballot total from 2015 Early Voting Day 1. Somebody dropped the ball.

Does this really need to happen? Come on, Astros? See this from SI.com.:

HOUSTON — More than an hour after José Altuve won the Astros the pennant, the party in the Houston clubhouse still raged. Rightfielder Josh Reddick was crushing vodka Red Bulls. Starter Gerrit Cole smoked a cigar. Shortstop Carlos Correa gazed lovingly at the American League championship trophy.

And in the center of the room, assistant general manager Brandon Taubman turned to a group of three female reporters, including one wearing a purple domestic-violence awareness bracelet, and yelled, half a dozen times, “Thank God we got Osuna! I’m so f—— glad we got Osuna!”

The outburst was offensive and frightening enough that another Houston staffer apologized. The Astros declined to comment. They also declined to make Taubman available for an interview.

Taubman’s timing was odd.

Closer Roberto Osuna had allowed a two-run home run to tie the game in the top of the ninth. He had been, by Baseball Reference’s calculations and any intelligent observer’s assessment, the least valuable Astro that night. So why would Taubman choose that moment, to taunt that demographic? It’s not hard to figure out.

Here is the entire SI article: https://www.si.com/mlb/2019/10/22/houston-astros-roberto-osuna-suspension.

Here is what Hunter Atkins from Chron Sports tweeted.

The Astros called this report misleading. It is not. I was there. Saw it. And should’ve said something sooner.

I hope this Taubman fella is not working for the Astros today. I would like for the Astros to do the right thing on this.

Local and highly respected sports radio talk show personality Charlie Pallilo called Taubman “despicable” this morning and said the Astros statement was
Pravda-esque. Ouch!

We are bleeding nationwide on this. Quit being dumbasses, Astros!

Yesterday was my birthday. One of my best friends tweeted this yesterday:

Happy Bday to my long time friend, politico & best baseball bud, the Foul Ball King, @MarcCommentary. We both love October because it’s our bday month & it’s @MLB playoffs!!! Go @astros

GOP State Rep. Sarah Davis tweeted this last night:

I wish to also pile on and ask @RepDennisBonnen to resign. I will submit a letter tomorrow requesting @StephanieKlick to call a caucus meeting to vote on it.

I don’t think she will be needing to send a letter this morning.

Love that she is admitting to piling on.

In Game 1 of the 2005 World Series, also played on an October 22, we lost to the White Sox 5-3. In Game 1 of the 2017 World Series, we lost to the Dodgers 3-1 of course.

Both of our Game 1 World Series losses were on the road. Not tonight! #TakeItBack!

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Wow!

Name the pitcher who has pitched the most innings in the 2019 Postseason?

The Buzbee fella bought page A12 of yesterday’s Chron to tell us he didn’t screen with the Chron’s E-Board because he doesn’t think much of endorsements. Then he listed the folks the Chron endorsed who didn’t win.  Got it?

Speaking of the Chron, yesterday I got the two-star edition of Sunday’s Chron with absolutely zero coverage of the Saturday night Astros dramatic win. In today’s Chron Sports Section, World Series coverage starts on page C10. Got it?

Early Voting in Person starts today.

Someone tweeted this yesterday:

the ten coolest baseball players who have ever lived:

My goodness! Justin Verlander, Gerrit Cole, Jose Altuve, #SpringerDinger, A.J. Hinch, Alex Bregman, Josh Reddick, Babe Ruth, Hank Aaron, and Mickey Mantle.

Want the next ten?

Justin Verlander of course leads the 2019 MLB Postseason with 24 1/3 innings pitched.

After the Yankees tied it in the top of the ninth, I told my nephew Dave that we might be here a while. In the bottom of the ninth, with two outs, #SpringerDinger drew a walk. I told Dave that an Altuve base hit in the gap would do it for a speedy #SpringerDinger. As soon as he hit it, I knew it was extra bases but not until it sailed over… and just like that, we are in our third World Series.

Commentary has said it before. When you are at The Yard for a playoff game, you don’t get to hear what the announcers are saying and you don’t get to see the postgame live interviews, or watch A-Rod, Big Papi and the Big Hurt give their takes. The game ended about ten after eleven and we stuck around for the trophy presentation. I didn’t get home until close to one am and I still got to catch some of the postgame coverage.

The Chron picked us to win the ALCS in 6. I wonder what they are thinking about the World Series.

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Game 5, Again

Two years ago, we were swept 3 zip at Yankee Stadium in the ALCS. What was the combined score for those three games?

The Chron has a Voters Guide webpage here:
https://projects.houstonchronicle.com/2019/elections/voters-guide/#/.

I tweeted this yesterday about it:

H-Town City Council candidates are asked at the end of their Q&A who they will support for mayor. Most take a pass and don’t answer. Interesting.

The #TexasHD148SpecialElection got some unexpected run in yesterday’s Trib and today’s Chron. In case you had not heard here:
https://www.texastribune.org/2019/10/17/texas-house-contender-michele-leal-had-irs-lien/.
And here: https://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/politics/texas/article/Houston-state-House-candidate-pays-26-000-tax-14543104.php.

The Chron E-Board today endorsed Judith Cruz for HISD Trustee District VIII, Monica Flores Richart for HCC Trustee District 1, and Rhonda Skillern-Jones for HCC Trustee District 2.

This is interesting on the $95,000 a year Intern story from Channel 2 again:

HOUSTON – Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner is calling for a criminal investigation of Tony Buzbee after he said the mayoral candidate used fake video in a political advertisement.

Turner said Buzbee “faked an alleged text between Mayor Turner and Marvin Agumagu and doctored photos of the two” in a political ad running on TV and online.

Agumagu is the city intern being paid a salary of $95,000.

Turner said the ad appears to violate Texas’ new Deep Fake Video statute.

“He faked the video,” said Turner. “In Texas, distributing a faked video in violation of Texas’ Deep Fake Video law within 30 days of an election is a criminal offense. The district attorney should open a criminal investigation immediately.”

The law was passed this year. It makes it a criminal offense to publish and distribute a fake video within 30 days of Election Day.

A deep fake video is defined as “a video, created with the intent to deceive, that appears to depict a real person performing an action that did not occur in reality.”

“Tony Buzbee should look in the mirror. When Mr. Buzbee talks about corruption, he’s talking about himself,” Turner said. “Mr. Buzbee should take this false ad down immediately and apologize to Houston voters.”

Turner’s campaign had a third party evaluate the ad. The report said the ad faked a text message conversation and doctored photos.

Click here for more information about the report.

KPRC 2 Investigates spoke with Eric Devlin, the CEO of Lone Star Forensic Group which conducted the review of the ad.

“I think it’s an artistic rendition of a text message that exists. I am not aware of law that has been broken,” Devlin said.

Devlin is a former prosecutor.

Buzbee told KPRC 2 Investigates that he will not pull down the ad.

Turner was unavailable to sit down with KPRC 2 Investigates for an interview.

My goodness.  I wonder if the Mayor will send the police chief to arrest Buzbee?

I got this from The Yard yesterday;

We are looking for Season Ticket Holders to hold the American Flag on the field Tuesday, October 22nd before Game 1 of the World Series! We would love for you to be one of those Season Ticket Holders!

We understand this game isn’t guaranteed yet, however we must plan in case we clinch this weekend.

This opportunity is for you and one (1) guest ages 10 and up. Game Tickets for Tuesday’s game are required.

I’ll pass, thank you. I don’t have the time these days, plus you have to go to a rehearsal on Monday evening.

We lost the 3 games of the 2017 ALCS played at Yankee Stadium by a combined score of 19-5 of course.

We are up 12-4 in the 2 games at Yankee Stadium in the 2019 ALCS.

It is another Game 5 this evening!

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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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