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Thank Doug and Others

The last couple of days here in H-Town some of us have been sitting on our arses watching the coverage of the downpour and flooding. We are getting our info from the flat screen, twitter, or websites like chron.com.

Yesterday, I saw a tweet of some fella delivering refreshments to some first responders. During times like these, some folks make it a point to give our first responders well deserved praise and thanks.

As I was getting ready to leave to go to Doug Miller’s event last night, Doug was live on the 6 pm news reporting from the Greenspoint area. In another hour or so, Doug would be at his event.

The day before, Doug was reporting live from an apartment complex that got nailed by flooding. His interviews with stressed out residents were pretty powerful.

When we go through an event like the last couple of days, the local media organizations go all hands on deck. Doug is pulled off his political/policy beat to interview victims. Ted Oberg is pulled off of investigations and is interviewing a Woodlands resident and his floating bed. City Hall reporter Rebecca Elliott is bringing us images of a soggy Teddy bear from a flooded Arbor Court unit.

You get the picture.

These folks are out there too busting their arses and letting us know what is going on by providing us much needed information and telling the stories of the folks who are hurting. So thank you Doug, Ted, Rebecca, and all the other journalists (on scene, in the newsrooms, behind the camera, in the control rooms) out there for the past couple of days for doing a great job reporting this story.  We could not get through this without you.

Bryce Harper leads MLB with 20 RBIs. Who leads the ‘Stros in the RBI category?

It looks like the Sen. Ted Cruz strategy is to steal the nomination away from Donald Trump.

This arsehole should be in the Hall of Shame. Commentary is talking about ESPN’s Curt Schilling. Check his latest from bleacherreport.com: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2634131-curt-schilling-posts-anti-transgender-comments-on-facebook.

What a dumbs__t!

Tyler White of course leads the ‘Stros with 11 RBIs.

I really don’t have much to say about our loss last night.

Rainout

Can we stop calling these 100 year or 500 year or 50 year events when it comes to these massive rainstorms? WTF does that mean anyway?

Yesterday was pretty much a rainout. Just caught up with stuff and had the flat screen coverage of the flooding going on. I always feel for the folks that get flooded.

My high/lowlights of the day were:

1)  Watching folks trying to save the horses.

2)  The Channel 13 reporter helping fish a stranded motorist out of the water down the street on Studemont and I-10.

3)  The lady being hauled out of her apartment complex in a Kenmore, or was it a Whirlpool?

4)  Watching Click2Houston go dark at around 6:15 am, then when they returned, watching them go the low tech route in their coverage. I think they had to use candles for lighting and they were filming their laptop screens – brutal.

5)  Running into a soggy Chron reporter pulling duty on the Taylor Street Bridge on my way to collect my SpringerDinger Chick-fil-A and only to find it closed, then driving over to the one off the North Loop by the Home Depot and only to find the only way to order was to sit in the drive thru lane then being told as I ordered that the because of an employee shortage, they were not doing the Chick-fil-A promotion – drats!

Every time we have an area wide major flooding event, some of the local media park themselves over at I-10 and Studemont because it floods easily. Commentary is thinking the fella that got fished out by the Channel 13 reporter is probably not from my ‘hood or maybe is new to the ‘hood because a most of us know to avoid that stretch of road during a major rain event.

Big Papi will be at The Yard this weekend for three. He’s never won an AL MVP Award but he was runner-up once. When was he the runner-up and who won it that season?

Then these tweets came out yesterday:

Houston Astros ‏@astros Apr 16

Springer just crushed one off the left field foul pole! #Astros up 2-0!

 

Houston Astros ‏@astros Apr 16

You know what that means…free Chicken Sandwich from Houston area Chick-fil-As on Monday for everyone with a ticket from tonight’s game!

 

Houston Astros ‏@astros 3m3 minutes ago

UPDATE: Due to the rain today, this offer is valid through Tuesday, April 19.

Alright, alright, alright!

In 2005 of course, Big Papi was runner-up to A-Rod for the AL MVP Award.

I guess I will drop by Dougie’s party this evening then tune in to the New York results when I get home.

Let’s see how we do in Arlington this week.

Fair Fight

What a morning! Everything is being cancelled including at last count nearly three hours of KPRC-TV’s coverage of the weather. The power outage strikes!

Check this tweet:

David Barron Retweeted

KPRC 2 Houston ‏@KPRC2 19m19 minutes ago

We are still working to get power and get back on air. We’ve got updates here, on Facebook and at http://Click2Houston.com .

Looks like a lot of things are shutting down in H-Town today.

The ‘Stros play three in Arlington starting tomorrow evening. Which of the two teams has turned the most double plays this season?

Commentary believes in the so called fair fight. The HISD auditor who was suspended by the HISD Board of Trustees got him some help. He needed some help if you ask me. Check this from the Houston Press:

Well, as if things couldn’t get any grander with Houston ISD investigating its own chief auditor who investigated it – and clearly found the district’s oversight wanting in an audit report released last October – the silenced-by-HISD Richard Patton has hired Dolcefino Consulting to speak for him.

Told by HISD officials to sit at home and not to have contact with pretty much anyone about HISD business, Patton – barred from explaining his side of the still unknown allegations (HISD won’t be specific) – has engaged the services of former super investigative reporter turned consultant Wayne Dolcefino.

Dolcefino, as is his wont, came out swinging. “Richard Patton is a man of integrity, and before our work to restore his good name is over every taxpayer and parent in the Houston Independent School District will understand exactly what happens when an HISD internal auditor tries to do his job to protect your money and your kids too thoroughly,” Dolcefino wrote in a press release (although his version was all caps, which makes our eyes hurt so we changed it for you.)

HISD had made its displeasure with the audit report known right away. In a late October board meeting then Chief Operating Officer Leo Bobadilla attacked the report, saying the only thing the audit team was supposed to do was check the administration’s math to verify whether a projected projected $211 million building shortfall was due to massive inflation. “It was not designed to identify fraud,” Bobadilla wrote.

Here is the entire Houston Press story: http://www.houstonpress.com/news/silenced-hisd-chief-auditor-hires-a-mouthpiece-8326334.

Wayne is pretty good at this. If his client gets banged around by certain HISD Trustees, expect Wayne to hit back and hit hard. Heck, hit back harder. So the HISD auditor with this hire kind of evened things out. So it now kind of a fair fight.

How about this from the Chron E-Board on Saturday:

(Thumbs down) The Metro board, for the first time in many years, is without a Hispanic member. Houston, of course, is 41 percent Latino and they, by far, are the largest users of bus service. The demographic make-up of boards ebbs and flows, but those who make the appointments need to remember this is 2016, inclusivity is not optional and if Hispanics are riding Metro they should have a loud voice in its governance.

I will say this.  This is the first time like in over 35 years that an H-Town mayoral administration has rolled out its Metro picks without a Latino or Latina in the bunch.  Oh, well.

The E-Board wants to see the mayoral transition reports.  It really doesn’t make any difference to Commentary.  Of course, what at H-Town City Hall can be classified for yours eyes only – huh?  Here is how the E-Board ends their take today on the transition reports:

People deserve to see the decision-making process of their elected leaders. Hiding these otherwise routine documents only fosters suspicion. Mayor Turner: Release these reports.

Here is the entire take: http://www.houstonchronicle.com/opinion/editorials/article/Release-reports-7252012.php.

Well here is a different take on Hall of Fame great Ty Cobb.  If you are a MLB history buff, you need to check this:

http://imprimis.hillsdale.edu/who-was-ty-cobb-the-history-we-know-thats-wrong/.

Interesting if you ask me.  Cobb has always pretty much been portrayed as a jerk.

Here is more on The Yard’s new dumb lights. You can also check out George Springer losing a fly ball in the lights. Check this:

There’s not much the Astros can do about the new LED lighting system at Minute Maid Park.

“They’re there. They are bolted in,” manager A.J. Hinch said on Friday, a day after right fielder George Springer lost a ball in the lights, resulting in the Royals scoring five runs in the sixth inning in a 6-2 loss on Thursday.

“We’re going to work to tweak to make sure that we’re not at a disadvantage when it comes to playing, and where the lights are angled, or how bright they are, and things like that,” Hinch said. “We’re a unique stadium; the lights are a little bit lower than most, and we have to adjust to them.

“The lights can only be adjusted so much. We’ll make the proper adjustments, we’ll get used to it. We’ll make better plays. I don’t want our guys to psychologically be defeated because the lights are bright. We’ll be fine.”

The brightness of the lights has been adjusted a couple of times, according to Hinch. The lights are supposed to reduce glare, with specially designed optics allowing players to see the complete trajectory of the ball.

“It’s not so much the actual ball in the light, it’s the impact of looking directly into a light and then the action that follows,” Hinch said. “That’s the main issue. It’s not why we lost the game. It’s an adjustment that needs to be made, and we’ll make it.

“Other places have these lights. … The Yankees have it, Seattle has it. They’re just lights, they are in every ballpark. You have to work around them in every park, like the sun.”

Check it out here: http://m.astros.mlb.com/news/article/172577460/astros-adjusting-to-lights-at-minute-maid-park.

What a shame!

The Rangers have turned 20 double plays this season to lead MLB and the ‘Stros 7 of course.

Dante and I made it to The Yard Saturday night. This our 11th season of going to games together. I tweeted photos. He is way taller than me these days. We will be going to check out the Red Sox this Saturday afternoon.

Thanks to a SpringerDinger off of the foul pole Saturday night, I will be having a Chick-fil-A for lunch.

Well we finally won a series this past weekend.

Dumb Lights

Sorry for the delay. The computer decided to upgrade and it took longer than expected.

Commentary watched the debate last night. I have a simple question. Why doesn’t Secretary Hillary Clinton release her speeches? What the heck are in the speeches anyway? Oh, well.

Which team leads MLB in strikeouts by hitters this early in the season?

Here is the deal. In 1996, Harris County voters approved a baseball and football stadium and how to pay for it. In 1997, legislation was passed creating the Harris County – Houston Sports Authority. The Sports Authority then leased the baseball stadium to the ‘Stros for 30 years. It is ours but they run it.

During this past off season the ‘Stros decided to go to with LED system for The Yard because it would be more efficient – cheaper light bills I guess.

A couple of weeks ago I mentioned that it was uncomfortable. I also said that it looked like players were having trouble seeing some fly balls. Well guess what happened last night? Here is Tags’ piece:

As a small gathering of reporters waited at his locker Thursday night, Astros right fielder George Springer got dressed and turned around and said, “Lights.” No questions were needed, though Springer took some time to express his frustration over losing a ball in the Minute Maid Park lights in a crucial sixth inning.

The Royals rallied for five runs after two outs after Springer couldn’t track down a sinking line drive off the bat of Lorenzo Cain in the lights. The Royals pulled away and held on for a 6-2 win, taking three of four games from the Astros.

Springer has appeared to have trouble with the new LED lights at Minute Maid Park at least four times this year, but losing Cain’s ball proved to be costly.

“Yeah, they’re tough,” he said. “It’s bright. It’s not easy to see the ball. It cost us a game today.”

When asked what can be done about the lights, Springer quipped: “Play during the day so they don’t turn them on.”

Astros manager A.J. Hinch said Springer and the rest of the outfielders need to make adjustments.

“We’re going to play the most games here of anybody in the league, so it’s certainly something to continue to work on,” he said. “There’s not much you can do about it. The lights are there and they’re not moving. We’ll make the adjustments.

“I don’t know if because it’s straight on in dead right field or if it’s the trajectories of some of the balls off the bats against the righties or lefties or what the issue is. It could be just bad luck, too. Everybody’s got to play under the same conditions. We certainly don’t want misfortune to find us all the time.”

Springer said the lights are trouble for a right fielder on balls hit into the gap.

“[The lights] are not ideal but I’m not going to complain about it,” Springer said. “It is what it is, and we’re just going to have to learn to play with it.”

After Cain reached on what was originally ruled an error and changed to a single, Eric Hosmer hit the first of three consecutive doubles, and the Royals were off and running.

“It’s a pretty helpless feeling, but you can’t do anything about it,” Springer said. “I catch that ball if it’s not in the lights.”

Yes they can do something about it! A few hundred millions of taxpayer dollars went in to build the stadium. Heck we are still paying for it. We are not supposed to have a lighting system that is going to create vision issues for our outfielders. We are not supposed to have a lighting system that is going to cost us some games. It is also ridiculous to have a lighting system that is going to be uncomfortable for some fans.

Adjustments my arse!

The ‘Stros front office hasn’t said much about this but when one of your key players says it is a problem, then it is a problem!

Commentary likes to brag that we have one of the best baseball venues in all of MLB. I can’t say that today with that dumb lighting system they got out there. What is it going to take to fix the lights? Losing out of the playoffs by one freaking game?

Fix the durn lights!

‘Stros hitters lead MLB with 102 whiffs of course.

We are 3-7 with the Tigers in town for three.  We certainly do not look like the 2015 ‘Stros.

Commentary is pretty much ready to say that TIRZs are the most powerful special interests at H-Town City Hall. Do you care to challenge Commentary on this?

For the first time ever (I think), TIRZs were debated at length during last year’s H-Town City elections. They came up at forums. They were on a lot of candidate questionnaires. The sense was they were starting to wear out their welcome.

Today the Chron E-Board calls on “TIRZ transparency.” Good luck on that. Here is part of the E-Board’s take:

Less than half of TIRZ boards have websites listed with the city. While the city of Houston posts online the minutes of upcoming TIRZ meetings, many of those agendas are from months, or even years, ago.

People have grown impatient with these behind-the-scenes TIRZ board meetings. Galleria-area residents are waging a political war against the Uptown TIRZ, and people living in the Memorial City area have expressed frustration with the lack of direct representation on their local TIRZ board. Even Mayor Sylvester Turner’s transition team report specifically pinpointed a lack of TIRZ transparency as a problem that needs fixing.

Here is the entire E-Board TIRZ take: http://www.houstonchronicle.com/opinion/article/TIRZ-cameras-7246930.php.

The Houston Press also has a take on TIRZs today. Check this:

“‘Require a higher level of transparency?!’ What is the difference between having this and actually studying their budgets before they approve them?,” says (TIRZ researcher Daphne) Scarbrough. “The Memorial City TIRZ, which is totally composed of Metro National Developers, has not even submitted a budget for over a year and is the only TIRZ in the City to not have one.”

As far as the recommendation to “adopt TIRZ board composition guidelines to encourage diversity in all respects such as ethnicity, gender, age, occupation and stakeholder interests,” Scarbrough, a Montrose business owner, says, “Pretty funny, the Mayor has the ability to do that now.”

“The Montrose District only has four out of 15 board members who own commercial property in the district and pay the tax. All of the others are political appointees [and] many never rotate off the board. There is no provision for conflict of interest or nepotism, no enforcement for competitive bids.”

Here is the entire Press take: http://www.houstonpress.com/news/is-another-houston-metro-bond-referendum-on-the-table-mayor-turner-isnt-saying-either-way-8321012.

How mighty are TIRZs? If TIRZs are going to be fixed, made more transparent or reformed, it is going to require expending a lot of political capital. You are taking on entrenched insiders, law firms, and other powerful players. Not an easy task if you are going to do it right.

The TIRZs are going to push back. They are not going to give up this nice perk they control.  They will probably offer a meaningless concession and try to convince us that they gave up a lot.  This is definitely going to be one to watch in the coming weeks or months or years or maybe never.

Name the ‘Stro hitter who leads the team in strikeouts?

Council Member Karla Cisneros mentioned www.haulingglasshouston.com at the H-Town City Council meeting yesterday.

Here is from the Hauling Glass home page:

The city of Houston just okayed a new contract  with Waste Management that doesn’t allow us to put glass in our big green curbside bins anymore. Pan thinks it’s a crying shame, so he decided to do something about it and pickup glass around his neighborhood. Right now we’re only pickup up in area codes 77007, 77008 and 77009. If you don’t live in that zip code and want us to grab your glass, you can send a request for us to expand to your neck of the woods and when we have enough requests, we will expand to you!

Good luck!

CM Cisneros also mentioned the North Main facility where you can drop off your recyclables. I mentioned yesterday that it needs to be more user friendly.

From Tags:

Astros backup catcher Erik Kratz was presented with a Royals 2015 World Series ring on Tuesday by Kansas City manager Ned Yost. Kratz played in four games for the Royals last year and had just one RBI, but the Royals gave rings to any player who spent time on their 25-man roster.

“It’s an honor of a lifetime,” Kratz said. “It’s something as a kid you dream for.”

The Royals also give Kratz one of the jerseys with gold stitching they wore during the first series of the season against the Mets.

“That just shows the class of the organization,” he said.

Not bad for four games.  Nice.

George Springer of course leads the team with 13 whiffs.

Our team needs to up their game. After nine games we are not getting anything out of Carlos Gomez and Luis Valbuena. A couple of triples is all we are getting out of Jason Castro. George Spinger needs to hit in the clutch. Ken Giles, our new reliever, is on a pace to give up 100 dingers. You get the picture.

User Friendly, Please

A week or so ago the City sent me a postcard letting me know that glass would no longer be accepted in the green bins. OK. Last Friday, I hauled my glass to the City drop-off facility on North Main. I thought it was going to be like the facility the City used to have behind the Star Pizza off of Washington and Heights where you just drive in, drop off your recyclables and drive off – no wait time. Nope.

The North Main facility has only one lane to get in. There was a long line of pick-up trucks and vehicles hauling trailers loaded with junk like old mattresses and furniture. Apparently the City accepts this material. That’s OK by me but you need more than one lane to get in. Rather than wait 20 minutes or so in line. I parked across the street and hauled my glass to the bins. It was definitely not user friendly.

I don’t think folks are going to wait in line for 20 to 30 minutes to drop off their glass. I hope the City makes this facility more accessible.

It is early in the season but who leads MLB in stolen bases?

Check this from today’s Chron:

Astros fans dream of having a beer and some wings with Craig Biggio. Now they can. Sort of.

The Astros All-Star is lending his name to a sports bar set to open downtown in November.

The two-level sports bar, Biggio’s, will be a high-profile drawing card for the new Marriott Marquis Houston, under construction at 1777 Walker near Discovery Green. The sports bar will target foodies as well as baseball fans, said Jay Marsella, director of sales and marketing for the hotel.

The menu has yet to be finalized, but Marsella describes Biggio’s as an upscale sports bar where diners can get a good steak as well as bar food like burgers and wings. Local craft beer, wines by the glass and craft cocktails will also have their place on the menu.

But the hottest item on the menu will be the Hall of Famer himself.

Biggio said he plans to be on site as much as he can. “I love the fans and look forward to seeing them enjoy themselves there,” he said.

Here is the story: http://www.houstonchronicle.com/entertainment/restaurants-bars/article/Craig-Biggio-to-open-sports-bar-in-downtown-7244377.php?cmpid=btfpm.

Now that is pretty cool.

All I can say about the following is expect more. This is preparation for the fall election. Check this:

In the shadow of the fight for the Democratic nomination for president, Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro is drawing heat from left-leaning groups unhappy with a little-known HUD program selling delinquent mortgages to banks.

More than a dozen groups, some backing Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders over Hillary Clinton, on Tuesday started an online campaign and petition drive targeting what their new website calls “Julian Castro’s Wall Street Giveway.”

With Castro mentioned frequently as a potential running mate to Clinton, some of the activists are questioning his suitability for the national Democratic ticket.

“If Castro allows banks to continue to loot communities, more people are going to connect him to the housing disaster, which would make him a toxic asset to the campaign,” said Matt Nelson, managing director of Presente.org, a California-based group that bills itself as the nation’s largest online Latino organization.

Here is the entire piece: http://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/article/HUD-Secretary-Castro-s-progressive-credentials-7244515.php.

This is peanuts compared to what the GOP would throw at him.

When I heard about this yesterday, I wondered what took so long? I mean, the song has been out there for like 45 years. Check this from MSN.com:

A trial is needed to determine if Led Zeppelin’s “Stairway to Heaven” copies its opening notes from a song performed by the rock band Spirit, a federal judge has ruled.

U.S District Judge R. Gary Klausner ruled Friday that lawyers for the trustee of late Spirit guitarist Randy Wolfe had shown enough evidence to support a case that “Stairway to Heaven” copies music from the Spirit song “Taurus.”

“Taurus” was written by Wolfe in either 1966 or 1967, years before Led Zeppelin released “Stairway to Heaven” in 1971. Klausner wrote that while the songs have some differences, lawyers for Wolfe’s trustee may be able to prove they are substantially similar.

Led Zeppelin and Spirit performed at some concerts and festivals around the same time, but not on the same stage. Klausner wrote that the evidence presented so far represented a circumstantial case that Led Zeppelin may have heard “Taurus” performed before “Stairway to Heaven” was created.

After-hours phone and email messages sent to Helene M. Freeman, Led Zeppelin’s attorney, were not immediately returned. Experts hired by the band contend both “Stairway to Heaven” and “Taurus” use notes that have been used in music for centuries.

Francis Alexander Malofiy, attorney for Wolfe’s trustee Michael Skidmore, praised the ruling. He said while many copyright cases are an uphill battle, Klausner’s ruling brings his client one step closer to getting Wolfe credit for helping create one of the most recognizable song introductions in rock history.

Skidmore was able to overcome statute-of-limitations hurdles to sue over “Stairway to Heaven” because the song was remastered and re-released in 2014.

A lot of folks don’t know or remember Spirit. Do you remember “I Got a Line on You”, “Mechanical World”, or “Nature’s Way?”

Jose Altuve of course leads MLB with six stolen bases.

We should have won last night. Lack of situational hitting for sure. George Springer taking a called third strike right down the middle with the winning run on base in the bottom of the ninth hurt big time.

Oh well, it’s Dollar Dog Night this evening.

 

Transition Report Card

Before the game last night, AL Cy Young Award winner Dallas Keuchel and AL Rookie of the Year winner Carlos Correa were presented brand new pick-up trucks. Here is a tweet from after the game:

Brian McTaggart ‏@brianmctaggart 9h9 hours ago

Correa on getting a cool truck: “Especially the streets here in downtown Houston are very bad, so it’s good to drive a truck around.”

Jerome Solomon of the Chron says attendance at The Yard this season may hit the 3 million mark. When was the last time we hit 3 million?

I don’t know if this story has legs and I don’t know if I care. Commentary is talking about the Mayor’s Transition Committee Report being kept from the public. Here is from the Houston Press:

Not long after his swearing in earlier this year, Mayor Sylvester Turner assembled a “transition team” comprised of more than 250 local academics, business leaders, politicians and everyday citizens to study nearly every corner of city government and report back their policy recommendations. The mayor called the effort “unprecedented” in scope and inclusiveness, saying the team’s “advice and counsel will be invaluable as we move Houston forward toward that better tomorrow I promised in my inaugural address.”

Invaluable and kinda secret, turns out.

Soon after City Hall sent out a 17-page “Transition Team Report” last week, we started to hear grumblings that the report left out some important recommendations and information that had been submitted to Turner’s office. When the Houston Press contacted Turner’s office for a basic explanation of some of the recommendations that did manage to make it into the mayor’s report (for instance, what exactly does it mean to “Improve the transparency of the citizen complaint process” for the Houston Police Department?), Turner spokeswoman Janice Evans said she couldn’t help us because “The transition team process was conducted entirely outside of city government.” Evans also told us transition team members “do not do media interviews.”

At least not on the record they don’t. Several transition team members wouldn’t talk about the process publicly for fear of getting on the new-ish mayor’s bad side. None would send us the individual transition team reports that were submitted to the mayor’s office – reports that supposedly discuss in detail some of the most pressing issues facing the city, from budgeting and finances to public safety and police accountability.

“We were under the impression that these would be public documents,” one transition team member told us. It was only in recent weeks, the team member said, that officials in charge of the process “started saying these documents are to be kept quiet.”

Here is the entire Houston Press story: http://www.houstonpress.com/news/does-mayor-turner-have-a-transparency-problem-8316438.

We will see if any other media outlets ask for the report. This is interesting but Commentary will let others get into this debate.   It is probably just some criticism of department heads.

The LED lights at The Yard are getting twitter run. Here is this:

MoiseKapenda Bower ‏@moisekapenda 14h14 hours ago

The new lights inside Minute Maid Park are extremely bright. Feels like I’m on the Cooper Station in Interstellar. #Astros #KCRvsHOU 

Mayra Moreno ABC13 ‏@ABC13Mayra 4h4 hours ago

So the lights are too bright at #MinuteMaidPark according to some @astros fans but it saves lots of energy! did you notice the lights?

tony renteria ‏@ugotiger 2h2 hours ago Houston, TX

@CourtneyABC13 @tomkochnews @astros horrible…go back to old system lights..I saw the difference and they blinded me watching pop fly balls

From where I sit, I can’t even make out the upper deck seats across the field. It is like a bright haze.

Commentary got an easy foul ball last night and missed one that was hit hard.

The Chron has a story on the parking around The Yard last night. I took the light rail.

How about these tweets:

Jake Kaplan ‏@jakemkaplan 10h10 hours ago

Carlos Correa is the first shortstop to drive in 74 runs over his first 106 major-league games since 1942 (Vern Stephens). 

Jake Kaplan ‏@jakemkaplan 10h10 hours ago

Tyler White is the first player in Astros history to tally 12 hits in his first seven major-league games.

3,020, 405 made it to The Yard in 2007 of course.

Last night’s win was nice. It is just one win but it sure was an energizer for an Opening Day. Nice. Nice. Nice.

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