It was the summer of 2012, and a coworker had given me Astros tickets that he didn’t want. Can’t imagine why he wouldn’t want to go sit in the heat to watch a baseball team that would go on to lose 107 games, but alas there I was with my mom and baby biscuit at my first Astros game in 5 years. We’d recently moved back to Houston from San Marcos and I’d followed the boys from the hill country but hadn’t ever made it back for a game. It was abysmal. The atmosphere, the play, everything. The stadium was damn near empty on a Saturday afternoon and of course they lost. The only bright spot on that trash can of a team was Altuve – in only his second year in the league. Flash forward to the beginning of 2017. Two years ago the Astros had been beaten in heart breaking fashion by the eventual champion Kansas City Royals in the ALDS. They had missed the playoffs last year, but there was promise. I went to something like 30 games this year. On weekdays during the summer, I’d take a break from work to go to the ball park and watch the boys play. On weekends, we’d do the same. Minute Maid was almost always full. Fans screaming and cheering almost made me forget the pathetic display in the summer of 2011. This was our year. And y’all – we are ONE GAME away. After everything this city and this area has been through this year we are so close I can taste it!
Which brings me to the funniest video I have ever seen. I can’t pinpoint exactly why, it just is. There’s the guy who throws the ball back – his FACE. He is ENRAGED! He hates the Dodgers with every fiber of his being, and can’t believe for two seconds that his idiot brother and sister in law would be happy about that home run ball. He is so angry he probably couldn’t even feel his hands. He didn’t know what he was doing, he was running on autopilot like “get this evil out of here!” Then we have the wife, who caught it. Her face goes from pure joy to confusion in the BLINK OF AN EYE. She doesn’t know what just happened. And the best – her husband. I’m glad it was a brothers thing and not like his buddy or something. Because if it was just a friend, he would NEVER see that guy again.
Oh yeah football is going on – I took a break from football on Sunday so I could go to Ren fest with my guy. I’ll be honest with you, it was kind of refreshing not stressing about the game, but I don’t see myself doing it again. Apparently I missed one hell of a game though. And what do you know, surprise surprise Bill O’Brien cost the team a chance to win the game. Uhh ya think??? Only Bill O’Brien would look at a quarterback who has thrown for 400 yards and 4 TDs and think, “yeah I’m not going to put it in that guys hands at the end.” Also, Duane Brown was traded yesterday.
In the midst of all that’s going on with the Astros, I completely forgot about Halloween! I think the smart play here is to have your trick or treating done by 6:45 so that you can settle in to watch the game. Us parents are in a tough spot here – we can’t NOT take our kids trick or treating, but at the same time – this is the WORLD SERIES. I already told baby biscuit she better hit as many houses as possible between 6 – 6:45 because we’re not missing a second of the action.
I need to talk about this Kevin Spacey thing for a second.
Please bare with me. I’d like to say on behalf of the LGBTQ community and allies – Kevin Spacey can take this bootleg apology and STUFF IT. First of all, we know what you were doing Kevin. You were trying to make sure that on Monday morning the narrative had changed from “Kevin Spacey tried to molest a 14 year old” to “Kevin Spacey is gay.” That in itself is pathetic. But also, at the same time you have given credence to the myth in society that homosexuals are pedophiles – a stereotype they’ve been fighting against since before the gay rights movement STARTED. So honestly, I will make it my life’s mission to make sure EVERYONE knows that you are creepy creep first, and you being a gay man in no way, shape, or form has anything to do with you being a molester.
Quote of the Day:
“I just swallowed half my dip!” – Alex Bregman after his walk off RBI single on Sunday night
Hottie of the Day: