The day is finally here! Opening day with the Houston Astros and you can bet that I will be right down there on the baseline…that is, next to my HD big screen. Tickets have been sold out for weeks. 😦
Game time is 6:05p on FSN.
Roy O. is pitching against Zach Duke and the Pittsburg Pirates. On Sunday, Garner released a statement saying that Luke Scott should be out there in right field. Of course the countdown is on for Craig Biggio…only 70 hits to 3000!
The rest of the Good Guys are playing: Berkman, Burke, Ensburg, Everett, Ausmus, and new Astro and clean up hitter Carlos Lee. Of course it looks like Brandon Backe will be out another season. Pitching will be a challenge since we have lost a couple of big-namers (ok, only one officially but might as well count on 2). The pitching rotation includes Oswalt, Jennings, Williams, Rodriguez, and Sampson. The bullpen has Qualls, Wheeler, and Lidge among the ranks but there are questions (aren’t there always???) about Lidge being the closer.
If you have never been to Minute Maid Park, make this the season that you go. You can be a non-baseball fan (heaven forbid!) and yet still enjoy the atmosphere of the park. The food is great, the seats are awesome, and Houston Astros fans are the best in the league.
put your jersey on (I’ll be wearing #11), get your rally towel and hat ready
and PLAY BALL!!!