Game Log: 11 September 2008

Still have power and cable, so here’s the entry.

I figured that since it was Heroes Night this game would be packed–but I didn’t take into account the huge HURRICANE that is heading straight for our city.  So I got there only twenty minutes before game time and was still one of the first 10,000 fans (and got a patriotic cap, sponsored by Food Town… yippee).  The paid attendance was somewhere around 31,000 but there could not have been more than 15,000 people there.  We could hear the umpire calling strikes from the fourth deck.

Before the game, a Marine’s family came out to throw the first pitch.  They showed a surprise video from him in Iraq apologizing that he couldn’t make the game, and then the announcer said, “Oh, and we have a surprise guest” and out comes the Marine!  I teared up in a big way as he threw the first pitch… it was wonderful.

The game had a very relaxed atmosphere.  Half the team was signing autographs, and I kicked myself for not taking the hurricane into consideration when planning for my game excursion.  But I do have almost the whole team on my hat, so that’s not that big of a deal.  Anyhow, whenever a foul ball went towards a guy in the on-deck circle, he would pick it up and toss it to the crowd.  Roy Oswalt mis-tossed one of the fouls and it fell down the screen, so he actually walked over to a child in the Diamond Club and put the baseball in his hand.  I was epically jealous.

We in the city of Houston have become such scoreboard watchers.  Not only was I tracking the Rockies game (*sniff*) but also the Cardinals/Cubs game and the Brewers game.  Fortunately, the Brewers and the Cardinals both lost, so we’re only three behind now.

I had a big bag of Cracker Jack–only one concession stand out of thirty plus was open.  We also had a different announcer than the usual Bob Ford, who’s been doing games as long as I can remember.  This new guy couldn’t pronounce “Doumit,” which got really annoying after a few innings.  The stores were closed and the baseball card stand was closed, which was okay because I bought my pack of Topps on Wednesday–and got a new Luke Scott and also a Josh Anderson rookie card 🙂

Anywho, Roy Oswalt pitched a pretty-much perfect game, seeing as he allowed three hits and every one of those hits was immediately followed by a double play.  He faced the minimum 27 batters, struck out four, and we scored six runs en route to a four-game sweep of the Pittsburgh Pirates.

In other news…

– Micah Owings is officially a Red……..  ohhhhhhhh I HATE that stupid Adam Dunn trade.
– have I mentioned THE HURRICANE yet?  yIKEs.


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