The view from section 405 is probably my favorite view in the house. The seats are high up so that I can see downtown to my left if the roof’s open, but I can still see every play made below me. Plus the tickets are $7 up there, but I still spent $4 on a bottle of water (gross Dasani, not even Ozarka, which is so much better).
FanFest was today. Autograph sessions were sold out by 5 AM, apparently, and I didn’t really want to go to any of them. I arrived around 11, and I wanted to go to one of the “Talkin’ Baseball” seminars but had NO idea where they were. For future reference, Astros peoples, please gimme a map or a schedule or something. The only thing I ended up buying was a baseball cube for the ball a UCLA coach tossed me at the Houston College Classic. I spent most of my time on the first baseline.
Dewey Robinson signed, then Tim Byrdak made it over after him. A guy behind me remarked that he hardly recognized TIm without his trademark glasses. Apparently, Tim got LASIK. And by the way, Tim is pretty. I like him now. Then Doug Brocail came over and got a ball to give to a little girl. I almost cried, it was that cute. But then when he gave up three runs to give up a 4-3 loss in the ninth inning, I lost a little bit of the smile.
Chris Sampson was signing, I already had his autograph, so I went out on a limb and asked him if he would take a picture with me. He did. It was awesome. He is just far too adorable.
As usual, met some cool people down on the first baseline. Then I had to head upstairs, but not before I bought some Papa John’s pizza (so much better than DiGiorno–that stuff was never cooked all the way through). Spent the rest of the game in my seat, drinking water fountain water that was so gross I still feel somewhat ill.
We had three errors, all throwing errors. We gave up a game in the ninth. But there were some good plays. I’m not convinced about this 2009 team yet–Pudge will bring a veteran presence to the clubhouse, but I thought we already had that. Russ Ortiz did a very nice job pitching. Michael Bourn got a hit (WOW).
All in all… I’m going to Opening Day on Monday. That’s all I can commit to thus far.