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  • Early Voting in Person
    October 22, 2018

    Have the Red Sox and the Dodgers ever met in the postseason?

    On the first day of Early Voting in Person in Harris County in 2014, 20,215 showed to vote and 41,520 mailed in ballots.

    On the first day of Early Voting in Person in Harris County in 2016, 67,471 showed to vote and 61,543 mailed in ballots

    Care to guess what will be reported around 5 pm today?

    The Chron E-Board Saturday endorsed the City of H-Town’s Prop A and opposed the H-Town Firefighters’ Prop B.

    The Chron E-Board Sunday endorsed #BetoForTexas, Gov. Greg Abbott, and Lt. Governor Dem candidate Mike Collier.

    Here is from the E-Board’s Prop A take:

    As we said at the time, the drainage fee was established by a vote at City Hall, not a vote at the ballot box. If Proposition A fails, that fee doesn’t go away. Voters will merely lose the Rebuild Houston lock box that requires the city to take a pay-as-you-go approach to funding street and drainage improvements rather than resorting to the more expensive route of borrowing money and paying interest.

    That’s BS and silly pure and simple.

    Commentary worked for passage of the November 2010 vote on Rebuild Houston. Here was the ballot language the H-Town voters approved:

    Shall the City Charter of the City of Houston be amended to provide for the enhancement, improvement and ongoing renewal of Houston’s drainage and streets by creating a Dedicated Pay-As-You-Go Fund for Drainage and Streets.

    If the ballot item – Prop 1 – had not been approved by the voters at the ballot box in 2010, a drainage fee would not have been established – period. So saying “the drainage fee was established by a vote at City Hall, not a vote at the ballot box” is a load of BS. The E-Board is quick to chastise public officials for talking BS. Now they are doing the same. Quit disrespecting H-Town voters and stop saying this, please!

    Spooky Halloween Evan says the Chron E-Board endorsed 65 GOPers and 57 Dems for the November election.

    There is a story in the Chron today about Sen. Ted Cruz and Donald Trump and here is a line:

    “Look, they went to counseling, things are okay now, they’re back together, they’re getting along now,” said Rick Tyler, an MSNBC political analyst and Republican strategist who worked as a spokesman for Cruz’s 2016 presidential bid.

    I didn’t know arse kissing was therapy.

    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s dinner was interrupted Friday evening. I wonder if Mitch has considered takeout lately.

    In 1916, the Red Sox beat the Brooklyn Robins (now the LA Dodgers), 4 games to 1 of course.

    Don’t be surprised if the team decides to continue to have replica World Series ring giveaways a few times next season. Hey, it worked this past season.

    Last year, Christmas shopping was easy. Just about everyone on my list got World Series gear. I am going to have to work a little harder this year.

    In case you are wondering, MLB returns to The Yard on March 25 and 26 next year when we host the Pirates for a couple of exhibition games. Our season home opener is Friday, April 5 when we host the A’s.

    Boston returns on Friday, May 24 for a weekend series.

    Go Vote Early, please!

     

  • Settled, Done
    October 19, 2018

    Blame the baseball gods, folks!

    $14.25 postseason Saint Arnold prices. 122% price increase on some tickets over the past couple of years. Some folks I know are not coming back next season or are moving to other locations at The Yard.

    Joe West. Roberto Osuna.

    The baseball gods decided we were not worthy of repeating.

    4 and 1 and done.

    Make that 2 For Prop B mailers I have received in the last couple of weeks.

    The Chron E-board today endorsed the Dem candidate for Land Commissioner, 7 GOPers for family court judgeships, and 2 Dems for family court judgeships.

    Early Voting in Person starts on Monday.

    I like this from the internet:

    Rihanna stands with Kap. The “Work” singer declined an offer to headline the Super Bowl LIII Halftime Show because she “supports Colin Kaepernick,” a source tells Us Weekly exclusively.

    “The NFL and CBS really wanted Rihanna to be next year’s performer in Atlanta,” the insider reveals. “They offered it to her, but she said no because of the kneeling controversy. She doesn’t agree with the NFL’s stance.”

    I wonder if they will be called Caesars Crawford Boxes next season.

    No MLB question today.

    During the National Anthem before Game 4 Wednesday evening, they had a color guard made up of first responders, so folks were focused on the flags by home plate. I checked out the flag poles in the outfield and I noticed the flags were blowing and waving even though the roof was closed. Where was the wind coming from? I guess they had a wind machine or huge arse fan out there and they didn’t want a limp flag.  Just saying.

  • Blown Call
    October 18, 2018

    Move over Mike Renfro.

    F__k Joe West and f__k MLB!

    Because of where I sit at The Yard, I have become way too familiar on what is considered the field of play. Last night I had an angle on the where the ball landed and clearly Mookie Betts’ glove was beyond the field of play and the fan had every right to the ball.

    Joe West had absolutely no angle and he guessed wrong – period. I repeat, guessed wrong.

    MLB is not going to cut us any slack because they prefer Boston in the World Series. So, our chances on overturning the call on review by the folks in New York were slim.

    F__k Joe West and f__k MLB.

    The Chron e-Board called out HISD trustee Diana Davila and some of her colleagues today. That’s their right to do so. Funny, though. They have never called out certain trustees for their outrageous behavior. That is chickens__t.

    The Chron E-Board today endorsed 8 GOPers for district judgeships and 2 Dems for district judgeships.

    No MLB question today.

    F__k Joe West and f__k MLB.

    7 pm start this evening and it is do or die.

  • It Was Ugly
    October 17, 2018

    Name the Astro with the most RBIs in the 2018 postseason?

    Commentary is thinking the #BetoForTexas second guessers are happy that #BetoForTexas was aggressive last night and that he finally has a TV ad where he takes a shot at Sen. Ted Cruz.

    Chron columnist Erica Grieder has a good piece today on #BetoForTexas not sharing his dough. Go get a hard copy and check it out.

    Today, the Chron E-Board endorsed 8 Dems for county court judgeships and 6 GOPers for county court judgeships.

    Early Voting in Person starts in five days. Do folks have any idea how Prop B will play out? More and more people I have talked to are not very happy about having to choose between the Firefighters and the fiscal situation. Folks feel like they have been thrown into the middle of this. They are just saying.  Can’t blame them.

    The folks who run the Astros are smarter than Commentary. That doesn’t mean they always make the right moves. Commentary would have kept Dallas Keuchel in to start the sixth. They brought in Joe Smith, who wasn’t on the ALDS roster, and we saw what happened. Bringing in Roberto Osuna in the eighth was plain dumb. He is our closer. The Skipper made a couple of bonehead moves last night for sure.

    Commentary has mentioned the baseball gods before. Maybe we kind of paid a price last night for trading for Osuna – just maybe.

    Last night was ugly, ugly, ugly!

    Marwin Gonzalez of course leads the Astros with 8 RBIs.

    A 7:30 pm start. We kind of have our backs to the wall. This isn’t do or die, but a win is a must.

  • Share This!
    October 16, 2018

    You should know this one. Name the MLBer who has drawn the most walks in the 2018 postseason?

    This is from Barzini in “The Godfather”:

    Times have changed. It’s not like the Old Days, when we can do anything we want. A refusal is not the act of a friend. If Don Corleone had all the judges, and the politicians in New York, then he must share them, or let us others use them. He must let us draw the water from the well. Certainly he can present a bill for such services; after all… we are not Communists.

    Nope!

    Remember when Texas Dems used to complain because Texas was used as an ATM machine by Dems from outside of Texas? Now #BetoForTexas is raising tons of money and some folks want him to share his take with other candidates and campaigns. Nope! All of his money needs to stay in Texas. Sorry, but that’s an easy one.

    Donald Trump will hold a rally for Sen. Ted Cruz at NRG Arena that holds 8,500 folks.

    Willie Nelson held a concert for #BetoForTexas and 50,000 showed up but who is counting?

    The Trump rally is next Monday, October 22. Thank you, Trump and Sen. Cruz for getting our Dem folks revved up on the first day of Early Voting in Person here in the H-Town area.

    NRG Arena is owned by Harris County. I am betting that Judge EdEmmett will not be there.

    Today, the Chron E-Board endorsed the Dem candidate for Texas AG and the Dem candidate for TXCD#2.

    The HISD Trustees apologized yesterday in a sort of united front. I guess that is a good thing. Your guess is as good as mine as to where this thing is headed.

    Some local media folks didn’t like the fact that they didn’t take questions yesterday. And risk shattering the united front?

    Alex Bregman of course has 10 walks to lead all MLBers in the 2018 postseason.

    It is a 4 pm start at The Yard this afternoon.