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  • Siete on “Today”
    October 17, 2019

    Who has the most dingers in the 2019 MLB postseason?

    My sister’s company, Siete Foods, was featured on the “Today” show this morning. How cool is that?

    Here is the story:
    https://www.today.com/video/go-behind-the-brand-of-siete-family-foods-71472709759

    I am so proud of them. Miguel and Vero are so the best. My Mom and Ace even got in. Great story.

    Wut! That’s the response from Dem activists this morning when they found out the Chron E-Board endorsed H-Town Council Members Mike Knox and Michael Kubosh.

    The Chron ran a piece yesterday on where Astros fans have been hanging out before the MLB playoff games that are played at The Yard. Our hangout got part of the write up. Here is the article:
    https://www.houstonchronicle.com/entertainment/restaurants-bars/article/where-to-eat-after-astros-game-playoffs-restaurant-14535695.php.

    Care to guess where we hang?

    Jose Altuve leads MLB with 4 postseason dingers of course.

    The Yankees have to win 3 out of the next 4 games to make the World Series. We have to win 2 out of the next 4. 2 will be played at Yankee Stadium and 2 at The Yard. Commentary thinks we can win tonight and tomorrow night. That’s all I know.

    One thing is for sure.  There will still be baseball at The Yard this season.

  • For Nick Hellyar
    October 16, 2019

    Name the pitcher who has tossed the most innings in the 2019 postseason?

    Commentary was at an H-Town City Council District H Candidates Forum last night, and a question was asked about the I-45 Expansion. The question was how about using the Hardy Toll Road to handle all the heavy traffic instead of I-45. Sigh! I am guessing the folks who drew up the question have never visited the neighborhoods along the Hardy Toll Road. They are low income. Mostly of the African American and Latino persuasion. And without political influence. Yeah, stick it to them. Dumb question.

    The Harris County Clerk’s elections folks had a meeting and presentation with candidates and other political players yesterday on the upcoming election. I learned that all the Early Vote in Person locations will also be open on Election Day like Moody Park for instance.

    The Chron E-Board endorsed Nick Hellyar today. Here is a part:

    One, however, stands out for his knowledge of the inner workings of city hall: Nick Hellyar is a 37-year-old real estate agent with a “passion for municipal government” that grew out of early jobs working as constituent services manager for then-city council member James Rodriguez, whose three-term tenure representing District I ended in 2013.

    Here is the entire E-Board take for Nick:
    https://www.houstonchronicle.com/opinion/editorials/article/We-recommend-Nick-Hellyar-for-City-Council-14537008.php.

    Way to go, Nick!

    The GOP Texas House Speaker sure doesn’t look too smart this morning.

    Gerrit Cole of course has pitched 22 2/3 innings to lead the 2019 postseason.

    We will see if we can get a Game 4 in this evening.

  • We recommend Karla Cisneros for City Council District H
    October 15, 2019

    The Nationals can sweep San Luis today for the NLCS Championship? When was the last time a team swept in the NLCS?

    Commentary’s headline today is the Chron online headline for the E-Board’s endorsement of H-Town Council Member Karla Cisneros for reelection. Here is how their endorsement take starts:

    Poverty and lack of academic achievement are problems that concern all of Houston, but they are particularly pressing in District H, an area that covers not only the growing Near Northside, Woodland Heights and East End, but also struggling neighborhoods north of 610 and near Buffalo Bayou. It’s a place where only about 14 percent of adult residents have a college degree.

    “If 70 percent of the kids are black and brown and most of them are in poverty, that is the most critical issue that I see before our city,” Councilwoman Karla Cisneros told the editorial board. “We cannot rely on bringing people in to fill the jobs that we want, we need to grow our own.”

    Cisneros, 65, has used her first term on the council to advocate for education, call attention to poverty and address the problem of stray animals and pet overpopulation, all issues that many of her constituents grapple with every day.

    She has earned the right to continue to fight on their behalf.

    Here is all of Karla’s Chron endorsement take: https://www.houstonchronicle.com/opinion/editorials/article/We-recommend-Karla-Cisneros-for-City-Council-14519787.php.

    Nice job, to my good friend and client H-Town Council Member Karla Cisneros. She will do well. She works hard.

    Let’s see, a fella who is running for president who got 632,477 votes for a state treasurer race says another fella who is running for president who got 4,045,632 votes for a U.S. Senate race is trying to be “relevant” because he support a mandatory buyback program of assault rifles. Got it.

    The Buzbee fella is now attacking Bill King and the H-Town Mayor together in an ad. I wonder if the City Hall trolls will respond and tweet on this. That would require defending Bill, too. That’s funny.

    H-Town folks just need to stop talking about the H-Town Rev Cap. If folks had any balls, they would have put it up for a repeal vote. Guess what? They didn’t have any balls so just shut up!

    In 2015, the Mets swept the Cubs 4 zip in the NLCS of course.

    At 3 pm today, H-Town’s productivity, with the exception of bars, restaurants, and The Yard, will take a dip of sorts for a few hours.

  • Staying Up
    October 14, 2019

    In Game 2 of the 2017 ALCS against the Yankees at The Yard, 2 years ago, who was the only player to hit a dinger?

    At the televised mayoral debate this past Friday night on Channel 2, the first question dealt with ethics and campaign finance. The H-Town Mayor said he was operating under the same campaign finance guidelines as the last two or three mayors (Lee Brown, Bill White and Annise Parker). I don’t think so. Nope. Got the facts wrong. During those administrations, we used to have blackout periods where you couldn’t do fundraising. It usually ran from the February after a municipal election to the following February or thereabouts. A court threw the blackout fundraising ordinance out towards the end of the Parker administration and now you can pretty much raise campaign money year-round. Three years ago, after City Council went to four-year terms, the election cycle also increased to four years, meaning an individual could only give the $5,000 maximum to a candidate every four years. The City squeezed in two cycles during the four-year term. Got it?

    The Chron E-Board endorsed in 2 HISD races today.

    For Cris Moses in HISD District II here:
    https://www.houstonchronicle.com/opinion/editorials/article/We-recommend-Cris-Moses-for-HISD-District-II-14518813.php.

    For Daniela “Dani” Hernandez over incumbent Trustee Sergio Lira here:
    https://www.houstonchronicle.com/opinion/editorials/article/We-recommend-Dani-Hernandez-for-HISD-District-III-14519060.php.

    For special games like the playoffs or Opening Day, our group of about 10 to a dozen folks gets together at an eatery near The Yard to hang together. We talk baseball, politics, gossip, poke fun of each other and everything else in between. Toward the end of our gathering, we take a group photo. It is a cool group.

    In Game 2 of the 2017 ALCS played at The Yard, Carlos Correa had the game’s only dinger of course. Oh yeah, Correa also had a walk-off double in the bottom of the 9th as we won 2-1.

    What a game last night! It was one of those games where you just say what the heck to the time and just take it all in and enjoy. I was there with my best friend. Right before the 11th inning, I took a bathroom break and looked around for a snack. Most of the concession stands had shut down. I got some fries and headed back to my seat. Then it happened. As soon as it left his bat, I knew it was a goner. The Yard erupted. Just before midnight. Very few folks had left the game. I got home about an hour later. Wow!

  • There There
    October 11, 2019

    What is our won-loss record in Championship Series?

    The $95,000 intern just won’t go away. I was told yesterday that it is being talked about by folks at civic club meetings. Not a good look folks.

    The Chron has another story on the issue today. Here is the article:
    https://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/houston-texas/houston/article/Buzbee-King-continue-to-hit-Turner-over-airport-14509417.php.

    The Chron E-Board weighed in on the matter today and here are parts of their take:

    Buzbee has implied there is a personal relationship between Turner and Agumagu but has so far produced no evidence to back it up.

    And this:

    Meanwhile, there are other areas where the mayor has fallen short. Turner’s opponents should stick to the facts and fight to win on policy differences. Throwing around veiled allegations and innuendo is not a sign of good leadership — or character.

    Here is the entire E-Board take:
    https://www.houstonchronicle.com/opinion/editorials/article/The-mayor-and-the-intern-Accusation-against-14510138.php.

    Now let’s step back for a second. It wasn’t the Bill King Campaign or Tony Buzbee Campaign who manufactured this story. It was an investigative reporter from KPRC-TV Channel 2 news who broke the story. Somebody who doesn’t like the Mayor provided the info to Channel 2.

    Commentary has no idea where this is headed. I don’t think the Chron E-Board does either from their take today. As they say in the TV news business, stay tuned!

    In 1980, we lost the NLCS, 2-3.

    In 1986, we lost the NLCS, 2-4.

    In 2004, we lost the NLCS, 3-4.

    In 2005, we won the NLCS, 4-2.

    In 2017, we won the ALCS, 4-3.

    In 2018, we lost the ALCS, 1-4.

    Our Championship Series record is 16- 20, of course.

    Wow! Last night was electric at The Yard. It was rocking. We did it!

    It is Game 1 of the ALCS tomorrow at The Yard!