Houston Astros: Armed and Dangerous is a book written by Jose de Jesus Ortiz, Jr., a Chron sports writer who covers the Astros. Ortiz was at the 2006 Houston Latino Book & Family Festival yesterday to talk about his book. Jeff Bagwell was his guest.
Baggy answered a few questions about his shoulder and his World Series experience. Baggy also read aloud the prologue that was written by 'Stros catcher Brad Ausmus. Bagwell is a class guy - he is also married to a Latina, she made this year's Chron's Best Dressed Female list.
I bought Ortiz' book - a must read for all Astros fans. I like Ortiz. He is straight forward. He respects the players, the Astros organization, and the fans. He loves baseball. He's relatively young but he knows his stuff. He is also proud of his Latino heritage - that's why he attended the Latino Book Festival - he wants young Latinos/Latinas to read books. He is also married to a Chron sports writer - she covers the Texans.
Ortiz says if America acted like the players of all skin shades act in baseball's (particularly the Astros') clubhouses, we probably wouldn't have this immigration debate we are having today. He's good. Hope he doesn't get any offers from like the LA Times or New York Times. We need a class guy like Jose de Jesus Ortiz, Jr. in Houston. Buy his book, please.
Some of the contestants that showed up Saturday are regulars on the circuit. Some have their own groupies. There was a female contestant. There is even a book that was published about the circuit that includes food contest eating trivia. The top four eaters were referred to as the "Four Horsemen of the Esophagus."
They had 12 minutes to scarf down tamales - the big kind. You get disqualified if you have a "reversal of fortune" or barf. There were some big fellas and some small fellas. The winner was of the slim persuasion. He took home $2,500. Second place $1,000. $500 to the third placer. No doggie bags.
May 8, 2006, 9:00AM