By Marc Campos

Bench Him, #5, Candy Anyone? Ruby Slippers

Who let him suit up? Somebody please get our ’04 Dem Presidential nominee off of the stage now! He had his shot two years ago and he chumped out. We’re fixing to win some ground back and we don’t need this guy saying real real real dumb things. Botched joke my a__! Dem Party leaders need to tell the fella to get lost for the next six days. Sew up his piehole immediately!

It’s now official – but we’ve known it for a year. Jeff Bagwell won’t be playing anymore for the ‘Stros, or for that matter, for anyone else. It is all over. We’ve prepared for this and we’re OK with it – I guess – although I sure will miss his towering home runs and his stellar play at first base. So here’s the deal, the Astros now have five years to put together a kick butt campaign to get Baggy into the Hall of Fame on the first ballot. He has the numbers but he needs a well thought out PR strategy. Hope they don’t wait until a week before the ballots are mailed before they start asking for votes. You heard it here first.

We had three trick or treaters come by last night. I have a lot of candy left over. We even had the good stuff to hand out. I guess I’ll be having Skittles, Snickers and M&Ms for breakfast for the next couple of months.

“Unusual weather, we’re having, ain’t it?” The Ruby Slippers are considered the Holy Grail of Hollywood memorabilia. Seven pairs were used for the filming of “The Wizard of Oz.” Five pair are accounted for today. “The Wizard of Oz” was also the nickname given to Baseball Hall of Famer Osborne Earl Smith – Ozzie Smith – the St. Louis Cardinal shortstop.

When the ‘Stros retired their ’80s gear, the so call “rainbow jerseys” – they played “Over the Rainbow” at the old yard and “I got a permanent just for the occasion” – NOT REALLY!!

November 01, 2006, 9:00AM

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