What about them Astros? I bet ol’ Jerry Jones wishes he owned the Houston MLB team so he could have a non-aged ring on his finger earned by a winning team! But, then again, if Jones owned the Astros, they probably wouldn’t have won it all two years ago, with the possibility of doing it again this year.

I have never been a big baseball fan. In general, the game is way too slow for me.

I was watching my Aggies’ boring game against Ole Miss, while taking a break from putting together our semi-annual Visitor’s Guide Saturday evening, and remembered the Astros were playing. I switched channels and started watching that game.

The game was in the seventh inning and Houston was beating New York 4-2.

Needless to say, I took the time to watch the rest of the game, and glad I did.

If all nine or more innings of a baseball game were as exiting as the last four innings of game seven Saturday, I might just become a fan of the game.

If you know me, there’s no way I can sit still and watch anything for four plus hours. I can’t even do that at a college football game – my favorite sport.

Like I mentioned earlier, I’ve never been a big baseball fan due to the speed of the game, but I do have a connection with the Astros because I grew up in Baytown, just down I-10 from H-Town.

The Houston papers covered the team like wet dew on a fall morning. So, even though I managed to attend only one game … in the Dome … and one later in life in Milwaukee (that’s another story) … I can still name many of the stars that played during my youth.

The interesting thing about watching the current Astros’ lineup is I did see and/or hear the names of many of them when they played for the Hooks, as they made their way through the system to the big leagues.

I’m writing this column on the eve of Game 1 of the World Series. Ironically, I had to drive to Houston Tuesday for a Hurricane Harvey presentation. I just hope I can tell you I made it to my hotel room before the happy (or disappointed) crowd left Minute Maid Park.

Go Astros.

Until next week, have a good week.

Mike Probst can be reached at publisher@rockportpilot.com.

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