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Well, they just beat the Rangers a few minutes ago. I'm afraid with only 16 games left and three other teams in front of them for a wild card slot, it's probably too little, too late, but I'll gladly eat those words if I'm proven wrong. They've been playing catch-up all season after a God-awful April, and the starting pitching just hasn't been there.

 

But we weren't supposed to win the WS until 2017, so by that yardstick we're right on schedule. 

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With the freeway revamp a go the Astros will loose some serious parking.  Half of their season ticket holder parking? Also some parking lots below 59 that are used for games.

 

What is the solution?

1. Nothing, let people figure it out

2. Surface lots on all of the lots north of the stadium

3. Another parking garage

 

I have no insight here. Just asking about what will be an issue.

 

Does anyone have an insight into what the ball club is thinking?

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On 3/31/2017 at 2:25 PM, nativehoustonion said:

When we go Downtown I take the 82 Westhiemer takes 10 minutes from Kirby. Some places want $40 to park which is crazy.  It is safe and $1.25 each way.

According to the schedule, it takes more like 20-25 minutes from shepherd .  Not trying to be argumentative, just trying to understand.  Does it actually take 10 minutes and does it stop at Kirby?

 

https://www.ridemetro.org/MetroPDFs/Schedules/BusSchedules/n082-Westheimer.pdf

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If I were commuting to games, I'd probably park on the street somewhere in midtown near a station, and take the light rail.

 

As it is, you can park for cheap on the west side of town under Jones Plaza, or something and hop the rail to the ballpark.

 

Driving home yesterday, I work in Chase and live in Eastwood, I end up taking Rusk to St. Emanuel, which was a huge mistake yesterday.

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So what was it like on opening day, with a standing room only crowd? Were people everywhere and for that matter the first three games around the stadium with all of the new construction and the fingers apartments. I bet it was a high level of energy and buzz around the stadium with people pouring in from all over. Was the GRBrown disco area overwhelmed and were people out eating dinner in all of the new restaurants. Also how was Biggios crowd?

I wish I could have been down there to soak it in.

If someone spent the evening downtown give us a report please.

 

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I can't speak to the evening crowd, but on opening day at lunch there were people who were sight-seeing in astros gear. I left the office at 4:30ish, and there were already a lot of people downtown for the game, walking towards the stadium. Parking on the street in east end was pretty heavy. Not more than I'd expect for an opening day crowd though. 

 

There was a big block party at Lucky's pub that probably caused most of the east end street parking though.

 

The following 2 games were not as busy in the late afternoon. 

 

Granted, this was 2 and a half hours before the first pitch, so I'm sure on opening day it got even more active.

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Opening day report:

 

Rode in from work on the purple line; I don't remember seeing any Astros fans on the train, but it was also ~4.  Went to Biggio's first - it wasn't packed, but it was busy - no open tables, and ordering from the bar took a few minutes just from the number of people.  St. Arnold's was there with a "tap takeover" and gave out free samples of Summer Pils.  Every single person there was wearing Astros gear (though one person may have been wearing a Cubs jersey)

 

Going to the park, every entrance to MMP was crowded.  You needed to go through the metal detectors and show you had a ticket to get into the street festival on Crawford, but once there, there were food trucks, a bouncy castle, rockwall - why do kids get all the cool stuff?

 

Once inside, we hit up shake shack (4/5 stars, faster service than I expected) and then headed up to Torchy's to checkout the view from the new centerfield.  They did a good job with it, and those terrace seats actually have a better view than I thought they would.

 

Up on the second deck, they have picnic tables setup outside Torchy's, so you can eat your food not at your seat (before first pitch if you're me).  They were packed for opening day, but I bet that it will be pretty nice during most games.

 

Back downstairs, there was a "market" that I didn't go in that seemed to sell small takeaway things, including bananas.

 

Total walking around the whole stadium, I think I saw 6 Mariner's fans, and 1 person wearing an Astros sombrero, poncho, and socks.

 

I've been to the last 3 opening days, and this one seemed to be both more packed, and to have a better flow to the crowd.  During the game itself, you barely could see any open seats, even in the upper decks, and there were lots of people standing at the railings.

 

After the game, the streets were just one big party - Texas wasn't fully shut down, but still had a bunch of people in the street.  We walked south through disco green, and there were plenty of fans down there but not packed anymore.

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6 hours ago, houstontexasjack said:

After 56 seasons, they did it. THE ASTROS ARE WORLD SERIES CHAMPIONS!!!!!!  Now, they can redesign the Crawford St wall once more to include a place of honor for the World Series banner.

 

Better leave space for some more, this team has the chops to make a run for a few years! So happy for the team and the city, we've been waiting a loooong time for this!

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It's like something has to be counterbalanced with these things. There was one tweet I read where someone was like "Wow, the Cubs won the World Series. I guess Donald Trump will be elected President, then", whereas in Houston, the Astros winning the World Series is compensation for Hurricane Harvey.

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4 hours ago, H-Town Man said:

Anyone downtown for the celebrations? What were Discovery Green, Main Street, etc. like?

 

 

Crazy Crazy Crazy - but in a fun, non-descructive way which was very refreshing - no burning trash cans, burning cars, etc (at least none that I saw !!)

 

EDIT:  I just read there were 4 arrests, still not too bad

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I saw my first Astros game in June 1967 - it only took 50 years for me to see a World Series win.

 

I was somewhat surpised (not sure why) to hear that Dodger Stadium is the third oldest venue in MLB after Fenway and Wrigley. That's the best indicator yet of how many old stadiums were replaced, some a couple of times.

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4 hours ago, samagon said:

I didn't see anything, but got to be in a group of a bunch of people yelling.

And HISD cancelled classes for this?

 

Ft. Bend ISD was open and teaching students

katy ISD was open and teaching students

humble ISD was open and teaching  students

spring Branch ISD was open and teaching students.

 

IMO, HISD should be ashamed that they failed their students again.

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1 hour ago, UtterlyUrban said:

And HISD cancelled classes for this?

 

Ft. Bend ISD was open and teaching students

katy ISD was open and teaching students

humble ISD was open and teaching  students

spring Branch ISD was open and teaching students.

 

IMO, HISD should be ashamed that they failed their students again.

Reports said close to 1,000 teachers and bus drivers in HISD called out for Friday. http://www.houstonpress.com/news/houston-isd-cancels-school-on-friday-because-of-astros-world-series-parade-and-celebration-9928359

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Kind of wish they hadn't canceled classes cause then there'd have been less people there and I may have been able to see something.

 

I did wonder over to city hall after going back to the office to check email, and got a glimpse of the trophy from about 50 yards. 

 

It was cool though, and in all reality, as far as the party poopers who are disappointed school was canceled. The day will be made up, the schools don't want to lose that funding, and it's an event that happens rarely, life enrichment. 56 years from now when the Astros win another pennant maybe some of these kids who went today will bring their grandchildren to the next one.

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Thanks, Urbannizer. I've been following the Astros through thick and thin since 1965. I don't remember the Colt .45s. The year they became the Astros is about where my awareness of things outside my own little world started.

Like I said, thick and thin but they've been a joy to watch lately. Winning is great but like anything else in life you have to take pleasure in the small things: a great hit, a diving catch, a vicious pitch for a strike-out. Ah, baseball.

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9 hours ago, hindesky said:

And they won again. What really chaps my butt is that ESPN ranks them as the 5th best team even though they have a better record than the 4 teams ahead of them.

https://www.espn.com/mlb/story/_/id/31208667/mlb-power-rankings-week-1-biggest-risers-fallers-first-week-season

I'm afraid it is all about TV market with ESPN and the other networks. I've seen it before when the 'stros were kicking butt and the announcers treated it like a fluke.

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9 hours ago, Specwriter said:

I'm afraid it is all about TV market with ESPN and the other networks. I've seen it before when the 'stros were kicking butt and the announcers treated it like a fluke.

It’s still a pretty small sample size. If they keep winning they will move up the rankings. They lost Springer this year and Verlander is just coming back from Tommy John, so I can see why there might be some skepticism about the Astros, but this current roster seems quite capable.

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14 hours ago, hindesky said:

AL West standings as of 4/24/21 Saturday night. This is making the rounds online. It spells..... 

With the Angels' logo providing an appropriate visual representation. 

Too bad the 'Stros couldn't manage to complete the sweep yesterday.

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