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Monday, July 26, 2004

Astros-Snakes 7/26 

It's a laugh-a-minute at Minute Maid tonight, because Yvette the promotions girl is in the booth with Bill and Bill.

First she mentions that this Thursday, the first 5000 adults get a t-shirt featuring Carlos Beltran. Just as she's finishing, the camera cuts to Beltran, who's right in the middle of a ball-scratching session.

Then she pulled out the Jeff Bagwell nesting doll, which kids can claim during some game soon. I really wasn't paying close enough attention to know when. I did listen closely enough to hear the following exchange:

Yvette: See how cute that is!
Bill Brown (matter-of-factly): It is cute.
Bill Worrell (under his breath, but audible): It's not cute
The befuddled looks were priceless. Yvette has a perma-smile, and Brown had one of those "I can't believe I'm saying this" expressions. Worrell's was more of a "You just said Jeff Bagwell is cute and I'm never letting you forget it."

The actual game isn't as funny. Pettitte gave up two solo HRs in the 1st, and until Jeff Kent squeaked an RBI single through the left field side just now, Houston had gone 1-for-7 with runners in scoring position. 2-1 Snakes after five.

Sacrificial Lamb

Down 2-1 in the 8th, with one down and Ensberg at first, Mike Lamb put a ride on one. Unfortunately it died at the right-center warning track. Steve Finley gunned down Morgan at second when he tried to tag and advance.

9-1-2 in the 9th. We need a little magic here.

No magic tonight

Here we go, guys. Gotta win the next three now.


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