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Monday, October 18, 2004

How 'bout them Astros?

Woohoo!  What a game!

Brandon Backe making a pitch en route to a one-hit 3-0 shutout victory over the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 5 of the National League Championship Series, which the Astros now lead three games to two.  Jeff Kent won the game with a three-run homer in the bottom of the ninth.

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(1) Vic made the following comment | Oct 18, 2004 10:44:55 PM | Permalink

Astros...Astros?

An Epic Red Sox/Yankees game goes 14 innings and you talk about the Astros?

Sorry, just happy the Saux are still playing

Congrats on your 'Stros

(2) Birkel made the following comment | Oct 18, 2004 10:53:36 PM | Permalink

And yet, the rest of the country watched a 14 inning affair between Bean Town and New Yawk.

Those last three innings were great though. (Don't really like Jeff Kent from his days with the Giants--washing his truck incident.)

Congrats Beldar. Enjoy game 6.

BTW, did you see Doug Brinkley has done some hit-job-historian work for his paperback version of the Kerry hagiography. As the resident expert... have fun!!

Oh, and it looks like I was the only reader who thought your T. Boone experience was awesome. :^)

(3) BarCodeKing made the following comment | Oct 18, 2004 10:56:34 PM | Permalink

I spent the evening clicking back and forth between the Yankees-Red Sox game on Fox and the Cards-Astros game on FX. As a veteran Yankee hater, I'm pulling for the Red Sox to make the impossible comeback from a 3-0 deficit. And as someone who likes the Astros, I hope they beat the Cardinals. I'd really like to see an Astros-Red Sox World Series, with the guys from Texas beating the guys from Massachusetts in the end to hopefully presage an identical election result.

(4) LazyMF made the following comment | Oct 18, 2004 11:05:25 PM | Permalink

The Astros game was truly a classic. Carlos Beltran showed again, this time with his defense and base stealing, why he is the best all-around player in baseball (Steinbrenner is probably already measuring him for pinstripes).

Unfortunately, in Austin Direct TV was showing the Astros game on both FX and the local Fox affiliate. I was unable to flip back and forth to watch both games (but I guess we all know we can't expect fair and balanced baseball coverage from Fox).

BTW, the color commentary by Steve Lyons on Fox is some of the worst I've ever heard. In game 1 of the Astros/Cardinals series he referred to the Cardinals as getting early "points" instead of "runs" (shudder).

/rant off

(5) slarrow made the following comment | Oct 19, 2004 1:07:04 PM | Permalink

Astros? Astros?

Doggone Astros. Dadgum Backe. !#@[email protected] hellhole of a ballfield Minute Maid Park.

C'mon, Cards, we need a rally back in Cardinal Nation!

Oh, well, I like Beldar well enough that I won't hold it against him that he's an Astros fan. I just hope the Cardinals remember how to hit between now and Wednesday afternoon.

(6) Beldar made the following comment | Oct 19, 2004 5:40:40 PM | Permalink

Of course, playing in the National League Championship for the first time in team history is enough to make this a sweet season to remember for the 'Stros, regardless of the outcome.

But part of what makes it sweeter is the caliber of the competition. The Cards and the Braves are incredible class acts.

Should the Astros advance, I don't really have a strong preference as to their opponents. On the one hand, it would be really, really cool to be playing the Yankees in the World Series, just because they're the Yankees. On the other, it would be equally neat to play the Red Sox — a battle of the jinxed versus the virgins.

And Slarrow, I don't think the Cards forgot how to hit. That game last night was just a classic, traditional National League pitchers' duel. Much as I'd love to see another one, I expect higher scores in the next game or two.

(7) RBonham made the following comment | Oct 19, 2004 9:21:39 PM | Permalink

As a native Houstonian that can remember the old Buff Stadium, all I can say is "Its about time"..

Go Stros....

(8) Geek, Esq. made the following comment | Oct 19, 2004 9:53:12 PM | Permalink

Astros vs. Red Sox?

Wow, the campaign reporters will have their cliches set until election day.

(9) BarCodeKing made the following comment | Oct 20, 2004 12:10:46 AM | Permalink

Actually, Beldar, the Astros played in the NLCS back in 1980, losing to the Philadephia Phillies three games to two. The finale was an 8-7 loss in 10 innings, and the Phillies went on to win the World Series against the Kansas City Royals.

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