Tuesday, October 11, 2005

Family Day at the Ballpark

Wow, what a weekend! The Cowboys routed the Eagles with a nice solid win, and the Astros pulled out of a five-point deficit to beat the Braves in a record-breaking 18-inning win to clinch the division for the second year in a row. (Let’s just hope they can take this ride a little farther than last year’s.)

There were two interesting things I saw about the Astros game that just warmed my old heart. First, when Roger Clemens started warming up during the 13th or 14th inning, he eschewed the normal bullpen assistants and asked his son Koby, who recently signed on to the Astros’ minor league farm team (the Greeneville Astros, in the Appalachian League), to catch for him. Nice little father-son moment there.

Then at the end of the game, in the midst of all the on-field celebrations, Manager Phil Garner left the mob of players to run to the stands and embrace his wife. He spent the next little while celebrating with Mrs. Garner and their kids and grandkids, who were all on hand to see the game. It seems family comes first, at least in this little corner of major league baseball.

And to top it all off, I got to spend almost the entire weekend with my own grandkids! Again I say, what a weekend!


Blogger Songbird said...

Thanks for the great thoughts, Pops. The kids had a blast with you guys over the weekend. I wish I could have been there to watch the game with you. We'll definitely plan on it for this weekend!

Love you, Pops!

10/12/2005 8:04 AM  

Anonymous Stevie D. said...

What a game, eh Pops? Here's hoping they can go all the way to the Series!

10/12/2005 8:17 AM  

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