Scenes from a Tornado, aka On the Road with the ‘Stros
I’m on the road with the Astros this week, catching their three game series at Wrigley. And I have great seats!!!
One of the things we’d really like disastros.com to offer readers is a fan’s look at the team. For this reason, I’ll be blogging with all the insights and pure speculation I can gather based on seeing the team up close and personal.
What went down at Wrigley yesterday:
1. Humberto Quintero goofed around with both Matsui’s interpreter and his massage therapist. Check out these photos!
2. Erstad and Pence practiced their swings outside the dugout:
3. The game started. Matsui started us off by grounding out to first. At least he looked appropriately ashamed afterwards:
4. Following Matsui’s out, Tejada got a single, tagged up on a fly ball by Berkman to advance to second, and then Lee drove him in with a double to right. I cheered, and a crazy Cubs fans sitting near me (70 years old? 80?) yelled that I “stop putting my hands together.” (No photo)
5. The game continued. Moehler pitched well. He only allowed 4 baserunners, while striking out 4. According to the Chicago radio experts, this was due to the home plate umpire (Laz Diaz, I believe) giving him too much on the outside corner. Whine, whine, excuse, whine. The Astros scored again in the 4th on a bases loaded RBI walk by Humberto Quintero. Drayton McLane, who was sitting very near me, cheered loudly for “Q.” I’ve never seen him cheer on TV, so I found that interesting.
Oh, here are some more shots from the game in progress:
6. I went to the ladies room in the bottom of the 5th and heard some announcement about a tornado warning. I returned to my seat in the top of the 6th and sprinkles fell. They quickly turned into full-fledged drops as a drizzle came down. We abandoned our uncovered seats and went up to the upper deck, where I took this photo:
7. An announcemet came over the PA. We couldn’t hear it very well, but it ended with “get to the main concourse.” Even the bleacher bums headed out. Check out the trash they left behind!
8. I’d just started a fresh beer, and anyway it looked crowded down below, so we weren’t going to leave our seats in the upper deck, but then they set off police sirens across the street, and everyone got kinda alarmed, so we made our way down the ramp. haha! Not fast enough, because heavy heavy winds blew in along with the rain, and everyone had to run down the ramp as fast as they could, since being on the ramp left one most exposed to the elements. It was hairy for a while there. We took cover on the first deck. Here was the scene:
Of course, concessions were still being sold below:
8. We hung out for about 20 minutes until the rain let up. I got some good field-level shots on our way out.
9. We made it home safely, thanks for wondering. The game ended up being continued for a couple more innings, then another delay. Unfortunately, I saw none of this, as ESPN and WGN conspired to blackout the final innings. I woke up the next morning to find that the game was called in the 8th. Astros win!
I’m off to today’s game. Let’s go, ‘Stros!