Two years ago Harvey swept through Houston leaving devastation and crushed psyches behind. Suffering was the norm, but then something wonderful happened that buoyed the town’s spirit. The Houston Astros won the World Series! Funny how sports can serve as a vehicle for shared bonding.
Fast forward to this week, and the Astros were again in the series competing against the Washington Nationals. We returned from Maine just in time to go to the last two games.
With rally towels in hand, we became part of an excited crowd. It was fun being part of the energy though our collected exuberance wasn’t enough to result in the outcome we hoped for.
There will be another time with, perhaps, a different result. In the meantime, the Nats should revel in their success.
While going to the games provided memorable experience, what was really wonderful was that Game 6 was a family bonding experience.
Three generations that included 2 daughters and 2 grandchildren, cheered together and that took me down memory lane.
When our girls were about 5 and the 6, they started going to Astros games. We sat about 4 rows behind their dugout. The girls knew every player’s name and cheered loudly for each as he came to bat. Those little girl voices drew attention, and on more than one occasion a player would throw them a signed baseball or a hat which became special treasures.
Through the years they yelled for Billy Doran, Dave Smith, Nolan Ryan, Jose Cruz, Craig Biggio, Jeff Bagwell, Craig Reynolds, Ken Caminiti, Roger Clemens and many others.
Today, their cheers are for Jose Altuve, George Springer, Carlos Correa, Alex Bregman, Garritt Cole, Josh Reddick and all the others that make up the Astros Roster.
No matter the era, what Astros teams have in common is that they are likeable guys which has made cheering them on very easy.
With one daughter in Tennessee and our being in Maine during most of the season, who knows when there will be opportunity for another shared baseball experience. Sure, we’d have liked an Astros victory, but our being together was a real win!