Pregame buzz

BushAll the Killer B’s were there during batting practice Saturday afternoon as first pitch for Game 3 of the NLCS at Minute Maid Park approached.

B-G-O. Bagwell. Berkman. And Burke, the newest B creating a buzz around Houston.

Oh, one more: Bush.

Let’s not forget former President George Bush. He was there, too, shaking hands and showing his support for his hometown team. He also shook hands with Cards manager Tony La Russa, though word is he got in some trouble with Barbara for showing any allegiance to the enemy in red.

As game time approached, Bush showed his true allegiance by showing off to the crowd the lining of his sports coat — an American flag.

Even with all the B’s around, the buzz leading up to the game was different than it was a year ago, still palpable but not as overwhelming. Last year for Game 3, it was the first NLCS game in Houston since, well, before there was any President Bush — back in 1986. This time, it’s more like business as usual, which, of course, is great news for Astros fans.

Now, about that drone that comes through the sound system at Minute Maid Park during the game when any of the Killer B’s come to the plate: This might sting a little, but, honey, that sound’s enough to bug you into a case of the hives.

On that note … on with Game 3. — John Schlegel / MLB.com

9 Comments

What was the deal with the two almost empty sections in center field for game 3?

It was for the media. I was sitting in section 258 right next to the half-empty media sections. I thought it was a little crappy considering a lot of people had to pay to stand up the whole game and two sections were used for the media who didn’t stay the whole game or even show up. 1 section would have been enough.

Wow. Those two sections were more than 90% empty once again for game 4. That is really unfair to all the SRO ticketholders.

Shame on the media. I never noticed the empty sections. I’m always sitting up in the sky but I made an effort to look during yesterday’s game. We have one of the greatest fan bases in Major League baseball. If the media isn’t going to show, give them back to the fans. Shameful.

OK… lets get this straight… you guys are the Houston Astros, not the Houston Bees. I’m sorry, well actually I’m not, but thats the ***-est thing in Major League Baseball right now. Sure, it’s quite a coincidence that some of your good players have last names that start with a “B.” But nothing so special to have stupid buzzin noises playing when they get up to bat. Oh and as for your guy “B-G-O” funny, because his name sounds very similar to “Big Ego” and that describes him pretty well. Don’t you think the “Killer B” thing is also disrespectful to other players on your team that carry the team too and don’t have “cool” “B” last names?? For example, Clemens, Lane, and Lidge (or did you forget him after that amazing 3-run homer by Pujols??)… I’m not sayin yall have a bad team or ne thing, just that whole “B” thing is down right lame.

janie obviously doesn’t know anything about baseball or Biggio. Biggio has played for the Stros for 16 years. 14 of those has been with teammate Jeff Bagwell.
Their egos are so HUGE they have stayed in Houston all that time.

Not one player on the Cards can match their loyalty.

You M@R@N!

What else can you expect from fans who issue death threats to umps?

The “Bee” thing is a bit childish and stupid.

Not as stupid as a useless arch in the middle of your city!

I don’t know what Janie’s problem is. Yes the homerun by Pujols was nice and dissapointing at the same time. I can say that it was nice and not be insulting to the other team and their fans about it because I am not only a HUGE Astros fan but I am a baseball fan. As for the B’s. It’s something the fans enjoy doing and have fun with and if you have ever been to a Astros game you would no that we show the other guys love in their own special way. I am sorry you feel that it is lame. Most people enjoy that kind of stuff but I guess if I was going for the Cards right now I would be pissy also. If it was your team that had the B’s you would go with it and enjoy it or you would be the only one in the stands sitting there with your arms folded. I am so sick of this insulting the other team **** on both ends. Enjoy the game and be happy we are still in it and have the chance to be in the World Series.

Andrea

I don’t know what Janie’s problem is. Yes the homerun by Pujols was nice and dissapointing at the same time. I can say that it was nice and not be insulting to the other team and their fans about it because I am not only a HUGE Astros fan but I am a baseball fan. As for the B’s. It’s something the fans enjoy doing and have fun with and if you have ever been to a Astros game you would no that we show the other guys love in their own special way. I am sorry you feel that it is lame. Most people enjoy that kind of stuff but I guess if I was going for the Cards right now I would be pissy also. If it was your team that had the B’s you would go with it and enjoy it or you would be the only one in the stands sitting there with your arms folded. I am so sick of this insulting the other team **** on both ends. Enjoy the game and be happy we are still in it and have the chance to be in the World Series.

Andrea

You know another thing is you talking about Biggio’s ego. I absolutly cannot stand to watch someone hit a homerun and just stand there and watch it like they are some badass.********* start running the bases like everyone else. Yes Pujols is a great hitter and so is Bonds but they both do the same thing. They stand there and start casually walking to first base. There is not a bigger ego than that.

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