All 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.
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