Random thoughts and tidbits while riding on the bus
We just finished up breakfast with baseball and softball players from Mary Hardin-Baylor and we’re on our way to an assembly at Shoemaker High School. I’ll post pictures from the entire day’s events later today, but in the meantime, here are some unrelated tidbits to chew on:
* Chatting with bullpen assistant Javier Bracamonte during breakfast produced this nugget: Miguel Tejada is currently in Haiti, assisting with relief efforts to help those affected by the earthquake in Port Au Prince. Tejada leased two 18-wheelers from the Dominican Republic and shipped food, water and clothing to the devastated city. That Tejada did this is not at all surprising; in fact, I would have been more surprised had his name not come up while talking about assisting those in need in a desperate time.
* Michael Bourn was asked by a student-athlete about significant moments in his career. Bourn pointed to his rookie season with the Phillies, during a game against the Astros in Houston. He was called on to pinch-run, and Phillies manager Charlie Manuel told him he didn’t want to see him on first base for more than one pitch. “Bad idea,” Bourn recalled. “I was way too hyper.” Meanwhile, the always chatty Astros first baseman, Lance Berkman, said to Bourn, “You’re going to try to steal, aren’t you?” Bourn acted like he didn’t hear him. Three seconds later, “I’m picked off,” Bourn recalled. “And out of the game.”
* Today is Brad Mills’ birthday. He started the day with a 4 a.m. workout — not because he’s such the early riser, but because he basically woke up in the middle of the night and couldn’t go back to sleep. He’ll spend the big 5-3 with 13 hours of caravan stops. Fortunately he’ll have a hearty birthday dinner tonight at Drayton McLane’s annual barbecue in Temple, which will be attended by plenty of Astros favorites, past and present: Roy Oswalt, Hunter Pence, Bud Norris, Doug Brocail, Lance Berkman and Craig Biggio. (Look out Puma, I’m bringing the camera.) .