One more tip of the cap to Jose Lima, through pictures.
Team photographer Stephen O’Brien has been snapping pictures of your Astros since the late 1990s, and he was kind enough to send along a bunch of photos of Lima from his glory days in the Astrodome. Enjoy!
Before a Throwback game, Lima tosses soft baseballs into the stands. The wig was a nod to the style of the 1970s era, when the Astros wore the rainbow uniforms.
Lima celebrates his 20th win after the last out was made. He won his 20th on Sept. 11, 1999 in a 5-3 win over the Cubs.
Lima acknowledges the fans after winning his 20th.
Lima liked to clown around before games, and he spent quite a bit of time with the Dome Patrol. Here he is filming some pregame footage.
Here he is with his son, Jose Jr., while being interviewed after his 20th win.
Attempting to rally the fans before a game.
Lima spent more time signing autographs than any other player, by a large margin.
Celebrating a strikeout.
Throwing soft baseballs to the fans.
Celebrating the final out of the clincher, on the final day of the 1999 season.
Lima celebrates the division title in the clubhouse with a bottle of bubbly.