You know what they say. Everything’s better in Texas.
The Astros rode the super-sized version of a commercial jet to Corpus Christi, and while they’ll take the same plane back to Houston following the game against the Double-A Hooks, there will be considerably fewer people on that leg of the flight.
The Astros broke camp late morning on Monday and left town with both teams that will play in the exhibition game at Whataburger Field that night: the Corpus club (whose roster will be officially set sometime in the next day or so), and the thirty-some players remaining in Astros big league camp.
After the game, the Hooks players will stay put and the Astros crew will head to Houston. The exhibition season will continue (and thankfully end) at Minute Maid Park this week. They play a night game versus the White Sox Tuesday (7:05 CT), a day game Wednesday (1:05 CT) and will work out for a couple of hours on Thursday, an offday. Then it’s go time.
As we continue to count the days down until that first pitch is thrown on Friday, April 6 at 6:05 CT, here’s a visual perspective of the day so far, with more to come later: