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Welcome To Case's Column

Let me say a big welcome to all of you for joining me here. I'm going to call these blog meetings Case's Column. I wanted to use "Corner", but that was already taken. Since 2008, it's been a real privilege to come on here and share some of my life with you, and it's a big world where we live.

In these blogs, I'll just speak whatever is on my mind, but we will be playing within the rules here. I may pick a particular topic, point out an event, or shoot the breeze. I'm a little bit of an essayist at times, so I'll just speak what's on my mind, and I might tell a story or two. Or, I might spew out an opinion or three. There will be some serious moments, some tender, some poignant, but there will also be those moments that you'll just bust out laughing. But, hopefully, everything will be in good fun here. And, of course, there's a place below for your comments and thoughts as we go along here. So feel free to join me for the ride -- I sure as heck hope I'm doing this right and not making any mistakes.

Thanks for taking your time in reading Case's Column. Hopefully, you'll enjoy being entertained by it as much as I've enjoyed putting these writings together. And thanks for the time you spend in City-Data.com, where it's great to be alive!



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Houston Has Game 6 To Lean On --- And The Prize Within Reach

Posted 10-30-2017 at 08:34 PM by case44

No, I don't want to jinx it. That's the reason I purposefully decided not to make World Series predictions. If the Houston Astros win it all, then I can make bold predictions about my team in the future. Not now. Not while an elusive championship remains at stake.

And right now, these Astros are up on the Los Angeles Dodgers three games to two, with Game 6 looming in L.A. One more win, and it's over. Justin Verlander stands by as I speak and you read, awaiting the biggest game of his life and possibly the biggest game the Astros will ever play. This all takes place in a season loaded with storylines. Houston's year began with Jeff Bagwell's induction to the Baseball Hall of Fame. We had Jose Altuve with another 200-hit season and major league-leading batting average. You saw the majors' most explosive lineup posing problems for opposing pitchers. We all witnessed some of the most insane plays of the season and a few wild finishes. The regular season provided plenty of flourishes, but the postseason also offered plenty of excitement, with more big plays, more home runs, and even more pitching. And, lest we forget, a certain hurricane whose eastern arcs ravaged the city of Houston with flood waters. Ready for a feel-good story? The Astros can certainly provide that. Wouldn't it be something if the storyline ended with a victory in this year's World Series, albeit in Los Angeles instead of in Houston where it really needed to be.

The Astros also know heartbreak. Something akin to a cake being left out in the rain.

Jimmy Webb, longtime songwriter from Oklahoma who had a huge hand in Glen Campbell's remarkable music career, once wrote a song about leaving a cake out in the pouring rain, about how much effort it took in putting it together, all the while never harboring the recipe again. This is the stuff the Astros hope doesn't happen, because this franchise baked its cake in 2017, with all the events and happenings to fill up a good book, and nothing is finished until the end result when it's over is victory. Astros players certainly hope that there will be much celebrating once they've "earned it". Yes, that was the slogan for this year's Astro team: Earn it. And anything less than a World Series championship at this stage would be that cake in the rain. Houston's goal in Game 6 is to earn it.

And earn it, they must, come October 31. It's a must-win. Stay tuned. Tomorrow is that day. Tomorrow, we will see how much mettle, how much grit, and how much determination this Houston Astros team will have to finish the race.
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    The 'Stros did not take advantage with a 1-0 lead. Too many people left on base. Now, they've let the Dodgers get back in this, with the grim possibility of Houston losing another World Series. The odds are against the visiting team actually winning Game 7, and history doesn't bode well.

    It'd be such a waste if the Astros lost after this incredible, storybook season.
    Posted 11-01-2017 at 04:35 AM by case44 case44 is offline
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    Congrats, Case! First WS win for the State, and last major sport to conquer!

    Very fitting that Houston would win it.
    Posted 11-01-2017 at 10:19 PM by shoe01 shoe01 is offline
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    The Astros: .... World Champions.

    Posted 11-02-2017 at 05:08 PM by case44 case44 is offline

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