Monday, May 26, 2008

A memorable Astros game on Memorial Day Weekend

Over Memorial Day weekend, we were blessed to be able to attend an Astros game in the best possible seats -- the Diamond Club -- thanks to one of Jeff's college roommates (who, with his wife, also attended the game with us -- thanks guys!).

Here's the view from our seats (click on the picture for a bigger version; that's Lance Berkman at bat there):

Also, video of the view from our seats here. It's pretty amazing -- you get a parking pass with the seats where you park about 25 feet from the door. You go in a special entrance and down some stairs to the Diamond Club restaurant, which has a variety of pretty fancy foods set up buffet-style (steak kabobs, 40-clove chicken, baked potatoes, salad bar, etc.) as well as typical ballpark food (nachos, fried chicken, hot dogs, popcorn, etc.) and a dessert bar (ice cream, cookies, cake and more). Oh, and did I mention it's all included in the price of the ticket? So, we ate with our friends and then went out to the seats for the game. (They also had waitresses out where we sat who came by every 30 minutes or so to see if we needed anything.)

Bethany could not stop raving about the grilled asparagus they had at dinner. She went back for more, turning down the dessert bar for more vegetables. [Bethany says: It was very tasty -- hands down the best asparagus I've ever had. Sorry, Mom.]

We had some pretty good seats in Pittsburgh a couple of years ago, but these were even better than those. Our seats were in the ninth row; Astros owner (and Baylor alum!) Drayton McLane was directly in front of us in the first row.

Oh, and to top off the evening, the Astros won (beating the Phillies, who many of our PA friends root for) 4-3. In the 9th, with the Astros up by one and one out, the Phillies loaded the bases with Shane Victorino up (all-stars Chase Utley and Ryan Howard on deck). Victorino hit a medium-depth flyball to left field that defensive replacement Darin Erstad caught for the second out. The runner from third, Pedro Feliz, tried to tag up and score, but Erstad's throw to the plate had him dead to rights and he was out to end the game. And we had the best seats in the house to see the play at the plate. (Watch video of the play here.)

So, here's the happy couple after the game:

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