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Adam's Blog: Dome Grown Memories

Updated: Wednesday, November 6 2013, 09:25 PM CST

The majority of my youth was spent in Houston. I moved to the Bayou City in 1983 and my parents still reside there. Prior to going away for college, the only years I spent away from H-town was a stretch starting in 1986 during which I lived in Plymouth, Massachusetts. Yes, THAT Plymouth. Trust me though, that rock is wicked anticlimactic.

Plymouth is where I played my first organized sports. I tried nearly all of 'em: baseball, soccer, and yes - even hockey. No doubt, baseball was my first love. We returned to Houston shortly after I started second grade. During our family's first trip back to the northeast in 2001, we spent a few days in Boston. On a trip through Plymouth, we drove past the park in which I played my first tee-ball seasons. There was a problem, though. We couldn't find the field.

On the grounds that once housed a baseball diamond, backstop, benches, and bleachers now sat a skate park. Concrete everywhere. Those ramps and rails not only buried a baseball field, it covered up some of my oldest and fondest memories of the greatest sport on the planet.

If you've made it this far (bless you), perhaps you're asking yourself why I'm writing about my little league baseball field being turned into a skate park? Because, as the venerable Yogi Berra famously said, "it's deja vu all over again."

Tuesday, Harris County voters shot down a $217 million plan that would have revitalized the Astrodome and turned the once-legendary facility into an event/convention space. The 53 percent-to-47 percent margin means The Dome is destined for demolition. Within months (certainly well before Houston hosts the 2017 Super Bowl), the world's first air-conditioned domed stadium will be torn down.

When the election results were final Tuesday night, my younger brother Ross tweeted the following:

"Sad day for all Houstonians with the Astrodome likely facing demolition. I'll remember it as the place where I fell in love with baseball."

I could not have said it better. To my family and me, the Astrodome is so much more than just the Eighth Wonder of the World.

My brother and I are six and a half years apart. We never attended the same school at the same time. We never played on the same athletic team. Our baseball memories were formed watching our favorite team play our favorite sport from those rainbow seats inside the Astrodome. Ross was born in 1988. We moved back to Houston in 1989. The Dome hosted its last game in 1999. I left for college in 2000. Our glory years overlapped with the final days of the Dome.

Not only did my passion and appreciation for the game evolve summer after summer inside those Astrodome walls, but my love for nachos, pennants and Craig Biggio grew as well.

My parents threw countless birthday parties (I was born in July) for me there. I still remember how excited I was when I caught my first foul ball off the bat of James Mouton. I received an early lesson in manners when my Dad instructed me to say "Mister", "please" and  "thank you" when asking for autographs. To this day, my penmanship isn't great, but it would be much worse had I not learned how to write clearly with a number two pencil while keeping a (correct) scorecard at a young age in the Dome.

I will never forget waiting in line for hours on Beanie Baby ("Derby" the horse) giveaway day or Run the Bases day. I used to think it was so dang cool to skin my elbow or knee sliding around on the rough AstroTurf while I was supposed to be paying attention during Kodak photo days or pregame Astros Buddies clinics. The Loge, Killer B's, Orbit, and General Admission's cannon might be foreign jargon to many, but they are terms ingrained in my mind from years spent attending games in the Astrodome.

Sure, I caught a few Oilers games at the Dome and saw some great concerts at the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo (Clay Walker was probably the best), but my lasting memories of the Eighth Wonder of the World will be for what it was originally constructed: baseball.

I still get nostalgic when networks show an aerial shot of Reliant Stadium during a Texans broadcast and the Dome, although dilapidated and empty, is visible next door. However, within months, the only pictures we'll have of the Astrodome are in albums and our memory banks. 

On that day demolition occurs and the iconic structure crumbles, I'll pray that my incredible memories will last longer than the Astrodome itself. But that's only after I pray they don't build a skate park on the vacant land.

by Adam WinklerAdam's Blog: Dome Grown Memories


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August 23, 2014 08:27 GMT

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Friday's Scores

INTERLEAGUE

Final Chi Cubs 4 Baltimore 1

AMERICAN LEAGUE

Final N-Y Yankees 4 Chi White Sox 3

Final Houston 5 Cleveland 1

Final Tampa Bay 8 Toronto 0

Final Seattle 5 Boston 3

Final Kansas City 6 Texas 3

Final Minnesota 20 Detroit 6

Final Oakland 5 L.A. Angels 3

NATIONAL LEAGUE

Final San Francisco 10 Washington 3

Final Philadelphia 5 St. Louis 4

Final Atlanta 3 Cincinnati 1, 12 Innings

Final Pittsburgh 8 Milwaukee 3

Final Miami 13 Colorado 5

Final Arizona 5 San Diego 1

Final L.A. Dodgers 6 N-Y Mets 2

NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE PRESEASON

Final New England 30 Carolina 7

Final Detroit 13 Jacksonville 12

Final N-Y Giants 35 N-Y Jets 24

Final Green Bay 31 Oakland 21

WNBA BASKETBALL

Final Chicago 80 Atlanta 77

Final Phoenix 75 Los Angeles 72

Saturday's Schedule - All Times EDT

BASEBALL

Chicago White Sox at N.Y. Yankees, 1:05 p.m.

Tampa Bay at Toronto, 1:07 p.m.

Detroit at Minnesota, Game 1, 1:10 p.m.

Seattle at Boston, 1:35 p.m.

Baltimore at Chicago Cubs, 2:20 p.m.

San Francisco at Washington, 4:05 p.m.

Houston at Cleveland, 7:05 p.m.

St. Louis at Philadelphia, 7:05 p.m.

Atlanta at Cincinnati, 7:10 p.m.

Pittsburgh at Milwaukee, 7:10 p.m.

Kansas City at Texas, 8:05 p.m.

Detroit at Minnesota, Game 2, 8:10 p.m.

Miami at Colorado, 8:10 p.m.

San Diego at Arizona, 8:10 p.m.

L.A. Angels at Oakland, 9:05 p.m.

N.Y. Mets at L.A. Dodgers, 9:10 p.m.

NFL PRESEASON

Tampa Bay at Buffalo, 4:30 p.m.

Dallas at Miami, 7 p.m.

Tennessee at Atlanta, 7 p.m.

Washington at Baltimore, 7:30 p.m.

Minnesota at Kansas City, 8 p.m.

New Orleans at Indianapolis, 8 p.m.

St. Louis at Cleveland, 8 p.m.

Houston at Denver, 9 p.m.

MLS

Montreal at New York, 7 p.m.

Chicago at Toronto FC, 7 p.m.

Houston at Columbus, 7:30 p.m.

Chivas USA at New England, 7:30 p.m.

D.C. United at Sporting Kansas City, 8:30 p.m.

Vancouver at Los Angeles, 10:30 p.m.

WNBA PLYOFFS

First Round

Indiana at Washington, 5 p.m.

Minnesota at San Antonio, 7 p.m.

LITTLE LEAGUE WORLD SERIES

At South Williamsport, Pa.

International Championship, Seoul vs. Tokyo, 12:30 p.m.

United States Championship, Las Vegas vs. Chicago, 3:30 p.m.

Sunday's Schedule - All Times EDT

BASEBALL

Chicago White Sox at N.Y. Yankees, 1:05 p.m.

Houston at Cleveland, 1:05 p.m.

Tampa Bay at Toronto, 1:07 p.m.

Atlanta at Cincinnati, 1:10 p.m.

Seattle at Boston, 1:35 p.m.

San Francisco at Washington, 1:35 p.m.

St. Louis at Philadelphia, 1:35 p.m.

Detroit at Minnesota, 2:10 p.m.

Pittsburgh at Milwaukee, 2:10 p.m.

Baltimore at Chicago Cubs, 2:20 p.m.

Kansas City at Texas, 3:05 p.m.

San Diego at Arizona, 4:10 p.m.

N.Y. Mets at L.A. Dodgers, 4:10 p.m.

Miami at Colorado, 4:10 p.m.

L.A. Angels at Oakland, 8:05 p.m.

NFL PREASEASON

San Diego at San Francisco, 4 p.m.

Cincinnati at Arizona, 8 p.m.

MLS

Seattle FC at Portland, 5 p.m.

San Jose at Philadelphia, 8 p.m.

WNBA PLAYOFFS

First Round

Atlanta at Chicago, 7 p.m.

Phoenix at Los Angeles, 9 p.m.

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