“Astros Lose 2012 Season Opener, Part 2 of 2” is a continuation of the pictorial column published yesterday by The Pecan Park Eagle. For Part 1 of 2, click this link for a look-see at how things started:
Now, here we go with Sunday finish on how things went in the 2012 season opener at Minute Maid Park in Houston:
Houston baseball icons Jose Cruz, Larry Dierker, and Jimmy Wynn all threw out the first pitches of the game.
"And down the stretch they came..." The Budweiser Clydesdales made one more turn before giving up the field to Opening Day action.
But first, here's a great big "Houston Howdy" to our Opening Day visitors, the Colorado Rockies.
April 6, 2012 was a beautiful day for the start of the Jim Crane ownership era in the fiftieth anniversary year of Houston's first half century as a major league club.
Astros lefty veteran starter Wandy Gonzalez gets ready to deliver the first official itch of 2012 Houston NL season.
Carlos Lee takes his lead off first in the 1st inning after singling in Jose Altuve from 2nd base for the first Astros run and RBI of the 2012 season.
Longtime Astros fan Darrell Pittman smiles away his approval of the club's quick 1-0 start.
After the Rockies took a 3-1 lead in the top of the 4th, Carlos Lee homered for only the team's 2nd and only hits in the game to that point. It was beginning to look as though Lee was going to end the night as the only Astro with a season batting average beyond goose products as Houston pulled closer, but still trailed by a 3-2 deficit.
Brian Bogusevic then followed Lee with a back-to-back HR to the Conoco pump in left center. The 3-3 tie would hold until late inning errors by the Astros yielded two more runs and a 5-3 Rockies victory on Opening Day.
Some fans catch Opening Day action from the roof of Union Station ....
... as darkness descends upon Opening Day of the 2012 baseball season at Minute Maid Park in Houston.
After the game, Houston fans went home in the knowledge that their chances for a perfect undefeated season were now gone forever, but it didn't matter. The long baseball season is here and tomorrow is another day. And at this writing, the Astros have just defeated the Rockies, 7-3, in Game Two. Now we have a home team with a .500 winning percentage record in the National League. - And that bodes well for a nice bunny hop slide into Easter.
Happy Easter, Everybody! ~ These photos are the last Opening Day eggs I’ve got in my basket!