The Astro Tree

Sunday, August 7, 2017
The statue of Craig Biggio at MMP is completing the 4-3 play he does everyday, apparently across the bush to the statue of fellow Astros Hall of Famer Jeff Bagwell.

Any Other Day at MMP ~
Biggio now stands in front of the bush to make the Bagwell play. ~ So how was Craig able to get behind the bush this past Sunday? Was he seeking shelter from the rain under that tree?

 

The Astro Tree

By Bill McCurdy

 

I think that I shall never see

A DP messed up by – a tree.

 

A tree whose Houston mouth is sipping

All those sweet water skies keep dripping;

 

A tree that looks at Bags all day,

As Bidge throws hard to make the play;

 

A tree that may in Summer bear,

Some nearby echoes of despair;

 

But now – more often – it’s the roar,

Of winning madness – we explore;

 

Never forget for a moment – the men in bronze outside;

Their 4-3 perfection daily – is forever’s all-weather tide.

 

And thank you, Craig and Jeff, – wherever you may be;

For steering Astro spirits – from here to sweet eternity.

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AMERICAN LEAGUE WEST STANDINGS

THROUGH GAMES OF MONDAY, AUGUST 7, 2017 

RANK AL WEST W L PCT. GB
1 ASTROS 71 40 .640  
2 MARINERS 57 56 .504 15.0
3 ANGELS 55 58 .487 17.0
4 RANGERS 53 58 .478 18.0
5 ATHLETICS 50 62 .446 21.5

AMERICAN LEAGUE WEST GAMES

THRU GAMES OF MONDAY, AUGUST 7, 2017

ORIOLES 6 – ANGELS 2.

(only game played today)

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Bill McCurdy

Principal Writer, Editor, Publisher

The Pecan Park Eagle

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4 Responses to “The Astro Tree”

  1. Tom Hunter Says:

    Your poem, Bill, is a great improvement over Joyce Kilmer’s “Trees.” His poem was used as an example of mangled metaphor by a poetry professor at UH.

  2. Bill McCurdy Says:

    Thanks, Tom. I guess I’m left to either wonder or guess the identity of that unhappy-with-Trees UH poetry professor. Truth to tell, I never much cared for “Trees” either when I first or last heard or last read it. 🙂

    • Tom Hunter Says:

      I can’t remember the name of the English professor who mentioned the poem in conjunction with our primary focus on literature.

      He had come to UH from Oregon and told us about a curious incident in his first visit with his family to the Astrodome. He attended either an Astros or UH game and was happy because it was raining that day. However, he happened to be seated under the one spot in dome that had sprung a leak and he and his family got soaked. His first game in a domed stadium and he got the one spot where the roof leaked. He eventually moved to different seats, but told us the story with ironic amusement.

  3. Bill McCurdy Says:

    It seems to me that there have been a number of stories over the tears from people who report themselves as the only person sitting under a rain leak at the Dome – at one time or another. Chalk it up to what Rowan and Martin used to describe as “the flying fickle finger of fate” – I guess.

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