Deep in the Heart of Texas
We arrived in Houston at 1:30 and searched for a parking spot. After finding a couple of lots that were "$5 all day, $20 for all events" we stumbled upon a spot on the street that was only 50 cents an hour but was free after 6pm. This allowed us to park two blocks from the ballpark for $2.50.
Minute Maid Park is one of the more unique stadiums in the big leagues which makes the tour worth taking. They also allow you to walk the majority of the warning track to get out to the Visitors Bullpen and go behind the manual scoreboard in left field.
After the tour we returned to the car to pickup the computer since the entire ballpark is wi-fi enabled and we had three hours to kill before the park opened for batting practice. The ballpark is built around Houston's old Union Station which houses the Astros' offices, team store, and a nice cafe that is open on gamedays. We posted up in there and updated the website.
The game got off to a quick start for the visiting Reds as Ken Griffey Jr. hit a bomb in the first inning which was followed by Adam Dunn blasting a ball off the wall over the center field fence that was measured at 453 feet. The home team made a late push, but gave up two more in the top of the ninth and lost 8-4.
After the game we drove until our gas had run out and stayed the night 50 miles east of San Antonio.
Lots of driving tomorrow.