The Big Moment
It was time to unveil the banners. First went the 2005 NLCS banner and we loved it. Then came the big moment when 56 years of dreaming were about to be a reality. We were about to see our first ever World Series championship moment. It was about to happen and there was nothing that was going to stop us from experiencing this moment.
Then it happened.
It took ten seconds to realize something was wrong. The drape on the banner was stuck. Remember the wind I described earlier? Well, it did get a banner. Just not the one I thought it would.
So we waited for another five seconds before we saw somebody climb up the tower. What a risktaker I thought. Fifteen seconds later, the drape was still stuck. God knows what every fan was thinking. I was starting to worry about us being embarrassment that this would be a disaster. But I had to at least smile and just laugh.
Of course, our hero, the leafblower, came to the rescue. Justin Verlander and the Astros were laughing. We were all laughing at seeing the effort the men were trying. Finally, after about a minute-and-a-half, the drape was released and the banner was free in the open. We all cheered at the moment.
But, it would take another ten minutes for me to get a notification from Bleacher Report on our banner being stuck. My first thought then?
WE’RE GOING TO BE ON SPORTSCENTER’S NOT SO TOP 10 LIST.
Is that a good thing or a bad thing? I’ve debated back and forth on each side. Yes, in the past, I always hated it when the Astros were on the mainstream networks for bad or humiliating reasons. But in my defense, the team wasn’t that good. Now that we’re the world champions, my reaction to all this was simply to laugh.