After losing to Chicago on Sunday, the Astros flew home to Houston, where each player had plans for the Monday off day. "I just hope my apartment is still there," said Candaele. "I haven't paid my rent."
But surely your landlord is aware of what your schedule is? "Yeah," said Candaele. "So are thieves. My place was broken into before, on a long road trip."
Houston announcer Milo Hamilton, who was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame on the seventh day of the road trip, had planned to spend Monday where he began his career, in Davenport, Iowa, having a press box there named for him. One small problem: An octogenarian scribe for whom the press box was already named objected to the change, and Hamilton demurred. Besides, the Bush people called Hamilton and asked him to introduce the President at the convention on Monday. At noon on Tuesday, the team would gather again at Hobby Airport in Houston for the flight to St. Louis, where the Astros were to play the Cardinals that night. "I think by the end of the trip we'll have come closer together," says Biggio.
A beautiful tour slogan, isn't it? The farther they go, the closer they get. "Either that," adds Biggio, "or we'll all hate each other's guts. We'll see."