Richard didn't throw the ball on Saturday, but he did appear in the Dome for the first time since he was stricken. After nearly two months, he is out of the hospital, recuperating at home. On Saturday he stepped out of the Astros' dugout to tumultuous cheering from a crowd of 40,305 and carried the team's lineup card to home plate, walking slowly but without a noticeable limp. His eyes were downcast as he addressed the fans from a field microphone. "I'm very glad to be here. I'd rather be in no other place than Houston, Texas at this time.... I'll be back for the World Series."
It should come as no surprise that the Astros won on that day.