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Astros celebrate 10th year at Minute Maid Park: As the Astros begin their 10th year at their downtown digs, it's can seem difficult to find anyone without good things to say about life after the Astrodome.
Biggio receives special honor in Houston: Jeff Bagwell, Nolan Ryan and Casey Candaele, and Nancy Caminiti, wife of former teammate Ken Caminiti, who died in 2004.Astros owner Drayton McLane and general manager Tim Purpura were on hand, along with G.W. Bailey, executive director of the Sunshine Kids Foundation.About longtime teammate Bagwell, Biggio said,"Baggie, I guess all things have to come to an end. But I love you and we'll be friends forever."The crowd chanted Biggio's name when he was introduced and a five-minute tribute was played on the big screen that included well-wishes from Tony Gwynn, Cal Ripken Jr., Rickey Henderson, fellow members of the 3,000-hit club. He was given letters from Pete Rose, Robin Yount and Wade Boggs congratulating him.Bagwell spoke first and said that it was an honor to play with Biggio. Son Conor thanked the Astros fans and described his experience growing up in the Astrodome. McLane thanked Biggio for his service to the team and community, presented him with a crystal bat and unveiled a permanent sign on the stadium wall commemorating his 3,000 hits.Officials said that Biggio had helped raise more than $2.5 million for the Sunshine Kids, his favorite charity, over the past 15 years.The bat, cap, batting glove and batting jersey from June 28, the night Biggio got his 3,000th hit, were donated to the Hall of Fame.Biggio later hit a home run in the Astros'6-4 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers.
Duckett to be remembered at start of Astros-Rockies series: A moment of silence will be held prior to Thursday's game at Minute Maid Park in honor of longtime Astrodome public address announcer and Rice PA man J. Fred Duckett.
Announcer for Astros, Rice sports dies: J. Fred Duckett, who heralded the exploits of "Jose Cruuuuuuuz!" as the Astrodome's public-address announcer and proclaimed, "It's a beautiful day for outdoor football," to generations of Rice University fans, died Monday night at a Houston hospital. He was 74.
One-time 'voice' of Astros and Rice sports dies: J. Fred Duckett, who heralded the exploits of "Jose Cruuuuuuuz!" as the Astrodome's public-address announcer and proclaimed, "It's a beautiful day for outdoor football," to generations of Rice University fans, died Monday night at a Houston hospital. He was 74.
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