It’s party time in Texas as Astros fans Tara and Jennifer are all smiles at Minute Maid Park Saturday evening as George Strait’s new release, 50 Number Ones, debuts at the #1 position on Billboard’s Top 200 and Top Country Albums charts and the Houston Astros win game 3 of the National League Championship 5-2 over the St. Louis Cardinals. Roger Clemens hopped off the mound, pumped his right fist and muttered to himself all the way to the dugout. His work was done and the Houston Astros were exactly where they wanted to be — right back in the NL championship series. Pitching to save the Astros’ season, Clemens came through. He slowed down St. Louis for seven innings, closer Brad Lidge finished off the Cardinals and Houston went on to win 5-2 Saturday, cutting its deficit to 2-1.
“It was a must-win for us,” Clemens said.
It was a true Texas moment during the seventh inning stretch, as the crowd sang God Bless America, Take Me Out To The Ballgame, and Deep in the Heart of Texas. As Clemens soldifies his status as a Texas legend, another Texan also has fans ecstactic. George Strait’s new MCA Records release, 50 Number Ones, is sitting in the #1 position on Billboard’s Top 200 and Top Country Albums charts. With sales of 342,969 units this week, it marks the highest debut of Strait’s illustrious 22-year recording career. Ironically, as ‘I Hate Everything,’ Strait’s current single and the only new song off his 2-CD set, jumps to #1 on Billboard’s Hot Country Singles and Tracks Chart this week, it becomes his 51st #1 and leaves Strait with the unique problem of giving his fans more number one hits than they bargained for.
Roger Clemens leads the Astros to victory in the National League Championship Series and George Strait at the top of the charts. Should the Astros advance to the World Series, Houston will be the place to be, especially if the Astros can get George to sing the National Anthem.
photos by Jarrod Vrazel
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