HOUSTON – Jason Garcia just wanted to get back to normal. He got his hair cut over the weekend, and even worked out. On Saturday night he took in an Astros game at a ballpark just blocks from the convention-center-turned-hurricane-shelter he called home for a night after being airlifted by Coast Guard helicopter from his home on the northeast side of the city Monday, as flood waters engulfed his neighborhood.
“You try to get back to normal as soon as possible,” said Garcia, a 32-year-old restaurant manager and lifelong Houstonian. “People just need something to cheer for.”
The Astros returned on Saturday after playing their previous series against the Rangers at the home of the Tampa Bay Rays. The team could’ve stayed in Florida and played their home series against the Mets, but they opted to return to Texas on the heels of a week of devastation in the city and beyond as a result of Hurricane Harvey.
Astros manager A.J. Hinch, perhaps sensing the apprehension of a sparse crowd attending the first game of Saturday’s doubleheader with the Mets, took a microphone and made the rare decision to address the crowd.
“I want to thank you all for being here on a very special day for us to start the rebuilding process for our great city,” said the third-year manager. “On behalf of the players, coaches, our organization, we want to that everyone in the city of Houston that’s doing something good for somebody else.”
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