Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is- Daddy Needs New Shoes

Day 132


It’s crazy to think there is an entire city in this world basically built upon the idea of gambling. The wagering of money in large amounts from billions of people coming through it year in and out. The beautiful city of Las Vegas shines like a oasis in the desert.

I’d be lying if I said there aren’t a couple of sidewalks in Las Vegas that I helped build. Sometimes I get a sense of pride as I’m walking down the street knowing I generously help build some of these mammoth structures. Mostly though, I’m just trying to forget like the pain of a pregnant woman who still has another baby after she forgets how she cursed the man who impregnated her.

So, here I am today and what starts the beginning of the Colorado Rockies vs. Houston Astros series. Yeah, no big deal to most. But for me, this is the start of a yearly wagering event where not only goods and services are lost, more importantly the bragging rights that come along with a series win. No Las Vegas, but the stakes are just as high.

After graduating from college, my good friend and roommate Ozzy decided to become one of those people called Houstonites or Houstonians or another name this writer is unaware of. That started it all.

See in Texas, people have this complex that everything is bigger and better. Drive through the state and you’ll see all the signs. Even littering signs will proclaim “Don’t mess with Texas don’t litter.” Plenty of places to read “Everything is bigger in Texas.” Yes, I agree even overblown attitudes of grandeur. And that is where the heated series between the Rockies and Astros gets its roots.

Ozzy has this grand idea the Astros are better than the Rockies, eventhough he was a Rockies fan until his departure. I can’t help but think it was the heat and living in desert like conditions, except with %100 humidity, that warped his brain. That’s no excuse though.

So every year, well in advance we talk smack somewhere over some beer sometime. It could be Christmas or the middle of February. It always gets brought up and each year the bet raised just a little higher.

One year the victory was sweet as I was paid my winnings during my birthday trip to Mardi Gras with the boys in tow. Ozzy handed me my winnings and they became some of the tastiest beers I can remember. I think they call that the sweet taste of victory.

Last year was frustrating because of the scheduling of Major League Baseball. The series was only six games, so there could be a tie. My Rockies went up a quick three games only to lose the next three and thereby tied the series. No bragging rights last year.

When the schedules were announced this year, I was quick to notice it was a seven gamer. Yep, somebody would have to win. No wussy ties this year.

So of course there have been jabs thrown and more smack talk along the way. This will be the first year I will get to see the entire series live, as I’ll be going this whole week in Denver and then travelling to Houston in June to finish it off.

And the new addition to the bet this year beyond the simple money (which is always good) is a bottle of wine (loser chooses). The loses chooses could make for an interesting bottle of wine, but I have drank some really bad wine in my lifetime. So I’m not sure there are any sour grapes from a loser that I haven’t already had.

Maybe I should be looking at wine selections, but I’m sure there will be no need for that.

Go ROCKIES!! Daddy needs new shoes…


Funny Photos. Todd Helton putting his tongue out to the camera and Ubaldo flipping it off?


    Spotted! Todd Helton by Tom Walsh

    Ubaldo flipping the bird? by Tom Walsh


  1. juliasrants

    And here I was thinking that the Red Sox and Yankees had intense rivalries! I’ll be rooting the Rockies on for you! And are there Trader Joe’s supermarkets out by you? You could give Ozzy a bottle of 2-Buck Chuck. (I kid you not! That is the name! And cost!) Have fun!


  2. rockymountainway

    Julia-Not aware of any Trader Joes, but the name 2-Buck Chuck could be worth buying just to buy! In my travels I will now seek out the 2-buck!

  3. redstatebluestate

    My father tried to convince me to move to Houston (he lives there) saying that I would be bigger/taller there. Interestingly enough, during my frequent visit’s to the nation’s 4th largest city, I have noticed growth spurts… then again, I spent most of my time hanging out at strip clubs, so you do the math. Good luck with your bet, Tom. Remember, know when to hold ’em, pal.

  4. raysrenegade

    I have a few friend who live in other regions, but so far i have been lucky and have only had to send seafood or sandwiches from local Tampa Bay eateries to them.
    But the lady at the UPS Store could smell the Kojak’s ribs and wanted some for herself. lol
    That is one of the great side actions of sport. I was sitting with a friend who is a major sports better one time and he told me even the ice cream cup shuffle and the Pepsi bottle races have wagers to them up in the Suite areas.
    The games of chance can be as addictive as my Dr. Pepper at times.
    As long as they are done like Julia’s with a sense of fun and adventure, with minimum life humility, they are all cool in my book.

    Rays Renegade


  5. Lissi

    I hope the Rockies beat those Astros senseless. I really don’t like the Astros. I think there are a few Cardinals fans who may even hate them more than the Cubs because of their un-classy ways they show off in their series against us. They have just made me really mad in recent years.
    So good luck with your bet and have fun at all the games as usual.

  6. AJRoxMyWhiteSox

    Ubaldo wears stirrups?! OMG I love him for that. High socks and stirrups are my favorite things ever. OK, that’s an exaggeration, but you get the idea. I’ll be rooting for the Rockies for you…and because I’m not an Astros fan. Although I LOVED their performance in the 2005 World Series. πŸ™‚ Definitely look for the Two Buck Chuck. I don’t believe it’ll actually say that on the label, but it’s the Charles Shaw vineyard. Have fun with the wager! Can’t wait to see the outcome.

  7. Kylie

    It’s Houstonian. And in Texas, everything is definitely bigger, but not necessarily better. Take the Astros, for example.
    Mmmm, stirrups.
    Not sure where everyone’s getting this hatred of Astros fans. Last year as a “split fan” I wore my Rockies shirt, just because it would be the only time I saw them in person that year, and I wasn’t heckled except once. I talked to everyone I sat with, chatted with the security guard (who remembers me to this day), and made some really great friends. Most everyone wanted to talk about the Rockies’ World Series run and tell me how much fun they had rooting for the underdog, but nobody rolled their eyes or told me to sit down when I cheered. One guy yelled at me to “GO BACK TO COLORADO,” which I thought was funny since I’ve never lived there, but he was excessively drunk and you’ll get those fans everywhere. My brother, a Dodgers fan, was beersed at Petco Park by a Padres fan, for example. Bad eggs exist everywhere. Bad people exist everywhere, and bad people make bad baseball fans.
    Kylie — http://kylie.mlblogs.com

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