Sun Apr 11 11:02am EDT
Hey, is that Bill Paxton, Kevin Bacon and Co. getting themselves totally lost while on their way to celebrating this weekend's 40th anniversary of the Apollo 13 mission?
In addition to the 'Stros and Phillies wearing the usual old-school uniforms for Saturday night's game, many members of the ballpark's staff wore corresponding threads from 1965. Yup, groundskeepers at the old Astrodome actually dressed like spaced invaders in the early days of the franchise. Meanwhile, the "spacette" ushers resembled flight attendants from a futuristic airline.
"The groundskeeping crew sported replicas of the space-age orange suits as well as the astronaut-like helmets donned by the crews then. The entertainment crew donned replicas of the Spacette uniforms worn by Astrodome ushers in 1965.
"Video replays were shown in black and white, and sound effects and sounds blaring from the stadium speakers were replaced with the organ melodies by former Astrodome organist Brian Granquist."
Seeing as how the 1965 Astros started their 65-97 season with a 2-6 record, I can't help but think the 2010 team is also turning back the clock when it comes to the standings. Houston fell to 0-5 after a 9-6 loss to the Phillies on Saturday night and the team's early signs have not been encouraging. Winning has now become the final frontier.
There's still always hope, though — that 1965 team went on a 10-game winning streak in late April.