ASTROS BATTLE FOR SERIES WIN. So reads the big, bold headlines at the top of the Abilene Reporter-News sports page today. Great headline. How we wish it were true! The first World Series game ever in Texas was, of course, BIG. There were 482 -- yes, 482! -- pitches in the game from 17 pitchers. The game was nearly six hours long. Geoff Blum, the guy who hit the game-winner homer in the 14th for the White Sox, hadn't had an at-bat in 21 days and hadn't driven in a single run in 56 days. After three of my four favorite teams made it into the Championship Series (Cards, Angels, Astros), the 'Stros are now down, 3-0. Having said all that, I'll take your average little league game--with $2 burgers, outfielders stomping ants rather than watching the batter, and a free snow cone to anyone who chases down a foul ball--any day.