Houston Bucket List - 100 Things to Do in Houston Before You Die: The Short Porch
The Houston Press is presenting a series of posts leading up to a feature story in the print edition of the 100 Things to Do in Houston Before You Die. Each blog post contains one of our top 10 bucket list items along with nine others in the top 100. To narrow our list, we chose only items unique to Houston -- or items to which Houston provides a unique twist -- and everything on the list must be in or occur within 30 miles of downtown Houston (so, nothing from Galveston, for example). We welcome your suggestions in the comment section.
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Houston is a tough place to be a sports fan. At any given time, the local teams could be contending for titles or floundering as one of the worst teams in the league. They can bore you to death or cause a near heart attack from excitement. It's a never-ending roller coaster ride of emotions. But, one consistent positive in Houston sports is the quality of our venues, all of which were built in the last 13 years -- let's not discuss the Astrodome at the moment if you please. As such, one particular spectator experience made our top ten.
Take in an Astros game from the Crawford Boxes.
The Astros suck. Let's just get that out of the way right up front. No one thinks they are good. Whether or not they are on the right path is debatable. But, this isn't about the team. It's about their stadium. Despite whatever you might think about the 'Stros, Minute Maid Park is as fine a ballpark as you will find in Major League Baseball. It was the first in Houston's renaissance of stadiums and it remains the most classic and stylish of the entire group.
Which is exactly why a trip to Minute Maid, even if the team playing there is awful, should be on your list of things to do, and if you are going to do it, may as well sit in the Crawford Boxes. Referred to as a "short porch" because it is only 315 feet from home plate -- one of the shortest distances for a home run in the majors -- the boxes are elevated bleachers that get one of the best views of the entire stadium. And because the distance is so short, there's a decent chance a home run will end up in your lap...or the lap of a neighbor. If the roof is open, it feels like an old school baseball game. And even if the Astros are no good, the other team might be, so there's that.