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Astros open roof at Minute Maid Park in August for the first time in a decade

Aug 2, 2014, 7:00 PM EDT

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The Astros will face Blue Jays knuckleballer R.A. Dickey tonight in a home game. As Sportsnet reports, it’s the first time the roof will be open at game time in August at Minute Maid Field since August 6, 2004. One wonders if it’s not a mere coincidence that Dickey will be on the mound when the Astros end a decade-long streak.

Dickey’s performance with the roof open has been a topic of conversation ever since Dickey joined the Blue Jays. Earlier this season, the Jays opened the roof at the Rogers Centre, and Dickey proceeded to dominate the Athletics over 8 1/3 innings. After the game, Dickey told the media, “Don’t anybody ask me questions about the roof.”

The Astros may be opening the roof at their own peril tonight.

  1. indaburg - Aug 2, 2014 at 7:17 PM

    To be fair, in Houston the current temp and humidity is 81 degrees and 67%, respectively. That’s almost winter.

  2. campcouch - Aug 2, 2014 at 7:33 PM

    That’s crazy. 10 years without opening a retractable roof. Kinda makes you wonder why they spent the extra cash to build it.

    • hackerjay - Aug 2, 2014 at 7:36 PM

      They open it at other times, it’s just August that it hasn’t been open.

      • campcouch - Aug 2, 2014 at 7:43 PM

        Misleading blog.

    • perryt200 - Aug 2, 2014 at 7:37 PM

      Please read the headline again. The ten years only pertains to August.

      • campcouch - Aug 2, 2014 at 7:45 PM

        I read it as them opening it in August (presently) for the first time in a decade, not as the first time during the month of August in 10 years.

      • sportsfan18 - Aug 3, 2014 at 9:06 AM


        the roof was open a total 14 times just last season alone, just not in Aug.

        so its been open many times, just not in Aug in the past decade.

    • twinfan24 - Aug 2, 2014 at 8:22 PM

      Reading comprehension is such an important skill

      • baberuthslegs - Aug 3, 2014 at 11:17 AM

        I wish I could give you 10 thumbs up.

  3. perryt200 - Aug 2, 2014 at 7:35 PM

    Global warming?

    • moogro - Aug 2, 2014 at 11:13 PM

      Nothing is stupider than that quip.

  4. penguins87and71 - Aug 2, 2014 at 8:05 PM

    Yeah the headline does make it sound like they haven’t opened it in 10 years. I do think they open it in April and May.

  5. lukedunphysscienceproject - Aug 2, 2014 at 8:44 PM

    The headline is awkward, but not actually misleading. If you read it slowly and carefully, it’s obvious that he meant it hasn’t been opened in August in 10 years. But the reality is that most people skim headlines, and since this is common knowledge, they should probably be written in that light.

  6. crimson428 - Aug 2, 2014 at 9:51 PM

    The roof was open more in the first couple months of the season more than usual, something they were actually pitching to draw fans. Opening on normal August days here would be unbearable.

  7. yahmule - Aug 2, 2014 at 10:12 PM

    I hope they open it in September when my wife and I are there to see the Angels.

  8. chiadam - Aug 2, 2014 at 11:43 PM

    However anyone understood the headline, the end result is the same: who gives a sh!t?

  9. sophiethegreatdane - Aug 3, 2014 at 8:55 AM

    You guys are stuck arguing about the headline, but the content of the post is most confusing to me. It seems to suggest that a) knuckle baller RA Dickey is more effective when the roof is open, and b) it’s more than a “mere coincidence” that the roof will be opened for Dickey’s start.

    Bill — are you saying the Astros are trying to lose on purpose by opening the roof b/c RA Dickey is pitching, and not simply b/c the weather in Houston is nice during the game? That’s the only conclusion I can draw when you question the intentions of the team and suggest that it’s more than mere coincidence.

    • Bill Baer - Aug 3, 2014 at 11:53 AM

      It was tongue-in-cheek.

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