Rich Dauer served as the Astros’ first base coach as the club went on to win the World Series last year. He had a scary moment during the Astros’ championship parade, suffering an acute subdural hematoma that nearly killed him. In December, Ken Rosenthal of the Athletic wrote a must-read report of the events that transpired.
Doctors told Dauer’s wife Chris and their friends that he had about a three percent chance of survival. And even if he survived, there was a chance he would suffer brain damage.
Dauer had the honor of throwing out the first pitch before the Astros’ home opener against the Orioles on Monday night. Here’s the video of what was a very emotional moment:
Astros DH Evan Gattis unwittingly helped the Mariners complete a triple play in the fourth inning of Thursday afternoon’s game at Safeco Field. The Astros put runners on first and second on consecutive singles by Jose Altuve and Carlos Correa, bringing Gattis to the plate.
Gattis check-swung at a first-pitch curve from Marco Gonzales, hitting a grounder to third base. Kyle Seager stepped on the third base bag and then threw to second base for the second out. There was not nearly enough time for Robinson Cano to get the throw to first base to complete a triple play. Gattis ostensibly lost track of the number of outs in the inning, so he just circled back to the dugout and the Mariners completed their triple play since Gattis went out of the baseline.
That’s the first triple play of the 2018 season. It’s the Mariners’ first triple play since July 26, 2015 against the Blue Jays.