Being a credential-holding media member has always been a perk and privilege of this sports editor job. Now, during a pandemic, it allows me to be one of a few dozen people allowed inside Minute Maid Park to watch the Houston Astros in person this season.

While the Astros’ two-game tilt against the Los Angeles Dodgers last week expectedly still saw plenty of bad blood boil to the surface, it was definitely a far different experience than what was anticipated before COVID-19 changed everything.

James LaCombe: 409-683-5242, or on Twitter @JamesAtGalvNews

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