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Out of the Park

The Houston Press discusses our national pastime with Lance Berkman.

Astros 2009 home schedule (all games at Minute Maid Park — visit astros.com for tickets):

May 21 Milwaukee Brewers

May 22 Texas Rangers

Lance Berkman
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May 23 Texas Rangers

May 24 Texas Rangers

June 1 Colorado Rockies

June 2 Colorado Rockies

June 3 Colorado Rockies

June 4 Colorado Rockies

June 5 Pittsburgh Pirates

June 6 Pittsburgh Pirates

June 7 Pittsburgh Pirates

June 9 Chicago Cubs

June 10 Chicago Cubs

June 11 Chicago Cubs

June 23 Kansas City Royals

June 24 Kansas City Royals

June 25 Kansas City Royals

June 26 Detroit Tigers

June 27 Detroit Tigers

June 28 Detroit Tigers

July 6 Pittsburgh Pirates

July 7 Pittsburgh Pirates

July 8 Pittsburgh Pirates

July 9 Washington Nationals

July 10 Washington Nationals

July 11 Washington Nationals

July 12 Washington Nationals

July 20 St. Louis Cardinals

July 21 St. Louis Cardinals

July 22 St. Louis Cardinals

July 24 New York Mets

July 25 New York Mets

July 26 New York Mets

August 3 San Francisco Giants

August 4 San Francisco Giants

August 5 San Francisco Giants

August 7 Milwaukee Brewers

August 8 Milwaukee Brewers

August 9 Milwaukee Brewers

August 18 Florida Marlins

August 19 Florida Marlins

August 20 Florida Marlins

August 21 Arizona Diamondbacks

August 22 Arizona Diamondbacks

August 23 Arizona Diamondbacks

September 4 Philadelphia Phillies

September 5 Philadelphia Phillies

September 6 Philadelphia Phillies

September 7 Philadelphia Phillies

September 8 Atlanta Braves

September 9 Atlanta Braves

September 10 Atlanta Braves

September 11 Pittsburgh Pirates

September 12 Pittsburgh Pirates

September 13 Pittsburgh Pirates

September 21 St. Louis Cardinals

September 22 St. Louis Cardinals

September 23 St. Louis Cardinals

September 25 Cincinnati Reds

September 26 Cincinnati Reds

September 27 Cincinnati Reds

Soccer Season

Of course, there's another game in town during the summer. Professional soccer in the U.S. may have a relatively low profile, but it's tough to beat in terms of excitement and athleticism. A Houston Dynamo match is a lively alternative to baseball for those who end up dozing in their seats by the seventh-inning stretch. It doesn't hurt that star forward Brian Ching and company have brought home two championships in the three years they've been in town. The adventurous should sit at the end zone with rowdy fan groups El Batallon and the Texian Army to get the full experience.

Dynamo home schedule (all games played at Robertson Stadium on the University of Houston campus — visit http://houston.mlsnet.com/t200/ for tickets):

May 23 San Jose Earthquakes

May 30 Toronto FC

June 10 Chivas USA

June 20 Real Salt Lake

July 25 New England Revolution

August 1 D.C. United

August 9 Chicago Fire

August 23 Seattle Sounders FC

September 19 Real Salt Lake

October 4 Kansas City Wizards

October 18 Los Angeles Galaxy

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