Gibbons has a long history with Houston baseball -- his dad used to play the ballpark organ at Buff Stadium -- and he researched a bit to nail down details of the Stros' early days.
He then wrote a mini-essay in an inimitable style that cannot be described, merely read.
Gibbons also eagerly agreed to be our cover boy, donning an Astros hat over his trademark beret.
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Photographer Kevin Scalon, who last shot Clint Eastwood for us via our sister paper LA Weekly, shot Gibbons at the guitarist's Los Angeles home.
That night, as he settled in to write his piece, Gibbons realized he had caught a nasty cold in the most LA of ways -- sitting outside at a sushi restaurant on a breezy night.
We don't know if the stuffed-up head or the cold medicine played any role in the prose style, but something did. Maybe it's just all those years of being an Astros fan.