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Top 10 Moments in the History of Minute Maid Park

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The Houston Astros are asking for our suggestions for the top moments in the history of Enron Field Minute Maid Park as part of the stadium's tenth season. You know me. I love to give my opinions about the Astros. So here are my Top 10 Moments in the History of Enron Field Minute Maid Park.

10. October 4, 2001: In the top of the ninth inning of a San Francisco Giants blow-out win, Astros manager finally allows one of his pitchers to pitch to Barry Bonds. The result is a home run to the upper deck in right field for Bonds' 70th home run of the year, tying Mark McGwire for the season home run record.

9. September 16, 2000: An awful debut season is partially salvaged by a packed stadium for a Jim Rome tour stop. And later that night, the Astros win in extra innings as they pick up some of Rome's karma.

8. April 2000: At some point, Jose Lima walks into the stadium for the very first time and realizes that his career has ended.

7. June 15, 2008: The Astros lose a Sunday afternoon contest to the New York Yankees by the score of 13-0. But what makes the day so memorable is that Drayton McLane kept the roof shut, but turned the air-conditioning off.

6. April 4, 2000: The first regular season game in the history of the stadium is played, and the Astros lose to the Philadelphia Phillies.

5. August 8, 2006: The Astros honor the great Gene Elston by giving him a night to celebrate his winning the Baseball Hall of Fame's Ford C. Frick Award.

4. October 17, 2005: Albert Pujols destroys Brad Lidge's career as a Houston Astros by smashing a ninth inning pitch over the left field choo-choo train for a three-run homer and a come-from0behind Cards win in Game Five of the NLCS.

3. July 12, 2004: The stadium hosts steroid all-stars Sammy Sosa, Rafael Palmeiro, Barry Bonds and Miguel Tejada in the All-Star Game Home Run Derby.

2. July 13, 2004: The National League, behind the rock solid pitching of Houston Astros pitcher Roger Clemens, surrenders six runs in the first inning to guarantee that the American League gets home field advantage in the World Series.

1. June 28, 2007: Craig Biggio singles in the seventh inning of a game against the Colorado Rockies for his 3,000th career hit. Of course, he's thrown out at second trying to stretch it into a double.

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