HOUSTON – Anthony Rendon is Houston through and through.
Sitting back in a chair with a plain white t-shirt on, Rendon, less than 24 hours away from playing in his first World Series is going down memory lane. The best memory takes him back to the only game he went to at the Astrodome. Getting a behind the scenes tour, waiting for future Hall of Famers Craig Biggio and Jeff Bagwell the night they played the Mark McGwire-led Oakland A's.
Rendon grew up in Houston, played Little League baseball with the YMCA Post Oak Giants, later pulled on the Lamar High School Redskins jersey (before the mascot was changed to Texans in 2014) and then starred at Rice University until 2011.
"This is my city for sure," Rendon said. "Born and raised. Still live here in the offseason and I don't plan on leaving."
The Nationals, led by their All-Star third baseman and front-runner for the National League MVP, are in their first World Series since moving to Washington, D.C., which for Rendon comes against his hometown Houston Astros.
HOUSTON - 0-36.
That was Rice volleyball's record against the University of Texas dating back to 1982 heading into Wednesday's showdown inside Tudor Fieldhouse. Coming out of the in-state showdown, the record looked a little different.
The Owls stunned the nation with a 3-2 victory over No. 3 Texas, marking the first win for Rice over Texas in program history in front of a record-breaking 3,012 fans.
"We tried to approach this match like we do many others, just focus on the process and doing our jobs and trusting that we have the talent and experience to go toe-to-toe with Texas," Rice coach Genny Volpe said in a press release. "We believe we can compete at the highest level. Sometimes we forget that. We lost a match over the weekend that hurt our confidence a little bit. But we came out today and remembered who we are and the work we've put in. To me it was a quality win against a quality team and it means that we're taking steps forward as a program."