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Watch NBA superstar Stephen Curry play Mario Kart at Eastside coffee shop

Steph Curry hung out with Hunter and Lexi Pence on Friday night. @greenwaybarista/Twitter

Originally appeared on CultureMap/Houston.

How did Stephen Curry spend his Friday night in Houston? Did he stay out late partying at a club? 

Of course not.

Rather, the NBA superstar guard from the reigning champion Golden State Warriors dined with San Francisco Giants outfielder Hunter Pence and his wife Alexis at Uchi, then stopped by Coral Sword, the Eastside coffee shop and gaming den the Pences are opening with Blacksmith owners David Buehrer and Ecky Prabanto, for a spirited game of Mario Kart 8 on the Nintendo Switch.

Thankfully, Coral Sword streamed the hour-long session over its Twitch feed, so that those of who aren't world championship-winning professional athletes from the Bay Area could get in on some of the fun. Curry is a gamer, but he's ultimately bested by Pence, who does a little victory dance at the end. 

Watch the video below for all the trash talking good times between the two athletes, Alexis, and barista Sanford Bledsoe. Here's hoping the gaming session drains enough of Curry's competitive juices that the Rockets are able to prevail in their prime time matchup with Curry's Warriors on Saturday night. 

Watch Stephen Curry stops by Coral Sword! from CoralSword on www.twitch.tv

Curry promises to return if the Warriors face the Rockets in the Western Conference Finals, but he might be back in Houston even sooner than that. After all, his wife Ayesha is opening her barbecue-inspired restaurant International Smoke in CityCentre later this spring. He can't miss that, right?

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Carlos Beltran missed out on his first opportunity to be inducted in the Hall of Fame this week, and we discuss how his involvement in the 2017 sign-stealing scandal may have played a role.

Plus, are we seeing a turning of the tide with national baseball writers and their opinion of the Houston Astros?

Bob Nightengale wrote this about Carlos Beltran and the Hall of Fame recently:

But we’re really going to ignore all of that and admonish him for participating in the Astros’ sign-stealing scandal.
Really?
Are we going to do the same with everyone who played for the Red Sox and Yankees during those years, too, when they were fined and disciplined for the illegal use of Apple Watches and dugout phones to relay signs?
Should we hold that against future Hall of Famer Justin Verlander, who obviously didn’t benefit from the sign stealing as a pitcher, but didn’t tell his teammates to stop it?
Enough already.
We’re not talking about performance-enhancing drugs here. Sign stealing has been going on for the past 100 years. There are teams who have used hidden cameras for years. Team employees flashed signs from outfield seats and scoreboards.

Check out the video above as we break it all down.

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