DOZENS OF DEALS

Where to catch the World Series in Houston: 34 hot deals at Houston's best bars and restaurants

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This article originally appeared on CultureMap.

With the Astros set to square off against the Washington Nationals in the World Series, every Houston restaurant with a TV (more or less) wants to be included in the festivities. Skim the list below to find special dishes, extended happy hours, and even free queso.

Springer dingers and Bregman bombs will reap their own rewards in form of freebies for every Astros home run. Read on to find the right deal for a perfect game day experience.

A’bouzy

This champagne-fueled restaurant in River Oaks is offering 50-cent Gulf oysters on the half shell during the games, which will be on shown on TVs in the bar and patio. When the Astros win, the restaurant's extensive champagne list will come in handy.

Axelrad

The Midtown hot spot will show all of the games on its giant outdoor screen. Dine on pizza from Luigi's next door or one of the on-site food trucks. The craft beer selection is among the city's best.

B&B Butchers & Restaurant

The luxurious steakhouse feature four hot dog specials ($14-$124) featuring Texas wagyu dogs topped with classics like mustard and sauerkraut all the way to two ounces of Japanese wagyu and sauteed Maine lobster. Even better, diners who eat at B&B before the game can get a ride on the restaurant's shuttle bus (seats limited, reservations required).

Bernie's Burger Bus

All four locations are offering a deal on hot dogs: buy one, get the second for just $2. Options include a bacon-wrapped dog topped with diner's choices of: chili and green chile queso, guacamole and chipotle aioli, or white cheddar and brisket. In addition, get a pint of Texas craft beer for only $4.

Brennan’s of Houston

Watch the games on the patio at this Houston institution while dining on a special menu of $7 bar bites created by chef Joe Cervantez. Dishes include: duck fat chili cheese fries, 44 Farms chili hot dog, crab boil-spiced fried chicken wings, and a fried oyster boy. To drink, choose from two for $7 select beers, select wines for $7, or the Line-Drive Lemonade (vodka, gin, Blue Curacao, house lemonade, lemon-lime soda).

Continue reading on CultureMap to see the rest of the list.

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The Marlins are showing interest in Yuli Gurriel. Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images.

As the reporting date for pitchers and catchers draws near, there are still some decisions hanging over the Astros. One of them is whether or not to bring back Yuli Gurriel. “La Piña,” as he's affectionately called, is 38 years old. He turns 39 in June. His leadership and instincts cannot be matched. The man has seen a ton of baseball and comes from a family of baseballers. So, what's the holdup?

Enter the Miami Marlins. The ownership group, led by Bruce Sherman, is undoubtedly trying to capitalize on the heavy Cuban population in the Miami area. Bringing in the Cuban Babe Ruth is a great way to attempt to get more fan engagement. The franchise has only been to the playoffs three times. First two times (1997 and 2003), they won it all. In 2020, they were swept in the NLDS. They're most likely offering him a ridiculous amount of money to come to a team with a losing history. Knowing the Marlins are willing to hand out stupid money, would you blame La Piña for taking one last ridiculous payday?

Think about it. He's got two rings and made a ton of money. He can safely retire very comfortably. The lure to come back for another year or two would definitely be about money. The Marlins aren't a real threat in the next couple of seasons to do anything, but are willing to pay me like I'm still a star? Plus, I'm closer to my home country with all my family and friends? Sign me up!

This is where the Astros have to make a decision. Bring Yuli back for another year or move on. If he follows through with his last four years, this should be a bounce back year. Since 2016, his first year in Houston and MLB, he's hit .262, .299, .291, .298, .232 (pandemic shortened season), .319, and .242 last season. The man is a professional hitter. He knows how to work an at-bat and can drive pitchers nuts. His defense isn't bad either. He's a more than capable first baseman.

This won't win me any favor, but I think it's time to move on. Yuli will always have a place in my heart because he was a major factor in the Astros' two World Series wins. Last season's title run was even more satisfying since it helped silence the haters. That was the mouthwash that got rid of the stench of the sign stealing scandal. Piña was there through it all.

Now, it's time to start transitioning towards the future. Piña, Jose Altuve, Alex Bregman, Justin Verlander, and Lance McCullers Jr were the only holdovers from the 2017 team. Verlander was one of the guys the Mets backed the Brinks truck up for this offseason. Altuve (32), Bregman (28), and McCullers (29) should be all that's left of that group. While it would've been great to have Verlander (39) back, the emergence of the youth movement in the pitching staff made his loss somewhat expendable. At some point, the nostalgia wears off. Father Time and Mother Nature are both undefeated. If they were to bring Piña back, he should be a part timer transitioning into a hitting coach. Careers come to an end. It's time to start looking at his exit.

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