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Trading One Spotlight for Another: From Miss Texas USA to Texas’ Sweetheart and Astros Fiancée

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You’ve probably heard of Daniella Rodriguez: from her trickling first pitch before an Astros game last August or from Carlos Correa’s momentous proposal after winning the World Series. Despite retiring from her pageant life after winning Miss Texas USA in 2016, Rodriguez has stepped into the spotlight once again. Not only is she more than willing to laugh at herself, as she did after her botched pitch at the Astros game — showing off that endearing pageant attitude Texas fell in love with — but her list of talents makes it easy to see how Correa could fall head over cleats for this Mexican-American sweetheart.

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Giveaway Time: Highlights of the 2018 Astros Promotional Calendar

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Major League Baseball’s Opening Day is less than three weeks away, and Houston is already abuzz about the Astros. Minute Maid Park will be a hot destination all summer long as the team mounts its World Series title defense. Lucky for us, the folks at the ballpark have made celebrating the ‘Stros easy this summer—by stuffing their schedule with fun promotions and unique giveaways. We’ve rounded up a few of our favorites below. Plan your trip to the old ball game this summer around this fun collection hats, shirts, bobbleheads, and more.

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The Top 5 Things to Love About Houston

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On this day of love, we celebrate not only the special people in our lives, but also the beautiful city in which we make some of our best memories. Houston is a stunning place—a sprawling giant with distinct and memorable corners. It is Space City, where we celebrate the next frontier. It is Bayou City, which sometimes floods but always comes back stronger than ever. It is Clutch City. It is Astros City. It is the city we call home, and the city we’re so proud to welcome you to.

There are so many reasons to love Houston—here are our favorite few:

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18 Must-Visit Houston Destinations for 2018

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Houston may be renowned for its booming industry, but we’re here to let you in on a secret: It’s one of the best places in the nation to have a good time. Home to world-class dining, art, and attractions — not to mention NASA — Houston offers top opportunities for unforgettable experiences.

This 2018, consider us your personal concierges. In honor of the new year, we’ve amassed a list of 18 Houston must-do’s. Make your New Year’s Resolution to experience Houston now. It’s sure to be your best year yet.

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Jose Altuve: Unlikely Superstar, Deserving 2017 MVP

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Jose Altuve first put on an Astros uniform as a 17-year-old playing in the Venezuelan Summer League ten years ago. He’d recently persuaded Astros personnel to tender him a professional contract despite concerns over his diminutive frame. The second baseman stands just 5’6”, about eight inches below the MLB average. The Astros handed him a check for $15,000—a drop in the ocean of their budget for international prospects—and silently hoped for a growth spurt. Altuve, perhaps playing with a chip on his shoulder, batted .343 in 64 games that summer.

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Where to Dine Before the World Series

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You’ve got your tickets. You’ve got your ‘Stros swag. All you need now is a perfect place to dine before the big game tomorrow. From upscale to casual, we’ve gathered a range of notable downtown favorites you’re sure to enjoy.

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Astros Even Series in Bonkers Game 2

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Whatever you were expecting from Game 2, you weren’t expecting this. After one of the most dramatic postseason games in recent memory, the Astros are heading home with a coveted road win. With the series tied 1-1, Houston carries some pleasant momentum into their upcoming three-game home stand. It took no shortage of small miracles to get them there.

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Dodgers Edge Astros To Take Game 1

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It was a classic October pitcher’s duel—until it wasn’t.

Dallas Keuchel and Clayton Kershaw squared off last night to kick off the 2017 World Series, and they mostly lived up to their reputations as two of the best starting pitchers in the game.

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Astros Clinch First AL Pennant in Franchise History

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For the first ever time, the American League pennant has landed in Houston. Last night, the hometown Astros capped off a remarkable Championship Series against the New York Yankees, winning 4-0 in front of over 43,000 adoring fans. Now they’re headed to Los Angeles for their second Word Series appearance in franchise history, and first since 2005.

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Series Tied, Keuchel Takes The Ball

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You may have noticed a popular word in postseason baseball: Momentum. The Astros had it in the ALDS, taking a quick 2-0 lead over the Red Sox before dispatching Boston in four games. The Dodgers have it, as they aim to sweep the Cubs out of the playoffs tonight. Right now, the Yankees have it, too.

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