The waiver claim and subsequent signing of Philip Humber by the Astros Friday night brought back some great Houston baseball memories in the Farmstros office. On June 23, 2003, Humber was a right-handed pitcher for the Rice Owls. On that day nine and one-half years ago, Humber pitched a complete game, allowing just five hits, as the Owls knocked off Stanford 14-2 to clinch the school's first College World Series championship.
I have been following Rice baseball since I was in middle school, so the championship was a highlight for me. I distinctly remember listening to Jonathan Yardley's call of that game on KTRU(Rice radio) as well as most of Rice's run through the 2003 regular season and play-offs. I also remember what may have been the first dual championship parade in Houston history. Shortly after the Owls returned from Omaha, they joined the Houston Aeros on the streets of downtown Houston. Spectators cheered the Owls' CWS championship and the Aeros' Calder Cup Championship, which they had clinched on June 12.
A little Astros of the Future trivia from the 2003 CWS championship: The final batter retired by Humber in the finale was John Hester. Hester grounded out as a pinch hitter for second baseman Jed Lowrie.