LOCAL Houston | The City Guide March 2017 - Page 4

LETTER FROM THE EDITOR “Sports are the great unifier. They enable people of all walks of life to communicate, commiserate and celebrate,” Camden CEO (and Houston Super Bowl chairman) Ric Campo told us in the January issue. And he’s right. I’ve never see our writers and photographers more excited about their assignments; and on a personal note, I have to admit it’s pretty cool to hang out in the Astros dugout or shoot the breeze with a Texans player about what books he’s been reading while we set up a shot at the public library. In turbulent times, which these seem to continue to be, we look to our sports heroes and teams to give us something to cheer for, and something to cheer for together. It doesn’t hurt that it’s also an escape that takes our minds off other things for a few hours at a time. So, yes, this is the Sports Issue of LOCAL Houston magazine. If you thought we exhausted the subject with our Super Bowl issue, think again. You’ll meet Astros pitcher Lance McCullers, get a few words from Texans DE Christian Covington, be entertained by Natalie Alvarado of the Houston Rockets and – wait, what’s this? – an Oilers reunion? Yes, we’ve got it, and I’m fairly certain you’re only going to read about it here. Because that’s what we do at LOCAL – we tell the stories of the city that others don’t. Back as always are our scribes Janice Schindeler, Brian Tagtmeier, Mike Cook, Sarah Gish, Lindsay McClelland and photogs Kennon Evett, Max Burkhalter, Cody Bess, Carl Fehres, Anthony Rathbun, Jenn Duncan – and newcomer (and cover shooter) Brian Styles. And I’ve got to acknowledge copy editor Victoria Bartlett, who is a sports super-fan. If I made her happy, I knew I was getting it right. Thank you all for being such good sports (get it?) every month. We couldn’t do any of this without you. Photography by Cody Bess Oh, one more thing. Check out our new feature "TABLESCAPE" on page 28. Each month, we'll do a photo essay on the favorite dishes at Houston restaurants. I hope you enjoy reading the issue as much as we did creating it. Tim Tim Moloney editor-in-chief BEHIND THE COVER What fan wouldn’t be thrilled to be on the field at Minute Maid Park, let alone in the Astros dugout? The Houston Astros were kind enough to let us it as a shooting location for our cover feature with pitcher Lance McCullers, Jr. — and also kind enough to provide us with official team equipment for props. Photographer Brian Styles captured the calm, cool essence of this young player who’s ready to get back in the game. 4 LOCAL | march 17