There are thousands of Astros fans. Count David Culley as one of them.
The Texans head coach began Wednesday's press conference at NRG Stadium with a proverbial tip of the cap to the American League West champs and their manager, Dusty Baker. The Astros advanced to the League Championship Series on Tuesday after a 10-1 pounding of the White Sox in Chicago. It was their third win in four ALDS games, and the Astros will now host Game 1 of the ALCS on Friday night against the Boston Red Sox.
"I wanted to congratulate Dusty and the Astros on winning the divisional series and good luck to them in the championship series," Culley said.
The Texans head coach loves the sport of baseball and was a left-handed pitcher in Little League and in high school growing up in Sparta, Tennessee. When he saw Baker's postgame press conference on Tuesday evening, he was inspired.
"He said some things about his team that I thought were very, very good that I used this morning in my meeting with our team," Culley said. "Some things that his team has gone through and have responded to things, I thought was really good and was great for our football team moving forward this week.
Culley and the Texans practiced Wednesday at the Houston Methodist Training Center and will do so again on Thursday and Friday. They'll fly to Indianapolis on Saturday, where they'll play the Colts on Sunday at noon CT inside Lucas Oil Stadium.
The next time you can see the Texans at NRG Stadium will be on October 31 as they host the Los Angeles Rams in Week 8. Kick off is set for noon CT. Click here for tickets.
Check out photos from the Houston Texans practice on Wednesday.