Do you know who drives the Houston Astros train?


Do you know who drives the Houston Astros train?

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Bobby Vasquez operates a train in and around Minute Maid Park before Game 4 of baseball's World Series between the Houston Astros and the Los Angeles Dodgers Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017, in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

The only kind of cheering you want to hear in Minute Maid Park is the kind accompanied by a loud, droning train horn. Because when the Houston Astros train is chugging, things are going well on the field. 

But who keeps the team’s celebratory train on the tracks? 

Texas Monthly profiled Bobby “Dynamite” Vasquez ahead of Wednesday’s World Series Game 7. 

According to the magazine, Vasquez started off with the Astros as a 22-year-old intern and has since served as the team’s conductor for 17 seasons. He also serves as an editor for a community newspaper. 

He’s missed only 13 games since 2000, totaling nearly 1,500 games attended. He wears a pair of overalls and an orange Astros shirt and refuses to wash either if the team wins. 

“They’re a little smelly this year, ‘cause we didn’t lose a lot,” Vasquez told Texas Monthly. Although he is hesitant to “jinx” the Astros, he told the magazine he believes Houston deserves a win.

All who agree, hop on. We’re taking this train to Game 7. Go ‘stros!

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