As everyone knows, it’s going to be a long road to recovery for Texas in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, but on Saturday, a small step back to normality is taking place at Minute Maid Park in Houston.

The New York Mets and Houston Astros just got the first game of a doubleheader started, but not before Astros manager A.J. Hinch delivered an uplifting message to all of Houston, thanking first responders, the people of Texas and remembering all of those who have lost everything in this natural disaster.

The crowd was on its feet.

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In the grand scheme, this may not seem like much. It’s just sports, after all. But, there is something to be said for getting back to the everyday and getting back to life as it was before a disaster like Harvey.

The return to normalcy has been a theme.

Interestingly, Matt Harvey is the starting pitcher for the Mets in game 1 and, at the time of this writing, the Astros are beating him to a pulp.

Also of note, the Astros are now featuring a patch on their uniforms, saying “Houston Strong.”

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