"Let's just say I'm happy where I am at the age of 30," he said. "Hopefully, I can say the same at age 40 and 50."
The Astros had a noon game Saturday, and normally, having a night off in Chicago would be welcomed by someone who is celebrating a milestone birthday. Backe, however, had no plans for that night except to get to bed early. He's scheduled to pitch Sunday's finale, so staying out late is not in the cards.
"I haven't celebrated my birthday in years," he said.
He did, however, commemorate the big 3-0 during the offseason, when his father, Harold, turned 60.
"I went to Vegas for the first time with my father and a couple of friends," Backe said. "He's now 60 and I'm 30 this year, so we celebrated that in the offseason, before Spring Training."
Alyson Footer is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.