PITTSBURGH -- A trip to the Steel City means Astros pitcher David Carpenter and bench coach Joe Pettini get a chance to sleep in their own beds.
Carpenter is from Fairmont, W.V., which is about 90 miles from Pittsburgh. His father picked him up at the airport when the team arrived on Thursday night and drove him to the family's house. Several friends and family members are expected to be in attendance all this week.
"It's always enjoyable to get a chance to come back to where I came and watched a lot of games when I was young," Carpenter said. "To get the family to come up and watch games is nice. I really enjoy a chance to get to play in front of some familiar eyes."
No matter what Carpenter does in his career, he will never been known as the most famous athlete from Fairmont, which is the hometown of Gold Medal gymnast Mary Lou Retton, who has lived for years in Houston. Alabama football coach Nick Saban is also from Fairmont.
Pettini is from Bethany, W.V., which is about 52 miles from Pittsburgh.