Houston mayor takes in Astros' game at Fenway

Houston mayor takes in Astros' game at Fenway

BOSTON -- Houston mayor Annise Parker attended Thursday's game at Fenway Park as a guest of Boston mayor Marty Walsh. Parker, who's an Astros fan, is in town for the National Conference of Democratic Mayors policy conference, an organization of which she serves as chair.

Parker, who went to Rice University, started the day "with a bunch of plasma physicists at MIT, unrelated to anything else," before taking in the game.

"They wanted to show off their lab," she said. "Way over my head, but it was interesting."

Parker plans to meet with Walsh early Friday to talk about international economic development before flying home.

"I always try to find out if there's some kind of game going on," she said. "Last week, I was in New York. I was at the Yankees-Indians game, so I didn't actually know the Astros were playing until I got here. It worked out."

As far as the Astros goes, Parker feels the pain of another down season.

"I appreciate the investment in the farm teams ... and it is the way to build a baseball team for the long term," she said. "And I am excited that maybe we'll be able to watch. I'm one of those Houstanians who can't watch at home [because of limited TV penetration]."

As a child, Parker's dad would take her to the Astros and sit in the bleachers and watch the Astros.

"I get better seats now," she said.

Brian McTaggart is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, Tag's Lines. Follow @brianmctaggart on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.