"When it happened, and the whole place exploded, I thought at first I was going deaf because it was so loud, but then I was overwhelmed by a sense of joy and I think I cried a little. To see someone who I had grown up watching go from the fresh-faced catcher in the '80s to that moment ... it was great."
That Astros moment will be hard for Cano to top, but now there is another one that will have a unique place in his memory going forward. He and his fiancee, Alison Morehead, were in the right place at the right time before a recent game at Minute Maid Park, and now they co-star in the latest episode of the hit MLB.com game show "Bucks on the Pond" powered by Ford.
Watch the video and see whether they join the many fans who have banked bucks from MLB.com across all but four of the Major League ballparks, as well as recent Hall of Fame tapings. New episodes are posted each Tuesday and Friday at MLB.com/bucks.
"I thought it was awesome," Morehead said. "It was easier than I thought."
"That was a game that her dad had come into town for," Cano said of the ballpark taping. "He lives in Midland, but his work brings him to Houston on occasion and he suggested we catch a game together. He had gotten some pretty good seats that day, about 12 rows up from the on-deck circle of the Rangers."
"Bucks" is hosted by Jeremy Brisiel and you might be a part of this season when you least expect it. Fans at the ballpark interact with MLB.com's studio through the magic of technology in conjunction with game action inside.
Contestants are asked a trivia question -- general knowledge and baseball -- on each pitch during a half-inning of baseball. Get the question correct and win money. Get the question wrong and it's a strike. Three strikes and you're out.
The questions' difficulty and value increase with the number of outs in the on-field action: $5 easy questions to start, $10 medium-difficulty questions after one out, $20 hard questions after two outs. If the contestant lasts longer than the team's at-bat, they win the bucks in their bank -- and Ford matches those winnings with a donation to Wounded Warrior Project.
Cross the $100 mark during the show, and it's time for "Say the Word" powered by Ford SYNC. You can wager any part of your bank on that next question, which is asked each episode by Frank Thomas, one of the newest Hall of Fame inductees. Answer correctly and you win, answer incorrectly and you lose that amount ... and it's another strike.
You'll have to watch the video to see how the Astros fans fared, but let's just say that it ends with her kissing him. They met 2 1/2 years ago and have been to about 20 Astros games since then. They will be married Jan. 17 at the Spiritual/Cultural Center at the University of Houston, with a reception at the Rice Hotel in downtown Houston.
They met through work. Morehead is employed as Foreclosure Specialist at the law firm of Robertson Anschutz Vetters. Cano recently took a job as an IT Manager for Hilton Hotels.
"Baseball has always been big in my life, and Alison's dad is a huge fan, also," said Cano, who wore a Nolan Ryan jersey and benefited from his "Ryan Express" knowledge on one of the questions. "Our shared love of a few movies and pop culture is what started us on the path to falling in love and eventually, marriage and having a family together."
Topics in this episode include furniture, reality TV, Astros saves leaders, Marilyn Monroe, carpentry, algebra, fast-food chains, Astros strikeout leaders, rock bands, movie cars, strikeout parlance, Seinfeld, Houston architecture, state abbreviations, horror movies and singers.
In addition to the Astros, teams visited by the "Bucks" crew include the Angels, Athletics, Brewers, Cardinals, Cubs, D-backs, Dodgers, Giants, Indians, Mariners, Marlins, Mets, Orioles, Padres, Phillies, Pirates, Red Sox, Reds, Rockies, Royals, Tigers, Twins, White Sox and Yankees. Bookmark MLB.com/bucks and be on the lookout for the "Bucks" crew at your ballpark.