Brandon Backe pitched in the Major Leagues for nine seasons, seven of them for the Astros. He was also a big part of two of the team’s most successful seasons, the 2004 team that was one win away from the World Series and the 2005 one that reached the Fall Classic.
His starts in the postseason were spectacular. Eight innings of one hit ball against St. Louis in Game 5 of the 2004 NLCS and seven shutout innings against the Chicago White Sox in Game 4 of the 2005 World Series.
Since he still makes his home in the Houston area, it was no surprise that the Astros asked him to be part of this year’s Astros CAREavan and the students that greeted him outside Woodcreek Middle School in Atascocita knew they should know who he was.
They just couldn’t place him. Since most of them were in kindergarten or preschool when Backe was on the game’s biggest stage it’s understandable. So they debated and decided that he must be an actor.
They never did put a name on Backe, nor put him in a movie.
If Backe had a choice, though, which actor would he be?
“Brad Pitt sounds good,” Backe offered.