Friday, March 9, 2007
Our weekly series on cool media folks - Meet Yvette Casares Willis
(Photo above - Peter and Yvette at Minute Maid Park in Houston, 2002)
It's been a while since we've seen Yvette, but she is always just a phone call or an email away. Willis is the Promotions Director for the Houston Astros, and every time we made it to that city, she played a role in making our visit there truly extraordinary.
Back in 2001, we did our "official" visit to then Enron Field, and it was Yvette who took the time out of her busy schedule to give us the VIP tour of ballpark. She introduced us to Astro's owner Drayton McLane down on the field, and we missed the Mother of all Photo Opps by 5 minutes when we vacated the playing surface, only to turn around and see Drayton chatting it up with none other than former Prez George H.W. Bush, who is a ballpark regular in Houston.
In 2002, we dropped by Yvette's office just to say hi.. we were in town to see the Houston Rockets at the old Summit, er.... "Compaq Center". Yvette picks up the phone, calls her counterparts at the Rockets, and BAM! Media passes and floor passes waiting for us at will call. And again in 2004, she invited us up to a party suite in the left field corner of Minute Maid Park, to enjoy a nice food spread and some warm conversation.
Yvette is just a down to earth Texas girl, yes she is a former cheerleader (check the photo... ya think?) and one of the nicest people we have ever met in our journeys.
Whenever we hear the song "Deep in the Heart of Texas", the signature "add on" song to the Astro's 7th inning stretch, we think of Houston, the 'Stros and we think of Yvette. One of those USRT cities we will be happy to return to again and again.