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SEATTLE — While he conducted his pregame meeting with reporters on Sunday, A.J. Hinch’s eyes hovered between the gaggle and a friend playing golf.
Like most of the country, the Astros manager kept a close eye on Tiger Woods’ pursuit of a Masters title. Woods won the tournament, which was broadcast on T-Mobile Park’s jumbotron prior to the baseball matinee.
Hinch and Woods went to college together at Stanford. Woods is one year younger than the 44-year-old Hinch, who began school in 1993. The two remain acquaintances after spending more time together on campus as student-athletes in the mid-90s.
"Stanford is where we build them, we build winners there," Hinch said after the Astros’ 3-2 win. "I’m happy for him. Obviously I went to college with him, and to see what he’s gone through, 10 or 11 years between (major) wins. I’m very proud of him, happy for him."
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