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Wow. Just. Wow.
Way to go Jose!!!
Way to Astros!!!

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The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Re: 2018 Draft
« on: June 04, 2018, 02:34:34 pm »
Go 'Stros!

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Talk Zone / Re: Race for the Lid XX!!!
« on: March 29, 2018, 03:41:41 pm »
117
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Game Zone 2018 / Re: Opening Day March 29, 2018 Astros at Rangers
« on: March 29, 2018, 02:30:24 pm »
Happy Opening Day!

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Talk Zone / Re: Thank You
« on: November 02, 2017, 02:17:36 pm »
I've been thinking of folks on the board quite a bit in the midst of enjoying this years run and ASTROS 2017 WORLD SERIES VICTORY.  And as excited as I've been to get to watch THE 2017 WORLD SERIES CHAMPION ASTROS win it all, I've also relished the fact that all of the folks here would be able to enjoy this ride as well and finally get to savor seeing THE ASTROS WIN IT ALL!!!

While marriage and kiddo(s) (one 2 year old and a -3 month old) in the last 4 years, busy work schedule, and keeping ahead of depression issues (which as you know have hit me hard in the past but remain 'at bay') have meant spending (a lot) less time on the board these past 3ish years, y'all mean a great deal to me and have remained on my mind - it has brought me joy knowing how much this season (and tTHE 2017 WORLD SERIES CHAMPIONSHIP) has meant to the folks here (and me as well).

Congrats again, and thank you and THE 2017 WORLD SERIES CHAMPION ASTROS for an amazing run!

-Lee

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Holy crap they did it!!!
Hell yes!!!

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Talk Zone / Re: Game 7
« on: November 01, 2017, 11:14:59 am »
I'm resigned to what the odds are but as the great philosopher said, "Never tell me the odds!"

I'm putting the odds of me puking at some point prior to the game today at about 75%.  Whether I'll puke from nerves or excitement is 50/50... Go 'Stros!

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Time to do some damage ‘Stros!!!

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George sure thought it was gone.

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‪I was sure that was a slam as well.

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Holy shit what a game!!!

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Thankful I’m watching this game with my Astros fan neurosurgeon buddy in case I have a friggin’ stroke...
Go Astros!!!

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Forget anything nice I said about HPU.
C’mon ‘Stros!

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Sweet hit, bunt, hit, hit! Yes!

And Neither here nor there, but I’m liking the consistency from HPU this far!

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Talk Zone / Re: Anyone Headed to LA for Game 2?
« on: October 24, 2017, 12:14:17 pm »
I might be interested.  Boosts the price of the ticket (coming from Austin) but I don't want to go and sit alone. 

DM sent.

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Talk Zone / Anyone Headed to LA for Game 2?
« on: October 22, 2017, 03:29:52 pm »
Trying to figure out travel plans to catch at least one game, but the logistics for all of them suck.  Game 2 (Verlander start) in LA is a possibility, but I'd be going solo to that one which I'm generally 'meh' about. Curious about how many OWA folks are heading to the Tuesday game in LA / where you are sitting / if there were still StubHub seats nearby (went to game 1 in 2005 and was glad I had another HOU fan with me in the sea of CWS fans).  Feel free to post or DM me if you're going to game 2.

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What a bender from McCullers!!!

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I'd name her Yuli but that's just me.

Won’t allow us to call her JJ for short...
After McCann’s hit though might have to fit in a Brianna or something as well...
Go ‘Stros!!!

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Jose effing Altuve!!!

Is Justine Josie a good name for a baby girl? Asking for a friend...

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Jose effing Altuve!!!

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F*cking beautiful!!!

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“When he connects it goes a long way.”
Hell yes!!!!!

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Hell yeah!!!

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Hell yes!!!!

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Jose Effing Altuve!!!

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Sit your ass down!!!

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Cannot believe he had the green light on a 3-0 pitch and grounded out with a check swing.  Frggin’ awesomeness!!!

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McCann with the 2B, Hell yes!!!

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Who the hell is this jackwagon behind home plate?!?

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A HA HA HA HA HA HA HA

I literally laughed out loud.

That may be the single worst MLB swing I’ve ever seen...

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Baseball is fun!

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Awesomeness! Friggin' awesomeness!!!

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Derek Friggin' Fisher!!!
Go 'Stros!
That is all!

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Beer and Queso / Re: TS (now Hurricane) Harvey
« on: September 01, 2017, 12:39:58 am »
Couldn't be more heartbroken or proud of the Houston area this past week. Pulling for and praying for y'all!

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Talk Zone / Re: Trade Deadline 2017
« on: August 02, 2017, 04:04:11 pm »
I would have to believe that every regular poster here understands that the price the A's or the Rangers would ask from the Astros will be higher than what they would ask of a team outside the division.

Nah, from what I'd surmise the A's were unwilling to include Jed Lowrie in the deal, so Luhnow told them to pound sand...

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See Wiffleball.  Throw Wiffleball. 

Great advice! Its the ethical considerations that I'm having trouble deciding how to teach... For example, if you could go back in time and kill Selig before he was born, would you? Should you? And how do you explain Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull to a child?!? I haven't a clue how to handle those things...

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Hey! An OSF sighting!

Alas, baseball-splaining (among other things) to an almost 2-year old takes up much of my time these days...
Still around though, and hope to spend a little more time 'enjoying the ride' at OWA in the second half!

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Damn this has been a fun season thus far! Go 'Stros!

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The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Re: 2016 Draft
« on: June 09, 2016, 11:53:43 pm »
I started paying attention to the draft in '08, and this is by far the most boring one over that span. I imagine '07 was pretty rough, though.

I started paying attention to the draft in '08, and this is by far the most boring one over that span. I imagine '07 was pretty rough, though.

Just curious to see who the next trade bait will be for a middle reliever or a one and done backup catcher (although watching Conger-bot in the dugout probably was worth a 5th or 6th rounder...). Ugh!

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Talk Zone / Re: Astros @ Red Sox - OFs on Facebook
« on: May 17, 2016, 01:00:54 pm »
[TipsCap] [/TipsCap]

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Game Zone 2016 Archive / Re: Astros @ Expats April 8, 2016
« on: April 08, 2016, 10:23:43 pm »
Total horseshit.

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Game Zone 2016 Archive / Re: Astros @ Crybaby Fucksticks April 6, 2016
« on: April 06, 2016, 02:53:02 pm »
Crybaby Fucksticks?!?  That could apply to a hell of a lot of teams, just sayin'...

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Game Zone 2016 Archive / Re: Opening Day
« on: April 05, 2016, 03:43:10 pm »
Damn fine way to start the season! Has 162 - 0 been called in the Race for the Lid?!? If not, I'm taking it!

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Beer and Queso / Re: Some Nasty Shit Going Down in Paris Tonight
« on: November 13, 2015, 05:12:09 pm »
"‏@natnewswatch 
CNN reporting some hostages inside concert hall tweeting - "begging the police to raid the theatre" terrorists slaughtering them 1 by 1"

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Talk Zone / Re: Greinke
« on: October 16, 2015, 11:35:22 pm »

I would like greinke but I'd be afraid of anything longer than 4 years.

Greinke is going to get PAID; and not a whole lot of teams willing (or able) to pay what he'll command... I'd presume LAD will just write him a big check, but am curious if NYY will make a run at him.  As much as


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yes, it was. their ABs were unreal.

Death by a thousand papercuts...

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Talk Zone / Re: Rangers Blue Jays
« on: October 14, 2015, 06:04:08 pm »
This is only going to get uglier.

Blue Jays fans throwing sht on the field (repeatedly) are begging for some extreme retribution by the BBGs...

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Talk Zone / Re: Rangers Blue Jays
« on: October 14, 2015, 06:03:06 pm »
Most bizarre inning of baseball I think I've ever seen...

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Talk Zone / Re: observations
« on: October 13, 2015, 12:05:22 pm »
Where has Fiers been? What are we saving him for? why not use him in the 7th or 8th to start an inning?

With McCullers pitch count climbing yesterday, bullpen struggles over the past month, and the 4-out outing by Gregorson the previous evening, I'd somewhat presumed that they would use him almost as a 'tandem' starter (somewhat along the lines of what HOU does in the minors) to start the 6th.  Curious to see when they'll turn to him going forward...

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Gattis has been even worse.

Looks like he's got a bad Hunter(Pence)-Herion addiction (breaking ball low and away) - hope he can kick it quick!

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Talk Zone / Re: Take out slides...
« on: October 11, 2015, 12:40:50 am »
I'd imagine we'll see a 'Tejada rule' next year similar (in spirit) to the 'Posey rule' we got a couple of years back...


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Talk Zone / Take out slides...
« on: October 10, 2015, 10:52:48 pm »
Just saw the Utley slide into Tejada tonight (sending Tejada out on the cart). Reminded me a bit of the Gregorius (NYY) slide into Altuve the other night. Which made me curious, what are the rules (written or unwritten) for whether or not a take out slide is appropriate?

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Talk Zone / Re: The shift
« on: October 10, 2015, 03:40:37 pm »
I totally agree, and hope they are working their analytical model that direction. Sometimes the next evolutionary step appears to be a step back.

Agreed as well. Another thing I 'think' I'd like to see taken into account more is the fielders relative ranges. I don't know how much this is taken into account currently, but having Valbuena/Correa/Altuve all between 2B and 3B would seem to cause more overlap between Altuve and Correa than reasonably necessary to meet the impetus of the shift... My $0.02 anyway...

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Talk Zone / Two 0-2 pitches and the shift
« on: October 09, 2015, 10:57:30 pm »
Kazmir to Cain and Perez to Hosmer.

Pettis should have sent Rasmus in the first. I would have, anyway.

Keuchel's game now is huge.

Correa's  near-miss (just foul into the RF corner) with the bases juiced followed by the GIDP ended up being huge as well...


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Game Zone 2015 Archive / Re: Astros @ Royals October 9, 2015
« on: October 09, 2015, 02:21:09 pm »
I'm at my sister's who doesn't have cable/satellite.  Can this be streamed with a DirecTV account?

Yes, in some instances.  If you have cable through specific providers (most primary providers are included), you are supposed to be able to stream the game via Fox Sports Go by logging in and following the instructions.  I make no promises, but it is supoosed to work... Good luck!

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Game Zone 2015 Archive / Re: Astros Royals October 8, 2015
« on: October 08, 2015, 10:50:51 pm »
And the fox broadcast was much more palatable to me than the espn one.  I'd prefer one color guy (smoltz) but i doubt we're ever gonna see that again in a playoff broadcast.

Dunno... I enjoyed Archer's performance enough in and of itself to give the thumbs up to ESPN (which is saying something considering he had to overcome Kruk...)...

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Game Zone 2015 Archive / Re: Astros Royals October 8, 2015
« on: October 08, 2015, 10:42:03 pm »
Bottom 9: Gregerson in

Morales: struck out swinging on a sick slider (1 out)
Moustakas: HBP - foot on 0-1 pitch (1 out, runner on 1B)
Perez:  cs, fb, b, b, swinging strikeout (2 outs, runner on 1B)
Gordon: flies out to foul territory in LF (3 outs)

Ballgame: HOU 5, KC 2

Damn fine job there 'Stros!

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Game Zone 2015 Archive / Re: Astros Royals October 8, 2015
« on: October 08, 2015, 10:31:31 pm »
Top 9: Hochever in relief

Marisnick: Cue shot to 1B (1 out)
Altuve: grounder to 3B (2 outs)
Gregorson warming in the pen
Springer: grounder into CF (2 outs, runner at 1B)
Correa: chopper to 1B (3 outs, 1 stranded)

Middle 9: HOU 5, KC 2

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Game Zone 2015 Archive / Re: Astros Royals October 8, 2015
« on: October 08, 2015, 10:24:27 pm »
Oliver will get his man.

Well done! 

Hosmer: ball, ss, popout to Valbuena in foul territory (3 out, 2 stranded).

End 8: HOU 5, KC 2

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Game Zone 2015 Archive / Re: Astros Royals October 8, 2015
« on: October 08, 2015, 10:19:44 pm »
Back-to-back 2 out singles chases Harris in B8 - Perez coming in.

Bottom 8 (2 out, runners at 1B and 2B): HOU 5, KC 2

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Game Zone 2015 Archive / Re: Astros Royals October 8, 2015
« on: October 08, 2015, 10:05:00 pm »
Horrible strike 3 call on Carter...

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Game Zone 2015 Archive / Re: Astros Royals October 8, 2015
« on: October 08, 2015, 09:43:29 pm »
Typing with the baby boy in my arms not working anymore - someone want to pick up PBP?!?

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Game Zone 2015 Archive / Re: Astros Royals October 8, 2015
« on: October 08, 2015, 09:41:19 pm »
Well, that was unimpressive.

Which part, the 100MPH smoke frm Herrera, or the hapless flailing at the strikeout pitches by Springer and Correa?!?

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Game Zone 2015 Archive / Re: Astros Royals October 8, 2015
« on: October 08, 2015, 09:39:41 pm »
Top 7: RHP Kelvin Herrera (throws smoke) in to pitch for Chris Young (doesn't throw smoke)

Marisnick: Pokes on into right (runner on 1B)
Altuve: soft 1st pitch bouncer to SS, Marisnick to 2B (1 out, runner on 2B)
Springer: struck out swinging (2 outs, runner on 2B)
Correa: struck out swinging (3 outs), Marinick stranded at 2B

Middle 7: HOU 4, KC 2

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Game Zone 2015 Archive / Re: Astros Royals October 8, 2015
« on: October 08, 2015, 09:30:24 pm »
Bottom 6: McHugh back on the bump

Cain:  Fly (almost) to the track in RF, Springer with the catch (1 out)
Hosmer: soft grounder to Altuve (or Altus via Tapatalk autocorrect) (2 outs)
Morales (2-2, 2HR) coming up, Strom to the mound to speak with McHugh - McHugh stays in...
Morales: called strike, swinging strike, ball, ball, soft liner to RF, Springer with the catch (3 outs)

End 6: HOU 4, KC 2

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Game Zone 2015 Archive / Re: Astros Royals October 8, 2015
« on: October 08, 2015, 09:28:31 pm »
Why would someone skip an Astros playoff game to watch the Texans.

Jesus. NFL.

Sunk costs on already purchased tickets maybe?!?

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Game Zone 2015 Archive / Re: Astros Royals October 8, 2015
« on: October 08, 2015, 09:22:20 pm »
Lively fuckin' crowd in here tonight. Is that how it is these days?

Not typically... Probably a number of folks at the Texans game, but other than that no clue...

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Game Zone 2015 Archive / Re: Astros Royals October 8, 2015
« on: October 08, 2015, 09:20:41 pm »
Top 6: C(y?) Young still on the bump

Gattis: Lined out to the LF corner (1 out)
Valbuena: Walked (1 out, runner on 1B)
(Sipp warming up in the pen for HOU)
Carter: lined-single into LF (1 out, runner in 1B and 2B)
KC pitching coach visit to the mound
Castro: full count, reached for one and rolled over it, GIDP to 2B...

Middle 6: HOU 4, KC 2

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Game Zone 2015 Archive / Re: Astros Royals October 8, 2015
« on: October 08, 2015, 09:09:24 pm »
Bottom 5: McHugh on the hill

Perez: flied out to CF (1 out)
Gordon: singled to RF (1 out, runner on 1B)
Rios: Rios walks (1 out, runners to 1B and 2B)
Pitching coach Brett Strom to the mound, McHugh stays in
Escobar: soft liner to CF, Marisnick with a good read/, and somewhat lays out to make the catch. (2 out, runners at 1B and 2B)
Zobrist: rolls over one and hits into the shift to Correa on the 2B side (3 out).

End 5: HOU 4, KC 2

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Game Zone 2015 Archive / Re: Astros Royals October 8, 2015
« on: October 08, 2015, 08:59:37 pm »
Top 5:

Altuve singles to CF, gets thrown out stealing during Springer AB.
Springer: HR
Correa: ground out to pitcher.
Rasmus: struck out swinging.

Middle 5: HOU 4, KC 2

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Game Zone 2015 Archive / Astros Royals October 8, 2015
« on: October 08, 2015, 08:49:00 pm »
3 to 2 ................PANIC NOW

Colin may wish to consider intentionally walking Morales next time he comes to the plate... Now 3-2 HOU on Morales 2nd solo-HR of the night for KC...


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Game Zone 2015 Archive / Astros Royals October 8, 2015
« on: October 08, 2015, 08:40:56 pm »
According to Fox we're facing Cy Young...

6 batters, 6 strikeouts, they may be right (about the Cy Young part anyway...).

ETA: there was a walk in there somewhere... So 7-up, 6-down via strikeout...
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Game Zone 2015 Archive / Astros Royals October 8, 2015
« on: October 08, 2015, 08:23:22 pm »
Strike zone was changed after delay as well

6'10" Young seems to have HPU confused, because it certainly seems different (high and low) than it did earlier...


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Game Zone 2015 Archive / Re: Astros Royals October 8, 2015
« on: October 08, 2015, 08:09:15 pm »
Curious - when would Ventura reasonably be ready to start his next game? Would his 42 pitches be like an in-between-start bullpen session, where he would be considered on 'normal rest' for a Sunday start?


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Game Zone 2015 Archive / Re: Astros Royals October 8, 2015
« on: October 08, 2015, 07:38:29 pm »
Curious lineup for the Yankees tonight...

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Game Zone 2015 Archive / Re: Astros @ Yankmees October 6, 2015
« on: October 06, 2015, 10:28:40 pm »
Friggin' outStanding!!!


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Game Zone 2015 Archive / Re: Astros @ Yankmees October 6, 2015
« on: October 06, 2015, 07:10:25 pm »
Of course not, why would anyone expect a $1B payroll team make the playoffs?

No kidding..  Costs per win of the 2015 MLB playoff teams Chart Link

1. Dodgers $3.379M
2. Yankees $2.515M
10. Astros $936K

Go 'Stros.

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Game Zone 2015 Archive / Re: Astros @ Diamondbacks 10/04/2015
« on: October 04, 2015, 05:29:13 pm »
There we go Jose - now keep it going George and Carlos!!!

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Game Zone 2015 Archive / Re: Astros @ Diamondbacks 10/04/2015
« on: October 04, 2015, 05:23:21 pm »
C'mon 'Stros, time to send NYY to HOU!

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Game Zone 2015 Archive / Re: Astros @ Snakes October 3, 2015
« on: October 03, 2015, 09:08:40 pm »

Yes...a 163rd game would count as a regular season game and stats count towards that player's totals for the season.

Thanks

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Game Zone 2015 Archive / Re: Astros @ Snakes October 3, 2015
« on: October 03, 2015, 08:42:14 pm »

Hits in a Monday division-determining playoff would count for the regular season, right?

ETA: Not that I'm hoping for that, I'm just wondering.

HH?

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Game Zone 2015 Archive / Re: Astros @ Snakes October 3, 2015
« on: October 03, 2015, 08:35:01 pm »

Altuve with a lead-off double. How many hits is that?

196. And they've been cutting out of MLB Network to show the Sherzer no-no - damn filthy/dominant those last 3 innings (and struck out the entire line-up swinging on their 3rd time through).

Go 'Stros!!!

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Game Zone 2015 Archive / Re: Astros @ Snakes October 3, 2015
« on: October 03, 2015, 07:03:44 pm »
Go 'Stros!


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Game Zone 2015 Archive / Astros @ Snakes October 2, 2015
« on: October 03, 2015, 04:38:39 pm »
And now the Twins have lost and the Angels are losing (they are literally paying Hamilton to beat them, which is pretty funny),

Kinda thought the same...then....low and behold....LAA scored 5 in T9 and won it...


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Game Zone 2015 Archive / Re: Astros @ Snakes October 2, 2015
« on: October 03, 2015, 12:14:30 am »
Holy shit.


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Is it mandatory full-service at the gas stations, like Mexico and New Jersey?

And Oregon...

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Game Zone 2015 Archive / Re: Astros v. Mariners, September 30, 2015
« on: October 01, 2015, 12:43:18 am »
Holy shit, what a way to end the game... Damn fine throw there Mr. Gomez!


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Game Zone 2015 Archive / Re: Astros v. Mariners, September 30, 2015
« on: October 01, 2015, 12:38:18 am »


To this day I'm still shocked my first kid first word wasn't "FUCKINGSTEROIDASSLARUSSAPUJOLSBROKENWRISTHEALINGINTWODAYScheATZAMBRAno""

Would've been wholly justifiable if it had...


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Game Zone 2015 Archive / Re: Astros v. Mariners, September 30, 2015
« on: October 01, 2015, 12:29:03 am »

Mine told me a while back that my kid's first word was fffffffish. Umm, OK, I said.

I'm pretty sure f*ck will be mines first words... Would've bet, however, that it'd've been the result of my watching Baylor football or my wife watching Kentucky basketball (the latter of which I'll certainly attempt to shift the blame to) rather than Astros baseball, but whatever...   In any event, glad Castro didn't f*ck that one up - would've resulted in a wakened baby and my being banned from watching the rest of the game (and a bed on the couch for the evening)... Go 'Stros!!!


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Game Zone 2015 Archive / Re: Astros v. Mariners, September 30, 2015
« on: October 01, 2015, 12:21:44 am »

Damn, man, don't you know you can't change the diaper if your team is leading?

We went 2.5 innings without changing a diaper or feeding him during the Fiers no hitter. Guilt got the better of me before the 9th, however, and allowed my wife to feed him - not sure which one of you sacrificed the chicken to make up for my transgressions, but I appreciate it nevertheless...


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Game Zone 2015 Archive / Re: Astros v. Mariners, September 30, 2015
« on: October 01, 2015, 12:17:11 am »

The other night my wife asked if Keuchel is Hasidic.

The other night mine told me that if the baby's first word is "F*ck," she is going to ban me from watching Astros games next year. I'd've preferred she just thought Keuchel was Hasidic...


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Game Zone 2015 Archive / Re: Astros v. Mariners, September 30, 2015
« on: October 01, 2015, 12:13:20 am »

10:00?  This game started in September...it's now October.

Well played sir! [And thanks for the PBP - having to miss an inning here and there for diaper changes, and the occasional 'you need to take a time out' for yelling at the TV and waking up the baby (who incidentally has been prohibited from watching this game for fear it will forever ruin his understanding of good baseball fundamentals...). Okay,  some slight exaggerations there, but thanks for the PBP nonetheless...].


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Game Zone 2015 Archive / Re: Astros v. Mariners, September 30, 2015
« on: October 01, 2015, 12:02:33 am »
I hate these late games. It's already 10:00 at night and the game is only in the bottom of the 7th inning and I'be got shit to do in the morning... What?!? Huh?!? Nevermind...


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Game Zone 2015 Archive / Re: Astros v. Mariners, September 30, 2015
« on: September 30, 2015, 11:45:52 pm »
Gattis with his 11th triple of the season... Wonders never cease... Go 'Stros!


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The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / BA Article on Reed
« on: September 18, 2015, 03:06:18 pm »
Here you go... LINK

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Game Zone 2015 Archive / Re: Good Guys @ Fucking Angels September 13, 2015
« on: September 13, 2015, 06:09:17 pm »
Holy Crap! Nice!!!

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Game Zone 2015 Archive / Re: Astros @ Athletics September 9, 2015
« on: September 10, 2015, 12:53:55 am »
Thanks for sticking out the PBP.

Yes, appreciated!

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Game Zone 2015 Archive / Re: Astros @ Athletics September 9, 2015
« on: September 10, 2015, 12:04:59 am »
No, I just wasn't paying attention.  Luckily there are enough of you around here to correct me when I'm wrong.

Ashby referred to him as Qualls on the gound ball dribbler, so I presumed that was your reference...

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Game Zone 2015 Archive / Re: Astros @ Athletics September 9, 2015
« on: September 09, 2015, 11:57:24 pm »
Harris is pitching now.

I presume she was just mocking Ashby for his reference to Qualls...

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Game Zone 2015 Archive / Re: Astros @ Athletics September 9, 2015
« on: September 09, 2015, 11:39:53 pm »
Gonna pay for it in the morning...gotta get up in 5 hours

You really think this game will be done by then?!?

Thanks for PBP, HH.

Yes, very much appreciated.


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Game Zone 2015 Archive / Re: Astros @ Athletics September 9, 2015
« on: September 09, 2015, 11:06:43 pm »
This is awesome. Venditte warming up (the switch pitcher). Excited to see him pitch.

Dude is amazing... As an aside, here is a chart of the pitch trajectories from his last 5 outings - pretty cool!

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Game Zone 2015 Archive / Re: Astros @ Athletics September 9, 2015
« on: September 09, 2015, 09:50:39 pm »

Canha steals second as Conger bounces it down to 2B...imagine that

Anyone know who the fool was that actually got thrown out by Conger?


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Game Zone 2015 Archive / Re: Astros @ Athletics September 9, 2015
« on: September 09, 2015, 09:33:21 pm »
There we go Colby!


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Game Zone 2015 Archive / Re: Astros @ Athletics September 9, 2015
« on: September 09, 2015, 09:32:21 pm »
Ashby just said that he and Blum had a "sweat-off" yesterday... Since I can't in-hear that, thought the rest of y'all should have to join in my misery...


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Game Zone 2015 Archive / Re: Astros @ Athletics September 9, 2015
« on: September 09, 2015, 09:27:28 pm »
So... Castro is available to come off the DL on Saturday 9/12, yes?


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Game Zone 2015 Archive / Re: Astros @ Athletics September 8, 2015
« on: September 08, 2015, 09:23:49 pm »

Fuck...we've played 1/2 an inning and I'm already sick of Ashby

That just proves that you are a much more patient person than I am...


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The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / 7
« on: September 04, 2015, 09:49:13 pm »
7 - As in the number of Astros MiLB teams in the post season... Wow!
Link = http://m.astros.mlb.com/news/article/147421794

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Game Zone 2015 Archive / Re: Seaturds @ Astros September 2, 2015
« on: September 02, 2015, 09:41:36 pm »
Holy shit that was awesome!


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Game Zone 2015 Archive / Re: Sea Shits @ Astros September 1, 2015
« on: September 01, 2015, 10:22:44 pm »
Pinch hitting Conger and Valbuena there was friggin' idiotic... Damn...


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Game Zone 2015 Archive / Re: Astros @ Twins August 28, 2015
« on: August 28, 2015, 05:35:36 pm »
Springer will be in the lineup tomorrow batting 1st and playing right field (albiet at Whataburger Field in Corpus rather than Target Field in Minneapolis, but still...).

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Game Zone 2015 Archive / Re: Astros @ Yankmees August 26, 2015
« on: August 26, 2015, 01:12:31 pm »
T4:

Lowrie grounds out 5-3
Rasmus singles to LF
Gattis grounds into 4U-3 double play

1-0

Thanks for the PBP, much obliged!

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Game Zone 2015 Archive / Re: Astros @ Yankmees August 25, 2015
« on: August 25, 2015, 09:08:48 pm »

Showing the other team up, whether directed at yourself or at them, will generally get that reaction.
This hard on you have for Gomez has gone well beyond tiresome. Move on already.


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Game Zone 2015 Archive / Re: Astros @ Yankmees August 24, 2015
« on: August 24, 2015, 08:14:55 pm »
C'mon O, time to reward Feldman with something here...


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Game Zone 2015 Archive / Re: Astros @ Yankmees August 24, 2015
« on: August 24, 2015, 08:13:00 pm »
Friggin' awesome. Feldman is pitching his rear off again.


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Game Zone 2015 Archive / Re: Astros VS Dodgers 08/21/2015
« on: August 21, 2015, 10:22:55 pm »

And Aaron Fucking Boone with the buzzkill on Twitter:

"Fiers just fired his glove a la Jesse Orosco in the '86 NLCS. Congrats on the no no!"

FFFFFFFFFUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU

They've said that on MLB network at least 10 times since he did it as well... Idiots...


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Game Zone 2015 Archive / Re: Astros VS Dodgers 08/21/2015
« on: August 21, 2015, 09:47:58 pm »
Friggin' AWESOME!!!


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Game Zone 2015 Archive / Re: Rays @ Astros August 20, 2015
« on: August 20, 2015, 09:39:57 pm »

Castro is brilliant.

Conger thinks Castro'd've been better off to've bounced that one in...


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Game Zone 2015 Archive / Re: Rays @ Astros August 20, 2015
« on: August 20, 2015, 09:24:01 pm »

I knew in the first inning that Colin would need a great game to compete.  He sure had it.  Just that one freaking run.

No kidding... Ugh!


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Game Zone 2015 Archive / Re: Rays @ Astros August 20, 2015
« on: August 20, 2015, 09:20:21 pm »

Ump has been brutal tonight.  He's all over the fucking place.

Been giving Archer extra room all night, which sucks mightily considering the kid's stuff is filthy and he doesn't need the help...


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Talk Zone / Re: Altuve making another run at 200 hits
« on: August 20, 2015, 02:49:39 pm »
Let's see if I can make it more impressive:

So far, Altuve has played in 627 games and has amassed 773 hits.  Pete Rose amassed 741 hits in his first 627 games. Rose was 26 years and 14 days old at the time. 

Biggio only had 606 hits in his first 627 games.

Wow!

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Game Zone 2015 Archive / Re: Rays @ Astros August 19, 2015
« on: August 19, 2015, 11:17:38 pm »

Tonight was supposed to be a no beer night. I just finally broke down and popped a cold one.

Astros Win! Way to step up and take one for the team there Mark!!!


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Game Zone 2015 Archive / Re: Rays @ Astros August 19, 2015
« on: August 19, 2015, 11:11:13 pm »
There we go Jose! Time for some more magic Marwin!


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Game Zone 2015 Archive / Re: Rays @ Astros August 19, 2015
« on: August 19, 2015, 11:04:59 pm »
Way to swing at balls 4 and 5 there dumbass...


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Game Zone 2015 Archive / Re: Rays @ Astros August 19, 2015
« on: August 19, 2015, 10:58:37 pm »

It's incredible how many calls these overpaid cocksuckers miss.

Overall I think the umps do a pretty legit job - Cowboy Joe West's crew notwithstanding of course...


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Game Zone 2015 Archive / Re: Rays @ Astros August 19, 2015
« on: August 19, 2015, 10:53:35 pm »

Valbuena sure thought they missed the tag there and wanted a replay. HH, you sure they get challenges until they get one wrong - I thought it was a max of 2 (though after 7 umps could ask for re irs at their discretion)?


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Not saying the tag was missed - just saying Valbuena thought it was...

FWIW, AJs having this one reviewed, so I guess they can have more than two...


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Game Zone 2015 Archive / Re: Rays @ Astros August 19, 2015
« on: August 19, 2015, 10:51:20 pm »

The fuck.

Valbuena sure thought they missed the tag there and wanted a replay. HH, you sure they get challenges until they get one wrong - I thought it was a max of 2 (though after 7 umps could ask for re irs at their discretion)?


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Game Zone 2015 Archive / Re: Rays @ Astros August 19, 2015
« on: August 19, 2015, 10:33:45 pm »

Thanks assholes.

Yup

That was fucking nails by Qualls.

Yup

So the idiot fans, in pursuit of a $3 baseball, ensure the Astros bat in the 9th a run down.

Yup.

Idiots...


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Game Zone 2015 Archive / Re: Rays @ Astros August 19, 2015
« on: August 19, 2015, 10:28:27 pm »

Yeah, I'm not ready to write off the Gomez/Fiers deal yet, but the Conger deal is a real head-scratcher.

Was and the time, and remains so today. Ugh...


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Game Zone 2015 Archive / Re: Rays @ Astros August 18, 2015
« on: August 18, 2015, 10:36:29 pm »
Great effort by Marwin tonight!

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I'm going with birthright... In any event, my son Jackson Street was born on 7/25/15 (8.0 pounts, 20.5 inches).  He and Jen are doing great! 

And before you ask, yes, I'm binding that right arm (who'd've known that they actually have a thing for that, swaddling I think they call it...), and have taken him to his first baseball game (where he experienced his first team mascot photobombing...)! 

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Game Zone 2015 Archive / Re: Rays @ Astros August 18, 2015
« on: August 18, 2015, 10:14:26 pm »
Congratulations!!!

Cute bunch there OSF! (not counting frog mascot)

Thanks y'all.  FWIW, that's Barley the Hop of the Hillsboro Hops (not to be confused with whatever Bud mascot Portland chooses to adopt over the coming years)... And neither here nor there, but  Diamondback 1.1 pick Danbury Swanson looks darned good on the diamond...

GO ALTUVE1

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Game Zone 2015 Archive / Re: Rays @ Astros August 18, 2015
« on: August 18, 2015, 10:01:05 pm »
You guys had a baby? 

Yessir! Jackson Street was born 7/25, and photobombed by his first baseball mascot on 8/16... 

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Game Zone 2015 Archive / Re: Rays @ Astros August 18, 2015
« on: August 18, 2015, 09:46:40 pm »

Altuve knocked the snot out of that ball.
Just about did the same to the pitcher on that one as well...


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Game Zone 2015 Archive / Re: Rays @ Astros August 18, 2015
« on: August 18, 2015, 09:45:49 pm »
There ya go Jose!


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Game Zone 2015 Archive / Re: Rays @ Astros August 18, 2015
« on: August 18, 2015, 09:43:56 pm »

If they lose this 2-1 I'm going to be . . . I don't know what I'm going to be.  I'm going to be sick of the Biggio HEB ad.

These games have been pissing me off as of late, and causing my boy to hear words cone out of my mouth that I didn't think he'd hear until at least the first Selection Committee telecast...


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Game Zone 2015 Archive / Re: Rays @ Astros August 18, 2015
« on: August 18, 2015, 09:26:41 pm »

Feldman is pitching his ass off. Fucking offense.

Frustrating as hell to watch (offense).


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Game Zone 2015 Archive / Re: Rays @ Astros August 18, 2015
« on: August 18, 2015, 05:42:28 pm »
MarGo in LF. That seems a little too clever to me.

Discussed (Chron link)

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Game Zone 2015 Archive / Re: Tigers @ Astros - August 15th, 2015
« on: August 15, 2015, 09:07:12 pm »

He owed us that one.

'Stros desperately needed that one... (Kinda like Gomez desperately needs something here...).


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Game Zone 2015 Archive / Re: Tigers @ Astros - August 15th, 2015
« on: August 15, 2015, 08:15:42 pm »

I sharpened my chef's knife last night. Tonight my little finger paid the price. Oops.

Ouch - how 'good' did you get it?!?


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Game Zone 2015 Archive / Re: Tigers @ Astros August 14, 2015
« on: August 14, 2015, 08:54:25 pm »

That's incredibly lame. I can't imagine they would be interested in Utley under any circumstances.

Precisely...


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Game Zone 2015 Archive / Re: Tigers @ Astros August 14, 2015
« on: August 14, 2015, 08:49:44 pm »
Some dude from CSN Philly (Salsbury) saying "@JSalisburyCSN: Hearing credible buzz tonight about Astros being in Utley chase. Could get time 1B, DH. 6 teams apparently in: Cubs, SF, NYY, 2 LA".   

Idiot... I don't see it, but I guess it would go with their whole 'overcrowded list of sub .200 hitters at 1B' motif...


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Game Zone 2015 Archive / Re: Tigers @ Astros August 14, 2015
« on: August 14, 2015, 08:11:07 pm »
Did y'all catch those dumbasses leaning over the padding scuffling for Altuve's foul, and see the dude who won' the battle slap the other dude on the ass hard 4 or 5 times and then run back to his seat 4 rows back? Ridiculous... (dude that got his ass slapped was understandably pissed)...


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Congrats David, that's awesome news and she's quite the cutie!

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Talk Zone / Re: Carter a short-timer?
« on: August 14, 2015, 01:26:47 pm »
Speaking of Singleton.  Since being sent down, In 9 games he is 6 of 32 (.188), 0 HR, 4 RBI, 5 BB, 11Ks.

And I presume that the previously DFAd (and now Padres pitcher) Bud Norris is still pissed that the Astros robbed Singleton by making him sign that $10M contract...

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Game Zone 2015 Archive / Re: Astros @ Giants August 12, 2015
« on: August 12, 2015, 05:55:13 pm »
A win on the road, SWEET!

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Game Zone 2015 Archive / Re: Astros @ Giants August 12, 2015
« on: August 12, 2015, 04:27:47 pm »
Splashdown Rasmus!!! Sweet!

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Game Zone 2015 Archive / Re: Astros @ Giants August 12, 2015
« on: August 12, 2015, 04:15:38 pm »
Awesome... SMH...

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Game Zone 2015 Archive / Re: Astros @ Giants August 11, 2015
« on: August 11, 2015, 11:12:31 pm »
Tell me you saw that coming and I'll tell you you're full of crap...
Nice job Carter!

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Game Zone 2015 Archive / Re: Astros @ Giants August 11, 2015
« on: August 11, 2015, 11:10:33 pm »

I'm quite proud of him for running hard the whole way.  I really didn't think this was going to be dropped.  Way to go Gattis, runner on third with one out, let's see how they strand him.

Boooooo... (Okay maybe I thought that too, but still...)

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Game Zone 2015 Archive / Re: Astros @ Giants August 11, 2015
« on: August 11, 2015, 11:08:49 pm »
Another triple for Gattis?!? Damn!

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Game Zone 2015 Archive / Re: Astros @ Giants August 11, 2015
« on: August 11, 2015, 11:01:21 pm »

I don't see the showboating as "fire", I see it as "it's all about me".  Just rubs me the wrong way.

Didn't see that as showboating... From my vantage, he just looked like a guy who ran into a wall and made a great catch and showed a little fire - didn't see any showboating there...

On another note, another E from Kazmir... I think we can agree that that sucks ass...

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Game Zone 2015 Archive / Re: Astros @ Giants August 11, 2015
« on: August 11, 2015, 10:57:33 pm »

Fuck, now we'll have to score two runs, which strikes me as unlikely.

Sad but true (I ain't given up hope yet thoigh...).

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Game Zone 2015 Archive / Re: Astros @ Giants August 11, 2015
« on: August 11, 2015, 10:55:31 pm »

Congratulations on Jackson!


Thanks, he's awesome!!!
And thanks to "swaddling," I've been able to discreetly bind that right arm without fear of retribution from CPS (or more importantly, the wife...)...

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Game Zone 2015 Archive / Re: Astros @ Giants August 11, 2015
« on: August 11, 2015, 10:53:43 pm »

No, his reaction after the play just reinforced what I don't like about him.  He made a nice catch though

Fair enough... I don't really get the disdain for his reaction there (and similar) though - it's not like he's doing it (there or elsewhere) to show folks up - just showing a little fire and that's a good thing IMO...

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Game Zone 2015 Archive / Re: Astros @ Giants August 11, 2015
« on: August 11, 2015, 09:34:00 pm »
Hell of a play there by Gomez (B1, out 2) - he's gotta be growing inn you a bit there HH, no?!? End 1, tied at 0.


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The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Re: Tri-City 2015
« on: August 07, 2015, 11:50:33 am »
Three pitchers combine for the franchise's second ever no-hitter.

LINK

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I think those of you who do not like Gomez have not watched him as an Astro. The culture of this team will change him, IMO. I like him, and I like the way he plays.

This.

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Talk Zone / Re: Trade rumors
« on: July 20, 2015, 01:44:16 am »
Rosenthal's column:

The Astros want to add a bat, but their search for offensive help is “way on the backburner” compared to their search for a starting pitcher, according to sources with knowledge of the team’s thinking.

I wonder who in the Co-ard organization he's quoting as his sources?!?


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The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Re: Hot sheet
« on: July 10, 2015, 11:31:05 am »
Francis Martes and A.J. Reed at 4 and 5 respectively in the Hot Sheet this week.

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The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Re: 2015 Draftees and Status
« on: July 10, 2015, 11:24:22 am »
Reading that article, I swear Drellich never misses a chance to stir some shit (i.e. a lot of needless re-dredging of the Aiken debacle).

That's called veteran leadership right there - fortunately he was able to learn from the best (JdJO...).

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Game Zone 2015 Archive / Re: Astros @ Indians July 8, 2015
« on: July 08, 2015, 06:30:07 pm »
Bauer (Indian SP) turned around and said "wow" after Gattis crushed that one...

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Game Zone 2015 Archive / Re: Astros @ Indians July 8, 2015
« on: July 08, 2015, 06:25:57 pm »
Gattis absolutely crushed that very high fastball (Blum says 1.5 feet up out of the zone, and I don't think he was exaggerating by much) to make it 2-0 HOU after T1.

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The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Re: 2015 Draftees and Status
« on: July 07, 2015, 04:54:29 pm »
Sandoval signed (via the Astros Twitter feed):

#Astros announced signing of LHP Patrick Sandoval, 18, selected in the 11th round of the 2015 MLB First Year Player Draft.

ETA: $900K bonus (per Callis, via Twitter):

11th-rder Patrick Sandoval signs w/@Astros for $900k ($800k vs pool). Calif HS LHP, already to 92, flashes hammer curve. @MLBDraft

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Talk Zone / Re: Jakes investigated by FBI for hacking Astros!
« on: July 06, 2015, 12:39:01 pm »

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Game Zone 2015 Archive / Re: Astros @ Red Sox July 3, 2015
« on: July 04, 2015, 04:58:23 pm »

http://www.orangewhoopass.com

I think I need to lawyer up.

What Rueben (or the Jake hacker who posted the kudos) said, and then some. Outstanding, asshole!


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Talk Zone / Re: Jakes investigated by FBI for hacking Astros!
« on: July 02, 2015, 10:01:46 pm »
BTW, perfectly timed hacking-sacking by the Co-ards...  Afternoon ahead of a 3-day holiday weekend, Damage Control 101 right there (let's hope it doesn't work)...

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Talk Zone / Re: Jakes investigated by FBI for hacking Astros!
« on: July 02, 2015, 09:41:25 pm »
Isn't that the very same column I just linked to an hour ago in the immediately prior post? Or was there another point you were making?

Same column, "some more comments" were in follow-up to your quote (which I errantly failed to quote...).

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Talk Zone / Re: Jakes investigated by FBI for hacking Astros!
« on: July 02, 2015, 09:31:05 pm »
Yahoo Sports headline: Scandal-mired Cardinals sack scouting director.  Love it.

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Talk Zone / Re: Jakes investigated by FBI for hacking Astros!
« on: July 02, 2015, 09:23:16 pm »
That's not a low-level employee as had been speculated.

Some more comments from Miklasz: Plot thickens in Cards' hacking scandal

There is a lot more meat there, so give it a click...

1. This raises the level of embarrassment for the Cardinals' organization. Correa wasn't*** some low-profile guy that worked in the scouting department in an entry-level position. *** Correa was a rising star in the St. Louis baseball operation, promoted three times since joining the organization in 2009.

4. With Correa gone, we can't help but take note of the so-called Brain Drain in the Cardinals' scouting-analytics department over the past few years.*** The hacking scandal obviously has watchers wondering if the Cardinals will absorb additional hits to the baseball operation as the FBI investigation — as well as the team's internal investigation — draw to a close. ***

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The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Re: 2015 Int'l Signings
« on: July 02, 2015, 01:47:07 pm »
According to Antonio Puesan, a former Minor League pitcher for the Royals who has a show called "Ligas Menores en Acción" on ESPN Radio in the Dominican Republic, the Astros have also signed Dominican SS Yeuris Ramirez for $500K, Dominican 2B Enmanuel Valdez for $450K, and Venezuelan SS Ronaldo Urdaneta for $60K.

Good stuff, thanks!

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The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Re: 2015 Draftees and Status
« on: July 02, 2015, 12:25:14 pm »
That $1.2 MM (or $1.3MM if you will) in turn becomes around $2MM when you factor in the 75% tax.

I hadn't been following the math as much this draft, and had no idea they still had another $1.2M to $2M to play with still (after Daz and all).  Good news indeed!

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Game Zone 2015 Archive / Re: Royals @ Astros July 1, 2015
« on: July 01, 2015, 06:45:50 pm »
I wonder if any team has ever lead the league in both Home Runs and Stolen Bases at the end of a year. The Astros of course currently lead in both categories. I wish I knew how to look that stuff up.

Jason Stark beat you to the question (and has the answers...). A weird trifecta for those one-of-a-kind Astros (05/16/15)

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The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Re: 2015 Int'l Signings
« on: July 01, 2015, 11:45:49 am »
MLB.com posted their Top 30 International Prospects list a couple of weeks ago. Like FG, they have the Astros linked to Dominican CF Gilberto Celestino who MLB.com ranks #8.

BA just posted their top 30 with where they are expected to sign.  Sadly, that's all I can tell you, as I haven't gotten around to re-upping my BA subscription as of yet... 

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Game Zone 2015 Archive / Re: Yankmees @ Astros June 28, 2015
« on: June 28, 2015, 03:17:20 pm »

I vilify him because he is a Yankee dick. That's all the reason I need. It also pleases me to see him fuck-up in the outfield.

This - the bush league "cleats-up continuation slide" just helps cement the fact that he is a dickhead Yankee...

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Game Zone 2015 Archive / Re: Yankmees @ Astros June 27, 2015
« on: June 28, 2015, 03:14:53 pm »

...Altuve was going to throw to first up until the Yankmee TyCobb'ed him in the ankle....

That was some bush league BS by Gardner. What an ass... Nice to see his karma'esque contribution to Correa's Little League HR in today's game!

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The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Re: 2015 Draftees and Status
« on: June 26, 2015, 01:56:52 pm »
Jose de Jesus Ortiz ‏@OrtizKicks  56 minutes ago
Multiple sources tell me TCU closer Riley Ferrell, the Astros' 3rd rounder, is coming to MMP tomorrow to sign'

Confirmed by Berman via Twitter:

Mark Berman ‏@MarkBermanFox26
MLB sources: Astros land another draft pick. RHP Riley Ferrell from TCU,
taken in the 3rd round, 79th overall.

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Talk Zone / Re: All-Time Teams by University Alumni
« on: June 26, 2015, 01:18:36 pm »
UConn is Bagwell and Springer, right?  Who else?

Charles Nagy and Roberto Hernandez are the big contributors for UConn (Simply press on any team link to see a chart similar to this one for UConn).

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Talk Zone / All-Time Teams by University Alumni
« on: June 25, 2015, 03:31:32 pm »
Entertaining... Enjoy!  Link (below) via AceballStats on Twitter.

All-Time Teams by University alumni

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The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Re: 2015 Draftees and Status
« on: June 25, 2015, 02:15:22 pm »
Also per Callis

No. 2 overall pick Alex Bregman signs w/@Astros. Bonus is $5.9 million. Louisiana State SS, pure hitter, great makeup/instincts. @MLBDraft

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Beer and Queso / Re: Twitter
« on: June 25, 2015, 01:46:05 pm »
As an Astros fan you should follow McTaggart.

Unless you have significant disdain for him, in which case you can simply not follow him and wait for others to retweet the occasional pertinent informatiion that he spews (which is the route I've chosen to dake...).

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Beer and Queso / Re: Twitter
« on: June 25, 2015, 01:43:32 pm »
I use Twitter to shame the local cable company ...

I was unaware that cable companies were capable of being shamed...

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The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / 2015 Futures Game
« on: June 25, 2015, 11:52:08 am »
Two Astros MiLB'ers make the US Team Roster

Mark Appel, RHP
Career Transactions: Selected by Astros in first round (first overall) of 2013 draft.
Background: The No. 1 overall pick in the 2013 draft hasn’t dominated any level of the minors (career 5.36 ERA), but the former Stanford ace shows three plus pitches in some starts.
What To Watch For: Appel more consistently locates his mid-90s fastball these days, but feel for his slider and changeup can be elusive, leading to the occasional big inning.

Tony Kemp, 2B
Career Transactions: Selected by Astros in fifth round of 2013 draft.
Background: Kemp is one of the shortest players in the game, but that hasn’t slowed down his ascent to Houston. The Southeastern Conference player of the year at Vanderbilt in 2013, he has hit .315 as a pro.
What To Watch For: Kemp’s versatility is as important as his hitting ability. He’s not spectacular at any defensive position, but he can handle center field, left field and second base.


No Astros MiLB'ers on the World Team Roster (although that doesn't surprise me, as IIRC there can be a max of two players representing each MLB franchise), though Corpus Christi manager Rodney Linares is on the World Team staff (per Berman tweet).

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And Qualls walks the banjo hitting Iannetta.

Where in the hell was that pitch. Looked right down the pipe to me...

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I am so ready to end the Chris Carter Era. 

I was until I wasn't, and am now until I'm not again...

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The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Re: 2015 Draftees and Status
« on: June 24, 2015, 04:37:47 pm »
Drellich reporting that the deal for Bregman is expected to be $6M.  LINK

Alex Bregman, the Astros’ top pick in this year’s draft, has agreed to a signing bonus expected to be $6 million, a person close to the process told the Chronicle. The slot value for the No. 2 overall selection is $7.42 million.

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The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Re: Fresno 2015
« on: June 24, 2015, 04:31:08 pm »
Good for him.

I wonder if Cosart will get all butt-hurt again should Appel stop by MMPUS on his way to Fresno...

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The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Re: Fresno 2015
« on: June 24, 2015, 01:33:20 pm »
Per Drellich TweetMark Appel has been promoted to Class AAA Fresno.

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Talk Zone / Re: Jakes investigated by FBI for hacking Astros!
« on: June 24, 2015, 12:54:38 pm »
Yeah.  I get 5 bars and LTE on my AT&T connection in Reliant, and absolutely no service whatsoever.  I've tried wi-fi and that is the same.  I suspect I have more server capacity in my spare room than they've installed at Reliant.

I've had the same thing at other venues (Moda Center in PDX, Qwest Field in SEA, etc.). My general WAG was that the lack of service/ability to receive data was purposeful (jammed, or something or another), so am curious if it is generally a server issue (or perhaps some nepharious plot by the man to keep me down...). 

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Game Zone 2015 Archive / Astros @ Angels 6/24/15: Getaway Day Matinee
« on: June 24, 2015, 12:00:34 pm »
The Los Angeleeeez Angels of Anaheim have called up their top prospect, LHP Andrew Heaney, from the AAA Salt Lake Bees to take the hill against the Astros.  McCullers pitching for the 'Stros.   Game starts at 2:35 CDST.

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The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Re: 2015 Draftees and Status
« on: June 24, 2015, 11:52:40 am »
Chandler Rome follow-up TweetAlex Bregman said he's "pretty sure" he'll be introduced tomorrow at Minute Maid Park. #Astros

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The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Re: 2015 Draftees and Status
« on: June 24, 2015, 11:46:15 am »
FWIW, MLB.com associate reporter Chandler Rome Tweets re: Bregman Alex Bregman has landed in Houston. He says he's agreed to a deal. #Astros

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Game Zone 2015 Archive / Re: Astros @ SeaHags June 20, 2015
« on: June 21, 2015, 03:18:46 pm »

Q is not the hitter Conger is, but Corporan is.  They gave up prospects to get worse at a position that wasn't a particular problem.  Corp was a perfectly acceptable backup catcher.  Not one of Luhnow's smoother moves.

Yep, this move really pissed me off (and I bet they'll wish they had Tropeano as another staring option by the end of the year...).

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Game Zone 2015 Archive / Re: Astros @ SeaHags June 20, 2015
« on: June 20, 2015, 11:46:06 pm »
Bullshit strike zone this inning... (And you're going to lay off the fastball right down the pipe only to swing at shit the rest of the inning there Carter?!? Wtf...)...


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Game Zone 2015 Archive / Re: Astros @ SeaHags June 20, 2015
« on: June 20, 2015, 11:21:19 pm »
Conger framed those two wild pitches perfectly... Smh...
In any event, here is the Correa .gif (apologies for the link to McTaggart...).  https://twitter.com/brianmctaggart/status/612472302383398912


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Game Zone 2015 Archive / Re: Astros @ SeaHags June 20, 2015
« on: June 20, 2015, 11:11:27 pm »

I didn't think LeBron James would have had a shot off the bat.

No joke... Damn what a play!


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Game Zone 2015 Archive / Re: Astros @ SeaHags June 20, 2015
« on: June 20, 2015, 10:54:31 pm »

Zunino lines one to SS...Correa with a leaping grab!!

I didn't think he had an icebergs chance in hell of getting to that one...


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Game Zone 2015 Archive / Re: Astros @ SeaHags June 20, 2015
« on: June 20, 2015, 10:52:42 pm »
Holy Shit what a play by Correa...


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Talk Zone / Re: Correa
« on: June 18, 2015, 02:01:21 pm »
Saw MLB channel programming this morning talking about batted ball velocity.  I'll might be bricking the numbers here, but they basically said there are ____ players in MLB that have 10+ batted balls this season with a velocity of 100+MPH.  Miguel Cabrerra  and 3 or 4 other players, including Correa lead MLB with 13 of these 100+MPH batted balls.

Kid is a beast!

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Game Zone 2015 Archive / Re: Rockies @ Astros June 16, 2015
« on: June 17, 2015, 10:57:48 am »
But I can not participate and I won't be watching if this the Royals vs the NL.  I won't be offended if Altuve isn't elected but I understand that shit but for Infante?

JD weighs in (via Twitter): 

@JimDeshaies
Buddy Biancalana now leads all AL shortstops in All-Star voting!

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Talk Zone / Re: Jakes investigated by FBI for hacking Astros!
« on: June 17, 2015, 10:52:28 am »

Presumably the Cards will have to turn over laptops for all employees who were in that house, and any desktops kept there.  The Feds will find who dunnit, or they'll find a bunch of erasures or attempts thereat. - which is tampering with evidence and obstruction of justice and typically treated with the harshest of available penalties.

The Joliet Jakes are probably in a world of hurt right now.

Computers were already requested and turned over (St. Louis Post-Dispatch): In late February, the FBI visited Busch Stadium and took computers as part of the investigation.

Additionally, there appear to have been multiple hacks (Chronicle): The Times quoted investigators as saying they have discovered evidence that Cardinals officials first broke into the Astros’ internal website in 2013. A second breach occurred in March of 2014, a source told the Chronicle.

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Talk Zone / Re: Jakes investigated by FBI for hacking Astros!
« on: June 16, 2015, 11:16:58 pm »
Dude. The Astros guys fucking re-used their old Co-ards passwords. The Co-ards kept trying down the list until they got a match. That's it. No one was pinging anything, no one was doing anything that my mother couldn't do.

Some more info via Passan (Yahoo Sports): LINK

While the Astros’ security wasn’t strong, the source said, the breach involved more than taking old passwords from Houston general manager Jeff Luhnow’s days as Cardinals farm director and inputting them into a website.

There is also this tidbit:

One official familiar with the investigation told Yahoo Sports the FBI traced the breach back to a house in Jupiter, Fla., the city in which the Cardinals hold spring training. A number of Cardinals employees used the house, according to the official, perhaps complicating authorities' ability to pinpoint the alleged culprits. The assistant U.S. attorney handling the potential case in Houston is Michael Chu, whose areas of focus include computer hacking and intellectual property.

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Talk Zone / Re: Jakes investigated by FBI for hacking Astros!
« on: June 16, 2015, 01:29:33 pm »
I wonder if they used knowledge of the Astros' interactivity with other teams to derail or affect trades?

I'm curious about this (and similar impact) as well. 

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Talk Zone / Re: Jakes investigated by FBI for hacking Astros!
« on: June 16, 2015, 01:27:26 pm »
Deadspin Rant (LINK)

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Talk Zone / Re: Jakes investigated by FBI for hacking Astros!
« on: June 16, 2015, 12:15:04 pm »
St. Louis Post Dispatch has a collection of Twitter comments posted - it's failrly entertaining... LINK

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Talk Zone / Re: Jakes investigated by FBI for hacking Astros!
« on: June 16, 2015, 12:14:05 pm »
OSF is saying they aren't equivalent either.  "Deflategate" is similar to scuffing a baseball.  Corporate espionage is not.

This

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Talk Zone / Re: Jakes investigated by FBI for hacking Astros!
« on: June 16, 2015, 11:21:05 am »
Kind of like a pitcher scuffing a baseball?  Really?

Scuffing baseballs = illegal breach and possible violation of criminal fraud and abuse act where federal prison time may be in play?!? Um, no (again)...

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Talk Zone / Re: Jakes investigated by FBI for hacking Astros!
« on: June 16, 2015, 11:19:27 am »
How would hacked information help you?

I'll take "It could be leaked to Deadspin in efforts to damage and/or embarrass ones competitors... " for $200, Alex...

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Talk Zone / Re: Jakes investigated by FBI for hacking Astros!
« on: June 16, 2015, 11:14:59 am »
Many are.  One has gone as far as to call it "Black Sox Part II".  Which is a little overreacting.  More like Deflategate. 

Deflating footballs = illegal breach and possible violation of criminal fraud and abuse act where federal prison time may be in play?!? Um, no...

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Game Zone 2015 Archive / Re: Sea Shits @ Astros June 12, 2015
« on: June 12, 2015, 08:31:36 pm »

Just got home from work. Turned on TV to see HOU was up by 9 against SEA. Checked Gameday to see who'd done what, and saw that HOU had put up 8 on "F. Hernandez" in 1/3rd of an inning. My first thought was "I didn't know SEA had two pitchers named "F. Hernandez"...


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Never crossed my mind it was King Felix who'd gotten rocked...


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Game Zone 2015 Archive / Re: Sea Shits @ Astros June 12, 2015
« on: June 12, 2015, 08:27:47 pm »
 Just got home from work. Turned on TV to see HOU was up by 9 against SEA. Checked Gameday to see who'd done what, and saw that HOU had put up 8 on "F. Hernandez" in 1/3rd of an inning. My first thought was "I didn't know SEA had two pitchers named "F. Hernandez"...


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The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Re: 2015 Draftees and Status
« on: June 10, 2015, 01:08:55 pm »
Great work and thanks for all of the information!

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Game Zone 2015 Archive / Re: Astros @ White Sox June 9, 2015
« on: June 09, 2015, 10:26:51 pm »

Took the bat right out of his hands.
utter bullshit calls there,

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The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Re: 2015 Draftees and Status
« on: June 08, 2015, 06:12:21 pm »
Thanks OSF.  Good to see you round here.

Thanks!  (FWIW, my somewhat 'missing in action' status around the boards as of late can generally be attributed to being otherwise preoccupied bwith preparing for Baby Boy OSF's ETA on 8/1/15... ).

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The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / 2015 Draftees and Status
« on: June 08, 2015, 06:00:03 pm »
In order to keep separate pre- and draft/post-draft threads, the '2015 Draftees and Status' thread is now open (conversely, the '2015 Draft thread’ is now closed)...

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The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Re: 2015 Draft Thread
« on: June 08, 2015, 05:59:56 pm »
In order to keep separate pre- and draft/post-draft threads, this '2015 Draft thread' is now closed and the '2015 Draftees and Status' thread is now open.

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The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Re: 2015 Draft Thread
« on: June 08, 2015, 05:59:38 pm »
I assume someone's going to lock this thread and start a new one? That's how it's usually done, right?

Or, in light of the circumstances, we could have a combined Game Zone/Bus Ride thread for the night.

Sure, here goes... 

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Talk Zone / Re: Former Astros news
« on: June 05, 2015, 01:12:01 pm »
Fomer Astro Charlton Jimerson responds to a Bay Area educator's "Dear Steph Curry" letter: LINK

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Game Zone 2015 Archive / Re: Athletics @ Astros May 19, 2015
« on: May 20, 2015, 12:38:31 pm »
Is there s bigger douchebag in Organized Baseball than Brett Lawrie? 

Why yes, yes there is...

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Game Zone 2015 Archive / Re: Halos @ Astros April 18, 2015
« on: April 18, 2015, 07:48:01 pm »
Hey, there's Ron Brand on the TV!


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Nice fielding by the Gold Glover tonight.

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This Kluber guy is pretty good.
Isn't he throwing a no hitter or something?

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Beer and Queso / Re: The Dance
« on: March 20, 2015, 12:27:06 pm »
Poor Baylor.  Should've had a stronger OOC schedule.

That made me laugh. The game yesterday, not so much...  Bad day for teams from Texas - all 5 lost - first time that's happened (I saw 2 of 'em go down in person - actually thought SFA had a chance, but just couldn't get it going...).  Bad day for the Big 12 too...  Bad day for my brackets too... but on the bright side, only lost 3 Sweet 16 teams, 2 Elite 8 teams, and 1 Final Four team, so there is that... FML...

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The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Re: 2015 Draft Thread
« on: March 17, 2015, 04:08:07 pm »
Went ahead and stickied this topic... Carry on!

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The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Re: 2015 Astros Farm System Handbook
« on: March 11, 2015, 11:46:18 am »
Well worth the $9.95 well spent, and I would encourage y'all to grab a copy if you can!

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Beer and Queso / Re: Another Case of Legal Advice Needed...
« on: January 07, 2015, 03:02:35 pm »
I will always heartily endorse the hiring of a lawyer but small claims court exists to ease the process for non-lawyers. It's not going to hurt the case to bring a lawyer but it's likely an unneccessary expense.

Does Texas have any equivalent to ORS 20.080 (allows for the recovery of attorney fees in tort actions under $10K provided certain conditions are met)? If so, there are likely pleanty of attorneys who'd be willing to take on the case.  Moreover, the hammer of potential attorney fee liability often gets the carriers to act more reasonably on the front end as well.

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Talk Zone / Re: Free agent rumors
« on: November 11, 2014, 04:19:01 pm »
I could see starting him at AA, and if he hits there a June promotion to AAA then maybe July.  But that would be rushing it.  Is there any precedence for a guy skipping AA and AAA?  (Any successful precedence)

None recently that I'm aware of... However... There is THIS GUY who went from High A to the Majors in the same season with only 35 games at AA (and none at AAA), and he's done okay so far...

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Talk Zone / Re: Conger Acquired via Trade
« on: November 05, 2014, 04:24:22 pm »
That can't be the end of it.

No kidding... Wow.

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Beer and Queso / Re: OK, I'll Start...Ebola
« on: October 16, 2014, 12:39:39 pm »
Nurse #2 should have known better.  You're a nurse who's been exposed to Ebola in the last week, and you're exhibiting symptoms.  How fucking stupid are you?

Known better than to follow CDC instructions after proactively calling it to confirm you are acting per its recommendations? Okay...

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Talk Zone / Re: EasTexAstro
« on: October 14, 2014, 02:46:30 pm »
Done.

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Game Zone 2014 Archive / Quadruple Header - 10/03/14 Baseball
« on: October 03, 2014, 12:20:28 pm »
JD just hit his second post season HR for the Tigers.

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Talk Zone / Re: The Yankees' SS
« on: September 26, 2014, 01:39:14 pm »
I know, which makes me mad.  For some reason he was to smart to have anything to do with it but the counterpart might have therefore,.....

Just a stupid argument for some being dumbasses.

Same here, and was typing a similar comment earlier but got sidetracked...

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The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Re: 2015 Draft Thread
« on: September 22, 2014, 02:55:26 pm »
I'm thinking he won't be available when the Astros draft. It's been awhile since anyone said that.

The Astros officially eliminated themselves this weekend from contention for the first overall pick in the draft next year. Been awhile since anyone said that either... FWIW, if the season ended today, the Astros would have picks at 1:2 and 1:7 (and a comp round pick).

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Game Zone 2014 Archive / Re: Shitfish @ Astros September 21, 2014
« on: September 22, 2014, 01:33:07 pm »
Did my heart good to see the AAAA* 'Stros take 4 of the last 6 from the Shitfish...

*Per the local medias pre-series discussion of the HOU vs. SEA series.  Their shtick is getting pretty old, and I hope SEA misses the wildcard because of the beating they took from Houston this past weekend!

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Talk Zone / Re: Stanton
« on: September 16, 2014, 11:18:31 am »
Neither here nor there, but I enjoyed the read from CJ Nitkowski "The Other Side of a Batter Getting Hit in the Face."

Also neither here nor there, but I am not surprised in the least by Leyland actions...

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Game Zone 2014 Archive / Re: Astros @ Mariners September 10, 2014
« on: September 10, 2014, 11:54:02 pm »
One of my favorite baseball memories involves missing Altuve's MLB debut! Remind me to tell you about it in Cooperstown at his HOF induction!!!

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Game Zone 2014 Archive / Re: Astros @ Mariners September 10, 2014
« on: September 10, 2014, 11:25:59 pm »
Jose Altuve with hit #200 on the season!!! Love. That. Kid!!!

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Talk Zone / Re: Carter
« on: September 04, 2014, 02:04:41 pm »
I try not to say "I told you so" except when I want to so...I told you boys and girls last year we should not give up on Carter.

I'm more than happy to be eating crow on this'n!

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Talk Zone / Re: Bad Day for Former Astros
« on: August 27, 2014, 08:10:51 pm »
Just how desperate for pitching are the phucking Phillies? This desperate.

But not this desperate...

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Aren't you supposed to be on a honeymoon or something?

Alas, the honeymoon is over (got back over the weekend)...

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Reddick - Single to RF
Callaspo - 6-4-3, Petit with cool little flip
Sogard - BB
Crisp - Ground out to 2nd

Middle of the 2nd. No Score.

What's the score?!?

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Talk Zone / Re: Roster moves
« on: August 27, 2014, 04:55:58 pm »
Any word on when Springer will be back.

Luhnow hopes to have him back for the Angels series 9/2 or 9/3'ish...

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Beer and Queso / Re: Anybody notice some guy in Oregon got hitched?
« on: August 24, 2014, 04:30:38 pm »
She looks like she way married low.  Congratulations!

W-A-Y low (thank goodness for me!!!)

As we say in SEC country - you out kicked your coverage! Congrats Lee!

By miles... (and miles... and miles...)

she is one beautiful wifey. way to go, Lee!

That she is indeed!!!


Thanks, all, for the congrats!!!  (And not to worry, she promised to be an Astros fan...)!

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Game Zone 2014 Archive / 08/11/14: Astros vs. Twins
« on: August 11, 2014, 07:42:48 pm »
Tied at 1-1 thru 1. Altive put HOU on the board with a solo shot!

Astros lineup:

R Grossman RF   
J Altuve 2B
C Carter DH   
M Dominguez 3B
J Castro C
D Santana LF
J Singleton 1B
J Marisnick CF
G Petit SS

Peacock pitching.

Twins lineup:

D Santana CF   
B Dozier 2B
J Mauer 1B   
K Vargas DH
T Plouffe 3B
K Suzuki C   
C Parmelee RF
E Escobar SS
J Schafer LF

T Milone pitching.

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Talk Zone / Re: CSN Bankruptcy
« on: August 07, 2014, 11:26:30 pm »
Update via David Barron: Chron LINK

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The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Re: 2015 Draft Thread
« on: August 01, 2014, 12:43:02 am »
Considering that the Astros are likely to have 2 top 5 picks (potentially as high as 1.1 and 1.2 or 1.2 and 1.3), a comp round pick, and a high 2nd round pick, they could very well have a $20M draft pool in the 2015 draft...  And that has me kinda curious... How is the 2015 draft looking as a whole?!? (Strong draft, weak draft, deep draft, etc...)?!? Other comments on the 2015 draft?

Thanks - I'll hang up and listen.

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The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Re: MLB Pipeline Top 100 Prospects
« on: July 31, 2014, 06:22:25 pm »
No problem. Sorry for the emoticon, didn't realize that typing three ?'s would create that guy.

?!? is a good emoticon-less alternative... 

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Talk Zone / Re: Luhnow open to trading Keuchel, McHugh and Cosart
« on: July 31, 2014, 06:03:18 pm »
At least what I read wasn't certain that he would stay at 3rd.  It'll be interesting to see what they do with him.

If it is "move him to 2B" there might be a mutiny...

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Talk Zone / Re: Luhnow open to trading Keuchel, McHugh and Cosart
« on: July 31, 2014, 03:35:01 pm »
And I also wouldn't be surprised if Cosart was the guy in the clubhouse saying stuff to Ortiz.

I wondered that myself...

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Talk Zone / Re: Luhnow open to trading Keuchel, McHugh and Cosart
« on: July 31, 2014, 03:34:15 pm »
And it looks like HOU gets a young pitcher in the deal as well:

Joel Sherman ‏@Joelsherman1  via Twitter:
'Young pitcher #Astros are getting from #Marlins in Cosart deal is Francis Martes"

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Talk Zone / Re: Luhnow open to trading Keuchel, McHugh and Cosart
« on: July 31, 2014, 03:32:18 pm »
Per MLBTR: "Outfielder Austin Wates is also part of the package going to Miami, tweets Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com."

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Talk Zone / Re: Luhnow open to trading Keuchel, McHugh and Cosart
« on: July 31, 2014, 03:29:21 pm »
I liked Cosart too.

I was as well...

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Talk Zone / Re: MLB.com writers favorite baseball books
« on: July 30, 2014, 03:37:31 pm »
One that is just a collection of funny stories is Bob Uecker's Catcher In The Wry.  It's not on the same level as Ball Four, but Uecker is one funny man.

Hadn't heard of this one before, but it's on my list now. Thanks!

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Talk Zone / MLB.com writers favorite baseball books
« on: July 30, 2014, 01:02:33 pm »
Decent array of books, with 'Ball Four' fairing quite nicely.  LINK

What are your favorites?!?

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How in the the hell is JdJO back covering the Astros again, and why any of y'all are bothering to pay him any heed whatsoever?

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The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Re: Lancaster - 2014
« on: July 27, 2014, 11:44:26 am »
I strongly disagree. Appel is a whiny baby who's done nothing as a professional but bitch and feel entitled. I hope that he gets his ass lit up in Corpus.  I don't blame Hader for speaking out one bit.

Appel is a whiny baby?!? I think you've got your players mixed up here Happy (seriously). To my recollection, Appel has bene honest (often brutally honest) about where he is at, and pretty damned humble throughout as well.

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The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Re: Lancaster - 2014
« on: July 26, 2014, 06:40:36 pm »
What does "smh" mean?

You don't know?!? S(haking) M(y) H(ead) [and I could add A(t) Y(ou)] at you for not knowing that [Or S(haking) M(y) H(ead) A(t) M(e) for knowing this]...

And F(or) W(hat) I(ts) W(orth), I think the Appel move is a good one...

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Talk Zone / Re: Mike Coolbaugh
« on: July 26, 2014, 01:25:18 pm »
Very cool. Did Tino Sanchez ever 'recover' from that night / anyone heard any info about him over the past few years?

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Talk Zone / Re: Aiken
« on: July 24, 2014, 03:47:15 pm »
Yeah, but in the court of public opinion, Close wins because he knew he could get there first and start squealing in pain.

Speaking of Close, I wonder how the contract extension/negotiation discussions are going with his client Dexter Fowler... (I'm also curious how many other Astros / Astros MiLBers are currently represented by Close as well...).

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Game Zone 2014 Archive / Re: Astros @ White Sox July 19, 2014
« on: July 19, 2014, 06:55:51 pm »
I'm sick and tired of watching CSN highlight the Blum '05 WS HR (as well as other CWS '05 WS highlights) every time HOU plays CWS. Get a f**king clue folks!

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Talk Zone / Re: Aiken
« on: July 19, 2014, 02:23:24 pm »
I don't think we'll ever know unless Aiken's camp releases the information.

And I'd doubt seriously that teams are going to take a chance on him with a top 5 pick next year unless he agrees to show them his medicals... And if they are really iffy (which my WAG says they are), then he won't be a top 5 pick next year (or ever) either...

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Talk Zone / Re: Aiken
« on: July 19, 2014, 12:05:17 am »
@StreetJL: So I'm clear on #Astros v Aiken: HOU says "UCL is too small, size matters." Aiken says "size doesn't matter, performance does." Thoughts?!?

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Talk Zone / Re: Aiken
« on: July 18, 2014, 02:03:00 am »
If they don't believe he can ever help them, then they need to get rid of him.

See e.g. Martinez, JD.

What?!? Huh?!?  No way... Nevermind...

FML...

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Talk Zone / Re: Aiken
« on: July 17, 2014, 01:44:14 pm »
I'm getting tired of the Aiken drama, and there's still a day left of it. I predict that the Astros will be slaughtered in the court of public opinion and fail to sign Aiken and Nix. The consolation of possibly getting Marshall and a comp pick in 2015 seems hardly worth the damage.

If they don't sign Aiken, then they are not going to have available slot money to sign Marshall...  And speaking of Marshall, that'd be a shame as otherwise he will be forced to endure going to school at LSU which I think we can all agree is cruel and unusual punishment... [/ducking]

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Talk Zone / Re: Aiken
« on: July 17, 2014, 01:21:47 pm »

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Talk Zone / Tom Emanski Article
« on: July 17, 2014, 01:02:15 pm »

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Talk Zone / Re: Aiken
« on: July 16, 2014, 12:44:16 pm »
No my theory is that there were safer bets like Nola that may not have ace ceiling but could be a top notch #2.  And with likely ~2 years less development time.  2 years less time for bad shit to happen.  That is all.  That's not to say that Aiken was the wrong pick.  Just one that comes with a higher risk and likely higher reward.

Meh. Barrett Loux was a safe college pick until AZ saw his physical and declined to sign him.  Rangers ultimately did (much to my chagrin), and Loux is currently rehabbing from TJ surgery...  Without pre-draft physicals, its all a crapshoot (be it Aiken, Nola, etc.).

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Talk Zone / Re: Screwy
« on: July 11, 2014, 11:41:53 am »
Very interesting, thanks for posting!

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Talk Zone / Re: Aiken
« on: July 07, 2014, 12:52:29 pm »
Heyman (I know, I know) via Twitter:

Jon Heyman ‏@JonHeymanCBS 
No. 1 pick brady aiken is said to have an elbow ligament issue. astros look to discount deal. story coming on @CBSSports

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Game Zone 2014 Archive / Re: Sea Dung @ Astros July 1, 2014
« on: July 01, 2014, 10:52:24 pm »
I'd rather listen to a pre-JD Cubs broadcast (or a Do-Ray broadcast with Pinwheel as a special guest commentator) than the Mariners TV or radio crew. They are total arrogant shitheads. That is all.

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Talk Zone / Re: Moves
« on: July 01, 2014, 01:10:34 am »
My wild assed baseless speculation is that Kiki Hernandez will be added to the 40 man and promoted to take Villar's spot.  Versatile player who has hit all year.

Awesomeness!  Really like Kiki!

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Game Zone 2014 Archive / Re: Tigers @ Astros June 28, 2014
« on: June 28, 2014, 06:21:45 pm »
Holy shit, Pressley CRUSHED that one... 4-3 DET, B9, none on, none out.

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Game Zone 2014 Archive / Re: Tigers @ Astros June 28, 2014
« on: June 28, 2014, 06:19:36 pm »
How the hell did Nathan's numbers get so awful? Has he only been facing the Yankees or something?

He's had only like 23 or so appearances IIRC (and his FB is not 92 instead of 97ish like it used to be...).

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Game Zone 2014 Archive / Re: Tigers @ Astros June 28, 2014
« on: June 28, 2014, 06:18:43 pm »
So, I have other stuff occupying my attention right now so have the game on mute watching in the background. SO maybe y'all can tell me WHY THE HELL WAS WILLIAMS PITCHING IN THAT SITUATION!?!?!?!?  Was Qualls unavailable?!? Veras on the bench?!? Not asking the obvious here (i.e. why is Williams even in an Astros uni), rather just trying to figure this out. Thanks!

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Game Zone 2014 Archive / Re: Snakes @ Astros June 12, 2014
« on: June 13, 2014, 10:56:51 am »
I love that six clubs now have worse records than the Astros.

7 teams... Boston's played 2 less games, so the 1 less win and loss puts the. At a lower winning percentage that Houston. So suck that Red Sox fans!!!

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Game Zone 2014 Archive / Re: Snakes @ Astros June 12, 2014
« on: June 12, 2014, 10:38:39 pm »
Walk-off HR!!! There you go cHRis Carter!!! 

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Game Zone 2014 Archive / Re: Snakes @ Astros June 12, 2014
« on: June 12, 2014, 07:54:27 pm »
Damn Springer has a gun!!!

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Talk Zone / Re: Never thought I'd see the day
« on: June 12, 2014, 04:39:23 pm »
But fuck you anyway, stRangers, you front-running douche bags.

Front-running?!? You've not looked at the standings recently, have you?!?

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The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Re: 2014 Draftees and Status
« on: June 12, 2014, 04:31:43 pm »
Astros County is doing a great job of keeping a running list of each player and news about their status. 

Yup. Sorry about my slacking... Between a months worth of depos, and other stuff I've been pretty slammed...

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Game Zone 2014 Archive / Re: Astros @ Snakes June 9, 2014
« on: June 09, 2014, 11:59:22 pm »
And with that W, the Astros now have the 22nd best record in MLB!!! Time to pound some Budweisers folks!

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Game Zone 2014 Archive / Re: Astros @ Snakes June 9, 2014
« on: June 09, 2014, 11:53:59 pm »
And there you have it, the Astros now have more wins on the season that the Boston Red Sox do!

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Game Zone 2014 Archive / Re: Astros @ Snakes June 9, 2014
« on: June 09, 2014, 11:51:02 pm »
Marwin got spun-around there, and missed that third out by a few inches... Ugh!

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Game Zone 2014 Archive / Re: Astros @ Snakes June 9, 2014
« on: June 09, 2014, 11:49:58 pm »
Qualls in to try to close it out.

Qualls just picked his nose and then licked it (or ate it, I'm unsure and unwilling to rewind the video to find out)...  Trying to get the save via booger-ball?!?

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Game Zone 2014 Archive / Re: Astros @ Snakes June 9, 2014
« on: June 09, 2014, 11:18:38 pm »
I'm so confused, having to watch the game on mute.  Did Sipp just move from P to OF?

Yup, and then Williams walked Goldschmidt (on 5 pitches)... Sipp now coming in from RF to replace Williams on the mound. Marwin now coming in to play LF, and Pressley heading over to RF...

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Game Zone 2014 Archive / Re: Astros @ Snakes June 9, 2014
« on: June 09, 2014, 11:02:23 pm »
Thanks for the PBP btw Subnuclear/HH - helps with the catch-up!

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Game Zone 2014 Archive / Re: Astros @ Snakes June 9, 2014
« on: June 09, 2014, 11:00:13 pm »
I don't understand why everyone who likes baseball enough to call themselves an actual fan doesn't have mlb.tv.

I would guess the phrase "subject to blackout restrictions" has something to do with it...

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The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Re: 2014 Draftees and Status
« on: June 09, 2014, 07:37:39 pm »
More from Berman (via Twitter):

3rd rd pick JD Davis signed:

The Astros reach agreement with 3rd-round pick J.D. Davis, infielder from Cal State-Fullerton. "It's awesome. I can't wait to get out there"

2nd rd pick AJ Reed signed:

Mark Berman ‏@MarkBermanFox26  3m
Slugger A.J. Reed (6-4, 240), 2nd-round pick from Univ. of Kentucky, says he's reached a deal w/the #Astros. Says he'll sign Wed. in Houston

Mark Berman @MarkBermanFox26  ·  2m
2nd-round pick A.J. Reed has deal w/ #Astros:"I'm excited.I never had any intention of not signing. It's just a big step in a long journey"

Mark Berman @MarkBermanFox26  ·  1m
2nd-round pick A.J. Reed (6-4,240) has deal w/ #Astros. Led nation in home runs (23), slugging % (.735).  Collegiate Baseball's National POY

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The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Re: 2014 Draftees and Status
« on: June 09, 2014, 05:54:31 pm »
Exactly. Marshall (rd 21) and maybe to a lesser extent Nix (rd 5) are the obvious tough-sign guys.

Marshall is saying that he won't be signing... (thanks a lot Mr. Happy...)

Marshall via Twitter (H/T Tyler Stafford @JeffBlogwell): LINK

Started at Parkview and continuing at LSU, I will be wearing #14!

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The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Re: 2014 Draftees and Status
« on: June 09, 2014, 04:01:49 pm »
I'll update the list over the next couple of days, but in the interim (per Berman, via Twitter):

Mark Berman ‏@MarkBermanFox26  
Astros 9th-round pick LHP Bryan Radziewski(UMiami)says he's reached a deal w/Astros:"I can't wait 2start this new chapter N my life" (more)

Mark Berman ‏@MarkBermanFox26
Radziewski's teammate at Miami, 2B Alex Hernadez, taken in the 40th round, says he has also agreed with the Astros

Mark Berman @MarkBermanFox26  ·  Jun 7
Astros 10th-round pick RHP Jay Gause from Faulkner Univ. in Alabama says he's agreed to terms: "I've been waiting on this day 4 a long time"

Mark Berman @MarkBermanFox26  ·  Jun 7
Astros 8th-round pick, Bobby Boyd, West Virginia Univ. CF, says he's agreed to terms, will sign today. "It's a dream come true."

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The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Re: Draft Day Predictions
« on: June 05, 2014, 06:01:55 pm »
Aiken

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The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Re: 2014 draft thread
« on: June 05, 2014, 05:59:43 pm »
In order to keep separate pre- and draft/post-draft threads, this '2014 Draft thread' is now closed and the '2014 Draftees and Status' thread is now open.

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The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / 2014 Draftees and Status
« on: June 05, 2014, 05:58:33 pm »
In order to keep separate pre- and draft/post-draft threads, the '2014 Draftees and Status' thread is now open (conversely, the '2014 Draft thread’ is now closed)...

The chart below will be updated to add draft results and signing status until the close of signings (note: the signing deadline for 2014 Rule 4 drafted players is 5 p.m. ET on July 18, 2014).

2014 Houston Astros Draft – Draftee Signing Status and ‘Bonus Pool’ Implications

Draftee



Rd/Pick

           (1) 1
 (Comp A) 37
          (2) 42
          (3) 75
        (4) 106
        (5) 136
        (6) 166
        (7) 196
        (8) 226
        (9) 256
      (10) 286
      (11) 316
      (12) 346
      (13) 376
      (14) 406
      (15) 436
      (16) 466
      (17) 496
      (18) 526
      (19) 556
      (20) 586
      (21) 616
      (22) 646
      (23) 676
      (24) 706
      (25) 736
      (26) 766
      (27) 796
      (28) 826
      (29) 856
      (30) 886
      (31) 916
      (32) 946
      (33) 976
    (34) 1006
    (35) 1036
    (36) 1066
    (37) 1096
    (38) 1126
    (39) 1156
    (40) 1186



 
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$7,922,100
$1,534.100
$1,530,000
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   $494,800
   $370,500
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2014 Houston Astros Draft – Draft Results

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Rd/Pick
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  (Comp A) 37
          (2) 42
          (3) 75
         (4) 106
        (5) 136
        (6) 166
        (7) 196
        (8) 226
        (9) 256
      (10) 286
      (11) 316
      (12) 346
      (13) 376
      (14) 406
      (15) 436
      (16) 466
      (17) 496
      (18) 526
      (19) 556
      (20) 586
      (21) 616
      (22) 646
      (23) 676
      (24) 706
      (25) 736
      (26) 766
      (27) 796
      (28) 826
      (29) 856
      (30) 886
      (31) 916
      (32) 946
      (33) 976
    (34) 1006
    (35) 1036
    (36) 1066
    (37) 1096
    (38) 1126
    (39) 1156
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Game Zone 2014 Archive / Re: Angels @ Astros June 3, 2014
« on: June 04, 2014, 01:56:57 am »
According to Twitter people, Jason Lane is now pitching for San Diego.

Per Adam Wexler, via Twitter @awexler

Lane, now a lefty relief P, was called up today by the Padres, retired all ten Pirates batters he faced tonight, striking out 3.

Good for him!

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Game Zone 2014 Archive / Re: Angels @ Astros June 3, 2014
« on: June 04, 2014, 01:42:56 am »
Singleton hits a HR to RF. Astros 6-2.  No outs.

And no doubt... Happy 1st MLB hit kid!

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Game Zone 2014 Archive / Re: Angels @ Astros June 3, 2014
« on: June 03, 2014, 09:31:20 pm »
Thanks for the PBP!

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The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Re: 2014 draft thread
« on: June 02, 2014, 08:21:45 pm »
Look to the future

"The thought of taking a polished and now effective college player knowing that the guy can be in Houston helping out the waves of arrival that we'll be getting from Double A, Triple A and the Lancaster squad in the next two years and slot right in, that's going to be very attractive, and we're definitely going to be thinking about that, and weighing it," Luhnow said.

"But just like in any, and this doesn't just apply to baseball, any economic scenario you're in, money sooner is worth more than money later, and in a sense talent's like that, too.

"If we're so compelled by the high school talent that we're willing to invest the time and the patience in and absorb the risk involved, then we're not going to be afraid to do that. Our view with the whole thing is we want to look back at this pick in six, seven, eight, 10 years and be happy with the pick, versus the quick jolt just for the sake of the quick jolt."

On the other hand

Luhnow made the counterpoint that because the Astros have so much talent in the middle of their system, drafting a younger star would be logical to add balance.

"You could actually make the opposite argument, that we don't have any superstars kind of on the rookie-ball level, so why not put someone there so you can sequence it better," Luhnow said. "But we'll get the best player."


Interesting observations both ways by Luhnow.

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Talk Zone / Re: Ironic Porter quote
« on: May 30, 2014, 02:13:50 pm »
Not me, I don't tweet dingers.

I believe your buddy Carlos calls them Dangers...

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The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Re: 2014 draft thread
« on: May 30, 2014, 01:07:27 pm »
Neither here nor there...

Mike Elias ‏@MEliasBaseball  May 27
Players go to extraordinary expense to attend pre-draft workouts.  One drove 15 hours overnight from another workout.  And it's worth it!

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Talk Zone / Re: Reducing Tommy John Surgeries
« on: May 28, 2014, 11:00:59 pm »
Thanks for the info!

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The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Re: Lancaster - 2014
« on: May 28, 2014, 10:58:29 pm »
Jason Schwartz tweet:

Quote
Carlos Correa just put one over the scoreboard in Elsinore. 3-run shot to give him 4 RBIs tonight. Epic home run.

More from Schwartz (via Twitter ‏@jasondschwartz)

Was just informed that Carlos Correa’s home run over the scoreboard traveled 449 feet.

If I'm not road tripping down to Corpus to see him play in July, I will be pissed.

Apparently Rajan thinks Correa will be in MMPUS by June 10 (via promotion to the Hooks in time for their game at MMPUS against the Missions). (Rajan via Twitter @GregRajan)

Prediction: Promotion coming before MMP #cchooks game. MT @jasondschwartz Carlos Correa’s home run over the scoreboard traveled 449 feet.

ETA...

Smith thinks it'll be at the end of the JetHawks 1st half of the season (Smith via Twitter ‏@Eric_L_Smith)

[email protected] My guess is that it happens after #JetHawks wrap up 1st half on June 14. Regardless, it's going to be soon though. Kid's a stud.

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Talk Zone / Re: what is the new rotation
« on: May 28, 2014, 05:02:23 pm »
Here are the next 4...

@JuliaMoralesCSN Starters for Baltimore series: Thur-Peacock, Fri-Oberholtzer, Sat-Keuchel, Sun-Feldman

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Talk Zone / Re: Pretty darn cool...
« on: May 26, 2014, 03:13:29 pm »
It doesn't matter. All that matters is that you were there, got the ball and got King George to sign it.

I'm glad Springer cranked 2 HRs that day...  Tried to buy the first one (actually, I was going to see if whoever ended up with it would trade me for an inexpensive SEA autographed ball from the team store), but it had found its way to a little 4-5 year old boy, and didn't have the heart to even try to take it off his hands... Fortunately, he hit a second one (which was easy enough to obtain).  Now if only Altuve had hit one out as well...

All in all, a very fun couple of games to go to!!!

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Talk Zone / Re: Pretty darn cool...
« on: May 26, 2014, 12:44:21 pm »
Indeed. However, that begs the question: How did you get the ball?

Cash, of course... (Pretty sure the dude needed weed money...).

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Very nice game for the Astros all around. Hope our Pacific NW OWA division was able to attend.

Yep, made the Saturday and Sunday games! Damned entertaining...

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Talk Zone / Pretty darn cool...
« on: May 25, 2014, 10:54:04 pm »
Conrad Gregor, a Houston Astros prospect currently playing for the Quad Cities River Bandits, unintentionally gave a souvenir to his father, who was attending Saturday's game.

http://deadspin.com/astros-prospects-first-home-run-of-season-caught-by-his-1581384592?utm_campaign=socialflow_deadspin_facebook&utm_source=deadspin_facebook&utm_medium=socialflow

And though not nearly that cool, I ended up with a decent souvenir this weekend as well...
http://twitter.com/StreetJL/status/470769505203802112/photo/1

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Game Zone 2014 Archive / Re: Astros @ Putrid Seapukes May 24, 2014
« on: May 24, 2014, 09:35:12 pm »
2nd row behind the Astros dugout even w/ pitchers' mound... Krauss's defense looks like shut from here as well...

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Talk Zone / Re: Rudy Owens, come on down...
« on: May 23, 2014, 06:27:18 pm »
Actual May Line:  0-3 with a 10.05 ERA, 6 BB and 6 K in 14.1 IP and a 2.30 WHIP.  The good news is that it is a late game so we do not have to experience the carnage live.

No, the good news is that I am going to the Sat/Sun games instead of the one tonight...

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I'm stunned that for Stros-Mariners you think you can wait this late and get tickets.  I guess you'll pay a healthy premium through a scalper.

I think even the scalpers aren't willing to part with their tickets for this matchup...

Seriously though, I have my eyes on a set of tickets at Stubhub - if dude gets real (it is, after all, SEA vs. HOU - not exactly a game one should expect to get face value for their tix, much less a premium proce for them), then I'll pick grab 'em... Otherwise, you can get good scalped seats at Safeco (re-sale rules are somewhat lax), so we'll just pick them up at the game if it comes to it...

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I'll be there for the Saturday evening and Sunday afternoon games (haven't gotten my tix for Sat., but am sitting on the second row behind the Astros dugout for the Sunday game...). Go 'Stros!

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Game Zone 2014 Archive / Re: ChiSox @ Astros May 17, 2014
« on: May 18, 2014, 12:06:12 am »
Man, Springer is painful to watch.

WFW

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The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Re: Santana
« on: May 16, 2014, 12:43:21 pm »
Santana is Sickel's "prospect of the day." LINK

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Game Zone 2014 Archive / Re: Astros - Rangers May 14, 2014
« on: May 15, 2014, 03:31:14 pm »
Not only was it the first series win against the stRangers in a while (had lost 15 straight series before this one), it also put the stRangers at below .500...  Sweet!!!

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The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Re: Lancaster - 2014
« on: May 14, 2014, 01:56:35 pm »

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Game Zone 2014 Archive / Re: stRangers @ Astros May 13, 2014
« on: May 13, 2014, 08:59:23 pm »
I like this game.

No kidding!!!

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Dominguez - Single to CF
Krauss - Flies out to RF
Springer - (Dominguez advances on a passed ball) Single to LF, Dominguez to 3rd
Carter - (Cotts in for Martinez) K swinging
Guzman - (In for Presley) K swinging

End of the 8th. Rangers 4-0.

I started listening during the Carter AB. Goes up 3-0, then struck out, swinging at ball 4 twice (3-1 and 3-2 after a foul ball).  My only question was he was given the green light at 3-1...   

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Talk Zone / Mitch Williams, Keeping it Classy...
« on: May 12, 2014, 01:29:00 pm »
Tossed from his kid's game for profanities... Deadspin LINK

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Talk Zone / Re: Carter
« on: May 09, 2014, 02:47:58 pm »
What is "how many k's Carter will have in his career if he plays 8-10 years, Alex"

Nominated (if there were such a thing).

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Game Zone 2014 Archive / Re: Astros @ Tigers May 6, 2014
« on: May 06, 2014, 06:16:03 pm »
Go 'Stros!!!

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The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Re: 2014 draft thread
« on: May 02, 2014, 12:46:44 pm »
Wow, Pots. Thanks for posting that. It seems that drafting a HS pitcher as a 1-1 is a riskier proposition than I even thought.

Is it? Would your opinion be different if the Royals had taken Clayton Kershaw (1.7) instead of Hochevar?

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Game Zone 2014 Archive / Re: Nationals @ Astros April 29, 2014
« on: April 30, 2014, 01:49:59 pm »
Circus catch and throw by Frendsen keeps Fowler from scoring.

Yes it was...

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Talk Zone / Re: Porter has to go
« on: April 21, 2014, 11:40:30 am »
WFW, all of you.

And once again, all seems right with the world.  Thanks Coach!

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Talk Zone / Re: Chapman down
« on: April 17, 2014, 12:01:26 pm »
Wates and Hoes seem like the same guy to me. Wates is doing well as you say but I think Hoes is going to have to play himself off of the roster for Wates to be of interest. That's what I think...I may certainly be proven wrong.

This.

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Its hard to read this:

"Alex Freedman ‏@azfreedman
George Springer just hit a monster grand slam out to left field. Do what you will with that, Twitter..."


And then watch Khris Karter do what he does at the plate...

I know, different positions, but I'm guessing Springer is good enough defensively to play DH any time they'd like him to. Just sayin'...

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Thought Altuve was safe for sure on that one... Per the replay though, it looks like the umps got it right...

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Well, all he got was a close acquaintance. Harrell ain't getting much help in the field from 42.

The shift was his friend in T4 though...

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The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Re: Oklahoma City - 2014
« on: April 15, 2014, 08:19:56 pm »
Alex Freedman ‏@azfreedman (Via Twitter)
George Springer just hit a monster grand slam out to left field. Do what you will with that, Twitter...

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Game Zone 2014 Archive / Re: Astros @ Rangers April 11, 2014
« on: April 11, 2014, 09:29:27 pm »
Really glad Feldman won't get the loss.

I'm suring hoping that doesn't mean the stRangers are about to get a HR... [MLB.TV is always a tad behind...]

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Game Zone 2014 Archive / Re: Astros @ Rangers April 11, 2014
« on: April 11, 2014, 09:28:31 pm »
And oh yeah, cheer like they just dumped cash meth in the stands, you jackasses.

Close, but I think you forgot its Arlington so I edited you comment appropriately...

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Game Zone 2014 Archive / Re: Astros @ Rangers April 11, 2014
« on: April 11, 2014, 09:17:45 pm »
No shit. I'm very proud of him. I hope his teammates can get him a win to put a little sweet in an otherwise bitter day.

Damn straight, time for the kids to pick him up a "W" here!

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Game Zone 2014 Archive / Re: Astros @ Rangers April 11, 2014
« on: April 11, 2014, 09:13:19 pm »
Incredibly gutsy game for Feldman.

[Tips Cap] Hell yes!!! [/Tips Cap]

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Game Zone 2014 Archive / Re: Astros @ Rangers April 11, 2014
« on: April 11, 2014, 08:19:18 pm »
Middle of the 4th, Tied 0-0. Only 1 hit so far. in the game (by the Rangers).

Damn, another  perfect 5 from Darvish, where the hell is Marwin and why hasn't he got a hit yet?!?

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Game Zone 2014 Archive / Re: Astros @ Rangers April 11, 2014
« on: April 11, 2014, 08:17:44 pm »
Good catch there by Krauss!

Nice backup dive by Altuve behind him as well.

The chart showing Carter with an .019 average on balls low and away (.089 high and inside) was pretty friggin' ugly though...

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The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Re: 2014 draft thread
« on: April 10, 2014, 10:57:59 am »
Keith Law is calling Brady Aiken the number 1 prospect

As is BA (LINK)

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Game Zone 2014 Archive / Re: Astros @ Blue Jays April 9, 2014
« on: April 09, 2014, 08:41:18 pm »
Evan Drellich ‏@EvanDrellich
Right groin strain for Jerome Williams.

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Game Zone 2014 Archive / Re: Astros @ Blue Jays April 9, 2014
« on: April 09, 2014, 07:20:36 pm »
Like the swallows to Capistrano, Carter strikes out on a curveball in the dirt.  Astros 0 for the last 16 with RISP.

After swinging at the previous low and a foot outside on the previous pitch no less... Count me in the 'not a Chris Carter fan' club...

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Game Zone 2014 Archive / Re: Astros @ Blue Jays April 9, 2014
« on: April 09, 2014, 07:03:59 pm »
Perfecto no mas!!! Go Astros!!!

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Game Zone 2014 Archive / Re: Astros @ Blue Jays April 9, 2014
« on: April 09, 2014, 07:02:27 pm »
I think that he made it up.

Otherwise known as "good lawyerin'"...

Fwiw, E60 had a special on perfect games the other night, and the end scene had some kid who had thrown a perfect, perfect game (18 outs, 18 strikeouts)...

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Game Zone 2014 Archive / Re: Astros @ Blue Jays April 9, 2014
« on: April 09, 2014, 06:42:16 pm »
Actually, it is. 

Nope, he maxes out at 26 strikeouts...

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Game Zone 2014 Archive / Re: Astros @ Blue Jays April 9, 2014
« on: April 09, 2014, 06:37:07 pm »
Hey...a ball in play!

Who are these idiots calling the game?

Pretty excited that the perfect perfecto is no longer in play...

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The good news is that it shouldn't be blocked out / I think you should be able to see it.
The bad news is that Lucas Harrell is pitching, so even if you are able to watch you'd wish that you weren't able to after it is all said and done...

343
Game Zone 2014 Archive / Re: Astros at Blue Jays
« on: April 08, 2014, 07:30:23 pm »
Castro piling up an impressive LOB total.

Perhaps, but HPU should get an assist for the LOB on Castro's last AB...

344
Game Zone 2014 Archive / Re: Astros at Blue Jays
« on: April 08, 2014, 07:25:19 pm »
Castro just got jobbed on the 2-out, 2-on strike 2 (check swing) and strike 3 (looking) calls.  BS...

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The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Appel Spring Training PITCHf/x data
« on: April 08, 2014, 12:06:00 pm »
Interesting... (BP LINK)

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Kinda need to get Calhoun here, with Trout on deck.

A little tighter there in the end than I'd've preferred...but...I'LL TAKE THE 'W'!  Time to go pound them Budweisers!!!

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Anyone out there?

Catching up on the game, thanks for the PBP!

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Bad enough you hit into a rally-ending GIDP there Carter, but you don't even run it out?!? Geez...

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A couple of bleeders, and the Astros are in a bit of jam.

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That is pretty normal for here, I thought it was because of the distance.  So, maybe it isn't?

Nope, I typically find MLB.TV to be 20-60 seconds behind live action.  This also depends on which device I'm using (laptop is the least behind, then the iPad, followed well behind by my older Roku player).

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Beer and Queso / Active Shooter at Ft. Hood
« on: April 02, 2014, 06:01:00 pm »
Again... Waco Trib LINK

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Talk Zone / Re: OPENING DAY 2014 - tickets, food, etc.
« on: April 02, 2014, 12:24:50 pm »
So... I understand Jeter NYY jerseys were available for purchase at MMPUS last night... How many of y'all bought one?!?

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Ashby sure talks crap at times.

At times?!?  I think you're giving his crap-talking far too little credit. Just sayin'...

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Happy Opening Day folks!!!

Have fun at the game, and GO 'STROS!!!

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Talk Zone / Re: Spring MVPs
« on: March 28, 2014, 03:40:20 pm »
Lest we get too excited in the meaning of all of this, last years' recipients were Rick Ankiel and Phil Humber the awards are named after J. R. Towles and Taylor Bucholz

FIFY

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Talk Zone / Re: OPENING DAY 2014 - tickets, food, etc.
« on: March 27, 2014, 06:14:08 pm »
As a reminder... I've passed along my two tickets to EastTexAstro (IIRC, he had a couple of extra folks he wanted to bring with him).  Y'all have fun now, and GO ASTROS!!!

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The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Re: Interview with Tyler Heineman
« on: March 26, 2014, 05:38:51 pm »

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Consider. The. Source.

Even the Angels haven't locked up Trout long term. It's beyond idiotic to suggest that this team's management is opening wide their wallets for a player who has zero major league at-bats.

Isn't that what the Rays did with Longoria?  As a general rule, I wouldn't disagree with this statement.  That said, there are some players who are worth it (and fwiw, I'm sold hook, line, and sinker on Springer).  And taking risks with young players early is one of those things that the Astros are going to necessarily do under the current model. 

Much better to miss a couple of times at $23M than to miss once at $100M... (See, e.g. Carlos Beltran). Just sayin',..

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Talk Zone / Re: Astros appeal Comcast SportsNet bankruptcy ruling
« on: March 19, 2014, 02:16:58 pm »
Just imagine if this Astros experiment pays off.  The bottom will drop out of the high-priced free agent market*.

Don't see this happening.  There will always be the 'New York Yankee' (and at this point Los Angeles Dodgers) types who will write the big checks, and other clubs who will try to compete with 'limited' resources available to them...

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Talk Zone / Re: missed you
« on: March 12, 2014, 11:50:51 am »
I have my tickets, but couldn't get tickets for the whole family. I would be very grateful if this could happen.

Consider 'em yours to do with 'em what you please (except giving them to Yankee fans - that cannot be tolerated - unless, of course, they are people you really don't like and are willing to subject them to the verbal and emotional abuse they'd certainly receive in the midst of the SnS crew, in which case it'd be fine).

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Talk Zone / Re: missed you
« on: March 11, 2014, 06:27:09 pm »
OSF: Why don't you hold them for EastTexAstro and Mrs. ETA so that they can sit with us. I'll gladly pay you for their tickets.

Done (except for the pay part, as they were already offered gratis to the first taker).  Ron Brand - if you'd please earmark my tickets for ETA and Mrs. ETA I'd be much obliged!

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Talk Zone / Re: missed you
« on: March 11, 2014, 12:58:33 am »
Alas, work has me otherwise occupied for Opening Day so I will be unable to attend...  Hence, my two tickets are up for grab - if you'd like them (gratis), just quote this and they're yours!

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Beer and Queso / Re: No Cable
« on: March 06, 2014, 12:02:57 pm »

It's gone out this way three times in the last month.  Currently, it's been down since Monday and they cannot fix it from their end, so we are waiting for a tech to come out on Saturday to take a look.  What a joke.

Had the same issue this past week.  Spent 3+ hours on the phones with them.  They couldn't fix it from their end. Finally had a tech come by on Saturday.  Said the connection coming into the house was filled with water and the line had moss, had been chewed on by squirrels, etc. Replaced the line coming into the house, but still the same problem.  Said the boxes had been 'strained' by the weak signal, and replaced those as well. All is working great now, but what a friggin' pain in the interim...

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The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Callis on Springer
« on: March 05, 2014, 03:15:38 pm »
Decent article from Callis on Springer. LINK

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Talk Zone / Re: Spring TV Schedule
« on: March 05, 2014, 03:01:58 pm »
Scherzer with the start for Det. He's pretty good.

He's also getting calls that even calls that'd make Maddux/Smoltz/Glavine proud...  That called third strike on Springer was ass...

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BTW, I should've noted San Antonio and surrounding areas. Thanks for the suggestions thusfar, and keep 'em coming!

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congrats! you outkicked your coverage.

By a mile...  And thanks!

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Thanks for congrats, much appreciated.  And thanks as well for the info, keep it coming!

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Can someone move this to B&Q where it belongs?

Oddly, I have BusRide thread moving powers... Done, and Mea culpa!

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Yup, not a typo!

Anyway... looks like San Antonio will be the venue (semi-central'ish location for the families) in mid-August...  We'll be there next month for the NCAA tourney rounds 2-3 and are going to scout out some locations.

If anyone has recommendations or knows someone who might, I'm all ears...

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...before he waltzes into the Hall of Fame on the first ballot - probably the first unanimous electee - despite spending his entire career surrounded by more roiders and juicers than Vince McMahon.

Fuck Derek Jeter.

And all of those self-righteous asshats in the BBWAA...

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Best second baseman I ever saw play shortstop.

I'd nominate this if there was such a thing...

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Talk Zone / Re: CSN Bankruptcy
« on: February 04, 2014, 03:08:44 pm »
MLB Network?

Perhaps...

David Barron ‏@dfbarron
If Astros get media rights back, Jim Crane told @EvanDrellich last week he has spoken with @MLBNetwork on plan to show games.

David Barron ‏@dfbarron
MLB will not comment, but a spokesman confirms @MLBNetwork can split signal along regional lines to allow more than one program at once.

David Barron ‏@dfbarron
If you missed it previously, MLB is represented here by attorney in addition to Astros' counsel.


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Talk Zone / Re: CSN Bankruptcy
« on: February 04, 2014, 11:54:52 am »
More hearings today. Easiest way to follow along is simply to check out David Barron's Twitter Feed.

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Astros now have nine minor league affiliates, which is tied for tops in baseball (seven domestic, two international).

-Drellich (via Twitter).

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Some more from Evan Drellich ‏(via Twitter):

@EvanDrellich
Carlos Alfonso, a former pitcher, manager and coach, has been named Astros international development coordinator & special assignment scout

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Or maybe this?

Evan Drellich (via Twitter)

@EvanDrellich
Astros have added a second Dominican summer league team.

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Beer and Queso / Re: Go-To Sports Page
« on: February 02, 2014, 01:58:11 pm »
Yahoo has messed up my.yahoo.com again, so I probably won't use it again till next fantasy football season.

Can't stand the new format, annoying as hell...

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Beer and Queso / Re: Does anyone here know an attorney....
« on: January 21, 2014, 07:06:48 pm »
Yes.

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Beer and Queso / Re: Airline Scorecards for 2013
« on: January 09, 2014, 09:24:49 pm »
Hey now, United is a fantastic airline and is a joy to fly!*

[*In full disclosure, I probably should add that United has a different retired employee pass system than Continental did. Thus, after being without passes since my dad retired 30 years ago, I now find myself with passes (space available) once again. Accordingly, my satisfaction with United may be directly related to the amount I now have to pay to fly (if I don't mind being 'flexible' with my departure and arrival times, and don't mind hanging around in airports for extended periods of time here and again)].

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Beer and Queso / Re: Winter Weather Woes
« on: January 06, 2014, 09:29:04 am »
That's some scary shit!  Stay safe y'all midwesterners!

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Talk Zone / Re: HOF vote watch
« on: January 06, 2014, 09:22:06 am »
I am continuously baffled by the apparent consensus that Thomas is a shoe in when all these other players aren't.

Or the argument that it was okay to refuse to vote for Bagwell because "even if he didn't cheat he and his fellow players could have made a stronger statement against PEDs via the union" and yet vote for Glavine (former MLBPA head player rep (or something like that)).  Asshats!

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Beer and Queso / McLane Stadium
« on: December 30, 2013, 03:21:30 pm »
At least some of the proceeds of the Astros sale windfall went to a good cause...  LINK

(Okay folks, there is your hanging curveball. Do with it what you will...).

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Beer and Queso / Re: Boot store rec
« on: December 27, 2013, 02:54:53 pm »
I'd had a pair of clack Luccheses and a pair of smooth Ostrich black cherry Tony Lamas (and a couple of others along the way that have been put to rest or I've gotten sick of them) for 15+ years that I've re-soled a dozen plus times between 'em.  They've gotten so bad (torn, etc) that I rarely wear them any more.  Saw a pair (actually a couple) of Luccheses (low end) that I liked a lot - and for a legit price - when I was at IAH (of all places) in early December, but they didn't have my size. 

Ended up going to the Cavender's in Conroe(ish) yesterday before I left town, and got a pair of brown Luccheses (same as I saw at IAH, and within $20 of the proce as well).  Very pleased with the rec, and the service at Cavenders - thanks Sphinx, and but for stabbing myself in the foot on a 1 1/2" or so lasting nail while trying on one of the pairs, would've walked away with two pair (still need to replace the black). 

[Fortunately, I caught myself before putting a hole through my foot, but was kinda freaked out for a moment as I presumed it was a jacked up needle someone had discarded in the boot...  The gal helping me with my purchase was horrified, and the manager was a tad 'sipleased' about it as well (and that was with me saying it was no biggie and failing to mention I'm a plaintiff's attorney...).  In retrospect, if I'd whined about it I'd probably have gotten that pair gratis just to shut me up...].

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Beer and Queso / Re: Boot store rec
« on: December 26, 2013, 08:56:12 am »
Cavender's, there's one on 1960 and Kuykendahl Rd.

Thanks, definitely will make the trip to that Cavenders (it's pretty close to my dad's place).
Any others I should look at?

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Beer and Queso / Boot store rec
« on: December 26, 2013, 12:23:35 am »
I need to retire a couple of pair of cowboy boots (a Lucchese and Tony Lama), and wanted to pick up a couple of replacements before I leave town late Thursday afternoon. Anyone have a rec on the north side (Conroe, Woodlands, Spring/1960) of boot stores with decent prices / sales going on / good selection? Thanks!

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Beer and Queso / Re: FCC moves to end sports blackouts
« on: December 18, 2013, 10:17:37 pm »
Broadcast territories aren't arbitrary.  They're geographic.

Sure, you are correct that there is a 'geographic component' to blackout rules/broadcast territories. To say that these blackout anything but absurd, however, is absurd. 

That doesn't mean the rules are "absurd".


Eastern Montana blacked out from SEA games - absurd;
Tulsa, Oklahoma and Little Rock, Arkansas being blacked out from HOU (and TEX / STL / KCR) games - absurd;
Northeastern New Mexico being blacked out from HOU (and TEX / ARI / COL) games - absurd;
Las Vegas being blackout out from ANA, ARI, LAD, OAK, SDP, and STG games - absurd;
Des Moines, Iowa being blacked out from CHC, CHW, KCR, MIL, MIN, and STL games - absurd;
Hawaii being blacked out from OAK, ANA, LAD, SFG, SDP, and SEA - absurd; and,
the absurdity is not limited to the areas noted above...

And like Craig noted, fans in many of these markets are blacked out despite the fact that numerous teams do not even broadcast in those makets. Take Hawaii for example - blacked out from 6 major league teams despite the fact they are thousands of miles away (and there is that whole pesky Pacific Ocean thingie between 'em to boot) from any of them with 2 teams not being broadcast on any of the islands (SEA and SDP) and 2 others (SFG and OAK) are not primarily available either.

Absurd.

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Talk Zone / Re: FA Signings
« on: December 12, 2013, 03:22:49 pm »
I haven't been keeping up.  Clearly they're fish-tossers.

FIFL(imey)

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Beer and Queso / Re: Big 12 Championship Game
« on: December 11, 2013, 10:54:21 am »
Was at the game. It was cold, but honestly not as bad as I expected. Winning surely helped that. Nice little ceremony postgame with both the trophy presentation and turning out the lights.

Not as bad as you expected?!?  I'm still thawing out...
Was very impressed with the turn out considering the weather (was an 8-hour round trip from Fort Worth).
That said... had an awesome time (freezing fog in my face notwithstanding) - loved the post game (and being on the field for it). 
Sic 'Em!

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Beer and Queso / Finally (and Happy Thanksgiving)
« on: November 27, 2013, 11:55:53 am »
They now sell Shiner in Portland!  Picked up a case last night, and my Texans-living-in-Portland buddies and I are going to enjoy every last one of them tomorrow!!!

And since I won't be hanging around these parts tomorrow allow me to wish y'all a Happy Thanksgiving in advance!  Be safe, be blessed, and have fun!

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Beer and Queso / Re: A new Astros fan
« on: November 27, 2013, 11:00:19 am »
Awesomeness, seriously! Congrats to you all!!!  PS: Remember, it is never too early to bind that right arm...

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Talk Zone / Re: A-Rod sues MLB, Selig
« on: November 20, 2013, 12:13:09 pm »
WFW

My hatred of Selig knows no bounds. Accordingly, I'm pro A-Rod all the way on this, and in his lawsuit against MLB.

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The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Re: AFL Rosters released
« on: November 12, 2013, 08:01:35 am »
MLB.com atricle (mcTaggart) on Jonathan Meyer. LINK

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Beer and Queso / Re: Baylor/OU --- Oregon/Stanford
« on: November 08, 2013, 02:52:34 pm »
Don't get carried away.  OU is atrocious on offense.

I appreciate that - especially given the loss of one of its best RBs...  Still though, at that point in the game 7 consecutive stops within the 12 against any offense says a lot about the unit as a whole...

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Beer and Queso / Re: Baylor/OU --- Oregon/Stanford
« on: November 08, 2013, 02:28:50 pm »
Of course there's a reason both are starters, but I'm starting to think Linwood may do okay in Martin's role. But Reese... Can Norwood/Fuller/Coleman/Rhodes fill that loss?

If last night is any indication, Norwood'll fit in alright.  As for the game, I knew Baylor's D was legitimate, but I really had no clue as to how legit they could actually be.  Stopping OU for 7 consecutive plays from inside the 12 yard line (goal line stand; forcing a field goal after OU returned a kick to the 12) during a first quarter in which the BU O was getting shut down?!? Phenomenal!  And a 29-point margin of victory given that the Bears O was not firing on all (or even most) cylinders? Superb!  

And as an aside, was especially nice to be able to watch the game in PDX with about 20 others last night (15-16 BU grads and significant others, along with a couple of general attendees...)!  [*We may have been the only ones in PDX that enjoyed watching college football last night though...  Not a ton of happy Ducks fans around today...].

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Beer and Queso / Re: Texans - Colts
« on: November 04, 2013, 11:25:22 pm »
There's a reason he went undrafted, several actually, and the two most prominent are size and arm strength.

Neither here nor there, but IMO NFL teams tend to overstate the importance of 'prototypical size' when evaluating a QB (hence the reason that kids like Russel Wilson fall to the 3rd round).

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The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Re: BP Offseason Astros Top 10 Prospects
« on: November 04, 2013, 12:01:49 pm »
From the 'prospects I know little or nothing about but like what I read here' department...

2.LHP Reymin Guduan: I’m a sucker for southpaw velocity, and Guduan stands in elite company when it comes to arm strength from the left side. A relatively unknown prospect-–he has only 2 1/3 innings above the complex level—the 21-year-old Dominican can pump upper-90s heat like it’s a common outcome. Relief prospects don’t offer much, especially when they will be 22 coming into the season with a very limited professional record at the full-season level. But 6’4’’ lefties who can touch 100 mph on the radar gun are always worth keeping a very close eye on.

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Really, I think Marvin Miller should be the first name to go in from that list.

Should be, yes. Will be, not a chance...

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Talk Zone / Re: CSN Bankruptcy
« on: October 29, 2013, 08:56:09 pm »
Doesn't matter where it came from.  He got a $70mm discount specifically to agree to the league switch.

Nope. What Crane got was a $70M discount to purchase an AL team.

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Game Zone 2013 Archive / Re: World Series
« on: October 25, 2013, 11:39:50 am »
I can't stand either of them.  I watch hoping both will lose.

Or that the World Series ends in a tie...

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Talk Zone / Re: anyone watching the ws tonight
« on: October 24, 2013, 05:06:26 pm »
I've got a buddy, Cards fan (from southern Illinois, so I don't know if the alternatives are better). Anyway, 2006, he goes to see a WS game, celebrates with his girl, she gets pregnant with a boy, Cards win. 2011, Cards make it to the WS, she announces on Facebook that she's pregnant again (another boy), Cards win. So, of course, this morning they announce on Facebook that, once again, she's pregnant. I'm hoping they have a girl.

Now that's funny.


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Beer and Queso / Re: Six Degrees of Kevin Garnett
« on: October 21, 2013, 05:17:10 pm »
Awesome link!

BRETT WALLACE played on the 2010 Houston Astros with ...
Carlos Lee, who played on the 2001 Chicago White Sox with ...
Harold Baines, who played on the 1980 Chicago White Sox with ...
Minnie Minoso, who played on the 1951 Chicago White Sox with ...
Bert Haas, who played on the 1937 Brooklyn Dodgers with ...
Waite Hoyt, who played on the 1919 Boston Red Sox with ...
BABE RUTH


LUCAS HARRELL played on the 2010 Chicago White Sox with ...
Manny Ramirez, who played on the 1999 Cleveland Indians with ...
Harold Baines, who played on the 1980 Chicago White Sox with ...
Minnie Minoso, who played on the 1955 Chicago White Sox with ...
Phil Cavarretta, who played on the 1936 Chicago Cubs with ...
Charlie Grimm, who played on the 1918 St. Louis Cardinals with ...
Bobby Wallace, who played on the 1894 Cleveland Spiders with ...
CY YOUNG


Huh?!? Nevermind...

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Talk Zone / Re: Astros among front runners for Abreu
« on: October 18, 2013, 12:02:52 pm »
These international stars seem to be less risky than the normal free agent market.  Darvish, Cespedes, Puig, and Soler (still in the minors but is a top prospect) are all on average more bang for your buck than just the normal FA market where you get stuck with longer, more expensive contracts for guys in the tail ends of their careers.

But for every one of those, there is also a Kei Igawa or Daisuke Matsuzaka...  That said... The guy I'd really love to see HOU in on is Masahiro Tanaka.

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Talk Zone / Re: Astros among front runners for Abreu
« on: October 17, 2013, 01:48:48 pm »
MLB.com reports that Abreu has narrowed the list to three teams: HOU, BOS,and CWS

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Beer and Queso / Re: Why Texans?
« on: October 17, 2013, 01:46:09 pm »
And there it is...

‏@MarkBermanFox26
Gary Kubiak announces Case Keenum will start Sunday against the Chiefs.

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Talk Zone / Re: Astros among front runners for Abreu
« on: October 16, 2013, 06:54:07 pm »
Really wish you would've topped my original thread from 4 months ago about the Astros going after this guy.

http://www.spikesnstars.com/forums/index.php?topic=116021.0


My bad... Perhaps one of the awesome OWA Talk Zone admins'd consider combining threads for ya!

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Talk Zone / Re: Astros among front runners for Abreu
« on: October 16, 2013, 06:52:28 pm »
But does he play the game with emotion the right way?

Doesn't matter, I'll still burn whatever Kurt Gibson baseball cards I run across...

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Talk Zone / Re: Astros among front runners for Abreu
« on: October 16, 2013, 04:36:56 pm »
Additional Abreu info via Astros County: LINK

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Talk Zone / Astros among front runners for Abreu
« on: October 16, 2013, 03:16:39 pm »
So sayeth Buster anyway... Twitter LINK

@Buster_ESPN
Bidding on Cuba defector Jose Abreu is expected to be for a $70 million deal, sources say. White Sox,Astros, Rangers viewed as frontrunners.


More on Cuban defector Jose Dariel Abreu via this ESPN LINK:

"He has monstrous power," said a scout who began following Abreu at the 2009 IBAF World Cup.*** One talent evaluator said Abreu could step into a big league lineup tomorrow and hit .260 with 25 home runs. That's not far from what Cespedes is doing in Oakland this season. Another expressed concern that Abreu looks "confused" against breaking balls and thought he could benefit from a little seasoning in the upper minors. Once Abreu gets the hang of major league pitching, the consensus is that he has the strength to hit 30 homers by accident.

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Talk Zone / How Friggin' Cool is This?!?
« on: October 16, 2013, 01:01:53 pm »
REPLAY, via @Deadspin (link): "Baseball cards made into stop motion animation-coolest thing ever."

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Beer and Queso / Re: Why Texans?
« on: October 13, 2013, 04:26:11 pm »
And I'd rather lose with Keenum than with Yates.

I'm not completely convinced Keenum'd make that happen...  Think the kid may have a pleasant surprise or two up his sleeve for Texans fans.

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Talk Zone / Re: EasTexAstro
« on: October 13, 2013, 04:22:49 pm »
All our hearts ETA, and our prayers.

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Beer and Queso / Re: Dallas
« on: October 13, 2013, 04:10:59 pm »
Great win for UT.

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Game Zone 2013 Archive / Re: The Playoffs
« on: October 11, 2013, 04:14:56 pm »
Fantastic point.  Can you get the Dodgers radio feed over the interwebs?

I've been picking it up via MLB.com Gameday, but honestly don't know if it will continue through the WS (though'd be inclined to think it will).

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Game Zone 2013 Archive / Re: The Playoffs
« on: October 11, 2013, 02:38:03 pm »
Dodgers v. Tigers is my ideal WS. Brooklyn was my favorite team from when i started watching baseball until the Dodgers moved west. Detroit was my Dad's favorite team because they tried to sign him out of HS. I will root for the Dodgers.

LAD v. DET is preferred 2013 WS at this point as well.  Frankly, I'm a big fan of Jim Leyland, like a number of the DET players, and wouldn't exactly mind DET getting a ring.  As for LAD, first and foremost, they are not the Cardinals, so they have that going for them.  And lastly, the chance to catch Vin call a World Series game on the radio is enough for me to root for LAD to make it in and of itself...

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Talk Zone / Re: CSN Bankruptcy
« on: October 10, 2013, 05:12:19 pm »
Comments on the Astros Motion to Dismiss filed on Monday (Maury Brown article at Forbes: LINK)

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Talk Zone / Call for Papers: 2014 The National Pastime
« on: October 08, 2013, 03:56:27 pm »
Seems there are a lot of OWA'ers stories that would make for good submissions/reads here: Call for Papers: 2014 The National Pastime

To coincide with the convention, the summer 2014 issue of The National Pastime will focus on Houston-area baseball. In particular, we will be focusing on 1962-present to avoid overlap with the special book on pre-Astros baseball that the Houston chapter is concurrently producing. We expect most of the articles will center on the Astros, but we are open to other topics that fit the time frame (Women's baseball? Little league? Fan studies? College baseball? You tell us.) Articles may be historical, biographical, or analytical, but please avoid personal narrative.***

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Beer and Queso / Re: QBs on Facebook
« on: October 07, 2013, 01:27:04 pm »
Pinks and Picks

Once again, Schaub gets let off (almost) by a more famous QB shitting his bed.

Or there was this exchange...

COLIN KAEPERNICK: Way to Schitt the bed on national TV, Schaub!

COLIN KAEPERNICK: Oh man, there were just SO many great moments of you failing yesterday. I can’t even pick one as my favorite.

RGIII: Maybe you could pick-6?

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Beer and Queso / Re: Baylor-WVU
« on: October 06, 2013, 09:19:33 pm »
Damn, OSF.. wish I'd known you were going!

Contemplating the BU VS UT game in December. I'll keep you in the loop!

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Beer and Queso / Re: Why Texans?
« on: October 06, 2013, 07:34:01 pm »
If you didn't see that coming, then you haven't been watching...

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Beer and Queso / Re: Baylor-WVU
« on: October 06, 2013, 07:32:36 pm »
Had an absolute blast at the game.  And while I appreciate that the folks up in my neck of the woods here think that there isn't an offense in the nation that can touch that of Oregon, they think wrong. And while I'm not yet sold on Baylor's defense, it certainly isn't the sieve it has been in years past.

And as an aside, the fans at Floyd Casey Stadium on Saturday were fired up unlike any I've ever seen there before.  The place was electric. 

Sic 'Em!

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Beer and Queso / Re: Baylor-WVU
« on: October 06, 2013, 02:42:02 am »
Just got home from the game.  Perfect night for football, got to take my 2 year old son to his first game.  Left just before WVU started scoring in bunches against our backups, honestly the game really wasn't as close as the final score indicated.  This season could be a very special one in Waco.

Had the chance to go as well.  Superb.  This could be a specil year for the bears!

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Talk Zone / Re: A-Rod sues MLB, Selig
« on: October 04, 2013, 04:49:27 pm »
This. Will. Be. Fun.  FYB

As I was saying...

“@AndrewMarchand: ESPNNY has learned: A-Rod just filed 2nd suit. This one is for medical malpractice against Yanks team doctor & NY Presbyterian/Columbia Med”

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The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / End of Season Top Prospects Lists
« on: October 01, 2013, 01:57:22 pm »
Sickels posted his Top 75 Prospects: End of Season Update (h/t to Astros County)

The Astros on this list are as follows (link provides commentary):

#6: Carlos Correa
#9: George Springer
#20: Mark Appel
#37: Mike Foltynewicz
#43: Lance McCullers, Jr
#73: Jon Singleton
Honorable Mentions: Delino DeShields, Jr, and Rio Ruiz

Good to see someone finally including Springer in their Top 10.  As for Singleton at #73, Sickels has been fairly consistent on ranking Singleton below (or well below) most of the other prospect folks.

And to add, though I usually don't point people to readers comments, I think the "Springer-detractors seem to misuse age relative to level" comment is worth a look (and Sickels seems to have given his approval to it as well).

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Talk Zone / Re: Rangers
« on: September 30, 2013, 10:38:51 pm »
Wait. A. Second.  There is only ONE playoff team from the AL West?!?  I thought the AL West was going to have 4 playoff teams because the Astros ruined the integrity of baseball and stuff...

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Talk Zone / Re: CSN Bankruptcy
« on: September 30, 2013, 03:59:01 pm »

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Talk Zone / Re: CSN Bankruptcy
« on: September 30, 2013, 01:03:01 pm »
The Astros/Rockets partnership with Comcast was announced in October 2010, over a year before the Astros sale was finalized.  The network launched on Crane's watch but he inherited the deal.

And as HH noted, paid a premium for it as well (setting up the RSN was considered a 'selling point' in the deal...).

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Talk Zone / CSN Bankruptcy
« on: September 27, 2013, 09:04:09 pm »
Here ya go... LINK

Affiliates of Comcast/NBC Universal filed an involuntary Chapter 11 bankruptcy petition Friday in Houston on behalf of the struggling Comcast SportsNet Houston regional sports network that it owns along with the Rockets and Astros.  The action apparently came as a surprise to the Astros...

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Talk Zone / Re: Astrodome
« on: September 27, 2013, 06:55:24 pm »
"The New Dome Experience" (LINK)

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Talk Zone / Re: Bleacher Report Speculates on a Selig Retirement
« on: September 26, 2013, 07:25:06 pm »
Joe Torre, come on down!

This was my off the cuff thought as well...

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Game Zone 2013 Archive / Re: Astros @ Rangers September 24, 2013
« on: September 24, 2013, 10:18:01 pm »
Take that Beltre. FBeltre.

You get an 'amen' on that one!

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Talk Zone / Re: Opening Day 2014
« on: September 24, 2013, 10:04:48 pm »
2 for me to sit on until I realize I can't go and then offer them up to the poor soul who decided they want to go but were too late, thank you.

Ditto for me (i.e. I'll take 2).

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Game Zone 2013 Archive / Re: Astros @ Rangers September 24, 2013
« on: September 24, 2013, 09:33:30 pm »
I don't know about that.  Would have been an amazing play if he nailed the throw.

I think this is where I fall...

In any event... that makes 3 perfectos/no-nos (2/1) lost with 2 outs in the 9th this season.  Wow!

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Game Zone 2013 Archive / Re: Astros @ Rangers September 24, 2013
« on: September 24, 2013, 08:47:31 pm »
Man, when Matty D gets a hold of one, he gets a hold of one... 21st HR of the year (and 3rd HR off Darvish to boot!).

top 6 (1 out, none on): HOU 2, DFW 2

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Game Zone 2013 Archive / Re: Astros @ Rangers September 24, 2013
« on: September 24, 2013, 07:17:27 pm »
Carter gets under it a bit, but sends it to deep left to score Altuve on a sac fly. Crowe grounds out to 2B to end the inning.

Middle 1: HOU 1, DFW 0.

And that'll probably do it for me and PBP on the eve...

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Game Zone 2013 Archive / Re: Astros @ Rangers September 24, 2013
« on: September 24, 2013, 07:15:54 pm »
Matty D. walks on a 3-2 count (like Krauss).  Chris Carter comes to the dish with 1 out and the bases juiced in T1.

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Game Zone 2013 Archive / Re: Astros @ Rangers September 24, 2013
« on: September 24, 2013, 07:13:38 pm »
Altuve singles (and then jokingly motions for the ball to be thrown out - his first hit against Darvish).  Perfecto and no-no done.  Krauss walks, bringing Matty D. to the dish.

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The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Re: Astro MiL All-Stars
« on: September 24, 2013, 12:36:36 pm »
I often forget that Domingo Santana is still only 21... 

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Beer and Queso / Re: Has anyone but Limey
« on: September 21, 2013, 01:40:06 pm »
The biggest difference for me thus far is that Siri is now a legitimate voice-to-type tool. Color me impressed.

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Game Zone 2013 Archive / Re: Reds @ Astros September 18, 2013
« on: September 19, 2013, 12:36:40 am »
I seen it but I don't believe it.

And a double on a ropey half-swing.

Of course he [Chris Carter] also made a terrible mistake in left that cost a run and he hit a base runner on the head with a thrown ball that ended up being a good thing.

And then struck out in B13 with 2 on and 2 outs to allow the Reds to take the game 5-4 in 13...

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Game Zone 2013 Archive / Re: Reds @ Astros September 18, 2013
« on: September 18, 2013, 10:46:47 pm »
And Kraus with a soft liner to short. Now on to free baseball... End 9: CIN 4, HOU 4

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Game Zone 2013 Archive / Re: Reds @ Astros September 18, 2013
« on: September 18, 2013, 10:45:39 pm »
Duke walks Crowe, Krauss coming to the dish with the bases juiced and 2 outs in a tied B9.

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Game Zone 2013 Archive / Re: Reds @ Astros September 18, 2013
« on: September 18, 2013, 10:43:15 pm »
And just like that, my feed goes down with Altuve at the dish.  The brief replay I saw looked like Jose flied out on a nice play by CIN RFer in foul ground.  Paredes tags and advances though to put runners on the corners with two outs and Crowe at the plate.  Villar is allowed an uncontested steal on 2B to put runners on 2B and 3B with 2 outs in a tied B9.

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Game Zone 2013 Archive / Re: Reds @ Astros September 18, 2013
« on: September 18, 2013, 10:40:19 pm »
Pitching change, Zach Duke comes in to pitch to Altuve with 2 on, 1 out.

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Game Zone 2013 Archive / Re: Reds @ Astros September 18, 2013
« on: September 18, 2013, 10:39:30 pm »
It takes a little time for the feed to get down here what with the router hops and NSA filters and so on.

I'd be surprised if the NSA didn't have more 'eyes on' activities here in PDX than it does in all of Central America... Just sayin'...

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Game Zone 2013 Archive / Re: Reds @ Astros September 18, 2013
« on: September 18, 2013, 10:37:19 pm »
Barnes with the sac bunt moving Paredes to 2B.  Villar at the dish, goes 2-0 and then gets an IBB.  Jose Altuve is coming to the dish with runners at 1B and 2B with 1 out and a 4-4 tie.

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Game Zone 2013 Archive / Re: Reds @ Astros September 18, 2013
« on: September 18, 2013, 10:34:23 pm »
Corp leads off B9 with a HBP.  Paredes in to run for him.  Barnes at the dish.

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Game Zone 2013 Archive / Re: Reds @ Astros September 18, 2013
« on: September 18, 2013, 10:32:55 pm »
Fields comes in and to no one's surprise slams the door shut with ease and authority and is now comfortably positioned for the win.

This news was so 52 seconds ago...

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Game Zone 2013 Archive / Re: Reds @ Astros September 18, 2013
« on: September 18, 2013, 10:30:54 pm »
Fields goes 3-0 with the bases loaded in T9, but comes back to strike out the batter on a sweet outside corner pitch.  Middle 9: CIN 4, HOU 4

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The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Re: Quad Cities - 2013
« on: September 16, 2013, 01:35:43 pm »
Awesome!  Loved the video!

Seconded.  Very much appreciate you posting the video, it was awesome!

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The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Re: Quad Cities - 2013
« on: September 15, 2013, 05:50:11 pm »
364/475/758 - Spetember (32 of 40 PAs were in the playoffs)

In the second inning, third baseman Rio Ruiz hit Blair's first pitch out to left field for his third postseason home run - one in each series-clinching game against Cedar Rapids, Beloit and South Bend. . LINK

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Talk Zone / Re: Sunday September 15 game
« on: September 11, 2013, 11:24:57 am »
I guess I'll come dressed as NeilT's bitch.

I think I'd rather have a golden retriever.

Nominated (x2)

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Game Zone 2013 Archive / Re: Astros @ Mariners September 10, 2013
« on: September 10, 2013, 06:06:40 pm »
Well, he's a Mariner, so... yeah.

Not to mention the fact he has DFW Rangers blood in him as well...

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Beer and Queso / Re: A&M - Bama
« on: September 09, 2013, 01:45:06 pm »
Roll Tide and FJFF

Deadspin was calling "Johnny Football," "Football Bieber" a couple of weeks back.  Kinda liked the new moniker myself...

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The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Re: Tanner Bushue has retired
« on: September 06, 2013, 05:16:30 pm »
Something seems... different about you.  Yet familiar.

Dang, had to think about that one for a few before it finally clicked...

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Game Zone 2013 Archive / Re: Astros @ Athletics September 5, 2013
« on: September 06, 2013, 12:01:54 am »
Holy shit!!!  OAK pops out to SS, Astros win (2nd game in a row no less...).

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Game Zone 2013 Archive / Re: Astros @ Athletics September 5, 2013
« on: September 06, 2013, 12:01:00 am »
Peacock had a great outing tonight.

Bo showed some fire getting tossed in B8.

Astros lead 3-2 in B9 with 2 outs.

Wish I could say I'm confident in the final outcome of this game... but... 2 outs in B9 with none on and a 3-2 count doesn't exactly not make me nervous...

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Sorry to hijack this thread, wasn't sure where to put this.

Not a hijack, exactly what this thread was started for!  BTW, you noted the 'no doubter' HR by Ruiz...  Any thoughts on him (or Correa) via your first-hand observations?!?

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If you're trying to follow along on Twitter, seems a lot of folks are posting game happenings with an #AstrosMiLBPlayoffs hashtag.

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The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Tanner Bushue has retired
« on: September 05, 2013, 06:20:37 pm »
Astros County LINK


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I am at the Kernels/River Bandits game tonight and on the roster handed out at the game both Appel and McCullers are listed as TI.  Any idea?  Temporarily Inactive?

Temporarily Inactive. Both have been shut down for the remainder of the season (per Luhnow, no health issues just inning limits).  BTW, have a blast at the game!

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Talk Zone / Re: Last day to Vote Springer for MiLB POY
« on: September 04, 2013, 10:44:26 pm »
That would have summed it up nicely.

But why use just two words when you can think of thirty-two to put in their place?!? #OccupationalHazard

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And pretty sure I've mentioned it before, but if not you should definitely check out https://twitter.com/QCBanditPhotog Quad Cities River Bandit's photos on Twitter. Phenominal.  For example, check out this this pic of Danry Vasquez.

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Duffy with a sac fly walk-off scoring Domingo Santana. Hooks win 2-1 and go up 1-0 on the series against the Missions!

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OKC loses 3-1 to go down 1-0 in best of 5 series against Omaha.

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G-Stros lose 1st game in the best of 3 championship series 5-3.

Walter strikes out the side in T9 for the River Bandits to give Quad Cities the 2-1 win!  QC with 6 hits in the game - 3 by Correa, 2 by Ruiz, and the other by Teoscar Hernandez.

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A handy-dandy breakdown of Astros Affiliates playoffs scheduling courtesy of Jayne at WTHB.  LINK

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Talk Zone / Re: Last day to Vote Springer for MiLB POY
« on: September 04, 2013, 01:47:05 pm »
This just in: USA Today, Idiots!

Bogaerts wins MiLB POY... LINK

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The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Re: Corpus Christi - 2013
« on: September 04, 2013, 01:44:13 pm »
I REALLY need to get me one of these...  LINK

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Talk Zone / 1st round of callups tba tonight!
« on: August 31, 2013, 03:25:41 pm »
Per McTaggart:

“@brianmctaggart: Astros will announce first round of September call-ups after tonight's game.”

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The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Re: Oklahoma City - 2013
« on: August 31, 2013, 02:27:00 pm »
Any Busriders in OKC, or planning to catch the Sunday or Monday game?!?

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Yep, I am not to be trusted when it comes to meeting OWA posting deadlines (soft as they may be)... In any event, my apologies.

In any event, here ya go: HOU vs. SEA series preview.

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Beer and Queso / Re: Happy birthday, Ron Brand!
« on: August 28, 2013, 03:26:26 pm »
Happy Birthday RB!!!

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Talk Zone / Re: 2013 Astros - Most Profitable Team in History
« on: August 27, 2013, 06:51:51 pm »
Bullshit Ryan.

I'd disagree.  And for what its worth, Maury Brown (BizofBaseball, etc.), who was on the front end of the 'Crane War Profiteering' stories (i.e. not in the 'Friends of Crane' circle), isn't buying the Forbes numbers / thinks they are off significantly.  Also thought the headline was "The Forbes headline was pure SEO ["link bait"].  Brown also had this to say about the rebuild:

Maury Brown ‏@BizballMaury 21h
To repeat: Astros idea to rebuild quick (rip the Band-Aid off fast) better than prolonged. IMO a bit too radical but premise is sound

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Talk Zone / Re: Nice tip of the cap by BP
« on: August 27, 2013, 12:23:45 pm »
Great read, thanks for posting it!

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Game Zone 2013 Archive / Re: Astros @ White Sox August 26, 2013
« on: August 27, 2013, 05:35:26 am »
Lyes gets the strikeout. Astros win 10-8!

After starting out 3-0 no less...

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The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Re: Oklahoma City - 2013
« on: August 24, 2013, 12:25:39 am »
That's what I get for not going tonight.

Barely went over the left field wall. Thought for a sec the left fielder might've actually gloved it...  Nevertheless,,, 37/41!!! (And that 37 does not include the two he hit at the all star game,,,

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Game Zone 2013 Archive / Re: Blue Jays @ Astros August 23, 2013
« on: August 23, 2013, 08:38:44 pm »
2-run shot for Springer. Now at 37/41!!!

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Game Zone 2013 Archive / Re: Blue Jays @ Astros August 23, 2013
« on: August 23, 2013, 07:59:50 pm »
Altuve promptly delivers an RBI double his first AB. You're welcome. Should I go into how much Lyles has sucked of late? He could use the boost.

I'd prefer you talk about Springer's HR-less drought...

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Talk Zone / Re: MLB Payrolls (Warning: Graphical Content)
« on: August 23, 2013, 05:29:25 pm »

Also, The Astros have only one player to whom they they have money committed in 2014.  It's Wandy Rodriguez.  Heads should roll!

Altuve (contract info via Cots)

4 years/$12.5M (2014-17), plus 2018-19 club options
signed extension with Houston 7/13/13
$0.75M signing bonus (paid within 60 days of approval)
14:$1.25M, 15:$2.5M, 16:$3.5M, 17:$4.5M, 18:$6M club option, 19:$6.5M club option

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The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Re: Oklahoma City - 2013
« on: August 23, 2013, 05:04:48 pm »
MiLB.com with a (incomplete) chronicle of George Springers assault on 40/40. LINK.  I'd completely forgotten about the 2 HRs in the All Star game...

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The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Re: OKC @ RR outing?
« on: August 22, 2013, 08:36:18 pm »
Springer hits a humpback liner that the shortstop makes a nice leaping grab on. But Laird picks him up with a two-run shot to LF that gives OKC a 3-1 lead.

That was a superb catch to rob Springer of the hit.

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The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Re: OKC @ RR outing?
« on: August 22, 2013, 08:00:35 pm »
Walks in his first AB on a 3-1 count (he walked twice last night, too). Then he steals second cleanly but is stranded there.

Doesn't look like Singleton is in the lineup tonight.

One "40" down, one "40" to go! Congrats to George Springer for "joining Ruben Rivera and Darryl Strawberry as the only Minor Leaguers with at least 30 home runs and 40 stolen bases in the last 40 years."

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He's down by 3% now.

 That pisses me off... A lesser candidate winning means we just got our asses handed to us... The fact that it was the natural heir apparents to the rightful forced move-to-the-AL team only makes it sting worse...

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Springer is now behind in the USA Today MiLB POY vote that ends tonight. Seriously folks, get off your asses and vote Springer!!!  Link in the TZ at http://www.spikesnstars.com/forums/index.php?topic=116061.msg480246#msg480246

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Talk Zone / Re: Last day to Vote Springer for MiLB POY
« on: August 21, 2013, 07:37:16 pm »
It works fine on the PC. I haven't been able to get it to work on the iPad though...

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Talk Zone / Re: Last day to Vote Springer for MiLB POY
« on: August 21, 2013, 07:29:44 pm »
And now Springer is behind Archie Bradley. Y'all really going to let those "shoulda been forced into the AL Diamondbacks" rig the vote?!? Seriously, no excuse folks...

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Talk Zone / Re: Last day to Vote Springer for MiLB POY
« on: August 21, 2013, 05:29:18 pm »
Make that a 1% lead now... Time to get off y'all's asses and vote!

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Talk Zone / Last day to Vote Springer for MiLB POY
« on: August 21, 2013, 05:22:07 pm »
The USA Today MiLB Player of the Year voting closes today. Springer had a 10ish% lead on Archie Bradley yesterday, but its down to 2% or so currently. So... If you're so inclined... Go cast a few votes for Springer.  It'd be a shame to see a kid approaching 40/40 not get that honor. Voting LINK

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The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Re: Oklahoma City - 2013
« on: August 21, 2013, 01:20:35 am »
Sponger 36th HR video: LINK

Springer walk-off single video: LINK

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The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Re: Oklahoma City - 2013
« on: August 20, 2013, 11:45:36 pm »
And to top off the earlier HR, Springer with a walk off single in B9! http://www.milb.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?gid=2013_08_20_albaaa_orhaaa_1&t=g_log&sid=milb

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The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Re: Lancaster - 2013
« on: August 20, 2013, 10:09:05 pm »
Urgh. Knocked out of the game in the 4th, gave up a 5-spot.

No one to blame but myself for that one I guess... Sorry Vincent!!!

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Game Zone 2013 Archive / Re: Astros @ stRangers August 20, 2013
« on: August 20, 2013, 09:41:04 pm »
And then Stassi falls for the hidden ball trick.

Nope, just deked himself out...

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The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Re: Lancaster - 2013
« on: August 20, 2013, 09:33:11 pm »
Good for Velazquez. Looking forward to seeing what he can do in high-A.

He's on the bump for LAN tonight. Here are some comments from LAN PBP guy Jason Schwartz:

@jasondschwartz: Velasquez looked great in 1st inning. 1-2-3 with 2 strikeouts. Struck out Bridger Hunt on NASTY change up. #Astros #JetHawks


@jasondschwartz: Official scorer walked over to booth with a “who the heck is this guy?” regarding Velasquez. Hit 97 in 1st, chg at 84.


And from another teams PBP guy in response:

@jasondschwartz: Re: Velasquez. RT @bdmarcus: @jasondschwartz I had 3 or 4 more guys tell me today he is the best pitcher they have seen or faced all year

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Game Zone 2013 Archive / Re: Astros @ stRangers August 20, 2013
« on: August 20, 2013, 08:31:28 pm »
Wow. There wasn't much ballpark left for that one. I hope the offense can get him a little rest this inning.

Surprised Beltre was able to go up after that one...

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The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Re: Early 2014 draft thread
« on: August 20, 2013, 07:54:30 pm »
Is it really broken?

Only to the extent you're an agent trying to extort money from teams to sign a player over slot...

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Game Zone 2013 Archive / Re: Astros @ stRangers August 20, 2013
« on: August 20, 2013, 07:36:14 pm »
Matty D with the 2-run blast!!!

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