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Talk Zone / Re: More controversy
« on: November 21, 2019, 09:19:28 am »
I dunno about that.  His breakdowns have never really had any hard-hitting analysis and were always more about pointing out things in funny ways while never taking anything or anyone too seriously.

His one talent is reading lips in a Bronx accent.  He's hardly the next Bill Simmons.

Talk Zone / Re: More controversy
« on: November 20, 2019, 11:06:34 am »
Then hold a celebratory parade with 10,000 trash can drummers leading the way.

I want MMP to sound like a revival of Stomp during the playoffs next year.

Talk Zone / Re: More controversy
« on: November 18, 2019, 11:30:34 am »
Umpires are sort of a missing opinion right now. Anything heard by the hitter or opposing team was heard by at least four umpires. Have any weighed in on this?

Blind AND deaf?  Now we're just stretching credulity.

Talk Zone / Re: More controversy
« on: November 18, 2019, 10:03:30 am »
Every club has a monitor like that with two people sitting at it (one a MLB rep) to watch replays to help decide if a review request is needed. It's not suspicious, it's normal. Notice the two chairs?

Bingo.  Every time there's a close play, you see the manager holding up his hand and looking down the tunnel before indicating whether they want a review or not. 

Talk Zone / Re: Signal stealing haiku
« on: November 15, 2019, 10:59:07 am »
No cameras in LA.
Ground ball right side
Could do it.

Talk Zone / Re: More controversy
« on: November 13, 2019, 02:47:34 pm »
I just had a chilling thought: what if Taubman snitches to MLB to save his own future career in professional baseball, and the repercussions end up being huge?

Thinking about this during the impeachment hearings is bad juju.

Talk Zone / Re: More controversy
« on: November 13, 2019, 10:16:12 am »
There's blood in the water around this team, from a number of different angles, creating a feeding frenzy that probably isn't going away anytime soon.  Should help the media outlets involved keep the hot stove warm while Boras fucks around.

The narratives:

1. Cheating/sign stealing.  Fiers is a butthurt snitch, and this is widespread throughout the league.  He just went on record about it.  How brave. /wanking motion   As noted above, MLB has already taken the steps to make this illegal for all teams; unless I'm missing something, it wasn't illegal in 2017.  WFW.

2. Taubman.  He's an asshole, and he probably wasn't the only asshole on staff.  The PR bungling creates the perception that they're ALL assholes.  "I'm surrounded by Assholes!"

3. General front office nonsense.  Because Luhnow et al are clearly cold, heartless numbers-driven sharks, any slip up in free agent negotiation, staff turnover, etc. is viewed through that lens.

The thing I hate most about this is that (unlike the Patriots), we have a genuinely likeable group of players to root for here.  I can't think of better representatives for our city that Altuve, Springer and Verlander.  And Hinch, for that matter.

In summary, they hate us 'cause they ain't us.

Talk Zone / Re: Latest Controversy
« on: October 22, 2019, 11:33:03 am »
Twitter's own @actioncoobook says it about as well as I could hope to:

Astros fans deserve better, too, though — because the logo on their hat doesn’t stand for Brandon Taubman or for Roberto Osuna, or for the people who would excuse their actions in the name of success. Women affected by violence have a right to say that the the team is theirs, that these people aren’t allowed to take their team from them or dictate what they must accept in order to appreciate it.

The logo doesn’t stand for some front-office toad who proudly traded for a bad man who then played well; someday they’ll be gone and you’ll still be here. It stands for memories shared over lazy summer afternoons and tense fall evenings. It stands for a father teaching his daughter to hold a bat just like Bagwell or Altuve, for a mother bonding with her son over the team she grew up loving, for women who love sports or work in sports standing in their place and not having to apologize for it, explain it, or justify it to anyone.

The wins and losses will pass; the shared history will not. The Brandon Taubmans and Roberto Osunas don’t own the game; you do.

It stands for you, not them.

Talk Zone / Re: Fuck the Nationals!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
« on: October 22, 2019, 08:06:22 am »
Bill Pullman ain't shit.  I'm ready to run through a brick wall now.

Talk Zone / Re: Frito pie
« on: October 10, 2019, 05:09:34 pm »
Went to Lazy Oaks Beer Garden for dinner and got Frito Pie there too. Not taking any chances.

Talk Zone / Re: Frito pie
« on: October 10, 2019, 01:03:30 pm »
Done.  Now the heartburn I'll have tonight will have a couple of possible sources.

Talk Zone / Re: NLDS
« on: October 10, 2019, 11:28:02 am »
Not going to Jansen sooner is crazy, too.  He and Kershaw were warming up at the same time, but Jansen didn't pitch until after the grand slam.

Stubby Clapp is one of the all-time baseball names, kind of like Razor Shines.

Let's not forget the immortal Rusty Kuntz.

Talk Zone / Re: NLDS
« on: October 08, 2019, 05:16:46 pm »
Molina better not ever get in someone's face about hot dogging a homer again.  Once you bat flip on a sac fly, your moral high ground is gone.

I know splits and all that, but why not let Rondon face more than one batter?  His velocity after 3.2 innings of Grienke has got to look like a missile.

Talk Zone / Re: ALDS
« on: October 04, 2019, 11:18:21 am »
Where's everyone getting their Frito Pie today?  I'm debating between Christian's Tailgate and State Fare.

Talk Zone / Re: ALDS
« on: October 01, 2019, 03:08:45 pm »
First I've heard of Fubo.  I think I may do YouTube from October-March (for postseason and college football) and Fubo for the regular season.

Talk Zone / Re: Postseason tickets
« on: September 23, 2019, 09:03:11 am »
Returning my '98 NLCS tickets is possibly my low point in Astros fandom.

Had tickets for me and my dad for Game 5 in 2005...

The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Shaver behind the plate
« on: September 16, 2019, 09:55:52 am »
The Athletic has a great article about Colton Shaver being tried out at catcher in the AFL.

Shaver grew up catching and was recruited to BYU as a catcher but was primarily a DH in college because he was blocked by older catchers on the Cougars’ roster.

“I really like it back there. I like how you’re always engaged in each and every pitch,” Shaver said. “That’s always been my first love as a position.”

He made it to Corpus this year, and at 24 it sounds like if this experiment works, he could be pushing for a roster spot in Houston next year.  Did anyone see him play this year?

Talk Zone / Re: Tucker In September
« on: September 16, 2019, 09:01:37 am »
I'd imagine the makeup of the SP we're facing in a particular round would come into play to a certain extent, too.  Having a LH power bat (Tucker) vs. a switch hitting contact bat (Toro) could play better against some teams more than others.

Talk Zone / Re: Aches and Pains (2019)
« on: September 10, 2019, 10:24:46 am »
They haven't publicly entertained that notion, have they?  Based on this rehab protocol from Dr. James Andrews (last page) he's on step 0 or 1 (depending on how you count it being halfway up the mound) of a minimum 12 steps before he even starts throwing breaking balls, and another minimum three steps beyond that before starting 15-pitch simulated games.  And this probably represents the best case scenario.

That rehab protocol is really cool.  Wild that the best-known surgeon in American professional sports just posts stuff like that publicly. 

But...if I'm being overly optimistic, let's say he's in week 24 of that plan right now.  6 weeks from now, if the team is still playing, would he not be able to pitch at a game level?

Talk Zone / Re: Aches and Pains (2019)
« on: September 10, 2019, 09:20:43 am »
I'm starting to get cautiously optimistic about seeing LMJ pitch this year.

Talk Zone / Re: Mariners 9/5
« on: September 06, 2019, 11:07:41 am »
The Astros really need Good Framber to show up tonight.

This.  Though thank God for the expanded rosters.  By my count, Cionel, Harris and Devo weren't used last night, and if there's still room on the expanded roster, it wouldn't surprise me to see someone like Armenteros called up (depending on whether he's needed for RR's playoff roster).

Talk Zone / Re: Reymin Guduan
« on: September 03, 2019, 02:51:38 pm »
Just saw that he was DFA'd.    As said before, should be sent to the nearest jail.

Frees up a 40-man spot.  Could Cristian Javier take that spot?  He'll need to be on the 40-man before the Rule 5 draft regardless.

Game Zone 2019 / Re: Rays at Astros - 8/2919
« on: August 29, 2019, 03:20:26 pm »
Chirinos walks in a run on a full count.


Talk Zone / Re: Aches and Pains (2019)
« on: August 22, 2019, 09:54:23 am »
How about finally jettisoning Brady Rogers? Why in the world is he on the 40 man roster?

Is there anyone who could conceivably go to the 60-man DL?  Not necessarily someone on the 25-man, even.

Talk Zone / Re: Aches and Pains (2019)
« on: August 21, 2019, 11:00:23 am »
Sneed and Straw it is.  I'd bet Sneed gets sent down (again) for a starter when it's Sanchez's turn in the rotation.

Talk Zone / Re: Aches and Pains (2019)
« on: August 21, 2019, 09:18:07 am »
So who gets the call with two new members of the IL?  Bring up one of the AAAA starters (Framber, Urquidy, etc), or punch Sneed's ticket again for Sanchez, and Straw or maybe Tucker for Correa?

Talk Zone / Re: 2019 Trade Deadline Talk
« on: July 31, 2019, 01:53:39 pm »
I'd guess Fisher.

Yeah, but with the inflated prospect ranking that comes from being in pinstripes.

Talk Zone / Re: 2019 Trade Deadline Talk
« on: July 30, 2019, 01:25:17 pm »
Has there ever been a situation where a high-profile player has been traded to a contender, and was boo'd lustily by the fans of the team he was just traded to?  We might find out if Tyler Bauer ends up here.

The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Re: Whitley
« on: July 30, 2019, 09:20:30 am »
Could be but don’t know. My friend on the scene says he was not ready for AAA.

Which is fine!  He's still super young.  The real question is whether he has the maturity to dust himself off, learn the right lessons from the suspension and the struggles, and get back to developing his talent.

The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Re: Whitley
« on: July 29, 2019, 11:46:02 am »
Whitley's line in Fayetteville:

3.1 IP, 1 BB, 2 H, 2 ER, 2 K.  Retired 8 in a row at one point. 

Good to see the walks going down.

Talk Zone / Re: Does census trend = RIP OWA?
« on: July 18, 2019, 08:51:30 am »
I joined so that I'd sound smarter when I wrote about the 'stros for Houstonist (RIP).  Went to my first opening day with the group 10 years ago, a few weeks after getting married.  Now I'm taking my oldest son (who loves Straw and Yordan) to his own baseball games.

Talk Zone / Re: 2019 Trade Deadline Talk
« on: July 09, 2019, 08:52:39 am »
From The Athletic about Matthew Boyd, and how the Astros could be the ideal fit for him:

It starts with defense. According to Baseball Info Solutions, the Astros’ defense has saved nearly 100 more runs than Detroit’s has, hinting at the huge run-prevention boost Boyd could get in Houston. Drill down deeper, and we could see the Astros’ vaunted pitching brain trust get even more out of Boyd’s excellent stuff. A fastball-slider pitcher, Boyd’s allowed opponents to hit a respectable .252 with a .456 slugging average against his four-seamer this year. If the Astros can coax more movement out of that fastball while offering the security blanket of excellent outfield defense, we could see Boyd throw more frequent heaters with serious ride on them, resulting in more harmless fly outs and more swings and misses, if all goes according to plan.

Talk Zone / Re: Gurriel
« on: July 08, 2019, 10:34:25 am »
The Astros need to hire Beltran away from the Yankees.

His kids are still in school in NYC.  That's why he took the NYY job.

Talk Zone / Re: 2019 Trade Deadline Talk
« on: July 03, 2019, 10:27:05 am »
Why are you so certain that Cole will leave?  You think someone will throw crazy money at him?  Or some other reason?

Gut feeling, combined with most the professional prognosticators putting him atop the offseason FA list.  Luhnow & Crane have extended several important players who are already under contract, but they haven't re-signed anyone as important as a #2 starter who made it all the way to free agency.

Talk Zone / Re: 2019 Trade Deadline Talk
« on: July 03, 2019, 09:44:50 am »
I am not suggesting Boyd is worth Tucker, but if Tucker is not available for a top of the rotation pitcher, what is the plan for him?

And Boyd is exactly the type of player that the Astros would love to have, under control for 3 years and easily improved by the analytics dept just like Verlander & Cole.  I'd give up Tucker for him in a heartbeat, especially since Cole is gone after this year.

Talk Zone / Re: Urquidy called up to start
« on: July 02, 2019, 03:59:20 pm »
I feel like there's a decent chance he goes unclaimed and ends up back in Round Rock.  Unless they feel that Beer is ready, someone still has to play 1B there.

Out of this contest the *only* way to get beer?

Stupid Texas alcohol laws...

Talk Zone / Re: Ex-Astros News 2019
« on: June 18, 2019, 08:59:20 am »
Not sure if this should go here or the bus ride but...

The triumphant return of Felipe Paulino??? Astros have signed him and he's headed to RR, yes THAT Felipe Paulino who debuted 10+ years ago. He's been with the Skeeters most recently

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Went to a Skeeters game earlier this summer and got to see him pitch.  He still has some swing and miss in him; wasn't he a fireballer when he came up?  Because I think his velocity topped out at 93-94.

Talk Zone / Re: Alvarez
« on: June 11, 2019, 01:44:38 pm »
Only a Yankee deals in absolutes.

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"From my point of view, the Yankees are evil!"

Actually, this one checks out.

Beer and Queso / Re: Infinity War (Spoilers)
« on: May 07, 2019, 09:42:08 am »
I was cool with it, especially as they Back to the Futured themselves into the earlier movies which was fun (even Dark World).  Of course, not undoing the snap back to its origin - thus saving Stark's daughter - meant that they created a whole heap of heartache and trouble for the snapped and unsnapped alike.

Imagine coming back after 5 years - not having aged a second - and trying to piece your life back together that you didn't know had been gone!  Imagine getting back friends, family, husbands, wives, kids, when you are 5 years older and have moved on to make a new life for yourself without them!  How many of the unsnapped killed themselves in grief and horror at surviving?  How many of the snapped will kill themselves because they cannot deal with where their world is now?  How is Spider-Man: Homecoming going to deal with all this?*

* By the looks of the trailer, not at all, which is the tangled web they weave when first they practice to time travel.

Repeat to yourself "it's just a show, I should really just relaaaaaaax!"

Trump does have the mob boss mentality, so it does seem that he deliberately kept Junior and Jared at arms length so that he could plausibly say he didn't know.  He's an idiot in so. many. ways, but one doesn't get to where he is in life without knowing how not to get arrested.

Talk Zone / Re: Ryan Pressly
« on: April 17, 2019, 02:18:00 pm »
Wait, Pressley's marrying one of your high school classmates?

What's the word for a cougar from another century?

Talk Zone / Re: Tom Hamilton
« on: April 12, 2019, 10:01:45 am »

Talk Zone / Re: Tom Hamilton
« on: April 12, 2019, 08:55:05 am »
One of the themes in various pieces written about the Astros is the information they make available to the players.   

Actionable information in corporate-ese.

JV was impressed and bought into it.

The hitters get reports on opponents and themselves. As much as they want or think they can handle.

Giles apparently turned his self-flagellated nose up at the info they tried to give him.  He didn't buy in. Buying in isn't a guarantee for success,  but it seems foolhardy not to do so.

And I don't care if they were drafted by Branch Rickey.  Every player in the organization stands to benefit,  including #'s 4, 27, 2, and 1.

Add Chirinos to this list.  Practically everything I've read about him since he signed emphasized how voraciously he was consuming all the new data that the team was feeding him, and the training they provided for pitch framing in particular.

The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Re: Round Rock 2019
« on: April 11, 2019, 02:40:48 pm »
Has anyone who's been to a game have a scouting report on Tucker?  His spring training scuffling seems to have carried over into the season.  I know small sample size and all that, but I'm almost wondering if he's hurt.

Beer and Queso / Re: Infinity War (Spoilers)
« on: April 01, 2019, 01:43:23 pm »
I’m assuming you’ll be Spider-Noir.  I would insist on it!

We were thinking the paunchy Peter B. Parker.  Buy a costume one size too small.  Younger brother is absolutely Spider-Ham.

Beer and Queso / Re: Infinity War (Spoilers)
« on: April 01, 2019, 01:19:44 pm »
If you haven’t yet, you’re going to want to watch Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. 

Not only is it a rollickingly good Marvel movie, you need to see it before you see Endgame.  Especially, the mid- and post-credit scenes.  Specifically, the post-credit scene is both absolutely hilarious and absolutely pivotal to how Endgame is purported to play out.

Also, Marvel finally figured out how to cram the last Hollywood Chris (Pine) into the MCU.

This is my son's favorite movie (for now).  We're pondering a group Halloween costume of the various Spiders.

Talk Zone / Re: Team Payroll 2019
« on: March 26, 2019, 09:37:55 am »
I REALLY like Cole. I REALLY don’t like a 6 year deal.  If he has another great year this year, he may get it but I’m not sure I’d want the Astros to be the takers. Problem is, I’m not sure he takes an extension that does not push the time out. Here’s to hoping the Astros brass work their magic...

If I were betting, I'd say that the team trades during the season for another high-end arm with years remaining.  Wouldn't you rather have Kluber at ~$18MM/year through 2021 than Cole at $30MM?

Talk Zone / Re: Charlie Morton piece in The Athletic
« on: March 25, 2019, 09:06:32 am »
Quote from: CFM
When we’re 60 years old and they call us up for the 25-year anniversary of the 2017 World Series team, and we’re out there in our khakis, I’ll hopefully be out there in my velcro New Balance shoes, pants are sagging, some 15-year-old polo shirt that’s sunbleached, wearing our World Series rings and they’re like two sizes too big because I’m all skin and bones, hopefully, that’s something I’m looking forward to.

Between this and the McHugh podcast, I'm loving his sense of humor.

Talk Zone / Re: Team Payroll 2019
« on: March 25, 2019, 09:00:27 am »
Instead of worrying about the luxury tax and future extensions, I’d rather celebrate the fact that Jim Crane and Lunhow are willing to do what it takes to keep the core of a great baseball team together.  Kudos to them for getting extensions done with Altuve, Bregman, Verlander, and Pressly.

Remember in 2016 when it looked like Scott Feldman was the biggest FA ($ wise) we'd ever signed under Crane, and everyone thought we were going to look more like the Marlins (burn, surge, then burn again) than the cream of the AL?

Beer and Queso / Re: Infinity War (Spoilers)
« on: March 22, 2019, 10:48:33 am »

Re: CM, cudos for the meta casting of Ben Mendelsson (sp?) as Tulos, because our brains are already completely conditioned to see him as the villain.  It was a little jarring getting an origin story (actually 2) this deep into it, but I recognize there’s no way they could have introduced anyone as powerful as Danvers before the end because we’d all wonder where she was.

Said exactly this about Mendelsson too.  He plays such a good villain that the twist really got me.  I think this Skrull twist and the "Vulture is her dad" are the only two genuinely surprising reveals in the whole franchise.

Talk Zone / Re: Team Payroll 2019
« on: March 22, 2019, 10:44:37 am »
Rosenthal says the Astros are talking extensions with Verlander and Cole:

This is such a weird quote.  Rosenthal leads by saying the Astros are talking extensions w/ both pitchers, and then gives reasons why the Astros wouldn't extend them because "analytics" or whatever.  :o If the team really is pursuing extensions, they've clearly decided that the analytics think it's a good idea too.

The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Re: Minor League Salaries
« on: March 18, 2019, 09:34:09 am »
Toronto starts the (relatively minor but still a more than welcome step in the right direction) revolution.

The pay raises will not catapult Toronto farmhands into fancy condos or upscale restaurants. And baseball has much left to do to improve the lives of minor-league players, many of whom will still work for wages that put them below the poverty line while living in cramped quarters and enduring long bus rides, acknowledged Mike Murov, the Jays’ director of baseball operations. “It’s not something we wanted to do overly publicly because we’re not solving all of the issues with minor-league baseball,” Murov said in an interview. “We’re not going to toot our own horn when there are significant challenges that remain. Until you get comprehensive reform regarding facilities, wellness, travel, all of those things, there are going to be significant challenges.”

But Murov stressed that the pay increases are a natural progression from the Jays’ investments in other resources for minor-league players  – high-performance medical and mental support; a greater emphasis on a healthy diet through staff nutritionists and better clubhouse food; and improved facilities (weight rooms, for example, and the major construction, now in its nascent stage, for new training quarters in Dunedin).

This is fantastic.  And I love that it's not one of the top-tier teams (I know Toronto's a big city, but it's hardly a baseball town) that's leading the way.  I think if the Dodgers or Yankees had done it first, it would've been easier to dismiss.

The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Re: Skeeters News
« on: February 27, 2019, 02:41:45 pm »
Who here has been to a Skeeters game? Is it fun?

It's great for kids.  There's tons for them to do (if they're not watching the game), the tickets are cheap ($12/person 3 rows from the field, just past the dugout) and parking is free.

Sadly, Gary Gaetti's balding mullet will no longer bless you.  That thing was magnificent.

Talk Zone / Re: 2019 Roster (New & Improved)
« on: February 21, 2019, 11:28:53 am »
Without having put a lot of thought into it, this seems counter-intuitive to me, what with more question marks in the rotation this year than last. All for it, though.

One of the things in the Athletic article is that our April schedule is "easy" from a days-off perspective.  They don't have to play 7 consecutive games w/o a day off until late April/early May.  So the rotation will get lots of rest early on.

Talk Zone / Re: Astros OF Defense
« on: February 19, 2019, 09:28:59 am »
If we're talking OF arms, Richard Hildalgo took my breath away multiple times.

Talk Zone / Re: Astros OF Defense
« on: February 18, 2019, 02:43:31 pm »
Best all-time Astros center field defender?

I always loved Wily Tavares in CF.

Talk Zone / Re: Arb-Eligible Players 2018
« on: February 14, 2019, 11:34:22 am »
To the contrary, Bauer said that the arbitration hearing was fine until the last ten minutes which he described as “character assassination.”  He’s a fairly precious guy but if I were an employer I would work hard to avoid instilling such feelings. Credit to the Astros for being professional.

That implies that he has character to assassinate.  Lighten up, Tyler.

Talk Zone / Re: Ex-Astros News 2019
« on: February 08, 2019, 08:26:27 am »
Hunter Pence runs like a mime struggling to open a parasol in an electrical storm, but he's an All-Star.

I give you: the Hunter Pence Scouting Report Generator.

Beer and Queso / Re: Texans 2018
« on: February 08, 2019, 08:22:34 am »
You'd think Dave Campo would be available.

Kubiak was going to take it, but his heart wasn't in it...

Talk Zone / Re: 2019 Roster (New & Improved)
« on: February 04, 2019, 01:22:42 pm »
I would love JV to stay,  but my fear is he'll go to LA.

My Memorial area friends say that he and the family are really enjoying Houston.

Talk Zone / Re: 2019 Roster (New & Improved)
« on: January 22, 2019, 02:00:18 pm »
I'm mildly surprised that Garrett Stubbs isn't on the list. Okay, more than mildly.

Since Stubbs is on the 40 man now, doesn't the ST list automatically include him?

Talk Zone / Re: Collin McHugh podcast
« on: January 07, 2019, 08:55:11 am »
I'm about halfway through, and it's really good so far.  Colin asks good questions, Lance is an engaging guest, and it's a lot more casual and free-flowing than the usual athlete interview.

Also, they mention that Verlander only drinks Keurig coffee, which makes perfect sense somehow.  No mamby-pamby latte art, just give me my damn coffee as fast as possible.

Talk Zone / Re: Car accident claims lives of Valbueana, Castillo
« on: December 07, 2018, 08:32:32 am »
I always enjoyed Valbuena.  He seemed like one of the first indications that Luhnow et al knew what they were doing: giving up Fowler for him and Dan Straily was one of the first moves that actually moved the on-field club in a positive direction while also giving the farm some depth.

Beer and Queso / Re: LSU/Texas A&M: Game of the Century so far
« on: November 29, 2018, 09:32:05 am »
I was sincerely hoping for Home of the 12th Overtime

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That would've had a poetic ring to it, but I'm not sure my liver would've lasted another 5OT.

Beer and Queso / Re: LSU/Texas A&M: Game of the Century so far
« on: November 28, 2018, 10:42:03 am »
Aggie Twitter is trying to decide what to call this one: The Midnight War, or The Afterbath.  I prefer the latter.

Beer and Queso / Re: The Ballad of Buster Scruggs
« on: November 28, 2018, 10:41:22 am »
Highly recommend the new Coen brothers anthology on Netflix.

The Coens have done some dark shit before, but when I saw the chicken in the back of the trailer, I gasped.

Talk Zone / Re: 2019 Roster
« on: November 28, 2018, 09:30:46 am »
Allow me to make the case

Age: 28
6 time All Star
5 Gold Gloves
2 Silver Sluggers

I live in KC and while not a fan, the entire community loves this guy.  He is a quality backstop and 35million left on his contract until 2021.  Could be a package with Merrifield as well -- but not imperative.

Had major injury to his MCL accidental suit case fall last year and still had 27 HRs and 80 rbis

Apologies, I thought he was closer to 38 than 28.  Must be getting him confused with Yadier Molina.

Talk Zone / Re: 2019 Roster
« on: November 28, 2018, 09:07:22 am »
I am hoping for

Salvy Perez - C
Goldy - 1B
Happ - SP - Solid FA 3rd Starter Pitcher

Sort out Outfield Summer trade deadline...

Salvy is ancient.  I have a hard time believing that he plays more games than McCann did last year.

Beer and Queso / Re: LSU/Texas A&M: Game of the Century so far
« on: November 26, 2018, 10:09:22 am »
Congrats to the Aggies for finally taking the win the officials gift-wrapped for them over and over.

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Is this what it feels like to be a Texas fan?

Beer and Queso / Re: Podcasts
« on: October 23, 2018, 03:38:20 pm »
New one from SB Nation: It Seemed Smart.  Basically, it looks at episodes of cheating in sports.  First episode is about Joey Albert Belle's corked bat and the hijinks that ensued afterwards.

Talk Zone / Re: Arb-Eligible Players 2018
« on: October 11, 2018, 09:58:58 am »
If Marwin is not back next year, and I have to think he won't be (which I hate), you need some guys that can play several positions. White (1B, 3B), Kemp, (LF, 2B) fill some of Marwin's backup spots.  I don't know of another guy that can do what Marwin does with the offensive production he does. Most "utility" guys aren't big producers. One of Luhnow's first acquisitions.

I kinda want them to give Marwin the QO.  It's higher than his market value ($17.8MM, I think), but you could at least keep him around during Verlander's final contract year.  Players like King Marwin don't just grow on trees.

Talk Zone / Re: Frito Pie
« on: October 09, 2018, 10:41:43 am »
Before the game yesterday, I got the Frito Pie from State Fare near Memorial City Mall.  They serve it with queso instead of shredded cheddar.   It's a deviation from the norm, but damn if it wasn't good.

Talk Zone / Re: CFM
« on: October 03, 2018, 09:34:20 am »
FYI Jim, a "movie" is a collection of still frames strung together a shown a speed to recreate the effect of movement.  Also, it's in color.

I hear they may even add sound to them soon!

Talk Zone / Re: Frito Pie
« on: October 03, 2018, 09:32:01 am »
I first read that as Les Miles. I need help.

Is eating grass a sacrament now?

Talk Zone / Re: Ex Astros News 17-18
« on: October 01, 2018, 10:24:55 am »
We're getting so old. I could've sworn Pence was just crushing the ball in Kissimmee and gunning to make the OD roster. Such a fun player to watch, maddening and exciting all at once. And two WS rings on top of that $125 mil. Good for him.

While we're talking retirements: check out this video of what'll surely be Joe Mauer's last appearance.

Sliding glass doors everywhere breathe a sigh of relief.

Also: Pence missed his calling as a pro wrestler, because that was a helluva promo.

Talk Zone / Re: Postseaon tickets
« on: September 28, 2018, 10:42:35 am »
What is the Honda key?

Showing a Honda key gets you into the Club level, since they're the sponsor.

Talk Zone / Re: Postseaon tickets
« on: September 28, 2018, 09:24:30 am »
Only able to get SRO.

Step 1: buy SRO
Step 2: buy Honda key on ebay
Step 3: stand in the Club Level
Step 4: profit!

Talk Zone / Re: Postseason roster questions
« on: September 28, 2018, 08:54:27 am »
I think Gattis will be on the roster.

Agreed.  Gattis is getting hot at the right time.

Talk Zone / Re: Road to the Postseason 2018
« on: September 26, 2018, 09:07:11 am »
I like the way you think.

Some men just want to watch the world burn.

The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Re: State of the System 2018
« on: September 18, 2018, 10:51:07 am »
So much for those manager of the year awards...

Brian McTaggart  @brianmctaggart 13m ago
Fresno manager Rodney Linares, Fresno hitting coach Darryl Robinson, Buies Creek manager Morgan Ensberg and Corpus Christi developmental coach Mycal Jones aren't being retained by the Astros for 2019.

Strange.  Linares seems like his name always comes up for MLB jobs, and MoBerg created a nice niche for himself as the wellness coach before this season at BC.  I hope it's more of a "we need to give you the opportunity to go farther elsewhere" thing.

The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Re: Ex-Bus Rider News 17-18
« on: September 14, 2018, 10:51:16 am »

See also Teoscar Hernandez. Pretty clear they felt set in the outfield and were willing to use their depth to shore up other areas.

Plus he nearly Adam Everrett'd Altuve.

Talk Zone / Re: Batting stance toddler
« on: August 14, 2018, 08:52:27 am »
I thought I was doing well to teach my son how to do Baggy's stance.

Beer and Queso / Re: Podcasts
« on: August 09, 2018, 08:51:13 am »
I've got a few in rotation

Shutdown Fullcast - the college football weirdos from Every Day Should Be Saturday
How Did This Get Made? - three comedians picking apart bad movies.  Not MST3K style (in that they don't watch the movie live), but same sort of humor.
Mortification of Spin - Presbyterian curmudgeons
Cultivated - intersection of faith, work and art (though this week's guest was an All-Pro RB)

I tried to get into Lima Time Time, but it's just too slapdash and desperately in need of editing/preparation.

Talk Zone / Re: Rondon
« on: August 07, 2018, 09:12:48 am »
What I like most about Rondon is his apparent calm.

All the other stuff aside, I'm rooting for Rondon to retain the closers' role throughout October.

Talk Zone / Re: Astros just acquired Osuna
« on: August 06, 2018, 12:20:18 pm »
This is probably Cabrera'd (although I couldn't find it in the thread), but I did read a pretty interesting article about Osuna, and the history of the Astros WRT domestic violence, in the dead-tree San Antonio Express-News last Sunday (not yesterday). I've googled and I can't seem to find it.

I'm pretty sure it was written by Brian T. Smith and almost certainly it appeared in the Chronicle (which is owned by Hearst, same as SA paper).

Apparently, the Astros (via Astros wives') had a relationship with a battered women's shelter when McLane was owner. This ended when Crane decided to focus Astros charitable giving on inner-city youth.

They also talked with the executive VP for a battered women's charity (wish I could remember the name) and she said that zero tolerance policies can unintentionally provoke greater abuse (since the abuser has nothing to lose once they've crossed the line once), and they oppose zero tolerance as an organization.

The article also mentioned past Astro domestic violence incidents like Lugo and Cesar Cedeño. It was a really good read-wish I could find it.

The Astros Wives previously worked with Houston Area Women's Shelter.  Footer has been tweeting links to their donation page ever since the Osuna trade went down

Talk Zone / Re: “We will get a closer”
« on: July 24, 2018, 10:36:43 am »
Usually when we armchair GM this stuff, we understate what a trade partner will demand. (i.e. Tony Kemp for Mike Trout), but in this case I think we're overstating what the O's would want for Britton.  He's a hot commodity, but he's also a significant injury risk AND a rental.  I think Tyler White + a single-A lotto ticket (someone outside our top 15 prospects) gets it done.

Talk Zone / Re: Ex Astros News 17-18
« on: July 19, 2018, 10:20:53 am »
I think it’s because Hader’s tweets were from 6-7 years ago - when he was 17,18 and not yet drafted even.

It's odd to me that it's taken this long for these to surface.  Surely someone else in the (baseball) world saw those tweets before this week.

Talk Zone / Re: Giles
« on: July 13, 2018, 10:37:26 am »
Side note: My almost-five year old and I went to yesterday's game, in large part because of the "Kids Run The Bases" deal afterwards.  Cionel Perez was high fiving each kid as they finished their run, and signing autographs in between.  Kid looked so incredibly happy to be in a big league park.  I hope he does really well.

The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Re: Corpus Christi 2018
« on: July 09, 2018, 03:22:33 pm »
Yesterday he also mentioned Straw would get some work at middle IF to make him a more valuable ML roster piece in the future. Talked about Reed, Davis being blocked despite being ML-ready (Reed is ML ready?) and gave me the impression they may need to move on this off-season.

There's going to be quite the 40 man squeeze ahead of the Rule 5 draft.  Good problem to have, I guess.

Talk Zone / Six pitcher no-hitter
« on: June 11, 2018, 12:17:51 pm »
The Athletic has a fantastic article about it today, with interviews from all six pitchers and a couple Yankees for balance.  Several gems in there, including this one:

Astros equipment manager Dennis Laborio approached Wagner in the clubhouse.

“Drayton wants the ball,” Laborio said to Wagner, referring to Astros owner Drayton McLane, who was in attendance at Yankee Stadium that night.

“Well he’s not getting the ball,” Wagner told him.

Also, Ricky Stone has had a rough go since leaving professional baseball.  Brain tumor in 2008 that gave him some memory issues, and lost his wife to ovarian cancer in 2015.  Oswalt keeps in regular touch with him.

Beer and Queso / Re: 2018 Music Thread
« on: June 07, 2018, 09:25:33 am »
Yes it is.

I've also liked:

Turnstile - Time & Space
Khurangbin - Con Todo El Mundo
The Welcome Wagon  - Light Up The Stairs
Miguel - Love & War
Pusha T - Daytona

Another musing of the insane:

Love how the governor doesn't even have the nads to protect the reputation of his citizens from the Cult of Dear Leader.

It's stuff like this that has me convinced that he has dementia.

The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Re: 2018 Draft
« on: June 06, 2018, 08:46:23 am »
If he ends up making it big on another team it will be bitters wheat.

Yeah, that would be a tough pilsner to swallow.

The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Re: Corpus Christi 2018
« on: May 31, 2018, 10:55:25 am »
From the sounds of it, he's got two things Marisnick doesn't have: base stealing skill (as distinct from raw speed) and the ability to take walks at a high rate.

The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Re: Corpus Christi 2018
« on: May 29, 2018, 10:16:43 am »
Fast guy Miles Straw went 5x5 with three runs scored and his 31st stolen base of the season. He ranks 1st in the Texas League in hits and runs, 2nd in batting average, and 3rd in OBP.

I really want him as our 4th OF in 2019.

Talk Zone / Re: DH and LF
« on: May 22, 2018, 03:07:21 pm »
Colitis? Crohns? Diverticulitis? Peritonitis? Or maybe he just ate some bad seafood.

I've got Crohn's, and dropping noticeable weight in a short period of time is definitely par for that course.  Diekmann from the Rangers has colitis that kept him out all year last year.

Beer and Queso / Re: Tom Wolfe - RIP
« on: May 16, 2018, 03:12:29 pm »
I wish I could pull of a white suit.

Talk Zone / Re: DH and LF
« on: May 03, 2018, 11:19:00 am »
Sigh. Marisnick is not on this team because of hitting.

Accurate.  But he's playing 3-4 times a week lately (mostly because of Fisher's struggles), so it magnifies his weak hitting.

Talk Zone / Re: Observations
« on: May 03, 2018, 10:39:37 am »
Giles has pitched in 12 games, hes given up runs in 3 and hits in 4 of his appearances. Of the 3 hes given up run(s) in, the first came with a 4 run lead, he gave up 1. The second came with the astros trailing 2-1 and he gave up 1. And last night was obviously a shitty night for him but I think were maybe a little to harsh on him

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For a while now, I've wanted to do a deep dive on Giles' performance when he comes in with a decent lead.  My gut says that if he has a lead of 3+, he'll give up a run or two, but not blow the game.  And when the lead is more narrow, he's mostly reliable.  Sort of a "bend don't break" concept.  Am I alone in seeing his performance this way?

Talk Zone / Re: Rule Change Commentary
« on: April 30, 2018, 09:04:54 am »
Honestly, the mound visit limit hasn't seemed intrusive so far.  I can imagine in a extra-extra inning game it could become much more disruptive.

I'm just glad I lived to see the day that First Things got linked here.

The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Re: Corpus Christi 2018
« on: April 26, 2018, 11:41:57 am »
Fisher's current role is placeholder for Tucker.  Jake is the 4th outfielder.  Straw is a quality defender as well.  One thing Jake does that Straw does not is hit for power.

Same is true of Fisher, too.  He's got more pop than Straw.

Talk Zone / Re: Roster changes
« on: April 25, 2018, 11:13:59 am »
From the bullpen perspective you're talking about multiple changes.  You would have to remove at least 2 pitchers from the bullpen permanently and add no more than one.  I don't see 2 guys to remove.  I see one, Sipp, especially because he's not good, and his contract expires at the end of the season.

Gattis is a free agent after this season.  Maybe he can be traded.  But what team would want him?  And who would replace him?  Davis, maybe?  I don't believe Luhnow wants more than one rookie position player on the team at a time.  I don't know that Tucker is ready either.

Also, can changes wait?  Right now they're in the post-season.  Even with the holes the offense is able to score 5 or more a night.

For the "remove 2 pitchers" part, McHugh could very easily be gone if the right trade arises.  Probably unlikely that you'd get a LH reliever for him, but a LF could probably be had for McHugh.

The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Re: Corpus Christi 2018
« on: April 23, 2018, 09:18:46 am »
Jones has responded to the promotion by hitting 7 doubles and a homer in 44 ABs.

Also killing it....Myles Straw has a .545 OBP and 11 stolen bases in his first 15 games.

The Athletic had a stat showing that (as of Friday morning) Straw had more infield hits (9) than outfield hits (8).

Game Zone 2018 / Re: Astros @ Twins April 11, 2018
« on: April 11, 2018, 02:56:07 pm »
A knock here would be nice.  Anything that can drop in where they ain't.

Talk Zone / Re: Astros to visit White House , Keuchel buys new suit
« on: March 28, 2018, 02:34:42 pm »
Someone needs to remind Keuchel that he's from the same country as Correa.

Talk Zone / Re: Years Past
« on: March 22, 2018, 01:10:40 pm »
I thought Jason Bourgeois was the second coming of Gerald Young.

Talk Zone / Re: Derek Fisher
« on: March 21, 2018, 03:30:49 pm »
Then who replaces Marisnick? That would make a heck of a defensive outfield.

Kemp?  He could be the next Marwin in terms of versatility if he keeps hitting.

Talk Zone / Re: Altuve extension?
« on: March 16, 2018, 06:43:12 pm »
Worth every penny. Hope its OK with Keuchel.

I chortled.

The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Re: Ex-Bus Rider News 17-18
« on: March 14, 2018, 03:59:37 pm »
I truly don't recommend watching it (I haven't) but a TV station in Corpus has obtained the footage of Danry Vasquez hitting his girlfriend, which precipitated his arrest and release.  Now that the video's pubic, the Indy League team he was playing for has released him.

Talk Zone / Re: Can someone smart help me here - ALCS/WS viewing
« on: March 13, 2018, 10:48:33 am »
Is there not a YouTube app for Apple TV? I know my Roku has one.

The YouTube app for Amazon Fire recently disappeared, so it might not be available for Apple TV either.

Talk Zone / Re: Yankees
« on: March 13, 2018, 10:18:13 am »
I keep forgetting that the Yanks inexplicably fired Girardi.  Regardless of the bats that they've added, they're heading into a season with incredibly high expectations and a first-time (ever!) manager.  Boone could be Larry Dierker...or he could be Larry Dierker.

Talk Zone / Re: Aches and Pains 2018
« on: February 28, 2018, 11:15:01 am »
Small sample size, but Davis has been tearing it up so far this spring.  He's played a tiny bit in the OF in Corpus, so he could be part of a Marwin/Fisher platoon to cover LF and 1B.

Game Zone 2018 / Re: 2018 Spring Training Game Thread.
« on: February 26, 2018, 03:14:42 pm »
I would not expect him until late in the season, maybe even September, unless there is a massive implosion among the incumbents.

A Tucker/Springer/Reddick outfield is borderline erotic.

Talk Zone / Re: Whitely Suspended?
« on: February 21, 2018, 10:16:32 am »
If true, that's really dumb.  If not true, that's really dumb.

Seriously.  "Hey bro, have some of this gas station speed, even though coffee won't get you shut down for 50 games."

Talk Zone / Re: Whitely Suspended?
« on: February 21, 2018, 10:11:56 am »
Per a San Antonio reporter:

Can confirm @Buster_ESPN report. Forrest Whitley suspended for 50 games. Source tells me Whitley was at an out of state college baseball game as a fan after his season was over and was given an unknown stimulant by a friend in order to help keep him awake on his long drive home.

The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Re: BA prospect list
« on: February 19, 2018, 03:37:23 pm »
Speak of the Devil. Luhnow says Reed showed up in good shape.


Talk Zone / Re: The Athletic Houston
« on: February 19, 2018, 09:17:12 am »
Maybe just conjecture; he's retweeting practically everything they send out.

Talk Zone / Re: The Athletic Houston
« on: February 16, 2018, 02:51:09 pm »
This is what happens with free content. Cabrera has no paywall.

The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Re: BA prospect list
« on: February 14, 2018, 02:12:00 pm »
The change from 2011 to 2012 is stark.

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True, but all three of the 2011 names are still in the league. (just not in Houston)

Talk Zone / The Athletic Houston
« on: February 12, 2018, 10:34:15 am »
If you're not familiar, The Athletic has built a blog network with professional writers (Rosenthal, Gammons) doing national coverage, and local writers providing more in-depth coverage.  The "catch" is that it's paid only.  It's not unreasonable (the current promo rate is less than $4/month), and there are no ads or clutter.  No 12 page slideshows.

They're launching the Houston site now, and they've already grabbed Jake Kaplan and Steve Campbell from the Chron.  Site is up here.

I'm debating about whether the (cheap) cost ads any value compared to what I get for free from the Chron and McTaggart.  But it's tempting.

Talk Zone / Re: Astros and White House
« on: February 07, 2018, 02:33:26 pm »
The necessity of carving out stage time for a bunch of pols who probably couldn't name four Astros was, by far, the worst part of the Victory Parade.

Mayor Turner was behind home plate for all of the home games.  Sheila Jackson Lee just heard there were cameras at City Hall and materialized.

Talk Zone / Re: Astros and White House
« on: February 07, 2018, 08:59:31 am »
I can't imagine any of the Puerto Rican players are particularly inclined to go.

Talk Zone / Re: Pure gold.
« on: February 02, 2018, 09:56:03 am »
Andre Dawson 3000 is perfect.

Talk Zone / Re: What if?
« on: February 01, 2018, 10:07:52 am »
What if Luhnow had selected Appel over Correa in 2012?

Speaking of which.....Appel is leaving baseball for other pursuits. I wish him well.

Interesting article.  I'm glad he's at peace about it; so many of the high profile draft picks who flame out don't have nearly this level of perspective or maturity.

Talk Zone / Re: What if?
« on: January 31, 2018, 04:15:18 pm »
What if Dickie Thon had never been hit by that pitch?

Oooh, this one is good.  Then we talk about an unbroken chain of SS greatness from Thon to Jeter to Correa.

Talk Zone / Re: yu wants to go back to the dodgers
« on: January 31, 2018, 10:30:51 am »
Just about every pitcher said the balls were an issue, but you are right that tipping pitches was probably a bigger factor for Darvish specifically.  Verducci got the scoop:

According to a Houston player Carlos Beltran, the Astros often knew what Darvish was about to throw by the way he brought the ball into his glove in the set position. (Darvish pitches exclusively out of the stretch.) The player Beltran said it worked like this: Darvish holds the ball at his side when he gets the sign from the catcher. Whether he re-grips or not as he brings the ball into his glove was the tip-off whether he was going to throw a slider/cutter or a fastball.

“We knew the first time we faced him [in Game 3],” the player Beltran said. “The next time [in Game 7] it was mostly the same, but then it was more about just having a great game plan going in. We knew he was going to try to go back to his slider to find it. We had a great approach.”

Darvish did not make it out of the second inning in either start. He threw 48 sliders and cutters to Houston hitters in the World Series. They swung and missed only twice at them while hitting .556 against the pitch.


Talk Zone / Re: What if?
« on: January 31, 2018, 10:29:34 am »
This likely isn't true, but it's fun to think about:

1989, Nolan re-signs in Houston for a couple more years.  Rangers don't sign him, and don't have the 16 wins he gave them, finishing sixth in the AL West instead of fourth.  George W. Bush & co. don't buy the team, instead opting to buy the Astros several years later.  WIthout Dubya's group, the Rangers fail to secure a new stadium contract from Arlington and move to Tampa in 1992.    Bush never fires Gerry, but also never runs for governor, becoming commissioner of baseball in 2001 after Bud Selig is mysteriously fucked to death by rabid hyenas.

Talk Zone / Re: What if?
« on: January 31, 2018, 09:48:25 am »
Fascinating to pull on those threads and see where they go.  I'd also throw in "what if Bagwell started wearing the protective glove after the first time he broke his hand?" on there.

If that Nomar/Bagwell trade happens, Bags gets to be a DH for the back half of his career and play in Boston.  He makes the HoF on the first ballot.

Talk Zone / Re: hof
« on: January 25, 2018, 04:05:20 pm »
Thome snuck up on me too. I guess the 612 home runs and 10 post seasons did it. The rest of his resume is fairly pedestrian.

Saw somewhere that he's got twice the number of postseason homers as Big Papi, who will slide into Cooperstown on the trail of saliva left by the entire east coast baseball media.

Talk Zone / Re: yelich
« on: January 24, 2018, 12:28:58 pm »
Small nit: I think Valverde was better than Giles (so far).

Forgot about him!  Then again, Papa Grande never got to pitch in the playoffs (in Houston).  I'll never forget him taking a liner off the noggin and then finishing the save.

Talk Zone / Re: yelich
« on: January 24, 2018, 08:31:31 am »
I've never been Giles' biggest fan.  I think he leaves far too many pitches in hittable locations.  But the Astros are saying he's their guy so I don't think they're looking, and there's not much point to talking about replacing him right now.

I keep reminding myself that A) Giles is a really, really good pitcher and the best closer this team has had since Lidge and B) Joe Smith and Hector Rondon both have closing experience.

Talk Zone / Re: Free Agents
« on: January 22, 2018, 02:20:38 pm »
According to Mark Berman, the Astros picked up LHP Buddy Boshers off of waivers from the Twins.

His curve better spin like a mofo, because the rest of his numbers look rough.

Talk Zone / Re: world series stuff
« on: January 22, 2018, 12:17:05 pm »
They've got some WS Champagne at HEB too.  Bargain at $30.

The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Re: Options
« on: January 16, 2018, 11:00:20 am »
Free Jon Kemmer!

With purchase of a 5th outfielder of equal or lesser value!

Talk Zone / Re: Free Agents
« on: January 10, 2018, 12:47:18 pm »
Modern sports reporting: it's better to be first than right.


Talk Zone / Re: Free Agents
« on: December 20, 2017, 01:05:48 pm »
Rays just traded Longoria to the Giants. I’d say the odds of an Archer deal just went way up.

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The trade was timed to go down before Longoria got his 10-year rights, which would've automatically given him a full no-trade clause.  As it stood, he couldn't veto anything.

Talk Zone / Re: Free Agents
« on: December 20, 2017, 11:30:10 am »
I've been thinking about the Dodgers analytics approach versus the Astros.  From the series, the Dodgers definitely seemed more prescriptive, meddlesome even.  I think that there is a reasonable argument  to be made that the Astros analytics use is more player enablement focused and could potentially be very beneficial for Darvish.

Also, bird in the hand.  You can never have too much pitching.  You have no guarantees with Dallas in free agency, so if you can secure quality pitching you do it.  Crane has said many times that this can be a top 10 payroll franchise and that was before the windfall of a world series.

The way they yanked Rich Hill around was bizarre.

Talk Zone / Re: Your favorite moment
« on: December 04, 2017, 09:42:27 am »
The one that I saw in person: Marwin's throw in Game 1 of the ALCS.  Off the bat, it was a certain run, but as soon as he wound up to throw home, I saw where the runner was and said "holy shit, he might get him!"  And then MMP got louder than I'd heard it since 2005.

Beyond that, I will always get chills when I hear "Ground ball.  Right side.  This could do it."

Talk Zone / Re: world series stuff
« on: November 16, 2017, 10:44:38 am »
My "Crush City" shirt from 2015 is seriously off-center, too.

Talk Zone / Re: world series stuff
« on: November 16, 2017, 09:05:22 am »
The QA/QC at the mlb shop is not what I'd like it to be. I ordered the grey WS champs shirt online because I couldn't find it in Austin.  The trophy is misaligned. My Houston Strong shirt also had the same problem. I'll live with it, but I'm irked.
My dilly dilly shirt has not arrived yet so I'm hoping and praying it is not also screwed up.

Had a similar experience.  My gear arrived fine, but the shipping label was hand-written and the box was poorly taped together.  For a site that no doubt does tens of millions of revenue, it was shockingly rinky dink.  It looked like I'd bought something from eBay.

Talk Zone / Beltran 2.0
« on: November 14, 2017, 09:08:11 am »
After reading Beltran's Player's Tribune piece, and seeing what a great impact he (and McCann and Verlander) had on this team, I got to thinking about other veterans who haven't gotten a ring who could come play a role in 2018, and get a chance at a World Series.  The first name that came to mind is Ichiro (5th OF/DH), but I'm sure there are others.  Is there anyone y'all would like to see in the clubhouse next year?

Talk Zone / Re: I cannot get enough of this stuff
« on: November 08, 2017, 09:22:33 am »
Speaking of rewatching....

So Giles in game 2.   While he gets crapped on for his performance, the Astros also don't get to extra innings without him keeping the game tied in the 9th, facing the heart of the Dodgers order.   He Ks Saeger, gets Turner to ground out and Bellinger to pop out.  He threw 10 pitches, 7 strikes.

He comes back out for the 10th, with a lead.   Falls behind 2-1 Puig, then throws a 98mph fastball low and outside.  Watch the replay it was going to hit McCanns mitt dead center exactly where McCann had set up.  It was a good pitch, hat tip to Puig.   Giles then strikes out the next 2 guys.

Forsythe comes up and Giles is now at 22 pitches.   He gets to 1-2 and tries to get him to chase a slider down, which even Smoltz says is a great pitch.   2-2 pitch is a another slider but way out of the zone that bounces to McCann.   Ball 4 is a fastball low and outside that just misses.   Buck comments, that didn't miss by much.   Now Kike comes up with Giles at 28 pitches.   At this point, Giles loses all control.  Way off the plate fastball, slider in the dirt that is a wildpitch, 98mph high fastball for a swinging strike, followed by another fastball well out of the zone.    Then the ball that Kike hits is a 96mph fastball, off the plate and up. pitch 32.

Giles was excellent up until 2-2 on Forsythe.    Damn shame he couldn't finish him off.

Agreed with all of this.  I blame his pitch count for that  meltdown, as he clearly had his stuff earlier in the outing.  Giles will never be the 6+ out closer type.  Which is why I'm all for them going out and getting a (lefty) closer/8th inning type this offseason.

Talk Zone / Re: world series stuff
« on: November 07, 2017, 08:59:52 am »
I went to Academy about 5 minutes after the last out, and was there until 3:30am.  Line was boisterous and orderly.  Someone wandered over from HEB with a cart full of beer, and just handed them out.  The only thing they sold out of was the on-field hats.  Got a fistful of shirts, and a pennant.

I tried going to MMP on Thursday to see if it was any less crazy, but the line was all the way from the Union Station team store to 59.

Talk Zone / Re: An Ode to the Astros’ Veterans
« on: November 06, 2017, 09:38:45 am »
Morton has always looked vaguely familiar to me, but I couldn't put my finger on it. This morning it hit me: he looks like Kevn Brown. Which makes his Game 7 performance fitting in a couple of ways, I suppose.

Smoltz (I believe) made this comparison too.

Talk Zone / Re: 37 years
« on: November 03, 2017, 09:38:19 am »
Great stuff JCIII.  The BBG's have smiled upon you.

Talk Zone / Re: Thank You
« on: November 02, 2017, 02:27:57 pm »
I love every single one of you.  Except that chick who didn't understand where oil comes from.

Talk Zone / Re: Victory Parade
« on: November 02, 2017, 02:01:40 pm »
Does anyone know if they're going to run shuttles or anything since parking is limited downtown?

Talk Zone / Re: Game 7
« on: November 01, 2017, 12:57:05 pm »
Got my frito pie at FM Kitchen.  I'm ready.

Talk Zone / Re: Devo
« on: October 27, 2017, 09:01:12 am »
Lance's in-laws are long-time 2nd Baptist members (aka The Repentagon aka St. Ed's aka Six Flags Over Jesus), so him ending up there makes sense.  I guess Pettite realized that millionaires don't have to live in Deer Park anymore.

Agree, up until the walk he'd been fine.  Felt like he had run out of gas, he was all over the place starting with the batter he walked.

Yeah, mid-30's on pitch count for Giles (or any other closer) is thin ice.  I still like Giles in a 3-4 out scenario.

Talk Zone / Re: ALCS Game 7
« on: October 23, 2017, 01:26:31 pm »
If you haven't listened to Steve Sparks' post-game clubhouse broadcast, it's great.  Sparks lets all semblance of objectivity go out the window, particularly when he tells LMJ "that's why you're going to the World Series, AND I SUCKED!"

Talk Zone / Re: Minute Maid Park - need help regarding quality of seats
« on: October 23, 2017, 01:22:04 pm »
Net isn't a big distraction at all.  You can still see the plate fine, and you have a good view of the big board in RF.

Talk Zone / Re: Game 6
« on: October 21, 2017, 12:08:06 pm »
I have consumed the requisite JCI Frito pie. Just seven hours of bubble guts between me and first pitch.

Maybe that will wipe the smirk off of Castro's face.

Dollar store Bruno Mars looking ass

Talk Zone / Re: Sale
« on: October 12, 2017, 09:31:19 am »
Do you honestly think I would ask him “What happened to you?”

I had a similar (I think) conversation w/ Ensberg once, and the easy way to ask about it is to ask about what it was like to play in the WS.  He opened up from there.   I love everything Morgan's done for this organization since then.  He's been key in the development of several of the hitters on the current club.

Talk Zone / Re: Indians or Yankees?
« on: October 10, 2017, 09:55:24 am »
I kinda want the Indians at this point, provided that Encarnacion is still hurt.  Taking 38 homers out of that lineup puts them at a huge disadvantage.

I fucking love this team.  That is all.

So if the rain comes in the 5th or 6th, what do they do?  Bring out the tarp and finish the game tonight after the rain passes?

Talk Zone / Re: Queso
« on: October 05, 2017, 01:34:47 pm »
I made her chili (for Frito pie, of course) last night.  It's a winner.

Talk Zone / Re: Which 25?
« on: October 02, 2017, 08:35:46 am »
I just really want Kemp on the postseason roster.  His versatility and contact ability are exactly what you need off the bench.

Talk Zone / Re: Wild Card Race
« on: September 29, 2017, 12:25:21 pm »
I want the Yankees to win out and Boston to loose out (of course) so they have to play a one game playoff before the wild card and burn up Sale in the process.

This right here.

Talk Zone / Re: Division Winner
« on: September 28, 2017, 08:59:11 am »
As soon as the postseason starts , I'm going to be a weekly fixture at El Real for their Frito Pie.  Anybody want to join?

The Championship Season Game Zone 2017 / Re: Astros at Rangers - 9/27/17
« on: September 27, 2017, 04:07:55 pm »
Liriano in September: 2.08 ERA, .737 WHIP, .133 avg against.

And yes, I waited until he was out of the game to post this.

Talk Zone / Re: Gregerson
« on: September 11, 2017, 08:28:49 am »
I know nothing about mechanics or how hitters are solving Gregorson compared to years previous, I just know I don't want him or Guadan on the playoff roster.

Talk Zone / Re: Games this week
« on: September 05, 2017, 10:01:40 am »
Cleveland winning again today. I feel like Butch and Sundance when they're being tracked by the posse. Who are those guys?

I desperately want them to match up against anybody else in the ALDS and go to 7 games.

Beer and Queso / Re: TS (now Hurricane) Harvey
« on: August 27, 2017, 05:24:16 pm »
This is leaps and bounds beyond Allison.  My in-laws, having flooded three times since 2001 at Stella Link & Braeswood, moved to Bellaire two years ago to escape the flood plain, and now have over a foot of water in their new house.  Trying to figure out how to get them out of there now.

Talk Zone / Re: addiction
« on: August 17, 2017, 09:33:04 am »
Hiiiiiii Jim

Talk Zone / Re: Trade Deadline 2017
« on: August 15, 2017, 11:50:19 am »
Minutes later, Heyman clarified that the teams spoke "last week" but have not discussed the deal "for several days".

Typical Heyman bullshit.

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So basically one of the teams used Heyman to say "call us" to the other team.

Talk Zone / Re: Aches, Pains and Muscle Strains (2017 Version)
« on: August 14, 2017, 10:05:42 am »
Those of you who understand pitching mechanics better than I do: does McCullers flying open on his delivery seem like bad habits, or compensating for the injury?

Talk Zone / Re: "Players' Weekend" jerseys
« on: August 09, 2017, 03:25:15 pm »
It's funny to me that Springer, by all accounts the most beloved character in the clubhouse, has no nickname.  Which leads me to the only logical conclusion: he does have a nickname, but it's something so offensive, MLB can't print it.

Also, sorta sad that Reddick didn't get "RIC FLAIR".

Talk Zone / Re: Trade Deadline 2017
« on: July 31, 2017, 03:40:12 pm »
I wonder if Verlander could come over in a post-deadline waiver deal.

Talk Zone / Re: Trade Deadline 2017
« on: July 31, 2017, 03:16:28 pm »
I'm getting K***n B***n flashbacks w/ Darvish in LA.

Talk Zone / Re: Trade Deadline 2017
« on: July 31, 2017, 02:33:13 pm »
Quote from: Jon Morosi
#Astros have shown interest in #Angels reliever (and ex-Astro) Bud Norris. @MLB

PLEASE trade Singleton for him.

Talk Zone / Re: Trade Deadline 2017
« on: July 31, 2017, 02:20:36 pm »
Really hoping for Britton now. 

Talk Zone / Re: Trade Deadline 2017
« on: July 31, 2017, 12:38:54 pm »
Liriano deal is done.

"An OF" is going to Toronto.

Can't imagine it's Fisher.  Probably one of Kemp/Laureano/Teoscar.

The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Re: GCL Astros 2017
« on: July 18, 2017, 08:44:12 am »
Me too. I managed to see him play in 2006 (?) in Asheville when he was doing this brief tour of mid-size southeastern cities. A great experience.

I met him on that same tour.  Came into the store where I was working.  Was fascinated with our taxidermy (of course).  My coworker didn't recognize him, and asked Waits what he did for a living. "Wellll, I live in LA, and I have my kids.  And I do my thing."

Talk Zone / Re: Aches, Pains and Muscle Strains (2017 Version)
« on: July 17, 2017, 02:43:54 pm »

Talk Zone / Re: Quintana is off the market
« on: July 13, 2017, 03:53:10 pm »
The White Sox are going to be loaded in a few years.

Talk Zone / Re: Astros In-Season Trade History
« on: July 12, 2017, 09:22:23 am »
Luhnow et al. have a demonstrated record of success in the draft, which ensures a steady pipeline of players. This indeed is a win now year. I'd be willing to mortgage the farm with the expectation that good talent continues to bubble up. If it takes Tucker, so be it. Fisher too. Throw in Martes and Bregman.

Tucker only strikes me as "untouchable" because eventually there's going to be a salary logjam:  the likelihood that we can sign Correa, Altuve, and Springer ALL to long-term megadeals (to say nothing of the pitchers) is exceedingly slim.  So if there's at least one potential star position player and one potential star pitcher left after we clear out the cupboard, that's what I'm keeping in mind.

Beer and Queso / Re: 2017 Music Thread
« on: April 19, 2017, 08:54:46 pm »
Holy shit, the new Kendrick is good. 

Also, I still love Run The Jewels, but after someone referred to them as "woke Limp Bizkit", I can't listen to them without giggling a little.

Talk Zone / Re: spring cut starts begin
« on: March 30, 2017, 09:17:26 am »
Fisher has looked really good this spring.  Don't know where he fits into the long-term plan, but if nothing else, I hope rival scouts with FOR starters saw his performances.

Talk Zone / Re: OWA: 40 for 40
« on: March 07, 2017, 08:35:34 am »

Beer and Queso / Re: Name the Exo Planets
« on: March 02, 2017, 01:24:35 pm »

Beer and Queso / Re: Name the Exo Planets
« on: March 01, 2017, 03:18:33 pm »
You're out of your fucking element.

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You can imagine where it goes from here.

Talk Zone / Re: the New Guy
« on: March 01, 2017, 02:30:59 pm »
Why the fuck is Carl Pavano in the booth?

Open buffet?

Talk Zone / Ding dong
« on: February 22, 2017, 10:51:45 am »
Jim Joyce is retiring.

Just need Angel Hernandez and Laz Diaz next.

Beer and Queso / Austin Senators
« on: January 27, 2017, 02:17:53 pm »
One of y'all should wear this to Opening Day.  Hipster mustache not included.

Beer and Queso / Re: The Last Jedi
« on: January 23, 2017, 02:57:12 pm »

Beer and Queso / Re: 2016 Music Thread
« on: January 20, 2017, 01:39:56 pm »
Coloring Book was such a delight.  Still can't stop listening to it.  The little Christmas mixtape that Chance released on the 24th was really fun too.

Eylsium was really good too.  Good pick there.

The two critical darlings I couldn't get into this year were Car Seat Headrest (because I guess I never got the appeal of The Replacements the first time) and Frank Ocean (which sounds like it should get better with additional spins, but it doesn't).

From a hip-hop perspective, I also really enjoyed D.R.A.M.'s "Big Baby D.R.A.M." and Young Thug's "Jeffrey" album.

Since they weren't mentioned elsewhere, Beach Slang and St. Paul and the Broken Bones also had solid albums this year.

Talk Zone / Re: FYI
« on: January 19, 2017, 08:28:35 am »
In Cooperstown, they sell t-shirts with a list of all players associated w/ each franchise who are in the HoF.  They're going to have to reprint the 'Stros one now.

Clearly, the Rays is the saddest one.  I think it's just Wade Boggs and nobody else.

Beer and Queso / Re: Rogue One (Spoilers...probably)
« on: December 22, 2016, 10:15:18 am »
Han miraculously being in the right place in the whole fucking galaxy to find the Falcon and R2 waking up at exactly the right time for no apparent reason (the two most glaring holes) grated on me more than before.

Yeah, but those Jawas delivering the droids to the EXACT moisture farmer was pretty serendipitous too.

Talk Zone / Re: Free Agents 2016
« on: December 15, 2016, 03:31:57 pm »
Encarnacion and Bautista are feeling the QO sting pretty hard. 

Beer and Queso / Re: Big 12 Expansion
« on: December 15, 2016, 08:02:46 am »
They took Tilman's mother out to a nice seafood dinner, and it wasn't even at a Landry's restaurant.

Well, you did say "nice seafood dinner" not "coconut shrimp-themed amusement park".

The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Re: Rule 5 draft - 2016 Edition
« on: December 08, 2016, 08:45:58 am »
AAA phase:

The #Astros select C Eduardo De Oleo from the #DIamondbacks

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Reports are he's buttery smooth behind the dish.

Talk Zone / Re: question re starters
« on: December 08, 2016, 08:43:33 am »
At the moment I'm expecting both McHugh and Fiers to be dealt.

I think this is why we're seeing their names on the trade block: if you could swap Fiers or McHugh for some prospects, it would soften the blow of acquiring a Quintana or Archer, and prevent a logjam.

Talk Zone / Re: Trade Rumors
« on: December 07, 2016, 04:29:55 pm »
ChiSox could be wicked in a few years at this rate, especially if they trade Robertson, Abreu or Quintana.

Talk Zone / Re: Ex-Astros News 2016-2017
« on: December 07, 2016, 08:24:45 am »
Carlos Gomez re-signs w/Rangers, 1 yr at $11.5MM.

I hope that's their big offseason splash.

Talk Zone / Re: Trade Rumors
« on: December 06, 2016, 12:56:31 pm »
That's probably the equivalent of Bregman and Martes (and a couple spare parts).  Pass.  I could've lived w/ Bregman + some low-A lotto tickets, but ML-ready position player  AND best pitching prospect?  Nah.

Talk Zone / Re: Free Agents 2016
« on: December 05, 2016, 09:02:48 am »
When the signing was announced, I messed around with Baseball-Reference and tried to figure out what life could've been like if Beltran had re-signed after 2004.  The 2005 WS team would've had him in LF instead of Chris Burke (assuming Wily T still plays CF), which is a big enough upgrade to imagine a different WS outcome.  In 2006, he starts over Preston Wilson, and hits the same 41 homers that he hit in Flushing, so that could mean a return to the Fall Classic. 

2007 is where it gets interesting, because it's really unlikely that Carlos Lee gets signed; Lee was actually a better hitter than Beltran that year, but that's not the butterfly effect that I find interesting: if Lee's contract money is spent elsewhere, it's likely for a pitcher rather than a hitter.  Let's say they re-sign Pettite instead of him returning to the Bronx.  But most importantly: Lee doesn't mow down Adam Everett.

The murder of Adam Everett by the coward Scott Boras, basically.

Talk Zone / Re: Center field
« on: December 02, 2016, 08:17:44 am »
I thought Caswell pulled out.

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My understanding is that he just pulled out of the Italian restaurants he was doing w/ Crane.  The El Real and Little Bigs locations in MMP stay put.

Talk Zone / Re: Trade Rumors
« on: December 01, 2016, 10:04:15 am »
"Un-Unleash the Kraken" -the new movie

"Re-leash the Kraken"

wait, now that sounds like Sean Connery.

Talk Zone / Re: Trade Rumors
« on: November 30, 2016, 03:00:47 pm »
Not to go all Todd here, but PIT is said to be moving McCutcheon.

What about trading for him, then centering a Sale deal around Springer instead of Bregman?

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If it was 2013 McCutchen, sure. 

Talk Zone / Re: Free Agents 2016
« on: November 29, 2016, 09:10:13 am »
This makes no sense to me.  Carter raked last year.  His worst month he managed a 685 OPS.  How is he not worth 10 million for one year?  Well aware he strikes out a ton.  Chris Davis landed a 7 year 161 million dollar contract the year after he K'd 208 times.  yeah Carter does not have that track record.  But we are talking 1 year 10 million.  And if he repeats next year you have him under team control for the next year.  Doesn't seem like a huge gamble there.

Chris Davis gets on base better than Carter, despite the K's.  And the perception is that Carter's a liability anywhere in the field; the Brewers probably see him as a DH.  Good thing they're an AL team...

Talk Zone / Re: Free Agents 2016
« on: November 23, 2016, 10:24:38 am »
I'm a little sad about Castro.  This contract with the Twins could be his last, certainly his next-to-last.  He's handled pitchers well, and seemed like a solid person.  He and his family had a baby the same day we did earlier this year, so that's always felt like...something.  I'm glad that we're no longer in a place where he's the best and oldest player on the team.

I'm upbeat about McCann, particularly since we seem to have gotten him for cheaper than Castro's market value.

Talk Zone / Re: Free Agents 2016
« on: November 18, 2016, 10:42:19 am »
That outfield isn't what I would have guessed.  I would guess LF Hernandez, CF Springer, RF Reddick.

Don't forget Aoki.  He'll be run out there to spell Reddick (whose splits aren't ideal) and whoever is in LF.

Talk Zone / Re: Free Agents 2016
« on: November 16, 2016, 09:40:48 am »
Astros add to the rotation, signing RHP Charlie Morton to a 2-year deal worth a guaranteed $14M (w/ incentives based on starts that could add another $5M).  Among active pitchers w/ 800 IP, Keuchel and Morton rank 1-2 in GB/FB ratio.

He missed most of last season after pulling a hammy running the bases.  Good buy-low move, especially given his peripherals (ground ball rate, curve spin rate).  $7MM is nothing in this FA market. 

Talk Zone / Re: Yoan Moncada and other Cuban prospects currently unsigned
« on: November 11, 2016, 12:37:01 pm »
Lil Gurriel to Jays  7 years, $22 million.  Seems like a bargain.

Talk Zone / Re: Year End Awards 2016
« on: November 11, 2016, 08:23:21 am »
If he was white they would have also called him a "student of the game" and a "coach on the field".

This has been certified by the law firm of Fwar, Dips, Winshares, Gritt, Babip, Pecota, Vorp & Eckstein.

Beer and Queso / Re: Roger Angell on "Most Important" Vote of His Lifetime
« on: November 10, 2016, 03:36:34 pm »
I don't know what "it" is, but seems to me the foremost objection among people like me is that he is an (at best) amoral cynical opportunist and con-man, probably with narcissistic personality disorder, someone who is proud of his ignorance, probably delusional, and a bully. The "it" with Trump has never been about issues or ideology because there's no there there: he's covered most sides of every issue at one time or another. "It" has always been a question of character.

I think the "it" Jacksonian is referring to is the appeal of Trump.  Which is far more complex than anyone in either party seemed willing to grasp.

Beer and Queso / Re: Roger Angell on "Most Important" Vote of His Lifetime
« on: November 10, 2016, 10:12:14 am »
With regard to "drain the swamp", his announced 100 day agenda includes term limits and prohibitions on former members of Congress/White House staff serving as lobbyists for some number of years after they leave office.  Both will be hard sells in front of any Congress, but we've all be very surprised lately.

Talk Zone / Re: Ex-Astros News 2016-2017
« on: November 07, 2016, 09:58:13 am »
According to those who claim to know, did Dexter like it in Houston during his stint as an Astro?

He and Springer were tight, but unsure otherwise.

Talk Zone / Re: Help
« on: October 26, 2016, 11:07:25 am »
I was sitting at my favorite watering hole last night enjoying an IPA with a few regulars one of whom is an avid Cubs/Bears/Black Hawks fan.  He was really pumped up and talking shit.  A couple of others commented that it was nice to see the Cubs in the series and wished them well.  I listened quietly until I was asked who I was pulling for and I said that I hoped the Cubs got their stools pushed in by the Tribe.  Needless to say histrionics followed, but I don't care.  FTC.

You're the hero America needs.

Talk Zone / Re: Free Agents 2016
« on: October 19, 2016, 11:04:12 am »
My man-crush on Rich Hill is at an all time high.  2 years, $27MM gets that done, right?

I'm actually a fan of rasslin', for a variety of reasons.

Another closet NXT fan, huh?

Talk Zone / Re: Offseason
« on: September 30, 2016, 08:31:09 am »
Yeah it's not great, especially for pitching. But here are a few names as far as non pitchers. Cespedes, Encarnacion, Trumbo, Bautista, Fowler. Aroldis Chapman is also a FA, but I'm sure they are still holding their breath on Giles..

None of those players (with the possible exceptions of Fowler and Encarnacion) have any place in our lineup.  At this point, I'd be more in favor of signing Lil Yuli and Rich Hill, and be done.

Talk Zone / Re: Free Agents 2016
« on: September 16, 2016, 02:31:38 pm »
In a very small sample size (2 starts), R.A. Dickey allows a paltry .542 OPS against the Arlington Assholes.  Rich Hill is even better (.284 OPS) but that's only  one start. 

Talk Zone / Re: Free Agents 2016
« on: September 16, 2016, 11:59:34 am »
Do we know who the best pitcher, not on our current roster, beats the Rangers consistently?

Lowest ERA among starters vs. the Rangers belongs to...Peacock.  Followed by McCullers.  The trio of Fiers, Fister and Keuchel all have ERA's over 4.30 against the bastards.  McHugh sports a tidy 10.13 ERA.

Talk Zone / Re: Free Agents 2016
« on: September 16, 2016, 09:15:22 am »
Rotation first, everything else second.  There isn't anyone all that compelling available as a FA (unless Rich Hill and Ivan Nova cream your twinkie),   Any top-of-rotation starter would have to come via trade, and a painful one at that. 

Game Zone 2016 Archive / Re: Astros @ stRangers September 2, 2016
« on: September 02, 2016, 08:20:33 pm »
Fuck every Carlos except the following: Correa. Corporan. 

That is all.

Talk Zone / Re: Glue Guys
« on: September 01, 2016, 08:21:30 am »
El Caballo wasn't a glue guy until he retired.

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How long are we going to beat a dead horse?

Talk Zone / Glue Guys
« on: August 31, 2016, 09:34:50 am »
Former MLB'er on the value of "glue guys".

I get the impression that Feldman was that kind of guy for the Good Guys.  If I were guessing, I'd put Marwin, Springer and Rasmus in that category too.

Beer and Queso / Re: RIP Gene Wilder
« on: August 29, 2016, 03:30:58 pm »
What knockers!

Talk Zone / Re: Allison Footer
« on: August 23, 2016, 04:08:03 pm »
Let's talk about McHugh.  He's has not been good this season.  Is he even in the rotation next season?

Assuming that the Astros don't go out and get a veteran pitcher (and McCullers is okay), could the rotation be Keuchel, McCullers, Musgrove, Fiers, Devenski? 

Its not that I am particularly enamored with Fiers, but he's been better than McHugh.  And the Astros have Martes and Paulino who may also be ready for next year.

McHugh is being paid $500k this year, with his first shot at arbitration after next season.  For the price, that's a damn good 3-4 starter.

Talk Zone / Re: Allison Footer
« on: August 23, 2016, 11:25:26 am »
For me, my favorite Footer moment was the diatribe she posted to after Jeriome Robertson lasted a whole third of an inning against the Brewers in the stretch run.

That's 15 game winner Jeriome Robertson to you, mister.

The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Re: Corpus Christi Hooks 2016
« on: August 22, 2016, 09:29:16 am »
I'm starting to get excited about Stubbs.  And only 50% of that is because he has a HoF-level Catcher Name.

Talk Zone / Re: Luhnow discusses trade deadline
« on: August 18, 2016, 02:51:00 pm »
Lucroy himself wrote he wanted to go to Dallas.

Beyond that, Cleveland was unwilling to guarantee that he'd be catching long-term.  I'd imagine that Luhnow wasn't going to make a promise that he would, given Castro and Gattis on the roster (and Gattis under contract for a while).

Beer and Queso / Re: Daddy
« on: August 17, 2016, 08:42:15 am »
I'm really sorry, BG.  Praying for you and your family.

Talk Zone / Re: Papi in the Hall
« on: August 16, 2016, 02:14:16 pm »
It's been my experience this year that a broad swath of commentators consider Ortiz a virtual shoe-in for the Hall. This has grated on me a bit given:

1) he once failed a PED test;
2) he's a DH;
3) Jeff Bagwell.

But I appreciate the fact that my homerism might be coloring my perspective on this. Does Ortiz belong in the Hall? As of today he's racked up 530 home runs and a slash line of 285/379/550 over a 20-year career. What do you think?

Will or should are two different questions.  He WILL because Boston.  He shouldn't for all the reasons you listed, plus Edgar Martinez.

Talk Zone / Re: Rangers' deadline deals
« on: August 09, 2016, 08:11:05 am »
But what other top catcher could they trade for?

Wilson Ramos of the Nats is having a career year and is a FA this offseason.  He won't command Posey money, but he won't be cheap either.

Beer and Queso / Re: WTF
« on: August 05, 2016, 09:46:08 am »
If Trump drops out of the race, what does that look like? What happens?

Mass hysteria.  Cats and dogs living together.

The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Re: Mid-season prospect rankings
« on: August 02, 2016, 11:26:18 am »
When is the last time you've seen that many flops in a row?

Brazil in the World Cup?

Beer and Queso / Re: WTF
« on: August 02, 2016, 08:15:42 am »
But it's who the Republican voters wanted.  And the brass may not have wanted him, but that's who they begged for the last 8 years.  This is the culture they nurtured.

Agreed about the culture that was cultivated, but only 30-40% of GOP voters actually chose Trump.  In a less-crowded primary, he's done before Super Tuesday.

Talk Zone / Re: Trade Deadline Rumors
« on: August 01, 2016, 01:48:21 pm »
If you think he got booed before, wait until he shows up as a Ranger.

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And here come the pretzels!

Beer and Queso / Re: WTF
« on: July 28, 2016, 08:18:21 am »
I'm waiting to see the names he floats for his White House counsel possibilities (and Attorney General, too). Can you imagine having to somehow explain to His Trumpiness that he can't do something he wants to do?

"I'd like to announce my White House counsel, A Mop Bucket With Overwhelming Law School Debt."

Talk Zone / Re: BREGMAN!
« on: July 25, 2016, 01:48:58 pm »
It seems to me that the Bergman anticipation is greater even than that for Correa? Anyway, isn't it fun to have these guys coming up.
I just came from browsing through the Baseball America at the newsstand and they have their mid-season Top 50 prospects and there were 5 Astros.
10% of the games' best prospects and I remember clearly decades in which they may have had one at a time on such a list.
Besides Bregman they listed Martes, Tucker, Paulino and one I can't recall.

I think part of the amplified hype is that the playoffs are more in view right now than they were when Correa was called up.  If (big if) Bregman is the piece that gets us over the hump into the AL West lead, the hype will be justified.

Talk Zone / Re: FBI Investigating Cards in Hack Job
« on: July 20, 2016, 08:37:53 am »
That's it? If you had access to Ground Control, you'd do two chicks at the same time?

Damn straight.  I always wanted to do that, man.  And I think if I had the ability to guess a password and a total lack of ethics,  I could hook that up, 'cause chicks dig a guy with a working knowledge of draft pool economics.

Talk Zone / Re: FBI Investigating Cards in Hack Job
« on: July 19, 2016, 02:10:14 pm »
That was tweeted out last month, which Cabrera noted at the time.

Shit.  The BFIB twitter put it up again today.

Talk Zone / Re: FBI Investigating Cards in Hack Job
« on: July 19, 2016, 12:27:03 pm »
Wartime makes strange allies.  JJdO (now in St. Louis) says the Cardinal Way is bullshit.

Which was then followed by this on Twitter:
Quote from: JJdO
I don't think I dealt with more racist comments in 15 years combined in Houston than the last 2 months from Cardinals fans.

Talk Zone / Re: roger clemens to play basball again
« on: July 18, 2016, 01:13:19 pm »
this so has the makings of a  made for tv movie

I saw Koby the other day, rolling down 10 near Memorial in a huge matte black Raptor and "KOBY22" license plates.  Texting while driving.  Natch.

Beer and Queso / Re: Visiting Cooperstown/Hall of Fame
« on: July 15, 2016, 01:40:01 pm »
There's a summer opera in Cooperstown, the Glimmerglass, that's one of the major summer operas, comparable to Santa Fe.  It was very memorable.  You should also re-read Deerslayer or The Last of the Mohicans.

Cabrera is singing lead in Rigoletto there this summer.

Talk Zone / Re: Trade Deadline Rumors
« on: July 15, 2016, 12:49:20 pm »
Agreed. Maybe a B-grade low-level prospect or two, to shore up some depth or to flip.

Although I'm still having a hard time figuring out what the Astros are targeting to help the MLB roster.

Probably a LOOGY.  Sipp's been less than impressive.

Talk Zone / Re: Trade Deadline Rumors
« on: July 15, 2016, 08:28:14 am »
So, basically, a Martes would get a team a Pomeranz? Of note, Pomeranz is arb eligible in 2017 and an FA in 2019. He's only making $1.35mm this season.

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And he's a lefty starter.  Similar numbers from a RHP would probably not be as dear.

Beer and Queso / Re: Thin Blue Line
« on: July 09, 2016, 10:59:13 am »
Ironically enough, the Dallas PD has been lauded for their procedural and cultual shift in community relations and interactions with individuals (especially deescalation of potentially violent situations).

I'm actually stunned that DPD gave the guy plenty of opportunities to negotiate and surrender before taking him out. No SWAT assault, no aggressive approach.

Beer and Queso / Re: We Were Born Before The Wind
« on: June 30, 2016, 11:52:56 am »
Very good stuff.

FWIW, I dated a girl who had synesthesia.  Hers wasn't tone-color, it was word-flavor.  That is, certain words had particular flavors to her.  She was an English teacher, which kinda made her a foodie by default.  My name tasted like steamed broccoli to her.  No one can be faulted for not being that in to broccoli.

Beer and Queso / Re: Save America's Pastime Act
« on: June 30, 2016, 10:36:58 am »
Does every minor league level need saving?  Does every team need 6-7 state side affiliates?  Does every team need two or three short season teams?  Is there really that big of a jump from low A to high A?  If getting players a living wage means we loose some lower levels, I am okay with that.  Paying them during spring training and instructs should also happen. 

It will mean that some players never get a shot at pro ball.  99.99999% of those kids have no shot at advancing to AAA much less to MLB. 

The bigger impact would be on indy ball more than affiliated ball.
This is the weird part to me; the bill seems to be supported by MLB, but the indy teams are the only ones who would actually benefit.  Upping the MiLB salaries would be a drop in the bucket for MLB teams.

Talk Zone / Re: Did he have to sell the bulldozer?
« on: June 23, 2016, 02:44:41 pm »
I think most Hindus would like to tell you about Vishnu, but they can't get their arms around how they should.

They'd say more about Kali, but they get tongue tied.

Talk Zone / Re: Did he have to sell the bulldozer?
« on: June 22, 2016, 08:47:01 am »
I just hope he didn't have to close the restaurant.  The Gomez Burger special (delicious if you have 20/20 vision, will give you E.coli if you don't) sounded tasty.

Beer and Queso / Re: Visiting Cooperstown/Hall of Fame
« on: June 20, 2016, 01:23:21 pm »
There's a big summer opera festival there called Glimmerglass if that's something the womenfolk would be interested in.

Beer and Queso / Re: Happy Fathers' Day
« on: June 20, 2016, 08:28:33 am »
Is he a lefty off the tee?

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Sometimes on the backswing. 

Took him to the game on Saturday.  Got really excited for the 7th inning stretch, because we get to "sing the song about Texas".

Beer and Queso / Re: Happy Fathers' Day
« on: June 17, 2016, 03:40:34 pm »
My son is just old enough to play a little catch in the driveway, and knock some balls off the Little Tikes  tee.  He woke up this morning asking if we could play baseball.  When we play, he calls himself "Colby" and calls me "Carlos". 

The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Re: 2016 Draft
« on: June 10, 2016, 03:29:37 pm »
6th round: Stephen Wrenn, CF from UGA.  Speedy with some pop. Reportedly fell because of an injury (got hit by a pitch in the face right before the college season started).

ETA: Damn, late to the show.

Talk Zone / Re: Leaders on this team?
« on: June 09, 2016, 09:29:43 am »
Everyone on this team is too afraid of Gomez showing up and flipping around an Uzi in the lead this team...the dude scares me through the tv !

Altuve perhaps ????

Springer/Correa too young...

My Gomez...if that is possible... and bring back Hunter Pence to lead...whatever the cost.

You know that Hunter might be out for the rest of the year, right?

Beer and Queso / Re: Art Briles...out at Baylor
« on: May 26, 2016, 02:32:11 pm »
Well, "cleaning house". AD stays. Starr stays, and actually moves up to chancellor.

He was already chancellor and president.  Now he's "just" chancellor.

I'd definitely recommend hitting up pizzeria bianco.
Second this.  My favorite pizza ever.

Beer and Queso / Clickhole
« on: May 25, 2016, 12:36:19 pm »
Quote from: Definitely the real Randy Johnson
Randy Johnson (Seattle Mariners starting pitcher): My manager came onto the mound and said to me, “Well, Randy, you fucking blew it like the Oracle said you would, and so now we’re trading you to the Houston Astros,” and I said, “Please don’t do that. Those fuckers are weird,” and my manager said, “You should have thought of that before you gave up that goddamn moonshot to McGwire.” And then the Houston Astros drove onto the field in a school bus, and they were all humming the same high-pitched note in unison, and their manager said to me, “Welcome to the Houston Astros. We all sleep in the same big bed, and the bed is alive,” and I said, “I hate you weird fuckers,” but I had to get on the bus anyway.

Clickhole is a treasure.

Talk Zone / Re: The Competition
« on: May 20, 2016, 03:48:55 pm »
So if the Rangers apparently already need a new surely it bodes well for the future of ours that their plan seems to be to just copy MMP.

Based on that last rendering, I think $700M is going toward installing rolling hills in DFW.

Beer and Queso / Re: Baseball teaches tough lessons
« on: April 24, 2016, 10:39:31 pm »
When do we start the 2019 draft thread?

Beer and Queso / Re: That's not true...that's impossible!
« on: April 21, 2016, 12:03:29 pm »
Holy shit, I've read fanfic that had better character beats than that drivel.

Uh, I mean...uh, what's fanfic?


In a moment of pure pottery

Talk Zone / Re: Opening Day 2016
« on: April 12, 2016, 02:28:56 pm »
Sorry to miss out on the festivities this year.  Work intervened, and wasn't able to make SF.  My son enjoyed his third straight OD, though.   He's really into Rasmus for some reason.

The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Re: Corpus Christi Hooks 2016
« on: April 12, 2016, 09:13:55 am »
Bregman with 2 dingers tonight including the walkoff in the 12th.

That walk-off was a shot.

Talk Zone / Re: Gattis
« on: April 08, 2016, 10:21:04 am »
He looks like Kurt Angle.

Game Zone 2016 Archive / Re: Opening Day
« on: April 05, 2016, 03:23:29 pm »
Chip off the ol' block?


Game Zone 2016 Archive / Re: Opening Day
« on: April 05, 2016, 03:00:50 pm »
Hit fucking Gregorious. 

Game Zone 2016 Archive / Re: Opening Day
« on: April 05, 2016, 01:55:46 pm »
This kid.

Talk Zone / Re: Race for the Lid!!!
« on: April 04, 2016, 09:20:45 am »

Talk Zone / Re: Opening Day 2016
« on: April 01, 2016, 07:55:15 am »
I'll be at Spanish Flowers, and possibly the Saucer.

Talk Zone / Re: One less punching bag at the Chron
« on: March 22, 2016, 08:34:07 am »
It could be mgmnt pushing these guys to be more opinionated. I have no knowledge of this, just speculation, but with the newspaper industry losing so much share of voice they may be trying to re-invent themselves to a degree.

I'd tend to agree with this assessment, with the caveat that the tone of some of Drellich's most noxious stuff implied a lack of access to Luhnow, etc. that left him with a chip on his shoulder.  In the absence of a good pull quote, throw the source under the bus.

Still, nothing as awful as JJdO taking Shawn Chacon's side happened, so he was still an improvement.  Bring back Zach Levine or convince the Chron to pony up for Footer.

Talk Zone / Re: Injury Updates
« on: March 18, 2016, 10:41:23 am »
NC...HH...thank you both.   Feedback above and beyond, as per usual.

Now, I'm sure I'll get run outta here for my next question, but gotta ask it.  Is there any chance Lance isn't hurt at all and this is merely a creative way to push back the start of his season without hurting him in the wallet, nor having to answer any questions about it?

I doubt it.  They did an MRI on him and the whole bit; apparently they were concerned that there was structural damage.

Beer and Queso / Re: Texas Flood: Water, water everywhere ...
« on: March 15, 2016, 04:58:38 pm »
There were signs on the freeways in Houston that I-10 was closed at the border, advising people to take US 59 to I-20.  I assume they had lots of signs along the road leading to the border too.

And LaDOTD is the equivalent of TXDOT.

Before I realized that it was about the flooding, I figured that Abbott had lost a bet to Jindal.  Or a spring break party had broken out on the Atchafalaya Bridge.

Talk Zone / Re: Ex-Astros News
« on: March 15, 2016, 04:57:11 pm »
What was the name of the sombrero wearing group with the stick horses  that hung out along the rail near the center field concourse?

Los Caballeros.

Beer and Queso / Re: Trump
« on: March 11, 2016, 07:58:57 am »
I'm hard-pressed to think of anyone who would do it.


Talk Zone / Re: Rasmus
« on: March 10, 2016, 03:12:32 pm »
Rasmus situation reminds me a bit of Everett.   Both were in big markets and just didn't seem to fit in.  Carl in NY and Colby in STL/Toronto

Both came to Houston and just seemed/appeared to be much more comfortable here.    Colby has gone from introvert to google wearing maniac who seems like he is having a blast playing baseball again.

Here is a good example that the Astros just tweeted out.

Has Springer always been that ripped?  He looks like a legit NFL player in that video...which I guess is the point.

Beer and Queso / Re: OWA Bracket Challenge
« on: March 07, 2016, 01:15:11 pm »
I'm interested in joining.  Can you PM me the login info?

Talk Zone / Re: Yes, the site was down
« on: March 03, 2016, 08:43:40 am »

Talk Zone / Re: Injury Updates
« on: February 18, 2016, 02:47:11 pm »

Beer and Queso / Re: Panthers vs Broncos
« on: February 07, 2016, 09:44:40 pm »
He did make the difference by not diving for the football on the fumble.

Simms was ripping him a new one for that, but it looked to me like Newton thought it was an incomplete pass instead of a fumble. 

The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Re: Top 10 Prospects
« on: January 28, 2016, 08:14:35 am »
Interesting read.  Good context really

Especially about Gallo.  If your ceiling is "Adam Dunn, but worse defensively", I don't know how you're a #1 prospect at your position.

Talk Zone / Re: Lawsuit over Future of Televised Baseball
« on: January 20, 2016, 08:32:39 am »
Two questions: are these changes immediate, and does it change the necessity of having cable to over-ride the local blackouts?

That's a significant all around improvement.

It's a wash in the average number of  testicles department.

Beer and Queso / Re: 2015 College Football
« on: January 10, 2016, 08:43:49 pm »
Side note: during Johnny Football's wacky adventures in Vegas this weekend, he was wearing a wig and introducing himself as "Billy".  I heard tonight from a primary source that the full name he was giving out was "Billy Liucci".  Pretty funny if true.

Beer and Queso / Re: 2015 College Football
« on: January 07, 2016, 10:36:40 pm »
Oh Chip, never change.  He makes Billy Liucci look like Edward Murrow.

Beer and Queso / Re: Star Wars VII: Spoilers Thread (You Have Been Warned)
« on: December 28, 2015, 08:59:54 am »

I hope they didn't write themselves into a hole.  Never trained Rey ended up kicking heavily trained Ren's ass.  Any future showdown, assuming Rey is fully trained, has to be Rey dominant.  She was clearly stronger with the force.

Ren had taken a gut shot from Chewie's blaster, which they'd spent half the movie playing up.  But I see what you're saying.

Beer and Queso / Re: Star Wars VII: Spoilers Thread (You Have Been Warned)
« on: December 23, 2015, 09:51:29 am »
I can't think of any movie I've ever seen where the second-billed person on the poster didn't have any lines.

Beer and Queso / Re: Star Wars VII: Spoilers Thread (You Have Been Warned)
« on: December 22, 2015, 08:49:26 am »
I'm in the camp that thinks that Rey was one of Luke's Jedi disciples who escaped before Ren wiped everyone out.  It would be too...cute for her to be Luke's daughter.  But then again, there were a whole lot of "cute" moments in this movie already.

Dang, I want a BB-8 toy.

Beer and Queso / Re: That's not true...that's impossible!
« on: December 18, 2015, 09:58:58 am »
I never expected that Vader would step out of the shower on the Death Star after blowing up Yavin, and it turn out that everything else had just been a dream.

Eh?  Oh.  Spoiler alert.

I was skeptical about it working as a musical, but Harrison Ford really did a fantastic job with the closing number.

Beer and Queso / Re: That's not true...that's impossible!
« on: December 18, 2015, 08:45:35 am »
It's good.  A little bit "shut up and play the hits", but it's good-good, not just "compared to the prequels"-good.

Beer and Queso / Re: That's not true...that's impossible!
« on: December 16, 2015, 03:20:22 pm »
I'm going Friday night.  Mild spoilers are starting to appear in mainstream reviews, so full-on spoilers will be rife in the next few days.  Best not to wait too long as you might get the whole thing spoiled by accident.

Don't worry, there's a Chrome extension for that.

Talk Zone / Re: Let the Stove be Heated
« on: December 09, 2015, 12:48:57 pm »
Has anyone heard if the Astros have any interest in Seung-Hwan Oh, who is an international free agent.  How much would it cost to bring a 33 year old Japanese closer.  He does have the best nickname -- "the final boss".

Well, there was this.  Killer nickname, though.

Talk Zone / Re: AL West Offseason, Version 2.0
« on: December 09, 2015, 10:49:14 am »
Adam Lind to Seattle.  Apparently he's a platoon-only kind of guy, but his numbers are pretty damned good.

Talk Zone / Re: Let the Stove be Heated
« on: December 08, 2015, 11:10:27 am »
Crasnick tweets that Bregman would be involved.

Link?  I don't see that on Crasnick's Twitter.  This is Christmas for Fake Ass Twitter Accounts.

Talk Zone / Re: Let the Stove be Heated
« on: December 07, 2015, 06:04:49 pm »
My best baseball source says tap the brakes on Reed.

In terms of the enthusiasm that Astros fans have for him, or for the FO's willingness to trade him?

Talk Zone / Re: Let the Stove be Heated
« on: December 07, 2015, 02:56:02 pm »
Chapman deal not official, per Jayson Stark.  Another writer in the twitterverse seems to think that other teams have upped their offer, causing Cincy to reopen the bidding.

Beer and Queso / Re: On this day in history
« on: December 02, 2015, 11:09:25 am »
When will Ken Lay come out of exile?

He and Tupac are the Red and Andy of St. Lucia.

Talk Zone / Re: Let the Stove be Heated
« on: December 02, 2015, 09:28:52 am »
Come on folks, let's get with the crazy-ass trade ideas. And I'll be the dumbass that kicks it off:

Send Chris Carter and Evan Gattis to the Mariners for Nelson Cruz. Carter has a .911 career OPS at Safeco and would fill the 1B vacancy created by the Trumbo trade. Gattis replaces Cruz at DH. Seattle also gets financial relief, shedding nearly $43MM ($14.3MM annual salary owed Cruz for the next 3 years) while taking on $9MM of 2016 combined salary (MLBTR estimate) in Carter/Gattis thru arbitration (Carter/Gattis both of course will be under club control thru 2018). Frees up money to re-sign Iwakuma (whose cost to re-sign just got a lot higher in the past week as we now know what starting pitcher prices are this off-season). They'll also be getting younger.

No need to discuss what Cruz has done the last two seasons. His career OPS at MMP is .969 (vs just .836 at Safeco). Risk for Houston is his age as he turns 36 in July. Another possible issue is his offensive numbers throughout his career are less robust when DHing than when playing the OF.

Almost certainly some prospects would need to go in the deal. Maybe a Joe Musgrove and a Nolan Fontana?

Is Nelson Cruz available? Dunno, although this Seattle Times columnist writes that trading Cruz is not a ridiculous idea for the Ms to consider as his trade value is unlikely to get any higher.

Flame on.

I'll take the bait.  Where would you play Cruz?  I'm guessing DH, since his OF defense doesn't hold a candle to any of the incumbents.  Which leaves 1B wide open, so you're assuming that one of the kids (White/Reed) steps up or you've got Marwin over there on a regular basis.

Talk Zone / Re: Jed Lowrie traded to A's (again)
« on: November 25, 2015, 10:51:39 am »
Here's the return for Lowrie.  AA relief pitcher.   Seems solid, but not a threat to end up on the 40 man this year.

Beer and Queso / Re: 2015 College Football
« on: November 23, 2015, 04:33:15 pm »

"Well, I'll tell ya, that'th a quality football team over there...the betht I've theen all year, maybe the betht I've ever coached againtht.  Thith ith a big win for our program...huge...the biggetht I've ever coacthed, maybe in thkool hithtory...."


Talk Zone / Re: Let the Stove be Heated
« on: November 19, 2015, 02:46:15 pm »
Sounds good to me. His offense and speed make him valuable to some, but I will be glad to see his defense (sic) be somebody else's albatross. And his boneheaded base running will be amusing instead of infuriating.

Never forget.

Beer and Queso / Re: 2015 College Football
« on: November 16, 2015, 03:02:50 pm »
Win them all, yes.  But it's still the fucking Peach Bowl.

Look on the bright side: you get to embarrass some Nole fans.

Beer and Queso / Re: Palin. WTF?
« on: November 11, 2015, 02:10:14 pm »
BTW, Trump will be in town Saturday. I have a friend who is involved in organizing the event, and I could probably get fairly close, if anyone has anything they'd like me to pass on to him.

Just FYI.

Can you give him herpes?

The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Re: AFL Rosters
« on: October 26, 2015, 02:59:06 pm »
1B/DH Tyler White - .333/.481/.714 in 6 games


Isn't he also getting some time behind the plate as well?

Talk Zone / Re: "Mindset Coach"
« on: October 23, 2015, 11:10:25 am »
When I spoke w/ him, he was prepping his first color commentary role on one of ESPN's college baseball broadcasts.  He was excited about the research he was doing before the game, which was still two weeks away.  I think some of the tools that would make him a good broadcaster would also make him good at connecting with players as a coach.

Talk Zone / Re: "Mindset Coach"
« on: October 23, 2015, 08:29:49 am »
Ditto.  In my minimal interaction with Morgan, he proved himself thoughtful and driven.  And he clearly cares a lot about the success of the kids the organization is developing.

Talk Zone / Re: What a ride!
« on: October 15, 2015, 08:52:26 am »
This is my favorite season.  Even moreso than 2005.

Beer and Queso / Re: Texans 2015
« on: October 13, 2015, 04:53:15 pm »
First world problems...

Since when did New Orleans join the first world?

Why Hinch continues to bat him 5th, behind his hottest hitter, is a mystery to me.

This is the part I don't get.  I would've much rather had Carter batting there.

They moved me to a new desk at work today.  The trade floor TV's are behind me now, so I have to turn around to watch the game.  No more plausible deniability about working today. 


Beer and Queso / Re: 2015 College Football
« on: October 12, 2015, 11:19:01 am »
The real coup would be UH getting a Big XII X VIII X invite.

Game Zone 2015 Archive / Re: Royals @ Astros October 11, 2015
« on: October 12, 2015, 09:18:00 am »
Just another vote that it was super loud.  After the third strike to get Cain in the 9th, the whole place was vibrating.

Beer and Queso / Re: 2015 College Football
« on: October 10, 2015, 09:38:24 pm »
I don't follow football much, but does U of H have a good team?

They're frisky this year. Quite likely that they'll embarrass some Power 5 team in a bowl game. And then Herman will take the Miami/Maryland/USC/Tennessee/other USC job.

Game Zone 2015 Archive / Re: Astros @ Royals October 9, 2015
« on: October 09, 2015, 03:44:15 pm »
Just think how much cattle he could buy for his farm.

Maybe he can finally buy himself a shirt.

Game Zone 2015 Archive / Re: Astros @ Royals October 9, 2015
« on: October 09, 2015, 03:16:32 pm »
That bunt was a thing of beauty.  And good hustle by Carter to get to third.

Talk Zone / Re: 2nd ALDS game
« on: October 09, 2015, 02:06:44 pm »
The Frito pie at El Real lived up to the hype.  And Neil took off his hat at the table.

Talk Zone / Re: 2nd ALDS game
« on: October 09, 2015, 12:19:48 pm »
I just rolled up and they gave me the biggest table in the joint.

Talk Zone / Re: 2nd ALDS game
« on: October 09, 2015, 10:48:46 am »
Could we do anytime after noon?

Don't plan around me though.

Talk Zone / Re: 2nd ALDS game
« on: October 09, 2015, 09:54:59 am »
What time?  I might be able to make it today.

Talk Zone / Re: Qualls
« on: October 09, 2015, 09:05:49 am »
I'm glad he was in the dugout last night.

Talk Zone / Re: First ALDS game
« on: October 09, 2015, 08:45:25 am »
This is going to be a streak all right.

Talk Zone / Re: Starting Line-Up
« on: October 08, 2015, 04:16:15 pm »
Saw on Twitter that Hinch is still planning for Gomez to start Game 2.

Talk Zone / Re: First ALDS game
« on: October 08, 2015, 11:37:59 am »
There's a Skyline Deli on the ground floor of my building that serves chili.  May God have mercy on my bowels.

Talk Zone / Re: Tomorrow's game
« on: October 06, 2015, 12:51:19 pm »
I just partook of a Frito Pie Burger from Hubcap Grill.  I hope I live to regret this.

Talk Zone / Re: Tomorrow's game
« on: October 06, 2015, 08:16:15 am »
I'm up for meeting anywhere that Neil mentioned.  I've heard that El Real's is served in the bag, but don't quote me on that.

Talk Zone / Re: Seriously, folks
« on: October 02, 2015, 01:49:50 pm »
Don't you wish you had taken some of the 22/1 odds for post season play back in March?

I took the over/under on wins at 74.5.  But the playoff would've paid a helluva lot better.

Game Zone 2015 Archive / Re: Astros @ Sea Hags September 29, 2015
« on: September 29, 2015, 09:50:13 pm »
Those of y'all who know such things: why is Conger so bad at throwing out runners? Arm strength? Release speed?

Beer and Queso / Re: 2015 College Football
« on: September 29, 2015, 01:56:59 pm »
Via Every Day Should Be Saturday:
It ain't the conspiracy that bothers Texas; it's the shame of being outbid by an Oklahoman.

More here.

Talk Zone / Re: Timely hitting
« on: September 24, 2015, 08:40:39 am »
and run averages are useless to tell what happened game to game.

Point taken, but I think games like yesterday are indicative of what Neil's saying.  Hitters rally back and put runs on the board after starting in a hole, bullpen puts them behind again, and they muster one run too few in their last rally.  I feel like we've seen that pattern a lot this month, and it seems that the stats bear that out.

Game Zone 2015 Archive / Re: Halos/Astros 9/23/15
« on: September 23, 2015, 04:25:33 pm »
Fucking hell.  Did we miss that Neshek had "Must Use Before 8/31/15" written on his back?

Talk Zone / Re: Altuve making another run at 200 hits
« on: September 22, 2015, 09:50:18 am »
I think it's a fun stat to track.  Altuve is a special player, and we're not likely to see another one like him for a while.

The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Re: Fresno 2015
« on: September 21, 2015, 09:16:35 am »
Appel took the win in the PCL championship game.  5.2 IP, 10K, 3 ER, 2 BB.

Beer and Queso / Re: Remembering 9/11
« on: September 11, 2015, 12:32:40 pm »
My PONY League baseball coach was a guy named Jerry Hughes. He now is married to Karen, and she was Counselor to the President on September 11, 2001. Their wedding anniversary is September 10 so she did not go with GWB to Florida but instead stayed in DC with Jerry. We were at their house in Austin one night, and after the other guests were gone, she told us her story of that day. She was in the shower getting ready to go to work when her two phones lit up. Her story is much like ours here except she drove to the White House and then went into the bunker.

Karen spoke at my college graduation in May 2002.  Everything was still very fresh, and I recall her as a very fired up speaker.

I had an 8AM class that day, and then a lull until an afternoon class around 1:30 or 2pm.  As was my habit, I went home after the early class.  I was reading on the couch when my mom called and asked if I was watching TV.  My Luddite mother would never ask a question like that unless it was important.  The first tower was smoking, and I was still on the phone with her when the second plane hit.  Something between a yelp and a scream came out of my mouth in that moment.  I never went to my afternoon class.

Beer and Queso / Re: 2015 College Football
« on: September 08, 2015, 11:51:35 am »
I expected improvement under Chavis, but didn't think the Ags would sucker punch ASU nearly like this.  I'm trying to temper my expectations after what happened after the South Carolina win last year.  ASU could end up being hot garbage like South Carolina was.

Beer and Queso / Re: 50 Best Tacos in America
« on: September 04, 2015, 11:35:48 am »
There was a taco from Wisconsin on this list.




Beer and Queso / Re: 50 Best Tacos in America
« on: September 04, 2015, 11:06:15 am »
I've never been to either of the Houston places, but could think of a couple of places not on the list that should be.

#7 is the truck that posts up outside West Alabama Ice House.

Velvet Taco is...Washington Ave. Torchys.

Beer and Queso / Re: This may be the best thing ever.
« on: September 04, 2015, 08:20:14 am »
Kale & Massaged Anchovy, $18.  These prices are so ridiculous.  I know so many places in Queens where I could get that same dish for under $10.

Game Zone 2015 Archive / Re: Seaturds @ Astros September 2, 2015
« on: September 02, 2015, 08:50:00 pm »
Why replace Kazmir at this point?  He wasn't even to 100 pitches.  I'd trust him a helluva lot more than Qualls to get out of this inning.

Game Zone 2015 Archive / Re: Astros VS Dodgers 08/21/2015
« on: August 21, 2015, 10:12:40 pm »
Via Twitter: 15 minutes ago
Mattingly calls no-hitter the "icing on the bad part of the cake."

That's not how cakes work, Donnie.  And go cut those sideburns.

Game Zone 2015 Archive / Re: Astros VS Dodgers 08/21/2015
« on: August 21, 2015, 09:52:23 pm »
Last one for Astros was the six pitcher effort in 2003?

Yup.  Last single-pitcher was Kile in 93.

Game Zone 2015 Archive / Re: Astros VS Dodgers 08/21/2015
« on: August 21, 2015, 09:48:05 pm »
He's on my fantasy team.  On the bench.  You're welcome.

The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Re: Fresno 2015
« on: August 19, 2015, 03:01:06 pm »
Interesting that the Chron article mentions that they haven't ruled out moving him to catcher.   There's probably somebody in the org who sees his body and thinks "catcher".

Congrats, Lee!  Seems like he's already bought into the lie that baseball is boring, though.    Gotta keep him awake during the game.

Talk Zone / Re: Starting pitching
« on: August 13, 2015, 11:43:26 am »
I'd assume that at least two of those names could end up in the bullpen.  Perhaps Fiers as a long reliever or Velasquez as closer.


The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Re: Fresno 2015
« on: August 07, 2015, 11:08:49 am »
Very may be a bit strong, but it turned out to be a good deal for him.

To adapt a quote, Singleton is rich, but the man who wrote the check is wealthy.

The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Re: Fresno 2015
« on: August 03, 2015, 11:58:40 am »
What's White like in the field? 

Talk Zone / Re: Trade rumors
« on: August 02, 2015, 07:40:32 pm »
I think we're going to see a lot of Marisnick as a late-inning defensive replacement in the OF.  If Tucker or even Rasmus starts, that doesn't mean that they'll be roaming the corners in the late innings.

Talk Zone / Re: Trade rumors
« on: July 30, 2015, 07:07:52 pm »
I like Fiers. Young, under contract for a while yet and groundball prone. Seems like we now have the rotation depth we need even w the rookies' inning limits.

Talk Zone / Re: Me
« on: July 28, 2015, 01:15:11 pm »
Get well soon, Old Man!  You're (pun intended) the backbone of this group.

Talk Zone / Re: Cooperstown July 2015
« on: July 28, 2015, 10:27:49 am »
Only if you're married to your sister.

It's quite simple:  I'm married to his sister, and this is his wife's dad.  No blood relation for any of us.

We had five HOF'ers on our flight home: Yount, Cox, Glavine, Bench and Blyleven.  And Jeff Foxworthy.

Talk Zone / Re: Cooperstown July 2015
« on: July 26, 2015, 06:57:29 am »
Toll booth worker said that Astros fans outnumber Sox fans 10-1 today. 

Talk Zone / Re: Cooperstown July 2015
« on: July 25, 2015, 10:03:38 am »
At our layover at BWI, and who's that mustache? It's Rex Jones!

Game Zone 2015 Archive / Re: Astros @ Royals July 24, 2015
« on: July 24, 2015, 08:12:01 pm »
I'm going to carve the tree in the backyard into a statue of Carlos.

Patron Saint of Situational Hitting

Talk Zone / Re: Cooperstown July 2015
« on: July 24, 2015, 08:37:08 am »
I'm going with my brother-in-law and his incredibly eccentric  father-in-law.  We're catching an early flight to Albany on Saturday, and flying out super early on Monday.  Going to try to make the parade Saturday and obviously the induction on Sunday.

Talk Zone / Re: Trade rumors
« on: July 23, 2015, 12:34:59 pm »
Mengden's mustache will play well in Oakland.

Game Zone 2015 Archive / Re: Red Sox @ Astros July 21, 2015
« on: July 21, 2015, 08:50:13 pm »
After a rough start, Brian Johnson is back in black.

After some dirty deeds on the base paths, he's done...still, on a rookie's salary, he's done dirt cheap.

The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Re: Top Prospect Lists 2015
« on: July 10, 2015, 10:14:23 am »
Still early to include someone like Daniel Mengden?

Mengden's gotten knocked around a bit in Lancaster.  If he finishes the season strong there, I think he's in the top-15.

Talk Zone / Re: AL West News
« on: July 09, 2015, 10:02:44 am »
Kazmir pulled after 3 innings with tightness.  Supposedly not a big deal, but you'd have to imagine that any trade partners would want a full physical work-up before agreeing to anything.

Game Zone 2015 Archive / Re: Astros @ Indians July 6, 2015
« on: July 06, 2015, 08:35:42 pm »
Marwin boards the Manship for a homer. 9-3 Good Guys.

Talk Zone / Re: Jose Altuve:: 2015 All-Star Game Starter
« on: July 06, 2015, 08:33:15 pm »
Keuchel made the roster too.  No Astros in the final vote, but one Royal.  You know what to do.

Talk Zone / Re: Cooperstown July 2015
« on: June 24, 2015, 08:13:01 am »
Just found out that I'm going, courtesy of an eccentric family member's generosity.  What's the current head count?

Talk Zone / Re: Astros Miscellany
« on: June 19, 2015, 02:30:44 pm »
Heartbreaking story about Neshek.  I'm glad he's one of the Good Guys.

Game Zone 2015 Archive / Re: Rockies @ Astros June 16, 2015
« on: June 16, 2015, 02:43:21 pm »
Did someone get Ashby a word of the day calendar or something?

Talk Zone / Re: Jakes investigated by FBI for hacking Astros!
« on: June 16, 2015, 01:39:47 pm »
There's quite a bit of greatness here but I'll highlight just this:

"We identify as Amish!"

I'm enjoying "Schadenfreude Christmas", too.

Game Zone 2015 Archive / Re: Rockies @ Astros June 16, 2015
« on: June 16, 2015, 01:38:34 pm »
Did Gattis bunt?  Because I really want to see video of that.

Game Zone 2015 Archive / Re: Sea Shits @ Astros June 12, 2015
« on: June 12, 2015, 07:49:45 pm »
Anybody know why Altuve came out? 

Beer and Queso / Re: Music 2015
« on: June 11, 2015, 11:26:58 am »
Donne Trumpet & The Social Experiment - Surf.  It's jazz.  It's pop.  It's hip-hop.  It's undeniably summer-y music.  "Sunday Candy" is pretty close to perfect.

The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Re: 2015 Draftees and Status
« on: June 10, 2015, 04:00:40 pm »
Well, shit.  That's the last time I trust

Also, James Carter's middle name is Turlington.  For his Aunt Christy.

The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Re: 2015 Draftees and Status
« on: June 10, 2015, 03:54:34 pm »
And on this planet: .280/.375/.431.

Is that career?  I was posting what I found for 2015.

The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Re: 2015 Draftees and Status
« on: June 10, 2015, 03:11:30 pm »
30th Round:

Bobby Wernes, 3B from Arky.  He can do this.  .347/.551/.994

The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Re: 2015 Draftees and Status
« on: June 10, 2015, 02:51:38 pm »
29th Round:

Brooks Marlow, UT-Austin.  2B.  Any of you Horns know  anything about him?

The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Re: 2015 Draftees and Status
« on: June 10, 2015, 02:46:47 pm »
Next few rounds:

26: Ralph Garza, RHP from OU. Junior for New Braunfels.  49K's in 46 IP, mostly from the bullpen.
27: James Carter, RHP from UC-Santa Barbara. Only appeared in 7 games all year as a reliever.
28: Zac Grotz, RHP from Embry-Riddle U (D2 aerospace-focused university in Florida).  90K's and 12(!) BB in  77.2 IP.

The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Re: 2015 Draftees and Status
« on: June 09, 2015, 01:38:48 pm »
My wild ass prediction is that by 2018 he'll be the Astros starting 3b.

Really?  I'd figure that if someone's moving to 3B, it'd be Correa.  I guess we'll have to see how Bregman's glove and arm look.

The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Re: 2015 Draftees and Status
« on: June 09, 2015, 11:26:23 am »
Interview w/ Matuella.  Seems like he's considering going back to Duke for another year.

The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Re: 2015 Draftees and Status
« on: June 08, 2015, 10:13:24 pm »
6 walks in 114 IP is damned impressive.  If he can develop a strikeout pitch, or just become another groundball bot, he'll be fun.

The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Re: 2015 Draftees and Status
« on: June 08, 2015, 10:10:31 pm »
Matuella falling like a rock.

Game Zone 2015 Archive / Re: Astros @ White Sox June 8, 2015
« on: June 08, 2015, 09:47:07 pm »
Really impressed with how he's turned the corner on his pitch count.  He's finding the zone so much better than his first two starts.

The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Re: 2015 Draftees and Status
« on: June 08, 2015, 07:48:37 pm »
Aiken to the Indians.  Their problem now.

The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Re: 2015 Draft Thread
« on: June 08, 2015, 04:45:44 pm »
Rodgers/Tate/Cameron.  But I'm an optimist.

Talk Zone / Re: Velasquez up
« on: June 08, 2015, 09:43:36 am »
Looking forward to seeing him pitch.  From what little I've seen of VV, and what I've seen from McCullers, Devenski is nowhere in that league.

I also assume Villar, but I wish they would just drop Hernandez also and bring up Singleton.

Devenski isn't on the 40-man.  That's probably a big part of why.

Talk Zone / Re: Correa
« on: June 05, 2015, 08:49:42 am »
This was the case.  I was at this game.  The play at the plate was going to be very close and he tried to slide around the catcher.  I question if he actually missed home plate.  He swung the bat quite well in the game.  No doubt he will be on this team soon.


Talk Zone / Re: Club Astros
« on: June 04, 2015, 01:21:06 pm »
Charlie Kerfeld is drinking YooHoo with rum.

Talk Zone / Re: Club Astros
« on: June 03, 2015, 10:45:51 am »
Pettite says he's drinking a Shirley Temple but it actually has Everclear in it.

Garner is drinking a Salty Dog.

Talk Zone / Re: Feldman to DL?
« on: May 29, 2015, 03:32:36 pm »
They will need to free up another roster spot. Not sure who the likely candidate is.

Villar?  Thatcher?

"Yoanis Quiala?"

National Zoo: "Sure, we can always use another."


The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Re: 2015 Draft Thread
« on: May 29, 2015, 09:03:20 am »
I can only assume that Hutton Moyer is already 30.

Talk Zone / Re: Questions for Mike Fast
« on: May 28, 2015, 04:40:20 pm »
I have seen a lot of comments on this, but cannot find a definitive answer - If the Astros do not sign their pick at number 2, do they lose that pick, or do they get another chance next year?  Thanks

The Aiken compensation pick is use it or lose it this year.  If we don't sign whoever we pick at #5, that pick would be compensated.

Not complaining about the improvements, just kinda heartbroken for my in-laws.  They're probably going to sell the house their kids grew up in  rather than deal with this again in a decade when they're in their 70's.  And their house probably just depreciated $300k in under 48 hours.

My in-laws are about five blocks north of Brays Bayou, and got four inches throughout the house.  Had lots of fun last night moving water-logged sleeper sofas to the street.  Sucks that, for all the money invested after Allison and Ike, Brays still does this.

Game Zone 2015 Archive / Re: Athletics @ Astros May 19, 2015
« on: May 19, 2015, 10:08:50 pm »
Watching Oakland's Twitter feed when Abad pitches is some delicious schadenfreude.

Talk Zone / Re: Athletics @ Astros Series Preview
« on: May 19, 2015, 10:24:04 am »
Fax mines.  Perfect.

Game Zone 2015 Archive / Re: Athletics @ Astros May 18, 2015
« on: May 18, 2015, 09:15:08 pm »
Is there a shortage of batting gloves in the clubhouse? Tucker, Rasmussen and Gattis are all barehanded.

Game Zone 2015 Archive / Re: Athletics @ Astros May 18, 2015
« on: May 18, 2015, 08:52:00 pm »
5K's in 4.2. Not bad.

The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Re: Quad Cities
« on: May 14, 2015, 04:33:37 pm »
QC Times profile of Daniel "Power Stache" Mengden.

Sounds like "down and away", as referenced in that Grantland article, might be part of the skill set that they're teaching in the minors, too.  I wonder if that's what they've got Appel working on, too.

Beer and Queso / Re: Music 2015
« on: May 13, 2015, 10:58:08 am »
Saw Sufjan Stevens at Jones Hall Monday night.  Carrie and Lowell is just as emotionally draining live.   Fortunately, he threw in some Seven Swans and other early material to balance it out.

The new Rhett Miller is good.

The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Re: Fresno 2015
« on: May 13, 2015, 10:53:55 am »
Correa goes 1-5 in AAA debut.

Rushed him.  Total bust.

Talk Zone / Re: Former Astros news
« on: May 08, 2015, 12:44:43 pm »
Great story and RJ was an Astro in 1998 if that's what you are referencing.

Shit, you're right.  I guess what I'm saying is fuck Kevin Brown.

Talk Zone / Re: Former Astros news
« on: May 08, 2015, 11:07:27 am »

The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Re: Corpus Christi 2015
« on: May 05, 2015, 03:06:57 pm »
Didn't get to actually see it, but judging from the recap, he wasn't getting tagged a lot.  I worry more when I see that.

I'd like to hear reports on the control issue last night.  Maybe he is working on something new.

Yeah, I looked at the game log, and it doesn't seem that bad to me.  He struck out the side in the first, got an inning-ending K in the 2nd with runners in scoring position, and then gave up the runs while still racking up K's in between. 

Corpus is still doing the tandem as far as I know, so it's not like he was going past the fifth anyway.

Talk Zone / Re: Correa
« on: April 29, 2015, 01:52:28 pm »
I think next year, Correa is the starting SS and Lowrie is playing 3rd.  Lowrie is signed thru 2017, so unless they dealt him, he is gonna play.  3rd seems as good as spot as any for Jed.

I agree with you, except that I'd think whoever is more productive between Lowrie and Valbuena will be kept.  Both have good upside.  The only advantage I see to Lowrie is his longer term contract. 

The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Re: 2015 Draft Thread
« on: April 29, 2015, 08:56:25 am »
Maybe it's just the whole MLB bloodlines things, but the DDS Jr. Experiment makes me kinda reluctant about Cameron.  Probably unfair, but the scouting report sounds pretty similar.

Talk Zone / Re: DH
« on: April 27, 2015, 01:43:31 pm »
The thing that has surprised me is: what happened to effort to get Gattis to play 1b?  I like Marwin as a utility guy, but he's hardly the bat to occupy a 1b slot when Carter is struggling, etc.  If Gattis is no long catching (and it appears he is not), why is LF preferable to 1b?  Or, a related question, who is a better LF, Gattis or Carter?

At least in ST, the explanation was that Gattis was still rehabbing an injury, so they were focusing on him as DH first, LF second, and everything else (1B, C) not at all.  Since he appears to be healthy now, I wouldn't be surprised if he was taking grounders, or catching some in the bullpen to get back up to speed.

Game Zone 2015 Archive / Re: Astros @ SeaPussies April 21, 2015
« on: April 21, 2015, 10:34:57 pm »
Two wild pitches tonight by McHugh.  For anyone actually watching the game: is he having control issues, or is it on Castro?

Beer and Queso / Re: That's not true...that's impossible!
« on: April 21, 2015, 09:59:05 am »
Maybe because he still shows up all glowy and unannounced when Luke is knocking one out with his bionic hand.

"Hey son, want me to tell you how I met your mother?"

The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Re: Corpus Christi 2015
« on: April 20, 2015, 01:00:36 pm »
I'm not convinced that he gets called up this season.

Yeah, they'll do the Service Time Tango with him next year, and he'll get called up about now-ish 2016.

Beer and Queso / Re: Music 2015
« on: April 17, 2015, 04:14:38 pm »
New album by Denton's own Doug Burr: Pale White Dove.  There's one song where he does a pretty spot-on "Ryan Adams-circa 2004" impression.  His last album "O Ye Devastator" is one of my most replayed albums.

Beer and Queso / Re: Music 2015
« on: April 15, 2015, 03:35:28 pm »
Also, Leon Bridges is the ghost of Sam Cooke.  It's eerie.

Beer and Queso / Re: Recommendations for Houston Weekend
« on: April 15, 2015, 12:38:01 pm »
Hugo's brunch is only buffet on Sundays.  Saturday mornings have a menu.

Beer and Queso / Re: Texans Season Ticket Holder "Gift"
« on: April 14, 2015, 02:28:37 pm »
When I go to the dentist, they always give me a new toothbrush.
Well, that's the gift that keeps on giving the whole year.

Beer and Queso / Re: Recommendations for Houston Weekend
« on: April 14, 2015, 02:27:02 pm »
I have not, and was thinking about it for lunch.

Apparently,  on game days you can pay $50 to park in their parking lot...and get a $50 food credit to boot.

Beer and Queso / Re: Recommendations for Houston Weekend
« on: April 14, 2015, 10:40:38 am »
I'd throw Coltivare and Pax Americana on the dinner list, and Weights + Measures on for breakfast and lunch.

Has anyone been to Jackson Street BBQ yet?

Game Zone 2015 Archive / Re: Astros @ Rainjizz April 12, 2015
« on: April 12, 2015, 09:44:43 pm »
YOU'RE NOT MY SUPERVISOR! - Budgirl, probably.

I love you.

Game Zone 2015 Archive / Re: Astros @ Rainjizz April 10, 2015
« on: April 10, 2015, 04:13:22 pm »
Just a reminder: McHugh is filthy.

Game Zone 2015 Archive / Re: Astros @ Rainjizz April 10, 2015
« on: April 10, 2015, 03:33:21 pm »
Bass warming up in bottom 1, Holland hasn't thrown a FB over 88 yet.

Any word on what happened with Holland?  He's like the Plano version of Kyle Weiland at this point.

Game Zone 2015 Archive / Re: Indians @ Astros April 9, 2015
« on: April 09, 2015, 03:15:26 pm »
Don't jinx him.

/throws salt over shoulder

Game Zone 2015 Archive / Re: Indians @ Astros April 9, 2015
« on: April 09, 2015, 03:07:55 pm »
Deduno looks solid.

Talk Zone / Re: Opening Day 2015
« on: April 09, 2015, 07:58:01 am »
Just in case anybody is still wondering, the little guy arrived this morning at 12:44am (45 minutes earlier and the two of us share birthdays), and I'm officially a grandfather. He came in at 7 lb 7oz and 20 1/4", with only slightly more hair than I have. As I mentioned to my wife as we were walking to get some dinner last night, 41 years ago when I first laid my head down on a pillow in Houston, I certainly wouldn't have imagined that my first grandchild would be born only a few hundred yards away.

Fantastic!  Start teaching him to throw lefty.

Talk Zone / Re: Franchise Four
« on: April 08, 2015, 04:56:31 pm »
Bass, Burke, Bergman, Borkowski

Am I doing this right?

Beer and Queso / Re: Music 2015
« on: April 08, 2015, 01:31:49 pm »
Agreed with this.

Also, Lord Huron and Waxahatchee have new albums out today.  Both worth a listen.

That new Lord Huron doesn't mess around.

New singles from Dawes and Passion Pit are both worth checking out, too.

Talk Zone / Re: Opening Day 2015
« on: April 07, 2015, 08:11:04 am »
What a great game...playoff atmosphere.  It feels like the Orange and navy have almost completely taken over the mud and blood.  But holy hell, the concession lines were awful and the service at them was one of the worst experiences of my life.  I've never seen so many people just standing around behind the counter doing nothing.

On the field, the product couldn't have been better.  It kills me there's a day off today.

Yeah, when I got a hot dog, the cashier waited a couple of minutes for someone else to bring her a dry towel to wipe off her (fully functional) cash register before she would ring me up.  I could've just walked off with my food.

Missed everyone yesterday, but had to go with some work friends. Jack made it through all nine innings, a marked improvement from last year.

Talk Zone / Re: New, Nice and Clean OWA Webpages
« on: April 06, 2015, 09:10:52 am »
Looking good.  The color palate is just right.

Talk Zone / I still love Russ Springer
« on: April 02, 2015, 02:49:55 pm »

The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Re: 2015 Draft Thread
« on: April 01, 2015, 04:32:55 pm »
Ouch.  I don't have any kind of medical background, but I'm surprised there are teams that wouldn't have spent even a 3rd or 4th-round (let alone a 3rd-day pick) on him before his surgery announcement.  I've said before that his back concerned me, but that's a complete lack in his ability in the filler rounds.  Perhaps money plays a heavy part in their dismissals, which I get, but completely dropping the guy in what is shaping up to be a fairly handicapped draft class seems rough.

Exactly.  If the talent's there, take a flier, like the Mengden pick last year.

The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Re: 2015 Draft Thread
« on: April 01, 2015, 03:21:16 pm »
Keith Law just tweeted out that Matuella has a torn UCL and will have TJS.

Hmm.  That could make him an interesting 2nd rounder if he lasts that long.

Talk Zone / Re: Cuts
« on: April 01, 2015, 10:57:00 am »
Dominguez/White > Hoes, no offense LJ.

D's up, Hoes down.

Beer and Queso / Re: Music 2015
« on: March 31, 2015, 12:58:13 pm »
New Sufjan Stevens album out today!
Also, Punch Brothers @ House of Blues Apr 10.

This Sufjan album is like vodka.  Cold, bracing and warms you up in the opposite way from brown liquor.  I love it, but I've got to take it slowly.

Talk Zone / Re: Aiken gets Tommy John
« on: March 27, 2015, 11:37:31 am »
Remind to never trust Close/Aiken's doctors.

"“Brady has been seen by some of the most experienced and respected orthopedic arm specialists in the country, and all of those doctors have acknowledged that he’s not injured and that he’s ready to start his professional career,” Close said."

At the time, that was true.  From a certain point of view. /obiwan

The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Re: 2015 Draft Thread
« on: March 26, 2015, 08:50:38 pm »
So what does he do now? He won't play at IMG this year, and he can't go to a four year school. Juco or Indy league?

Talk Zone / Re: Outfield/1B/DH
« on: March 26, 2015, 01:52:29 pm »
Hinch said today Deduno will start in long relief and its down to Wojo and Carmonandez. 

I've elsewhere seen him referred to as "Fauxsto".  I propose we move forward with this.

Talk Zone / Re: This is the pits.
« on: March 26, 2015, 10:05:55 am »
The fact that there's also going to be a stand inside MMPUS will be fantastic.  Even if it's not Killens, any non-Aramark BBQ is a win.

Talk Zone / Re: Say Hello to Fresno
« on: March 23, 2015, 02:31:49 pm »
If Wojo hadn't gotten hurt last spring I think he would have been in Houston.  I think he goes.  I'll give up the Hernandez for DeDuno though.

Wojo could start the season on the DL.  Just like Kyle Weiland.

The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Re: 2015 Draft Thread
« on: March 20, 2015, 04:01:36 pm »
I know this has been covered but.....what's amazing to me is the advice he received to NOT take the $5 MM offer.  To get that number again, he'd likely have to get picked in the top 5 picks.  He had to know if he didn't sign that the Astros would be likely to have 2 of those 5 picks (or 2 of 6/7).  Anyway, that really leaves only 3-5 teams who would have to take a chance on him having seen one ML team already show extreme concern.  And even then, what's the upside?  Another $1 million?  Geez.  Even if you KNOW you are healthy and can prove it, why take that chance?  And now he's got the perception he has an injury of some sort?  Many GM's will be frightened by the smoke.

The last part of this is key.  Even if he pitches lights-out for the rest of the season, the fear's still going to be there.

Beer and Queso / Re: Walk Up Music
« on: March 20, 2015, 03:59:07 pm »
Oh man.  The high school question's almost too embarrassing to consider.  Know that my answer now is only partially true.  My real answer at 16 would've been something ska-related.

High School: Voodoo Chile (Slight Return) - SRV and Double Trouble
Now: Backseat Freestyle - Kendrick Lamar

The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Re: 2015 Draft Thread
« on: March 20, 2015, 07:54:27 am »
Big sis wasn't happy:

Doesn't she know that no one in Houston has a basement?

Beer and Queso / Re: The Dance
« on: March 19, 2015, 02:58:35 pm »
Poor Baylor.  Should've had a stronger OOC schedule.

Talk Zone / Re: Former Astros news
« on: March 19, 2015, 09:10:25 am »
Cubs dropped Veras.  He'll land somewhere, but it doesn't seem like the Good Guys have a spot for him.

Talk Zone / Re: Outfield/1B/DH
« on: March 17, 2015, 09:15:10 am »
Dominguez's defense was league average last year

Yeah.  Despite his reputation, Dominguez wasn't outstanding in the field last year.  And definitely not enough to offset his hitting.  I'm hoping a trade for DSL/low-A lottery ticket happens around the time the team breaks camp.

Talk Zone / Re: Outfield/1B/DH
« on: March 16, 2015, 12:35:28 pm »
It's just me trying to get things straight. Aren't they both out of option years?

Yes, but it might make more sense to trade/DFA one or both of them.  I agree that whoever gets sent to AAA will be up and down a lot.  Between Rasmus and Gattis' injury history, and the possibility that Singleton struggles again, the Fresno-Houston connection will be strong.

Is the game over?  Gameday's been frozen for an hour.

Bottom 7.  Nats still up 5-4.  Fausto is pitching. 

Game Zone 2015 Archive / Re: Astros @ Blue Jays March 9, 2015
« on: March 09, 2015, 01:58:05 pm »
Anything interesting from the radio guys?

The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Re: 2015 Draft Thread
« on: March 09, 2015, 08:10:13 am »
Was at the UH-A&M game on Saturday.  Grayson Long struck out 10 in seven innings.  Excellent movement on his pitches, able to change speeds effectively.  Lots of swing and miss. 

Also, Hunter Melton (3B) crushed a homer onto the LF concourse (above the Community Leaders board) at MMPUS.  Serious power.

Beer and Queso / Re: AJWTF?
« on: March 04, 2015, 10:43:16 am »
2-3 more years at this level, some playoff success and another few years of respectible productivity puts him there for me.
I'd rather see Bagwell's beard carved into the side of a mountain, but it's hard to argue with Biggio.
Moon's a good candidate, but easily replaced by Watt in a few years or the other of Bigs/Bags (assuming they both get to the HOF).

When the Super Bowl was in town, I saw Warren Moon on Main Street, just getting mobbed.  50 feet away, Run from Run DMC was moseying around unapproached.

Beer and Queso / Re: AJWTF?
« on: March 04, 2015, 09:30:21 am »
At this point, I'm just hoping they haven't napalmed the bridge so badly that he won't sign one of those "retire as a Texan" contracts when he's done.

The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Re: 2015 Draft Thread
« on: March 02, 2015, 09:56:51 am »
I'm starting to think Tate's going 1-1, and won't be around when we pick.  I hope I'm wrong.

Talk Zone / Re: Free agent rumors
« on: March 02, 2015, 08:13:30 am »
The funny thing is, the Yankees actually have a lot of question-marks these days.

Not to mention the BoSox.  Worst team in the AL East last year.

Talk Zone / Re: Former Astros news
« on: February 26, 2015, 02:32:25 pm »
Unless it's BudGirl 12000 times.


Talk Zone / Re: Former Astros news
« on: February 26, 2015, 11:05:38 am »
Lock the doors, hide the children: Ausmus is on Twitter

Talk Zone / Re: Astros Miscellany
« on: February 25, 2015, 03:24:48 pm »
I wonder who the leader of the Astros clubhouse is? I could see Feldman among pitchers.

Last year, it was Fowler among the position players.  Probably Altuve and Castro at this point.

Beer and Queso / Re: Music 2015
« on: February 24, 2015, 09:09:02 am »
It's been floating around for a while, but Raury's "Indigo Child" album finally hit Spotify.  Add two parts Andre 3000 to one part R&B and one part lo-fi rock, and you've kinda got it. 

The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Re: 2015 Draft Thread
« on: February 19, 2015, 08:39:11 am »
Get this man to the front page!

Talk Zone / Re: Astros in the Top Half in 2015?
« on: February 11, 2015, 03:43:16 pm »
He's way over-rating the FTC.  Bryant and Lester aren't enough to get them into the playoffs. 

Talk Zone / Re: Franchise Bests/Worsts
« on: February 10, 2015, 01:12:38 pm »
To me the Leyritz homer off Wagner in '98 was worse than Pujols off Lidge in '05.

Thanks for the reminder, asshole.  I knew there was a reason I was glad when he went to jail.

The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Re: Top Prospect Lists 2015
« on: February 04, 2015, 08:23:17 am »
Wow.  I guess the 2014 draft worked out pretty well after all.

I hope they focus on pitching and up the middle guys this year.

Beer and Queso / Re: Fuck the Super Bowl, name 6 Albums.
« on: January 29, 2015, 08:26:14 am »
Love this question.  Made me think quite a bit.

Classical - my wife worked for Houston Grand Opera when we first got married, and so I got dragged to a lot of performances.  After a while, I really "got" it, and now I'd go see an opera long before I'd see a musical.  Also, one of our neighbors is one of the feature baritones for HGO. Verdi's Rigoletto is my current fave.

Blues - Buddy Guy "Baby Please Don't Leave Me"  An absolute apocalypse. I also love R.L. Burnside

Old Rock - I'm sure others here are fans too, but I really like The MC5.

Jazz - Sorry, I'm uncultured.  So this is my metal/hardcore placeholder.  Listen to Coalesce.  It's a lot more than just screaming.  Crazy time signatures and tonal shifts.  Wait, that's jazz, isn't it?

Alternative - Raury. A lot of his stuff could be classified as hip-hop, but he jumps genres like crazy.   Not bad for a kid who can't drink legally yet.

Country -  As an Aggie, I'm legally obligated to pick Lyle or REK, but I'm going with Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors here.  Even if his latest stuff feels a little too polished, we'd all be better off if all Nashville country sounded like this.

Neil, did you get to see Sarah Jarosz open for Nickel Creek?  That was my first exposure to her, and was blown away.

Talk Zone / Re: Bagwell back
« on: January 28, 2015, 11:52:19 am »
Bagwell was definitely ahead of his time.  The long beard is quite popular now.

Dare you to call him a hipster.

Talk Zone / Re: Trade rumors
« on: January 14, 2015, 03:33:45 pm »
I was under the impression that if they acquire Gattis, it wouldn't be to play him behind the plate. 

Justice on MLB Network says he'll be playing LF.

Talk Zone / Re: Trade rumors
« on: January 14, 2015, 02:33:31 pm »
Ironic (or not) that this comes right as arbitration starts for Castro.

Talk Zone / Re: Trade rumors
« on: January 14, 2015, 01:50:55 pm »
Sherman's saying Folty, Rio and Ruiz.  Uh....

Talk Zone / Re: Trade rumors
« on: January 14, 2015, 01:47:49 pm »
Where the hell would Gattis play?  Catcher's pretty stocked.  He's reportedly a nightmare in the outfield.  And Carter's got DH sewed up.  1B platoon with Singleton?

Talk Zone / Re: Padres get busy
« on: December 23, 2014, 03:43:59 pm »
They've added the final piece: The Walrus has landed in San Diego.

The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Re: Minor-league Free Agent Signings
« on: December 16, 2014, 08:17:14 am »
Astros made their first signing yesterday (that I've come across, at least), picking up former A and Ray Dan Johnson. He'll likely man 1B for Fresno this season.

He'll be a nice mentor when Singleton gets sent down. /ducks

Talk Zone / Re: Free agent rumors
« on: December 16, 2014, 08:03:04 am »
Signs with the FatTommies for $10MM.

Woo wee, that's a lot of money for a starting pitcher who might be lucky to reach 100 innings (or even 50 innings).

He gets a full $4MM if he makes 200 innings.

The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Re: Top Prospect Lists 2015
« on: December 12, 2014, 04:54:32 pm »
Which makes it all the more strange that Rollins was selected in the Rule 5.

I guess it just goes to show that most Rule 5 picks are for roster depth, not fishing for a future franchise cornerstone.

The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Re: Rule 5
« on: December 11, 2014, 12:44:02 pm »
Saw a passing mention that Ovando will be converted to pitcher by the FTC. Whiskey Tango Foxtrot?!?

Talk Zone / Re: Free agent rumors
« on: December 11, 2014, 11:41:16 am »
Drellich tweeters that Astros met with Bora$ yesterday re: Stephen Drew and RPs.

Drew strikes me as low-risk, high-reward, but I doubt that the way Boras is selling him.  I'd rather have Lowrie, I think.

Talk Zone / Re: Welcome Luke Gregerson
« on: December 10, 2014, 10:26:38 am »
I'm just glad that neither guy is an injury reclamation project or a Rule 5 lottery ticket.

Talk Zone / Re: Welcome Luke Gregerson
« on: December 10, 2014, 09:52:29 am »
Gregerson, Neshek and Qualls were all in the 2011 Friars bullpen. 

Beer and Queso / Re: Wealthfront
« on: December 09, 2014, 08:10:07 am »
Has anyone out there tried these "people" or something similar?

If, based on their name, they front you some wealth, I'm all for it.

Beer and Queso / Re: Saturday Football
« on: December 05, 2014, 10:11:58 am »
That might be the best bad team I have ever seen.  Or just completely snakebit.

I still don't get how A&M beat Arky, but lost (badly) to the Ole Miss team Arky shut out.  Bielma's creating a defensive monster there, and it just took 3/4 of the season to get functional.

Beer and Queso / Re: R.I.P. Ian McLagan
« on: December 04, 2014, 01:09:37 pm »
That's an idea for a music thread all its own.

Or vice-versa.  I still prefer Wilson Pickett's "Hey Jude" to the original.

Talk Zone / Re: CSN Bankruptcy
« on: December 03, 2014, 08:33:53 am »
Do we have any idea how RSN affects our ability to get, particularly as a non-cable subscriber?

Beer and Queso / Re: Immigration
« on: November 21, 2014, 11:28:49 am »
There are an estimated 11 million illegal* immigrants in the U.S.  Congress funds deportations to the point that about 400,000 get sent back annually, which is the highest rate in modern times.  So, at that rate, assuming no new entrants (illegal immigration is estimated to be a net zero currently), we'll get around to deporting all the current illegals in 27.5 years.

* As a legal immigrant, I have no issue with the term "illegal immigrant", and think people who try to change the term are missing the point and not helping.  Most entered legally, but they're now here illegally, hence "illegal".

Anyway, a large number of those illegals have legal spouses and/or children born here (and thus citizens).  To enforce the rule of law would mean breaking up those families, or deporting legal citizens along with their illegal relatives, which I think is against the constitution.  It's a thorny issue that requires Congress to act...

The Senate passed a bill - with bipartisan support, no less - that was an effort to fix this.  It's not a great bill, but it's something and that's better than nothing.  It is believed that the current House has more than enough votes to pass this bill, and Obama has said he would sign it in a flash.  The House leadership has declined to take up the Senate bill and bring it to a vote, has declined to offer a competing bill, and has (lately) threatened to shut down the Government (again) if anyone tries to do anything about this vacuum of their creation.

The executive action taken by Obama is, basically, to shield from deportation about 4 million illegals with legal family ties here, in addition to the 1.5 million currently shielded by DACA.  Those to be shielded are required to register themselves, and start paying taxes, or they will still face deportation.  Meanwhile, we can carry on deporting the balance of the illegal population, about 5.5 million, and that gives us a window of about 14 years before we have to start slowing down in order to address the names on Obama's protected list.  If the House doesn't like that timetable, they can authorize more funding for deportations to speed it up.

Yes, this is a more expanded executive action on immigration than anything undertaken before.  But it's on the same principles exactly as executive orders issued by Reagan and Bush Sr.  Currently, the problem is larger, hence the scale of the effect of the executive order.  The freak-out is entirely political, entirely unjustified and entirely craven.  Which is why it's being led by Rafael Cruz.

We need to frame this.  It's the most reasonable, balanced political post I've ever seen here.

Talk Zone / Zeid's dead, baby
« on: November 20, 2014, 02:52:25 pm »

Talk Zone / Re: Free agent rumors
« on: November 19, 2014, 07:49:21 am »
If they can get Anderson on something tiny like a $4MM/1 yr. deal, that makes sense.  No more crazy than the Crain/Albers signing.

Talk Zone / Re: Trade rumors
« on: November 18, 2014, 11:20:12 am »
Rosenthal via tweet indicated his sources said the Orioles may consider moving Bud Norris.

Can't wait to hear what Budly says about the O's org once he leaves.

Talk Zone / Re: Free agent rumors
« on: November 18, 2014, 09:52:27 am »
Russell Martin to the Jays for 5/$82mm.  yikes. 

This probably puts Navarro on the trading block, too. 

Beer and Queso / Re: Texans 2014...underway
« on: November 17, 2014, 03:36:05 pm »
And he gets extra credit for that?

That's what you're supposed to do, you dumb motherfucker! What kind of ignorant shit is that? "I ain't never been to jail!" What do you want, a cookie?! You're not supposed to go to jail, you low-expectation-having motherfucker! - Chris Rock

Talk Zone / Re: Fucking Jakes
« on: November 17, 2014, 12:49:33 pm »
Besides, you're trading a pitcher to the Braves.  He's a shoo-in for Cy Young now.

Beer and Queso / Re: Saturday Football
« on: November 13, 2014, 01:57:25 pm »
Too late for even this, now, but ND's best position in the polls would be #5 ... that way they could complain about being left out and robbed of the chance to win the championship, but never have to worry about being exposed as a pretender.  ASU exposed them early, though, so "wait til next year".

Also undermines FSU's "best win".  Everyone wins. 

I can't wait to watch TCU beat FSU with a sock full of batteries.

Beer and Queso / Too Many Cooks
« on: November 07, 2014, 04:15:01 pm »

Talk Zone / Re: CSN Bankruptcy
« on: November 06, 2014, 04:42:09 pm »
Comcast won't stand in the way of the RSN launch.  No start date for RSN yet, but they're aiming for a Rockets game on the 14th.

Beer and Queso / Re: For you whiskey drinkers out there
« on: November 06, 2014, 08:44:49 am »
Anybody tried the Balcones bourbon that was on one of the lists?

That stuff is impossible to come by.  Only sold at the distillery, last time I heard.

Talk Zone / Re: Conger Acquired via Trade
« on: November 05, 2014, 03:33:31 pm »
Frees up one more spot on the 40 man roster.

Talk Zone / Re: Opening Day 2015
« on: October 30, 2014, 02:51:32 pm »
Congrats, Chuck.  I hope he likes mangoes!

Talk Zone / Re: JDJO President of BBWAA. WTF?
« on: October 28, 2014, 01:40:00 pm »
Or Lane Kiffin's agent.

You mis-spelled "Charlie Weis".

Talk Zone / Re: Tal's Hill
« on: October 28, 2014, 10:41:14 am »
Wasn't the pole removed?

Nope.  Still there when I went to a game in CF in August.

Beer and Queso / Re: OK, I'll Start...Ebola
« on: October 22, 2014, 01:30:11 pm »
In unrelated news, Forbes has declared Beaumont to be the least educated city in America (Ann Arbor, Raleigh and Durham, NC and Provo, UT being the "most educated"):

At the other end of the spectrum, Beaumont, Texas, ranks as the least educated city in America, with one of the lowest percentages of bachelor’s degree holders as well as graduate or professional degree holders, and one of the lowest numbers of doctors per capita.

This certainly does not comport with my experience on the beautiful mountain, especially given the comparisons to Brownsville and McAllen which also fell in the top 10.  You would think a regionally well respected university with one of the top area nursing schools would alone carry the weight. 

As they said on Weekend Update, wait until they don't read about this.

Beer and Queso / Re: OK, I'll Start...Ebola
« on: October 16, 2014, 09:51:07 am »
Presbyterian's going to get sued all the way to West Africa when this is over.  And probably sanctioned pretty severely by the CDC and JCAHO to boot.

Cool to see that Zuckerberg donated $25MM to the CDC yesterday.  They'll need it.

The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Re: Corpus Christi - 2014
« on: October 10, 2014, 04:07:13 pm »
That Phillips HR was pretty great.  He looks like he's got some room to fill out that frame, too.

Beer and Queso / Re: Friday Afternoon (Cheap) Beer Thread
« on: October 10, 2014, 01:08:40 pm »
Lone Star, without a doubt.  I'll drink Coors Light in a pinch if Lone Star isn't available.

I've heard that the "new" (read: old) formula of Schlitz is supposed to be decent.  Anybody tried it?

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