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Talk Zone / Re: Giles speaks
« on: September 25, 2018, 02:01:00 pm »
Giles is Selig spelled backwards.

Still hoping Selig punches himself in the face.

Talk Zone / Re: Verlander Pays Another Dividend (Altuve related)
« on: March 27, 2018, 01:43:28 pm »
My 12 year old son was #27 for his team last year.  (His first of organized baseball)   He got moved to pitcher by the end of the season and his brothers nicknamed him "Fehrlander."   This year he was able to get on a team called the Astros and decided to go with #35 and Fehrlander on the back of the jersey.

Beer and Queso / Re: Bowling
« on: January 31, 2018, 03:43:42 pm »
makes me think to when bowling was a actual weekend tv show and who can forget Earl Anthony

I was more of a Mark Roth guy myself.  Earl Anthony looked too much like Bernie Kopell from the Love Boat.

Talk Zone / Re: Your favorite moment
« on: December 01, 2017, 12:27:28 pm »
Altuve's mad dash for me.  I was travelling with my sons and we listened to it on the radio.  We went nuts and I was honking the horn of my truck like a madman. 

It reminded me of my reaction when I was driving racing home from football practice trying to catch the end of Game 6 vs the Mets as I listened to Billy Hatcher's homer to tie the game. 

Something about listening to it on the radio with my boys that helped tie it back to the traditions I had with my Dad.  Better ending this time.

Love the new header!

The Championship Season Game Zone 2017

Talk Zone / Re: Thank You
« on: November 02, 2017, 07:46:18 am »
Thanks to all the mods and folks that make OWA possible.

I grew up going to Houston from Brownsville to watch Astro games as our family vacation every summer.  I never met anyone who cared as much about the Astros as I did.  Then I found this place.  The BFT and the insanely scrolling TZ introduced me to a bunch of folks more passionate about the Astros than I was.  I have learned much about the game by reading more and posting less.   Thanks to all the regular contributors.  I hope some of the old timers poke their heads in to celebrate.

My Dad died in 2000.  Mom passed in 2012.  I got to witness last night's game with my 12,14 and 16 year old sons with me.  They all get it.  Their teeth were cut during the lean years and they really appreciate what we got to experience over the past 4 weeks.   

What a ride.

Talk Zone / The Void
« on: November 02, 2017, 05:14:36 am »
Seems different somehow...

I can’t believe it!

They actually did it!!!!

Talk Zone / Re: Waldo's preview/earliest memory of fandom
« on: June 05, 2017, 03:52:36 pm »
First Astros memory was at 8 years old when my family took me to the dome in 1979 to see a game vs. the Padres.  It was free T-Shirt night and I got a replica rainbow gut with the #79 on the back and a "Tony's Square Pan Pizza on the sleeve.  The Astros won that game.  They ended up sweeping the entire weekend series and I was hooked.  Got an autograph from a guy with a funny mustache named Rollie Fingers.

Summer vacations ended up becoming a week long trip to Houston from Brownsville for a dome stand in the summer.  Astroworld by day, ballgame at night.
We didn't get the Astros on TV back home so I spent many a summer's night sitting outside with my Pops listening to the games on the radio. 

It's been fun to see my own kids baseball memories begin to grow.  They weren't old enough for the dome, but have memories of MMP.  They have grown up during the lean years of the post Biggio era.     We were at a game vs the Reds in 2011 after the salary purge had started.  My kids kept asking "who?" as the lineup was announced.  My then 8 year old son remarked "at least they still have Bourgeois."  Lean times indeed.  Makes this year all the sweeter.   

We have since relocated to the DFW area and I took them to the Friday game in Arlington.  We had a blast watching the Astros tear up the hated Rangers.   

Talk Zone / Re: Race for the Lid!!!
« on: April 04, 2017, 01:48:36 pm »
Both disqualified, pick already used.

In Chuck's defense, he may have thought Fredia misspelled 86.

Talk Zone / Re: Race for the Lid!!!
« on: April 04, 2017, 01:40:03 pm »

Game Zone 2015 Archive / Re: Astros @ Yankmees October 6, 2015
« on: October 06, 2015, 10:16:13 pm »
Up yours Yankees!

Bring on KC!!!

The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Re: 2013 Draftees and Status
« on: June 06, 2013, 06:16:02 pm »
Harold Reynolds is a fool.

What, you don't think Appel will be called up next month?

The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Re: 2013 Draftees and Status
« on: June 06, 2013, 06:12:42 pm »
Whoa...that's a surprise!

The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Re: Early 2013 Draft Thread
« on: June 06, 2013, 08:47:49 am »

Beer and Queso / Re: Moving
« on: May 28, 2013, 09:29:45 am »
Get your boxes at a place like UHaul. And then follow the packing instructions on those boxes, e.g., books only in book boxes, etc. Pack remembering that someone will have to carry the box upstairs, i.e., don't make it too heavy. Get one of those nice tape dispensers with lots of tape and some good Magic Markers/Sharpies. Label every box.

This, except get your boxes at Lowe's.  An 18x24x18 box is $4.24 at Uhaul and $1.32 at Lowe's.

Talk Zone / Re: The Return of Orange Whoopass
« on: March 27, 2013, 11:18:37 am »

Talk Zone / Re: More roster trimming
« on: March 25, 2013, 01:31:06 pm »
I've heard the radio guys saying he's looked better at the plate lately. Plus, I think his 2012 was good enough to guarantee him a spot. Whether he's still the starting CF by the end of the year is another matter.

They have the sunk costs of the Maxwell billboards around town and on MMPUS.  No way they are buying new ones.

Beer and Queso / Re: My Mother
« on: December 04, 2012, 01:30:08 pm »
so sorry, Stan.

thanks Coach.

I've attended more funerals this year than the rest of my life combined...lost my Mom and my wife's Grandmother

At work my Maintenance Manager, HR Manager, Production Manager, and Production Supervisor all had either a parent or spouse pass away.

Beer and Queso / Re: My Mother
« on: December 03, 2012, 01:53:23 pm »
My condolences Coach.  Just lost my mom at age 67 this year as well.  She started suffering from early onset demetia bacik in January and passed away in May.  2012 has been tough...

Talk Zone / Re: Our Long Nightmare Is Over!
« on: October 08, 2012, 08:32:05 am »
DoRay was like a peanut butter and peanut butter sandwich.

Talk Zone / Re: Astros vs. Reds Series Preview
« on: September 04, 2012, 10:57:24 am »
Always enjoy the will be a shame if this is the last of them.

Nice work.

The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Re: PTBNLs
« on: August 16, 2012, 01:08:50 pm »
Farmstros reminds us that the PTBNL from the Jays will likely be announced soon, assuming it's a 2011 draftee, and again provides a list of some possibilities.

Kevin Comer

Talk Zone / Re: Guest All Star Game Preview Now Posted
« on: July 09, 2012, 01:42:58 pm »
Dang Coach, that was touching.
I'm sorry you are having to go through this.

The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Re: 2012 Draftees and Status
« on: June 12, 2012, 09:52:23 am »

2nd Tampa Bay draftee to sign today RT @RodneyHomeTeam Brett Phillips signs with Astros. $300 grand signing bonus

The contract also includes a clause that the Astros will pay Phillips' college tuition.

I wonder how a deal like that affects the slotting number?

Pincus said the Phillies were interested in taking Phillips in the fourth round of the draft but could not match the bonus money offered by Houston.

Like any other draft, can't tell what the final product will be...but the approach Luhnow and team are taking is brilliant.

Beer and Queso / Re: Texans '11
« on: December 21, 2011, 12:21:13 pm »
You're still trying to project things I didn't say.  The Steelers cannot win that division without another BAL loss. The Texans cannot get a bye without at least one BAL or NE loss. Therefore, it's in their best interest for the Ravens to lose again, which I was presumming meant PIT won that division.

Gotcha.  We agree.


Beer and Queso / Re: Texans '11
« on: December 20, 2011, 07:18:12 pm »
I never said they did. What I meant was, it's in the Texans best interest for the Steelers to win that division. What the Steelers do can greatly effect the Texans.

If the Texans win out and either BAL or NE lose 1 game PIT could go 2-0, 1-1, or 0-2 and it wouldn't affect the Texans seeding or bye week.

If the Steelers win the division, the Texans will be helped by nature of the Ravens loss, not by PIT victories or lack thereof.  It would only impact where PIT is seeded and potential division/championship round matchups.

Beer and Queso / Re: Texans '11
« on: December 20, 2011, 03:31:32 pm »
Of course it does. The Texans lose a tiebreaker with the Ravens but win it against the Steelers. Who wins that division could decide if the Texans get a bye or not. Lots of playoff implications.

The only scenarios I was referring to were ones in which the Texans win their final two games.   

In order for the Steelers to win their division they have to finish a full game ahead of Baltimore because the Ravens have beaten them twice head to head.  The only way the Steelers can get a game ahead of the Ravens is if Baltimore loses one of their last two.  A Ravens loss coupled with two Texans wins guarantees the Texans a first round bye no matter what the Steelers do.

Your original post said that "The Texans need BAL to lose again and PIT to win that division"  My point was that the Texans don't need the Steelers to win the division in order to get the first round bye. 


Beer and Queso / Re: Texans '11
« on: December 20, 2011, 01:31:05 pm »
It does if they win their division with a better record than Houston.

Which would mean the Texans would have to lose to either IND or TEN.  At that point, they wouldn't deserve the bye week.

Either way, I sure like talking about getting a potential #1 seed with 2 weeks to go rather than trying to figure out draft position.

Beer and Queso / Re: Texans '11
« on: December 20, 2011, 01:07:06 pm »
I think Stan's scenario was a NE loss and BAL/HOU win out, resulting an a three-way tie.  If NE win out, the Texans - as you pointed out - need the Ravens to drop one of the last two to garner a bye.


I guess the comment that threw me a bit was PIT needing to win their Division.  Whatever the Steelers do from here on out doesn't really impact the Texans.   

Beer and Queso / Re: Texans '11
« on: December 20, 2011, 11:06:01 am »
Conference record only matterd in a three-way tie. There can't be a three-way tie with BAL, PIT and HOU. BAL still holds first tiebreaker over HOU. The Texans need BAL to lose again and PIT to win that division.

Assuming the Texans win out....

A NE loss to either MIA or BUF will guarantee the Texans the #1 spot.   Even in BAL wins out, the Texans would have the tiebreakers over both teams (conference record).

If NE wins out they are the #1 seed... a BAL loss to either CLE or CIN will give the Texans the # 2 spot.

Beer and Queso / Re: Texans '11
« on: December 14, 2011, 08:50:29 am »
So what you're saying is that we should root for the Cowboys to lose? me thinking...the Cowboys wet the bed scenario is my favorite...

Bucs beat Dallas
Giants beat Dallas

Texans get a bye week.

Beer and Queso / Re: Texans '11
« on: December 14, 2011, 08:10:19 am »
The Chronicle (of all people) has figured it out.

They have it figured out...except when the don't.

The Texans, Ravens, and Patriots could all win out and the Texans end up with the # 2 seed.  Strength of Victory isn't just looking at who you have left to play, but how the teams you have beaten finish out.

There are multiple scenarios (all very realistic by the way) that have the Texans passing the Patriots in SOV if they both win out.

Miami beats Buffalo (also could work with Vikings over Redskins)
Giants beat Jets
Giants beat Cowboys


Tampa beats Dallas
Atlanta beats NO


Miami beats Buffalo
Vikings beat Redskins
Giants beat Cowboys

Beer and Queso / Re: Texans '11
« on: December 02, 2011, 03:41:28 pm »

Hitler is not pleased with the Texans QB situation.

a little something for HudsonHawk at the 1:40 mark...

Beer and Queso / Re: Texans '11
« on: December 02, 2011, 03:40:25 pm »
Sage now released (no, really this time) per Caplan twitter.

...and picked up by Minnesota.

Beer and Queso / Re: Texans '11
« on: November 28, 2011, 08:20:49 am »
Yates is the starter, Clemens will back him up. I'm sure the Texans will sign some spare, but based on what they brought in last week, there isn't much available.

Heard on the radio this morning that Miami may be releasing Sage Rosenfels.  He beats any other options out there...

Talk Zone / Re: FYB
« on: November 17, 2011, 08:25:52 am »

Citing provisions from a 2000 agreement that expires at the end of 2029, Yankowsky said the terms spell out that the home team — the Astros — be a National League franchise.

Article 1, Section 1.1 of the lease states that all capitalized terms in the lease have meanings assigned in a glossary of defined terms. One of the key provisions, Yankowsky said, comes in Article 5, Section 5.1 defining “Permitted Uses” of Minute Maid as including “exhibition, presentation and broadcasting of Baseball Home Games and activities related thereto.”

The Glossary of Defined Terms classifies “Baseball Home Games” as “any major league baseball game in which the Team as the host Team for its opponent (i.e. the Team takes the field in the first half of each inning and bats in the last half of each inning of such baseball game).” Team, as defined by the Glossary, is “the major league baseball team owned by the tenant pursuant to the rights granted to it as a National League franchise under the Franchise, currently named the Houston Astros Baseball Club.” Franchise, as defined in the lease, is “the Team issued by the National League.”

“In the simplest form, what this means, in my judgment, is come opening day of 2013, the Sports Authority can refuse to let them play because it’s not a permitted use of the stadium,” Yankowsky said. “They can quite simply lock the doors and say, ‘No, it’s not a permitted use.’ The play of Major League Baseball games, by definition, are limited to games in which a National League team is the home team.”

If only we had some lawyers around here that could make some sense of this...

Talk Zone / Re: Update on Crane
« on: September 22, 2011, 08:06:48 am »
So, is Fox doing the playoffs? They might all kinds of neat graphics to flash up on the screen.

Fox can have Scooter the talking baseball explain the financing of the deal.

Game Zone 2011 Archive / Re: Cubs @ Astros 8/16/11
« on: August 17, 2011, 08:10:58 am »
Was rewatching the highlights this morning...entertaining to see Altuve trying to grab a batting helmet out from under the home plate celebratory scrum.  Wouldn't want anyone to sprain an ankle.

Game Zone 2011 Archive / Re: Astros Reds 8/3
« on: August 04, 2011, 08:48:13 am »
Took my boys to the game last night.  1st game post trades.  My 8 year old had the two best lines of the night...

Upon looking at the Astros line up he said...

"At least we still have Bourgeois"

And when Altuve dove and just missed a ball late in the game he said...

"Dad, if he were taller he woulda had that"

Talk Zone / Re: Get it out of your system now...
« on: August 01, 2011, 02:45:16 pm »
I cringe to think where the WOPR would have the Astros ranked.

Talk Zone / Re: Pence to Atlanta?
« on: July 29, 2011, 01:32:19 pm »
Billy from 'Family Circus" thinks Pence takes "unconventional" routes to fly balls.

Beer and Queso / Re: Bin Laden Dead
« on: May 05, 2011, 03:00:04 pm »
Certainly can't be anything related to oil, have you seen the gas pump prices lately!?!?  Oh wait... the Saudis... ahh.. I get it!  Ahum, no I don't.


Since Osama was buried at sea, will it take him longer to turn into oil?

Beer and Queso / Re: Bonds on Trial
« on: March 29, 2011, 08:26:23 am »
So veneer yet so far. 

So veneer?  I'll take a Hunter Pence bobblehead.  thanks.

Beer and Queso / Re: After 17 years...
« on: December 01, 2010, 09:35:25 pm »
Point of order: there's no speed trap there--it's a 70mph zone all the way through Schertz.  I wouldn't push things by throwing soiled underwear out the window, though.

Just watch the exit.  You best be going 45. Not 46.  45.  Got nailed there two times in a 6 month period.

Beer and Queso / Re: Football this weekend (Sept 25-26)
« on: September 24, 2010, 10:41:08 am »
Wow, what an experience that will be!  Seeing your team live at ND is a bucket list item

Line is ND by 4, and I picked Stanford to beat the line.

Definitely a great experience, even when your team gets pounded.  Went to South Bend when I was a Midshipman and saw Navy get crushed 41-0.  Bad news...Notre Dame was ranked #1 going into that game.   Good push ups for me!

It's been sweet to see the Mids get a couple wins over the domers in recent years.

Talk Zone / Re: I don't know who Steve Berthiaume is...
« on: September 21, 2010, 06:59:22 am »
Crawford playing left in front of the Crawford boxes makes "Hunter's Lodge" look down right silly. 


Beer and Queso / Re: Prayers Needed
« on: August 20, 2010, 11:04:55 am »
Just prayed...

I'll echo the sentiments of the others who have replied.  My son has had multiple heart surgeries.  My heart breaks for this family.

Beer and Queso / Re: I Am Old.
« on: August 17, 2010, 05:59:32 am »
Then should we change your handle to "Senior Stan"?

"He's Senior, but he's active Stan"

Beer and Queso / Re: I Am Old.
« on: August 16, 2010, 10:47:37 am »
Just turned 40 last month...

Found an old autographed Astros baseball that I got when I was a kid.  3 of the 8 guys are dead now...Vern Ruhle, Joe Niekro and Doc Ewell.  Damn.

Talk Zone / Re: Roy O to Phillies
« on: July 30, 2010, 10:25:34 am »
The centerpiece of the deal, Wallace can't walk.  The SS prospect can't hit and the Astros thought about spending $11 million dollars in Latin player development but decidedto give it to Philly instead.

I thought the $11 million was for presents under Drayton's Christmas tree. [/heterodoxy]

Talk Zone / Re: Stark: Oswalt to Phillies?
« on: July 29, 2010, 08:23:50 am »
Saw this elsewhere, no clue how true it is:

Phillies Receive:SP Roy Oswalt (Phils agree to renegotiate 2012 buyout from $2M to $5M)
2B/Utility Jeff Keppinger
Cash Consideration of $8M (roughly half of Oswalt’s remaining 2010 salary plus buyout)

Astros Receive:

1B Jon Singleton
P JP Happ
P Scott Mathieson
OF Anthony Gose

From a Philly Phansite   linkage...

Jonathan Singleton, 1B-L, Lakewood: Taken one round behind Colvin in last year's draft, Singleton is doing everything in his power to surpass him (and plenty of others) in prospect status. An 8-for-20 week brought the 18-year old's triple slash line up to .378/.478/.703 (in 46 PA), with fantastic plate discipline -- 17.4% BB, 24.3% K -- to boot. He's going to cool off at some point, but the strike zone control is for real, and the power (3 HR, .325 ISO) is coming along earlier than might be expected, making Singleton a prospect with serious helium right now.

Anthony Gose, OF-L, Clearwater: Gose keeps chugging along, plate discipline be damned.  He had a hit in every game this week save for yesterday, with the 10-for-30 week boosting his May averages to a solid .283/.347/.424.  He's still struggling to control the strike zone -- with a 5.5% BB and 26.2% K thus far on the season -- but at least his May (8.0% BB, 26.0% K) has been a touch better than his April (3.1% BB, 26.3% K) in that regard.  Another area that could use some substantial improvement is his base stealing: 19 swipes in 31 attempts (a 61.3% success rate) is disappointing for a guy with Gose's speed.

Scott Mathieson, RHP, Lehigh Valley: Mathieson is officially at the "biding his time" stage.  After surrendering just 1 hit in 2 innings this week while inducing 3 whiffs, he's sporting a 2.47 FIP and 23-to-6 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 20.2 innings. I can't imagine he wouldn't be a help to the big league pen at this point, but the Phillies are content to wait for an opening; if I were Bill Conlin (aka king of the world), I'd explore a deal with the Angels to send David Herndon down to hone his slider, and haul Mathieson up so the oft-injured righthander isn't wasting any more bullets in the minors.

Talk Zone / Re: #RoyDemands
« on: July 23, 2010, 06:58:38 am »
#RoyDemands the trade deadline be moved to the day after the League Championship Series

Talk Zone / Re: did anyone else think holy cow here we go again
« on: July 22, 2010, 10:00:59 am »
pffff..obviously Tony Scott.

Game Zone 2010 Archive / Re: Astros v. Pirates, 7 July 2010
« on: July 08, 2010, 06:32:28 am »
Didn't someone liken him to a baby giraffe early on?

That was Lidge trying to field a grounder.

Beer and Queso / Re: Lost finale (non-spoiler)
« on: May 14, 2009, 10:36:13 am »
You know what, you're right. I'll delete/edit my responses. Kinda figured since the ep has aired already, that it's open season for discussing, but yeah... that belongs in another thread. Sorry.

You shouldn't have edited your responses..."Whatever Happened, Happened."

Beer and Queso / Re: Lost finale (non-spoiler)
« on: May 14, 2009, 09:24:05 am »

Oh, and Phil?  Yeah, I'm really going to enjoy watching your smug sorry ass die in a very painful way.


Beer and Queso / Re: Lost finale (non-spoiler)
« on: May 13, 2009, 01:39:52 pm »
I can't wait to watch all of this on DVD.  About the same time I catch up on all of Battlestar Galactica and Friday Night Lights.  Shit, this could take a while.

I didn't start watching Lost until last November.  My wife and I ended up watching all the DVD box sets up before the new season started. 

Talk Zone / Re: Roy's Restaurant
« on: May 12, 2009, 01:49:13 pm »
When you order the "Spiers Plate", you get a little bit of everything off of the menu.  It's freaking spectacular.

It is not to be confused with a Purpura Platter, which has got a sampling of items that are being considered for the main menu.  The only problem is they bring it out to your table and then trade it for someone elses overpriced/half eaten steak.  You get to pay the bill for the steak. 

Talk Zone / Re: Roy's Restaurant
« on: May 12, 2009, 01:42:07 pm »
You can also order the Michael Bourn.  

It's a appetizer, and you order it expecting it at the beginning of your meal, but it doesn't actually get to the table until just before dessert.  Prepared by Chef Cooper.

Talk Zone / Re: Roy's Restaurant
« on: May 12, 2009, 01:35:49 pm »
They will also have the "Chris Holt" where they serve you nothing but Taters.

Beer and Queso / Re: 24 - 4/13 - spoilers
« on: May 12, 2009, 09:58:04 am »
I was most surprised that they actually had a scene where someone had to go to the bathroom...

and he got killed for it.

Talk Zone / Re: Roy's Restaurant
« on: May 12, 2009, 09:30:29 am »
The "Cheo Cruuuuzzzzz" - arroz con pollo, when the waiter brings it out to you, he mutters "Somebody's gonna pay!"

He also loses his cap on the way to pick up the plate

Game Zone 2009 Archive / Re: The Big Empty
« on: April 28, 2009, 08:25:08 pm »
They do have a thing for flying pigs there.

Swine Flew

Talk Zone / Re: Things I Like More Than the Cubs
« on: April 06, 2009, 09:56:46 am »
Things I like more than the Cubs....

Let's see...

It would probably be easier to print out a hard copy of the internet.

Talk Zone / Re: Are you FUCKING kidding me?
« on: April 06, 2009, 09:32:43 am »

Let me get this straight....a team/fanbase/city that blames all of their woes on a goat or a dork wearing oversized headphones is calling somebody a whiner?

Talk Zone / Re: Race For The Lid - XI
« on: April 03, 2009, 03:54:57 pm »

Talk Zone / Re: Today's game
« on: March 24, 2009, 10:24:10 am »
I don't know where you got this idea. They suck! In fact, there's nothing but tar balls and ants and screaming kids and dirty water. Stay as far away from Anna Maria Island as you can. And tell all your friends.

These are not the droids you're looking for...move along.

Talk Zone / Re: News from David Gottfried's chat in Ortiz's blog
« on: February 23, 2009, 01:39:44 pm »
In context, I think she was reaching for "screaming bloody murder."

I can't say for sure, though.

Talk Zone / Re: News from David Gottfried's chat in Ortiz's blog
« on: February 23, 2009, 01:19:02 pm »
Our HR director just used "sweating cats and dogs" and "sreaming bloody Mary". in her presentation.

I'm not even kidding.   

Beer and Queso / Re: Rugby question for Limey (or anyone else who cares)
« on: February 17, 2009, 02:34:51 pm »
My sister is inexplicably interested in rugby.  She just told me that Ireland was "top of the table in the six nations".  Should I be concerned?

Two words.

Rugby Queen.

Talk Zone / Re: Something Like Sunday Morning Trivia
« on: February 08, 2009, 05:53:25 pm »
Spiers LF
Thon SS (played there for
Uribe 2B (played there for 1 game in '85)
Viscaino 1B
Wynn RF
X  = ex = ex astro Ken Caminiti 3b   
Yelding CF
Zaun C
Astacio P

Talk Zone / Re: Something Like Sunday Morning Trivia
« on: February 08, 2009, 04:47:21 pm »
1 Jackson, Sonny SS
2 Kent, Jeff 2b
3 Lofton, Kenny CF
4 May, Lee 1B
5 Nevin, Phil 3B
6 Ortiz, Javier LF
7 Puhl, Terry RF
8 Quintero,Humberto C
9 Ryan, Nolan P

Talk Zone / Re: Something Like Sunday Morning Trivia
« on: February 08, 2009, 04:33:14 pm »
1 Ausmus C
2 Biggo 2B
3 Cruz LF
4 Davis 1B
5 Ensberg 3B
6 Finley CF
7 Gutierrez SS
8 Hidalgo RF
9 I....(looking at coach's paper)....Ireland P

Talk Zone / Re: Childbirth: the ultimate voidbuster
« on: January 31, 2009, 07:30:53 am »
Contgrats Dave!

What awesome news!

Only five more to go to catch me.

Talk Zone / Re: Your dad's favorite baseball player
« on: January 06, 2009, 10:10:24 am »
My Dad's favorite position player was Craig Reynolds.  His favorite pitcher was Nolan Ryan.  He had a tendancy to more root for guys from the area.  I don't know which of the two he would have considered his favorite.  Anybody from Pennsylvania (his home state) or Texas was money in his book.

I picked Terry Puhl as my "guy" as a kid in the late 70s.  After a few seasons of hanging out by the home team's dugout, I was finally able to get his autograph as an 11 year old on my overly oiled glove.  (Which he pointed out.)  I only had a ball point pen at the time and the sig was really hard to see.  I then, in my pre-adolescent wisdom, tried to trace over the autograph in marker so I could see it better.

Unfortunately, I pulled a Fredia and wrote P-u-l-h...


Talk Zone / Re: Teixeira
« on: December 30, 2008, 11:37:08 am »
Just to clarify...

The correct response was:

 And I wood've gotten away wiht it two ifit wrnent for you medalling kids!

Fixed it for you

Merry Birthday!

Talk Zone / Re: brian giles: human excrement
« on: December 18, 2008, 08:28:15 am »
Die Sauerkraut ist in mein Lederhosen.

Zee pearl in in zee river.

Beer and Queso / Re: snow torandoes and records
« on: December 10, 2008, 01:37:08 pm »
The posts in this thread are cute.

It is 53 degrees down here and the people here are bundled up like Ralphie's little brother Randy from a Christmas Story.

They literally look like they are ready to take in a game at Lambeau Field (sans Cheese wedge hats)

Beer and Queso / Re: UT officially gets screwed
« on: December 05, 2008, 08:55:09 am »
Amusing email

US Ranked 4th

After determining the Big-12 championship game participants the BCS computers were put to work on other major contests and today the BCS declared Germany to be the winner of World War II.

"Germany put together an incredible number of victories beginning with the annexation of Austria and the Sudetenland and continuing on into conference play with defeats of Poland, France, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Belgium and the Netherlands. Their only losses came against the US and Russia; however considering their entire body of work--including an incredibly tough Strength of Schedule--our computers deemed them worthy of the #1 ranking."

Questioned about the #4 ranking of the United States the BCS commissioner stated "The US only had two major victories--Japan and Germany. The computer models, unlike humans, aren't influenced by head-to-head contests--they consider each contest to be only a single, equally-weighted event."

German Chancellor Adolph Hitler said "Yes, we lost to the US; but we defeated #2 ranked France in only 6 weeks." Herr Hitler has been criticized for seeking dramatic victories to earn 'style points' to enhance Germany's rankings. Hitler protested "Our contest with Poland was in doubt until the final day and the conditions in Norway were incredibly challenging and demanded the application of additional forces."

The French ranking has also come under scrutiny. The BCS commented " France had a single loss against Germany and following a preseason #1 ranking they only fell to #2."

Japan was ranked #3 with victories including Manchuria, Borneo and the Philippines.

Talk Zone / Re: Spicoli to depart from the tasty waves
« on: December 04, 2008, 01:03:53 pm »
Reggie Willits appreciates this sentiment.

As does Reggie Cleveland.

Talk Zone / Re: Wolf and Brocail - 11pm Monday Deadline
« on: December 02, 2008, 05:05:50 pm »
She has opine against the whole idea because it was a well known, worse kept secret that Houston and Sheets were going to talk about bringing him aboard.  She fears his injury history and feels that it would be sunken cost (aka: she has the same opinion about Kaz Matsui).  On the part of Houston, they are interested in Sheets, however the conversations have been just the kicking the tires type of talks.  Sheets is going to have to weigh what offers will realistically come his way based on his history, so Houston is in no hurry to rush to sign the young man.  In fact, I would think that Sheets may find himself in the same boat as Kyle Lohse did a few years back... waiting for a gig because no one was going to give him what he wanted.  The team that times it right will probably make a similar Lohse deal with Sheets unless another team panics and offers too much, too soon.

Sheets, on his part, would like to land here in Houston but won't sacrifice market value until he knows what said market value might be.  Right now, he only knows what he would want and not what the market will pay for his services.  IMHO, Sheets won't sign early with anyone.

It wouldn't surprise me at all if Sheets accepted the Brewers offer of arbitration.  He made 12,125,000 in 2008 and will be hard pressed to sign a multi year deal IMO. He could ask in the 14-15 million dollar range this year and have a legitimate shot of getting it.  It could be very similar to what Maddux did with the Braves back in 2003.

Talk Zone / Re: Peavy considers the AL wussified candyasses
« on: November 26, 2008, 02:05:12 pm »
Dear Padres:

Hunter Pence will run through walls sliding glass doors and put AIS.  And he will never, ever blink.  IT is only with greatest reluctance that we would surrender him in any deal.


Talk Zone / Re: Wolf says no
« on: November 14, 2008, 09:11:24 am »
Wolf he did say he was flattered by the astros pursuit of his services.


I Like You as a Friend

Talk Zone / Re: Herb Score passes
« on: November 12, 2008, 09:30:39 pm »
The ignore feature does not work on the blackberry.

« on: October 31, 2008, 04:11:07 pm »
That is horrible news.

I will be praying for his family and loved ones.

Beer and Queso / Re: Spanish texting
« on: October 08, 2008, 11:03:42 am »
Guapo always reminds me of the bad guy in Tres Amigos.

El Guapo is not the bad guy in that movie.

Carmen just won't open her flower to him.

Sorry Holly, I will stop texting you.

Talk Zone / Awesome YouTube - Home Run Spectacular
« on: September 21, 2008, 03:27:02 am »
Just found this YouTube clip....

Great footage of some Chester Charge and Rally Killer clips from the old scoreboard.   Brings back a flood of memories from childhood.

Also has the Home Run Spectacular about 3:55 minutes in.

Screw you Bud Adams.

Talk Zone / Re: FUCK THE CUBS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
« on: September 11, 2008, 04:36:35 pm »
Freaking Frenchies!

Bonjourrrrrrrrrrrrrr, ya cheese-eatin' surrender-monkeys!"

Talk Zone / Re: Wrigley lightning storm
« on: August 16, 2008, 08:26:46 am »
Wow... there are a ton of fan videos from that night.

I'm not sure I've ever heard anything like the final lighting/thunder combo that served as the catalyst for the Astros exiting the field. It sounded like a damn bomb going off.

ETA: Sweet... I make an appearance around the 4:25 mark of this one. White hat, black Astros shirt.

Fuck the Cubs!

What were those large puddles throughout the concourse? Water or urine?

Game Zone 2008 Archive / Re: Giants at Astros, 8/14/08
« on: August 14, 2008, 04:05:14 pm »
unlike suave, sophicated gentlemen posting on an internet message board in the middle of the day

I'm not wearing my cat suit in public, just here at home.

Game Zone 2008 Archive / Re: Giants at Astros, 8/14/08
« on: August 14, 2008, 03:54:52 pm »
Untouched by the jokers standing around her

Talk Zone / Re: traveling to Houston, anything to do there?
« on: August 13, 2008, 10:17:42 am »
I missed the special ed teacher post.

I've learned that when you are dealing with special needs you have to keep your sense of humor.  Glad to see Joey has his. 

My boy has autism as well...

Talk Zone / Re: traveling to Houston, anything to do there?
« on: August 13, 2008, 10:00:22 am »
Ahhhh...I get it.

Special ed teacher is a reasonable explanation.

Too bad hisoriginal post was more or less an inside joke nobody was in on.

Glad to hear it.

Talk Zone / Re: traveling to Houston, anything to do there?
« on: August 13, 2008, 09:34:40 am »
hey everybody.  i'm going to be in galveston and houston over the next week or so.  anybody want to hang out and get a beer or take in a ballgame?  perhaps a clay walker show or two?

usual topics of conversation from me:  rock and roll, MMA, Townes Van Zandt, retarded kids, baseball, food, drugs, beer.  maybe a couple of baby pictures also.  should be fun.  anybody down?  my schedule is pretty flexible.

So did anybody get to talk retards with Trum?

Too bad I don't live in Houston anymore, I could have introduced him to my son.  He rides the short bus and everything! 

An actual for real SHORT BUS comes and picks him up for school!

I feel like Joey's trip is incomplete.

Game Zone 2008 Archive / Re: San Fran @ Houston 8/12/08
« on: August 12, 2008, 09:42:38 pm »
Lance crushed that!

Game Zone 2008 Archive / Re: Giants at Houston - Aug 11
« on: August 11, 2008, 09:35:18 pm »

Talk Zone / Newest Astro Fan
« on: August 10, 2008, 06:23:37 pm »
The latest in a slew of TZ births...

Savannah Karys Fehr

Born 08/08/08 at 8:48

Talk Zone / Re: Astros @ Cubs Series Preview Posted
« on: August 05, 2008, 08:20:50 am »
I wish I could nominate the 70s night crack for POTW.

Quote from: MRaup
Monday is 70’s night. Which means they’ll be pretending its only been 70 years since they were in the World Series instead of 100+.

Game Zone 2008 Archive / Re: steM at Astros, 8/2/08
« on: August 02, 2008, 09:31:48 pm »
Attaboy Darin!


Game Zone 2008 Archive / Re: End 7: NYM 4, HOU 1
« on: August 02, 2008, 08:23:47 pm »
Bottom 7 (1 out, runners at 1B and 2B): RHP Duaner Sanchez on the mounde in relief of Santana

Wigginton (PH for Hawkins):  hard hit ball to the wall in left, Murphy (making his major league debut) leaps and makes the catch against the wall, throws to 2B to double off Pence.  3 outs.

End 7: NYM 4, HOU 1

Freaking Pence.  He has the baseball IQ of Forrest Gump.

Talk Zone / Re: Introducing: Ivy Sommer Dutton :)
« on: July 25, 2008, 09:49:34 am »
Congrats.  I have one coming any day now too. 

Congrats to Holly!

I also have a little girl due any day now.  Hurricane Dolly almost expidited matters.

Talk Zone / Hey DAS!
« on: July 21, 2008, 09:27:35 am »
Dolly is heading straight for me.

Where do you have the storm heading?

Talk Zone / Re: 2011 HOF Class
« on: July 17, 2008, 02:11:16 pm »
He also looked his best behind the plate, with his mask on.

...thank goodness they didn't televise in HD.

Talk Zone / Re: Features you would like to see in the new TZ
« on: July 16, 2008, 01:33:06 pm »

Game Zone 2008 Archive / Re: Fillies @ Astros, 5/24/2008
« on: May 24, 2008, 08:59:50 pm »


Game Zone 2008 Archive / Re: Fillies @ Astros, 5/24/2008
« on: May 24, 2008, 08:56:48 pm »
How close was the play at the plate?

Talk Zone / Re: The catch by Jim Edmonds
« on: May 20, 2008, 11:52:22 am »
If it can't be made to look difficult, there's really no point in doing it at all. Now excuse me, I'm going to meander out into the hall, run back into my office and dive to hit the post button. Sportscenter, here I come....

Next thing you know you'll be baiting Clarks.

Talk Zone / Re: On a positive note out of today's asskicking
« on: April 18, 2008, 09:11:32 am »
We can call you John Wayne Bobbit.

He's just nuts too.

Talk Zone / Re: Humberto
« on: April 09, 2008, 02:37:43 pm »
I would love to see the SnS recap of Kaz's first game back be written from his translator's POV.

It would very joyful.   

Beer and Queso / Re: Rickroll the New York Mets
« on: April 05, 2008, 12:02:13 pm »
So Up Too Late is never going to dance again....

That's because guilty feet have got no rhythm.

Talk Zone / Re: Caption Competition
« on: April 05, 2008, 11:57:11 am »

Talk Zone / Re: Caption Competition
« on: April 05, 2008, 09:46:05 am »
Nick Nolte gots nuthin' on me!

Talk Zone / Re: Anybody out there?
« on: March 30, 2008, 02:56:30 am »
Oooooh.  I hope an "open letter" to Ed Wade is next!  I just lovses those!

Talk Zone / Re: Race for the Lid (and then some) VIII (2008)
« on: March 28, 2008, 01:00:26 pm »

Talk Zone / Re: A headline I never thought I would read
« on: March 02, 2008, 07:15:39 am »
Another new Astro with the specter of 'roids looming....

Talk Zone / Re: Crikey, ten years of Pine Tar Rag
« on: December 16, 2007, 12:40:09 am »
I grew up in Brownsville and my dad was a shrimper...

needless to say, the story had me rolling.

Talk Zone / Re: Lidge a Phillie
« on: November 07, 2007, 09:42:04 pm »
Here's some perspective on Constanzo from Philly fan...

Talk Zone / Re: Everett's brother died?
« on: August 16, 2007, 08:49:09 am »

Injured shortstop Adam Everett, whose brother died this week, left the team Tuesday to be with his family. Everett's teammates have been praying for him since they learned of the tragedy

I haven't seen any details other than this.  I'll be praying for Adam as well.

Talk Zone / Tales from the "lost" season
« on: August 10, 2007, 08:35:23 am »

As most of you know my son Jarrett has battled through numerous medical challenges... open heart surgeries, a tracheostomy, and  cancer.  By God’s grace he has beaten them all.  At several points during these times, I always had a vision of taking him to his first Astros game.   It was a milestone of sorts that I knew in my heart I would be able to do with him.  That memorable night finally came back on May 18th vs. the Rangers.   

In all the games I went to in the Dome growing up, I never once caught a foul ball. Never even came close. Ten rows was about as close as I ever came.   I was hopeful we could get one hit our way, but didn't really expect anything. Our seats were in the 1st row of section 313 right on the rail. In the bottom of the 1st, Lamb fouled one up right toward us. The ball came right to me and I had it in my hands. Then I got "Bartmaned". A forty-something guy with a glove lunged about four seats over, smacked the back of my hands and knocked the ball out down to the field boxes below. Isn't it a man law that no one over the age of 12 is allowed to bring a glove to the game? Seriously.

Then in the 8th inning, Lamb came to bat again. He sent another one up toward our section, this time a little to our left. Jarrett was sitting on my lap and the ball caromed off of the guy two seats over and landed right in my hands. Our section was cheering because they knew we had gotten jobbed by Bartman. I handed the ball to Jarrett and was overjoyed because he gotten a ball at his first game. The guy who the ball had rebounded off of asked reached out to shake my hand and I turned toward him...then I heard the gasps and groans.   The guy’s girlfriend shouted “He threw it back!”

Yes, Jarrett had thrown the ball back.

It landed back down in the field boxes, much to the confusion of the masses below. I guess he had been to too many of his sister's basketball games. He always tries to get the ball when it goes out of bounds so he can throw it back to the ref.   I felt a mixture of joy/loss that I have never felt at a ballgame before. Everyone in the section was laughing and we joined in. Jarrett was all smiles.

 Now that I have had some time to think about it, I wouldn't change a thing about that the way things happened. If we had kept the ball the story would have ended there. The ball would have ended up on a shelf, or been played with and lost. This way, the memory of the night is what I will carry forever.   I later found out from some of the guys at the guys at work that they showed us on TV a couple of times.   

This season I have been able to take two of my other sons to their first ballgames.  I now get to sit on the couch at night as the boys put on their plastic Astros helmets and race around the living room practicing their slides and using any long object within reach as bat.
I have the joy of watching them become Astro fans.  I had to put on the Oswalt/Zambrano game I had TIVOed because they would not accept the fact that the Astros were not playing last night.

But I guess none of this matters because the Astros aren't good this year.

Talk Zone / Advice for first trip to MMPUS
« on: March 30, 2007, 04:37:38 pm »

I be making my first trip to MMPUS for Opening day with one of my sons.  I haven't been to a game since '93 in the Dome.  Any advice for parking, batting practice, things to avoid etc. would be greatly appreciated.

I would like to get meet some of y'all if I get the chance.

We will be in section 313 row 1.

Talk Zone / Re: Comish office asks Big to remove star...
« on: March 23, 2007, 05:13:45 pm »


Wouldn't the fact that Biggio has been wearing the pin in spring training for many years and no wave of copycatting has occurred to date undermine this premise?  In fact, since so few of the games in ST are televised and  attendance is much lower at the games, I would think that only a small pool of people know about it.

And you would think it would enter their mind this violation will go away after Biggio chooses to retire, which is certainly in the near future.

EGGSZACTLY!  There is a place for common sense and case by case evaluation by the MLB before they open their mouths (or at least one person opens said mouth) and sticks the entire foot, ankle and knee joint.  Had someone, anyone just spent a moment or two to *evaluate* the situation, they would've just let it go.

Instead, they reacted to a rule and that will sometimes lead to the wrong... very wrong... opinion.  If we lose the ability to evaluate and judge correctly, we lose the ability to just flat out think for ourselves.  If I were walking past a burning office building and the only path left for me to try and rescue a person trapped inside were to run through the manicured lawn, I'd do it.

Even if there were a sign stating I should "Keep Off The Lawn... NO EXCEPTIONS!".  Silly of me to even entertain beyond a half a nano-second the validity of the rule over the situation at hand.

Common sense is not all that common anymore.  Especially in the MLB front office.

Talk Zone / Re: Me likey
« on: November 30, 2006, 08:54:02 pm »


so if you werent joking, just go ahead and tell me what was so dumb about that post. id really like to hear why you think that alkie  

well ive been gone for a couple days and im not surprised this hasnt been answered

How's that ankle taste?

Talk Zone / Re: what is in a name-yours
« on: November 07, 2006, 05:23:48 pm »
Flicka Whitetail

Talk Zone / Re: what is in a name-yours
« on: November 07, 2006, 09:49:13 am »
I used to post as "Terry Puhl's Love Child" on the old AC board.  When my dad died in 2000, I didn't feel like that was appropriate anymore.

I went with Se?or Stan to reflect my Mexican/German heritage.

Kind of sums up my personality as well.  I get up each morning and feel like going out and CONQUERING THE WORLD!


Talk Zone / Re: Done Deal (Non BB)
« on: September 09, 2006, 10:26:09 am »
It's a done deal.  I will be moving the tribe to Houston within the month.  Thanks for your help with the areas around Houston.  It will give us a good head start.




Hey gang,

There is a high probability that I will be relocating from San Antonio to the Houston area. My new job would be around the 610-I10 interchange on the East side of town (around the McCarty exit).

any ideas as to good places to live?...

I have 5 kids so a family oriented community is a must.

We currently live in the Hill Country on about an acre and a half, and we would prefer to live in a "country" setting vs. the city, but I don't know if that is a reasonble expectation given the location of the job.

Please give me your opinions of where to start looking!



Talk Zone / Re: Non BB - Relocation to Houston
« on: September 05, 2006, 09:41:47 pm »


Look at Mont Belvieu for the East Side.

NO, NO, NO!!!  We can't build schools fast enough.  Tell everyone to STAY AWAY.

We worries for you.

Talk Zone / Re: Non BB - Relocation to Houston
« on: September 01, 2006, 06:15:38 pm »

I need to ask -

I-10 and 610 East - Are you working at the brewery?

No, but I can see it from there.

Talk Zone / Re: Non BB - Relocation to Houston
« on: September 01, 2006, 12:39:23 pm »
Thanks for all the ideas...looks like we have our work cut out for us.  

By all means keep 'em coming because my Houston experience to this point has been...

1. Stay at the Holiday Inn
2. Astroworld during the day
3. Astro games at night
4. repeat steps 2-3 for a week

Thanks again to all...

Talk Zone / Re: Non BB - Relocation to Houston
« on: September 01, 2006, 11:55:07 am »
I would be OK with about a 45 minute commute...

Miles don't really matter if I can get the drive time in line.

Talk Zone / Non BB - Relocation to Houston
« on: September 01, 2006, 11:48:40 am »
Hey gang,

There is a high probability that I will be relocating from San Antonio to the Houston area. My new job would be around the 610-I10 interchange on the East side of town (around the McCarty exit).

any ideas as to good places to live?...

I have 5 kids so a family oriented community is a must.

We currently live in the Hill Country on about an acre and a half, and we would prefer to live in a "country" setting vs. the city, but I don't know if that is a reasonble expectation given the location of the job.

Please give me your opinions of where to start looking!



Talk Zone / Re: If Lidge pitches like that..........
« on: August 09, 2006, 12:22:11 am »
Couldn't get the radio feed at work because the Astros were pre-empted for the Silver Stars of the WNBA.

San Antonio radio s-u-x.  

I was relegated to "watching" gamecast.

I must admit, it was pretty freakin' awesome to see strike after strike pop up on the screen.

Talk Zone / Re: Why does this Guillen/Tracey flap bother me?
« on: June 21, 2006, 08:50:18 pm »
Hopefully Guillen take a page out of Sammy's book and pretend not to speaky Ingles

Talk Zone / Re: NonBaseball: Military Recruitment Meeting
« on: June 13, 2006, 06:03:44 pm »


You need a nomination from a Congressman (U.S. not State).  

There is no such thing as a "State Congressman".  Didn't they teach you that?  I think I own your ass for a week now.

You are correct sir!  

That is precisely why you NEVER bet your ass on anything.  It sucks to have to request permission to use you ass to take a dump.

Foghorn should have considered this before putting ol' Lefty on the line.

Talk Zone / Re: NonBaseball: Military Recruitment Meeting
« on: June 13, 2006, 05:24:57 pm »

Hey guys I'm going into my Senior year of High Schoo, The Navy contacted me today and asked if I'd come in for a meeting tomorrow & I said sure. I have no intention of joining but he insisted that I at least see what they have to offer. I know going to Annapolis and getting an Ivy League education is very prestigious but as of right now that's not what I want to do. Has any one of you guys ever sat down and talked with a recruiter- If so what have the had to say? Or do any of you have experience in the Navy w/ college and stuff.

Thanks, Joe

I haven't been around for a while and just caught this thread.  I went to Annapolis back in the late 80s early 90s.  If you have any specific questions about the experience send me a PM or reply in this thread.  I'd be glad to help you in any way I can.

Most of the information that has been given is pretty accurate.  

You need a nomination from a Congressman (U.S. not State).  They have a limited amount of Serivce Academy spots that they can have at any one time.  It used to be five.  Your best chance is to try your local representative rather than a Senator.  You are competing with less people that way.

Plebe year is tough.  Really tough.  Expect to take anywhere from 18-21 hours per semester not including required extra curricular activities.

innursting facts...

-You only rate sitting on the first 3 inches of your chair.
-All meals are eaten square.  
-You only get three chews and a swallow when eating.
-You have to "chop" (running with your knees parallel to the deck and your elbows in at your side) anywhere you go in Bancroft hall. (the dorm)
-You have to square every corner and shout either "Go Navy Sir, or Beat Army Sir".

-You have five basic responses...
1) the correct answer
2) "Yes, Sir" or "No Sir"
3) "Aye Aye Sir"
4) "I'll find out sir"
5) or "No excuse sir"
never offer any excuses or explanations or you will be labeled a "sea lawyer." (no offense to any of the regular lawyers around here"

Never under any circumstances bet your ass on anything.  If you lose, you have to keep and "Ass Log" to document whenever you sit down.  You have to request permission to use your ass from the person that owns it.  

There are about a million and a half more things.  Let me know if you want to hear some of them.

Talk Zone / Re: Major meltdown by Wagner
« on: May 20, 2006, 06:49:50 pm »

he must have been tipping his pitches.

Nope.  Just didn't trust his stuff.

Maybe he should throw sidearm.  Or go back to being right handed.

Talk Zone / Re: Barrett belts Pierzynski
« on: May 20, 2006, 06:46:10 pm »


It sure looked like a clean play.  Makes you wonder what Pierzynski said after the play was over.

Pierzynki baited Barret with the plate slap.  He was asking for it.

Barrett said he didn't see the plate slap.  Said when he got up he saw Prezhinskrikski heading towards him and he reacted.

Prezhejinsnkski said that he got up to go get his helmet when Barrett bearhugged him and said "I didn't have the ball BITCH!" and then slugged him.

Barrett may be in the wrong line of work.

Talk Zone / Re: Lidge on 790
« on: May 13, 2006, 12:51:48 am »

i still think a lot of it is front-side related, but what do i know?

Quite a lot, if you believe that Garner fella.

From Yahoo
The Link

"He's flying open," Garner said. "What that means is when your front shoulder goes out too soon, your ball tends to flatten out. Fastballs don't have the same finish on them and more importantly your slider doesn't have the same break on it that it normally does. So that's been his major issue."

Thanks for the continued insight Jim.  That's why I come here.

Talk Zone / Re: This must be an omen
« on: May 12, 2006, 11:06:19 pm »

I was just out working in my backyard, and I found this:

The Link

Maybe I'll make it my icon.

If by found, you mean shot with a pellet gun, then that's pretty cool.

Actually, its pretty cool either way.

Talk Zone / Re: Mitch Einertson
« on: April 20, 2006, 10:17:06 pm »

OK, clue me in.  I have no idea what a "Miggy-type player" is.

Miguel Cabrera?  Or a Soviet fighter jet.

Talk Zone / Re: John Lopez has lost the remainder of his credibility
« on: April 20, 2006, 06:29:09 pm »

Like Jesus, he lurks.

I starting to think he might have been "hed".

Talk Zone / Re: So what happens if...
« on: April 12, 2006, 10:07:30 pm »

Quote: entire 3-game series is rained out, and because of the moronic unbalanced schedule, you only have one trip planned to that city for the entire season?  It looks like it's been raining all day in San Francisco, and there's a 40% chance of rain tomorrow.

This situation has to have come up before, but I don't remember hearing what the precedent is.

Play three? Nah...


September 2nd, 1920

With the last two games rained out, fans get their money's worth in Pittsburgh as the Pirates and Reds, battling to determine 3rd place, play the century's only tripleheader. Starting at noon, the Reds win the first, 13?4, to clinch 3rd place. The Reds win game two as well, 7?3, with a number of players at odd positions: Reds put catcher Ivy Wingo at 2B, with pitchers Bressler, Ruether, Coumbe, and Eller at field positions. The Pirates take the finale 6?0, called after six innings because of darkness. The only "tribill" played this century is played in five hours. Clyde Barnhart, who made his major league debut ten days earlier, doubles in the first two games, and singles in the 3rd, the only player to hit in all three games.


edit to correct link

This looks like a job for Spack!

From the manifesto...

Spack was a star in the the old Constitutional Brotherhood Base Ball Association, a rival major league in the 1890s. Spack once pitched all 27 innings of a triple-header. A line drive broke his right collar bone in the seventh inning of Game 3, but he managed to finish the day with his left arm.

Talk Zone / Re: weather in bay area
« on: April 12, 2006, 10:00:52 pm »
Dang it!

This is like the Void, Jr.

Talk Zone / Re: I'd like to thank...
« on: April 12, 2006, 09:57:07 pm »

Oh, you didn't mean me. Haha! It'd be nice if I eventually learned how to read!

Not a problem at all.  I hope you stick around.

See kids, Clark ain't always a bad thing.

Talk Zone / Re: I'd like to thank...
« on: April 12, 2006, 08:27:30 pm »

Everyone has to start somewhere. Were you not a Clark once? If this is the attitude towards new members, is it any wonder not many get beyond this status before they seek pastures new?

So, what prompted you to post for the first time today?

Are you new to the board or have you lurked for a while?

Talk Zone / Re: "This is Bill. Mission in life: Make Chuck a man"
« on: April 10, 2006, 10:55:57 pm »

"You wanna know why I carry a tape recorder? It's to tape things"

Like feeding mayonnaise to tuna fish.

Talk Zone / Re: Are the Stros not on the radio in San Antonio anymore?
« on: April 10, 2006, 10:40:06 pm »
They usually don't broadcast weekday afternoon games.  They couldn't possible displace Jim Rome. weak.

Next time try 1420AM out of New Braunfels.  The daytime signal is usually strong enough.  I was able to get it at work today.

Talk Zone / Re: Just finished a little quiz
« on: April 05, 2006, 12:05:44 pm »


the franchise is anything but a joke. two World Series wins and likely headed to SA with a local fan favorite involved. that stuff in the papers cannot be all smoke.

I agree about there being truth to that stuff in the paper.  JD and Brownie said last night Charlotte pulled out of the hunt for the Marlins.  I think SA wants another pro team pretty badly.  

I'm have from friends and family in SA saying they would go to the games.

I would go to games too.  

I think the biggest obstacle is Fox Sports Southwest.  They have to give the Marlins a more lucrative deal than the have in Florida or chances are it is a no go.

Talk Zone / Re: from out my window
« on: April 03, 2006, 08:07:03 pm »

There's already a bit of a crowd.  Time to go home, give my dog her medicine for the strained tendon, find the sweat-stained Astros cap, and head to the ballpark.


Don't forget the bowtie!

 Warning - your Wonderlic may drop a couple of points

I had to beat VirtualDarrell to the punch.

Talk Zone / Roger takes another 2-1 loss
« on: March 17, 2006, 01:20:25 am »
USA eliminated by Mexico.

Talk Zone / Dan "Wrecking Ball" Wheeler
« on: February 26, 2006, 07:02:04 pm »

 Teammates call Astros reliever Dan Wheeler "Wrecking Ball" because Wheeler recorded the final out at Busch Stadium in last season's National League Championship Series. Busch Stadium has since been torn down.

That is sweet.

Talk Zone / Re: Brewers
« on: February 13, 2006, 11:50:30 pm »
Can get into the low 21s but haven't broken 22.

Talk Zone / Re: May I congratulate Waldo and OWA Incorporated
« on: January 31, 2006, 09:56:52 pm »


Thanks for the word to the wise.  Looks like we'll have to be less subtle (per usual) HINT HINT, check the friggin dates on those posts.  For the record, that wasnt me digging up old posts.

I fell for this too.  

Then I thought it was just a case of writing the wrong date on those first few checks of the new year.

Then I just fell toopid.

It's like deja vu all over again.

Talk Zone / Re: Caption Competition
« on: January 28, 2006, 12:32:50 pm »

This is a picture of Nomar participating in a game of charades.  The card he drew had "John Wayne Bobbitt" written on it.

Q: What's the difference between Lorena and John Wayne Bobbitt?

A: Lorena is crazy.  John is just nuts.

Talk Zone / Re: Caption Competition
« on: January 27, 2006, 06:16:19 pm »

Talk Zone / Re: Gallo (NYCU)
« on: January 19, 2006, 11:35:53 pm »


There is no "Rooster" but "The Red Rooster" and Rader is his name


I really don't want to be Captain Obvious here. However, for those that don't speaky means rooster in the Spanish.

Also, Mexican roosters don't say Cock-a-doodle-doo they say qui-qui-ri-qui.

Talk Zone / Great news : Non BB
« on: January 17, 2006, 10:19:32 pm »
My oldest son, Jarrett was diagnosed with cancer back in May.  He has undergone 6 rounds of brutal chemotherapy in the past 6 months.  

Last week he underwent a series of scans to check how effective the treatments have been.  On Friday we got the news that Jarrett is cancer free!  Needless to say Mom, Dad, brothers and sister are thrilled.

Thanks to all who have prayed for him.


Talk Zone / Re: Ok, enough already about Bush, Gtmo, and Iraq
« on: January 10, 2006, 08:19:36 pm »
Fiction: Checks and Imbalances: Competitive Disparity in Major League Baseball

Talk Zone / Re: OK
« on: January 05, 2006, 10:22:48 am »
liet it oranage!

Talk Zone / Re: Astros Dream Series
« on: January 01, 2006, 11:58:10 pm »


Chris Holt
Tim Redding
Dwight Gooden
Greg Swindell
Doug Brocail

No room for Lima?

Too many good memories.  Beeleebit!

Talk Zone / Re: Astros Dream Series
« on: December 31, 2005, 11:50:10 pm »

Great lineup Jim.

You could also have fun developing a dis-astro lineup.  Redding, Lugo, Merced, Chen, Micelli....etc.  Include some refreshing Keystone Light....

I'm game

C Bleach Meluskey
1B Sid Bream
2B Rafael Landestoy
3B Chris Truby
SS Ricky Gutierrez
LF Eric Anthony
CF Roger Cede?o
RF Richard Hidalgo

Chris Holt
Tim Redding
Dwight Gooden
Greg Swindell
Doug Brocail


Mitch Williams
Yorkis Perez
Hipolito Prichardo

Talk Zone / Re: Rose Bowl Anticipation
« on: December 31, 2005, 10:30:43 pm »

The "weakest" conference produced eight bowl teams and, so far, four bowl winners, including a four-loss OU beat #6 Oregon.  All that has to count for something.

Not to mention USC's near loss to Fresno State. The Fresno State that lost to Tulsa tonight. TULSA.  And Louisiana Tech and Nevada before that.

Talk Zone / San Antonio Marlins?
« on: December 06, 2005, 06:38:47 pm »
 The story

I'd love to see it happen, but really don't think it will.

Talk Zone / Busch Stadium's visitors locker room carpet
« on: October 20, 2005, 02:23:33 am »
Will still be damp with Astro's champagne when they blow that mother up.  I know they are selling off all they can from the stadium (including urinals).  I wonder if they are selling anything from the visitor's locker room?

Talk Zone / Re: I miss my dad...
« on: October 20, 2005, 02:14:25 am »

Likewise. Dad first took me to the Dome in 1979. He died in 1984. RIP Dad, and thank you.

My dad took me to my first game v the Padres in 79.  He died in 2000 a couple of weeks after his first and only game at the new ball park.  We used to make the 6 hour drive from Brownsville every summer for 10 years for at least 2 domestands.  It was Astroworld by day and Astro games by night.  Best times of my childhood.  I used to post at AC under "Terry Puhl's Love Child", but after my dad died, it didn't seem appropriate.

When my boy gets well I look forward to starting a new tradition will all my pups.

Talk Zone / Re: Jesus Mary and Joseph
« on: October 19, 2005, 10:30:14 am »

Sack up you bunch of candyasses.

Normally I avoid all forms of media after an Astros loss, especially one of this magnitude.  Not this time.  I forced myself to watch every damn Pujols highlight every damn time it came on. (Is it just me, or does he look like that Nazi dude stepping over a cowering Uphman after stabbing Mellish?)

I also subjected myself to radio updates every 20 minutes for about 4 hours yesterday evening, all featuring Pujol's blast.
I am now innoculated against anything the Jakes can bring.

If someone told you on May 24th that the Astros would be playing Game 6 against the Jakes with a 3-2 series lead and a fully rested Roy and Rajah in the wings, would you take it?  Hell yes.  Go Astros.  Drop the soupbone.

Talk Zone / Re: Hey, where is...
« on: October 17, 2005, 09:10:04 am »


MMP's diminsions gave the Astros a home run and took one away from the Cards.

You know, if they had played NLCS Game 4 at McLean Little League field #4, St. Louis would have won 131-127.  I wish MLB would realize that the short centerfield porch there is a really unfair advantage for the Cardinals.

The Astros use the Crawford boxes to bait opposing players into trying to pull the ball and hitting into game ending 4-6-3 double plays.

Talk Zone / Re: TiVo Alert: The Chris Burke Game on ESPN Classic
« on: October 11, 2005, 04:08:45 pm »
Thanks for the heads up!  I just got back from the doctors where my boy is getting chemotherapy.  We watched the 86 game vs. the steM together.  I wanted to post about that, when I saw your post! TIVO ready!

Talk Zone / Re: Kent's walk off, or tonight???
« on: October 09, 2005, 10:45:12 pm »


So, which moment is sweeter...Kent's walk off homer in 2004, or today's win.  I know Kent's walk off put us closer to the WS, but today's win was even sweeter IMO.  I mean, the greatest playoff game of all time, and we actually frick'n won it.

Is this even a question?  Today was the greatest game in Astros history.

Without question.  Longest game in playoff history. Two Grand Slams, game tying HR with 2 down in the 9th, 9 innings of shutout extra inning baseball, walk off HR by the the brick and sand messiah.

Talk Zone / Re: Lidge Be the man!!!
« on: October 01, 2005, 10:54:53 pm »

I'm trying to remember what year it was that Baio made his first appearance in the TZ.  Any history buffs out there?

Last year.  I think he may have been overused and had dead arm  by games 6 and 7.. .

He is pickin' his spot this year.

Talk Zone / Re: The past 15 days
« on: July 25, 2005, 11:54:07 pm »

Let's see, since May 24...

Astros are 8-5, including 4-2 on the road, for two consecutive road series wins, the only such series wins of the season.

Baby steps with 104 games remaining.

Oh, and you're welcome.

Since May 24th...

37 and 16.  

.698 winning % .

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