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Beer and Queso / Re: Happy thannks giving
« on: November 28, 2019, 12:54:02 pm »
second time to say  that  this  morning..  found  my way to the new site    and said it all posters old  and new  happy  thanksgiving to all of  yyou

And the same to you!!!

Beer and Queso / Re: College Football 2019
« on: November 26, 2019, 02:18:37 pm »
I'm annoyed when people tap their brakes for no reason. Also when they wont pass or move over. That annoys the hell out of me. Or two cars driving side by side 5 miles below the speed limit on a two lane interstate with a parade of cars behind them that only want to drive the speed limit. Fuck them! Those people are total assholes.

Indeed!!! A pox on their houses!!!

Beer and Queso / Re: College Football 2019
« on: November 26, 2019, 05:31:40 am »
You're so annoying
I'm pretty sure he takes that as a complement.


Beer and Queso / Re: College Football 2019
« on: November 26, 2019, 04:50:22 am »
You're so annoying

What really annoys you is that LSU is undefeated and ranked No. 1 in some polls, while your Longhorns are bowl eligible.

Beer and Queso / Re: College Football 2019
« on: November 25, 2019, 10:07:49 am »
Let me clear about Tom Herman. He proved that I know nothing about picking coaches. I wanted him in Baton Rouge, but I'm so tickled that I was wrong. Herman played the two schools against each other. I want Texas to return to prominence because I think that college football is better when Texas is strong (I maintain the same things about Michigan and USC).

I think that Texas is better than 6-5. Texas played LSU tough. I wrote after that game being highly complimentary of your QB, who I think is an exciting player. Will Herman be successful? Time will tell. However, let's just say that he's off to a bumpy start in a place with little patience (except for Mack Brown, who you should have fired at least three years prior to when you did) for mediocre results. Query how this impacts recruiting. I guarantee you that it will have some adverse effect on recruiting.

 I am elated and highly surprised by Orgeron's success. I mean he was 10-25 at Ole Miss (where it's impossible to win except for if you're cheating or Johnny Vaught is the coach). He's running things like a CEO and hiring (and paying) some of the brightest minds in college football. It will be interesting to see if we can retain Joe Brady. If I have to choose which to retain, either Brady or Aranda, I'm keeping Brady. LSU is winning despite a swiss cheese defense.

Talk Zone / Re: 2020 Hall of Fame
« on: November 22, 2019, 03:08:27 pm »
If they really want to honor Jeter, they should make casting a really easy ballot look difficult.

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Or make the ballot out of wood, to resemble the wooden statue that Jeter was for the last six to eight years of his career.

Talk Zone / Re: 2020 Roster
« on: November 19, 2019, 11:07:25 am »
Yuli has been a great addition. Fuck “racist gesture.” He seems to be loved in the clubhouse.

Amen. People forget that he came from a totalitarian country where he had no money. Being rich and free simultaneously for the first time must be like drinking from the fire hydrant.

Talk Zone / Re: Signal stealing haiku
« on: November 18, 2019, 04:08:34 am »
Crybabies will gnash.
Who's the smartest  in baseball?
Fuck 'em fuck 'em all!

Talk Zone / Re: More controversy
« on: November 17, 2019, 04:06:31 am »
All of this is so much BS. There’s so much talent on this team. I’m not even going to read anymore about it. Take a draft pick... whatever....


Beer and Queso / Re: College Football 2019
« on: November 10, 2019, 02:15:18 pm »
LSU almost stomped their collective dick last night.  But they just grazed it.

The operative word is almost. I thought that we outplayed them and outcoached them and should have beaten them by two touchdowns. We certainly would have had the game been in Tiger Stadium, but we were in the bowels of Bryant-Denny.

Beer and Queso / Re: College Football 2019
« on: November 10, 2019, 01:33:30 am »
Well, I am grateful that we finally got the Bama losing streak to end. The end was more exciting than I wanted. I give major props to Tua, who played his hurt ass off. I don't know how wise it was to have played him so soon after surgery and what it could mean in future games, but I suspect that Saban knew that he had no shot with Tua.

Talk Zone / Re: Reid Ryan phasing out
« on: November 10, 2019, 12:54:07 am »
He switches allegiances when it suits him.

Exactly. He's like the territorial tribal fighters in Afghanistan. Fuck Nolan Ryan.

Talk Zone / Re: Reid Ryan phasing out
« on: November 08, 2019, 10:35:27 am »
Of course they did, but being lucky in being born well does not mean they lack talent or ability. Thinking otherwise without personal knowledge is an insult.

Exactly. Reid Ryan certainly benefitted from having a famous dad. However, as I understand it, he was the driving force behind the Hooks success and has done what appears to be a great job for the Astros. Jim Crane won't suffer fools for long, so if his son doesn't work out, I bet that he won't hesitate to take nexcessary steps to solve the problem.

Talk Zone / Re: Hinch’s decisions and thinking/G7
« on: November 07, 2019, 04:44:12 am »
Far, far worse. Unlucky is a fact. “Wanted it more” sounds like HS football. Completely silly applied to professional baseball players in the World Series.

This whole wanted it more really pisses me off. These are PROFESSIONAL athletes. Their goal is to win a championship. Have you ever seen how much work it takes to perform at that level? If you ever do, you'll change your tune quickly. They all badly want it. Preiod.

Talk Zone / Re: Hinch’s decisions and thinking/G7
« on: November 03, 2019, 11:06:43 am »
Until 2017 I was convinced this franchise was established simply to break my heart every few years.
Hank Williams, you wrote my life.

Talk Zone / Re: Yuli Is Gold Glove Finalist
« on: November 02, 2019, 07:04:44 am »
I do not believe this. Yuli was elite.

Of course he was. To think that Jim Crane would give him $46,000,000 in sort of a rush technique (pledge the okay brother to get the one you wanted) is fucking laughable.

Talk Zone / Re: Team of the Decade?
« on: November 02, 2019, 07:02:55 am »
It has to be the SF Giants.  3 WS wins.

I lived out there for the first two. Bochy was the best manager in baseball for a long time and it wasn't even close. And Bryan Sabean was a masterful assembler of talent. But it was Bochy, because, if you remember those teams, they weren't world-beaters like the Astros were this year. They were a marginally good team that peaked at the right time. Bochy was masterful.

Talk Zone / Re: Ex-Astros News 2019
« on: November 02, 2019, 06:57:23 am »
The Mets are hiring Carlos Beltran to be their manager.

Stroke of genius hire in my opinion.

Talk Zone / Re: Hinch’s decisions and thinking/G7
« on: November 02, 2019, 06:55:26 am »
I've found myself saying this a lot recently, both to myself and to others, I'm pretty sure I've even said it on this site a time or two. It definitely fits here.

Just because something doesn't work, doesn't mean it was the wrong decision. Just because something works, doesn't make it the right decision.

Bringing in Harris when he did, was the right decision. 9/10 times, Harris gets the job done, and the Astros probably win the game, this was the 1. Anybody who says that bringing in Harris in the 7th was a bad decision, simply has no baseball intelligence.

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Absofuckinglutely correct on all scores. Will Harris has been nails all year. I feel awful for my LSU Tiger brother. He deserved a better fate, as Coach noted, getting beat on an awesome pitch (perfect call and perfect execution), that's just cruel and unusual punishment.

Talk Zone / Re: No Joy in Mudville
« on: October 31, 2019, 02:15:26 pm »
Wellsir, I for one am grateful to the ownership and organization  for the wonderful baseball and entertainment that they provided this year. I'm even grateful that we came within a game of taking it all. I am grateful because I remember those seasons of not so long ago. The 111 loss season and losing the last 15 in a row that year sticks out in my mind. While we came up short, we did god damn good, and even though we have some questions, Astros baseball looks in great hands, and for that too I am grateful.

Talk Zone / Re: Cole and Game 5
« on: October 31, 2019, 01:53:29 pm »
There's some smart people on this board; I'm surprised few see the obvious.  The post-game actions and comments by Cole seemed out of character because they were/are.  What you witnessed last night was the spirit of Scott Boras in Cole's body.  Cole was carefully coached by Boras -- the comments, hat, etc. -- all part of the act.  It was a message to the marketplace that Team Cole isn't fucking around.

This is spot on. Borass strikes again. Fools like Arte Moreno will overpay for Cole. He'll get what he wants.

Talk Zone / Re: Tipping pitches
« on: October 31, 2019, 01:50:29 pm »
Verducci on how Strasburg was tipping his pitches in the first two innings last night, but the Nationals caught and fixed it:

“Stephen, you’re doing it again.”

Menhart didn’t have to show video to Strasburg. The pitcher knew instantly what he was doing to telegraph his pitches. The pitching coach and his pitcher came up with a fix. Strasburg would reach into his glove for his grip, then briefly start flapping his glove at the waist before raising his hands at the set position.

The game flipped right there.

“He told me it was—what is the right word here—just so re-assuring to him,” Menhart said. “It gave him such relief and confidence. He said, ‘I got takes on balls they were hitting before, and they were swinging and missing at balls they were spitting on in the first inning.’ It freed him up.”

Strasburg gave up two runs in the first inning and none thereafter. The Astros went 3-for-22 after Strasburg stopped tipping his pitches. They didn’t know what hit them.

This is a load of crap. It really pisses me off when the dumbass fails to mention that Strasburg happens to be a very good pitcher. It's often said that if you ever get to a star starter, you better get to him early. The Astros got a little, but not enough. The 3-22 was pure Strasburg.

Talk Zone / Re: Alvarez
« on: October 29, 2019, 03:44:25 pm »
Good stuff.

Also corroborates what various folks have said: hitters don't listen to the team'scoaches much.

But they all have their own gurus. Believe this.

Talk Zone / Re: WS 2019
« on: October 25, 2019, 10:35:21 pm »
Thanks Das - I guess first order of business is whether we make it to Sunday in the first place.

Well played, sir. The BBGs are always watching.

Talk Zone / Re: Fuck the Nationals!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
« on: October 22, 2019, 05:49:04 am »
Well said,m Joey!!! Good to see you, dude!!!

Talk Zone / Re: Rotation Games
« on: October 18, 2019, 05:17:50 pm »
This kind of goes back to my point about Hinch and his consistency and giving guys rest days regardless of how much they campaign to play.  I have a hard time believing Cole would dictate his start to Hinch and an even harder time believing AJ would acquiesce.

Right on all scores.

Talk Zone / Re: Rotation Games
« on: October 18, 2019, 04:36:55 am »
He may have taken the notion of read more post less a little too seriously, but if this is the outcome then others should adhere.


Talk Zone / Re: Rotation Games
« on: October 17, 2019, 09:18:27 am »
Not sure for Boone - but for AJ, I think declaring that JV is pitching on Friday puts an enormous amount of pressure on the Yankees tonight.  Maybe it causes their hitters to press or Boone to over-manage.

Rest assured: Boone will over-manage.

Talk Zone / Re: Rotation Games
« on: October 17, 2019, 08:38:54 am »
Long time lurker...over a dozen years but hey, I'll give my first take and try not to be called a neck. 

Hinch is consistent in his approach...and players love that about him, they know what to expect. He always gives guys scheduled days off whether they were hot or not or whether they liked it or not.  He uses analytics for shifts and sticks with it despite some player's objections (cough, Dallas, cough) and he doesn't put up with disrespect (see ya Giles).

He also never intentionally walked a batter. From a macro level that's what this pitching decision is...essentially we're not going to intentionally walk a game with our bullpen. We're going to go right after you and if you beat us, you tip your cap and move on to the next game.

Damn, son. You came out throwing gas. Greqt post. Let's hear more from you!!!

Talk Zone / Re: ALCS - time to reset the lineup, right?
« on: October 14, 2019, 05:20:43 pm »
Great - but why?  Do you say that because you believe you shouldn't ever change the lineup in a series?  Because it conveys a lack of confidence in the demoted?  Because you think that the left/right balance is more important?  Do you think that Carlos isn't ready to be moved up yet?

Have you considered the signal that demotion in the order sends to a young Yordan Alvarez?

Talk Zone / Re: ALCS - time to reset the lineup, right?
« on: October 14, 2019, 01:04:06 pm »
Fuck no. Leave the lineup alone.

This. This right fucking here. I'm not about to tell a manager who has won one world series how to set a lineup.

It doesn't seem possible but I believe by the end of this series I will hate Brett Gardner even more than I already do.

Amen. Dude is a grinder, a pissant type player. Pain in the ass.

Talk Zone / Re: NLCS
« on: October 12, 2019, 05:22:30 pm »
They self-identify as hitters.
Well played, sir.

Talk Zone / Re: Tipping pitches
« on: October 11, 2019, 12:47:00 pm »
Kevin Cash handled it very well.

When asked he said he knew there was speculation,  but credit should be given to the guys who hit line drives.

Enjoyed that story,  Jim.

Cash is a good guy and an innovative manager. And a good one at that. The opener idea was deployed quite well to keep the team afloat while Glasnow and Snell were out. I understand why he and Hinch are friends.

Talk Zone / Re: Tipping pitches
« on: October 11, 2019, 07:32:58 am »
Excellent. Thanks for that. Your last point about the hitters skills being denigrated is true too often. Sometimes, and pretty often, the hitter simply hits a good pitch. Even where the pitcher executes the pitch as called in the right location, sometimes it just gets whacked hard. It's baseball. I tipped my hat to many hitters over the years for simply hitting good pitches. It's really all you can do.

Watching on cable... FS1 is fine

Osuna to close it out.

I'd have sent Cole back out there to finish his gem. He's the best arm on the team.

Talk Zone / Re: NLDS
« on: October 10, 2019, 09:09:46 pm »

The Roberts Dodgers have won 393 regular season games over the last four years. If you say he's a shitty manager, then you have to admit they've done a pretty decent job succeeding in spite of him. Maybe you want to make the argument he's a good regular season manager and a lousy postseason manager. My hunch is that he's a system manager, and that he's implementing the will of Andrew Friedman.

My Lord, man. The Dojers  front office and ownership assembled a team for the ages, which is why Roberts has succeeded during the regular season. However, it's clear beyond cavil that he's been questioned and lampooned by people who know concerning his in-game moves during the playoffs. I subscribe to the school (as does AJ Hinch) where in the playoffs, you put your best arm out there, irrespective of whether they've been a starter or reliever. Hinch noticeably out managed Roberts during the 2017 World Series. Some of Roberts moves in the 2018 WS quickened the end of the series in a negative way. He's just not that bright, or he doesn't listen to his bench coach or his bench coach isn't worth a shit. Either way, it's in the game management of the team. I will be shocked if he isn't shitcanned.

Talk Zone / Re: Ex-Astros News 2019
« on: October 10, 2019, 09:09:58 am »
Brian McCann announced after the Braves' loss last night that he was retiring.  He had a good career, and was the right guy at the right time for the Astros.  I will always remember him fondly.

Agreed. He was an Astro.

Before the Division Series wraps up, I wanted to point out that there are at least three former bus ride managers manning coaching positions on playoff teams:

Rodney Linares - 3rd base coach - Rays
Stubby Clapp - 1st base coach - Cards
Tim Bogar - 1st base coach - Nats

Did I miss any?

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

Talk Zone / Re: NLDS
« on: October 10, 2019, 02:32:44 am »
My knee jerk reaction is that Roberts is not a good enough manager.

Hinch exposed his managerial deficiencies in the 2017 World Series. I think that he's a terrible manager.

Talk Zone / Re: JV on short rest
« on: October 09, 2019, 03:25:09 pm »
If you would have told me ahead of time how JV would do last night and given me two choices; a) Verlander on short rest knowing you would give up the four runs, or b) take your chances with Urquidy and the pen, I take option A.  Every.  Single Time.

+!,000 Anyone who says otherwise simply doesn't get it.

Talk Zone / Re: ALDS
« on: October 08, 2019, 03:56:30 am »
The Yankees aren't better than us, but they're better now than they were most of the year and they're better than people have been giving them credit for. If we're lucky enough to face them again this year it's going to be intense.

Great point.  If Severino is healthy, he's an ace, and the Yankees bully is really only missing Betances. The Yankees hitters grind you by not swinging at bad pitches very often. Brett Gardner is still a very tough out, particularly in the playoffs. If we're lucky enough to win the Tampa Bay series, a series with the Yankees will be epic.

Talk Zone / Re: NLDS
« on: October 07, 2019, 03:27:16 pm »
I don't give a shit about what anyone says, but Wainright is a bulldog money pitcher. 38. Marginal stuff. In the playoffs? Nails. He should sue his offense for non-support.

Talk Zone / Re: The bullpen
« on: October 07, 2019, 03:24:33 pm »
For the most part, I’m a functional mess.


Talk Zone / Re: The bullpen
« on: October 06, 2019, 12:08:22 pm »
Anybody worried?

There doesn't seem to be the McCullers/Morton/Peacock option this year as in '17. Who steps up if the usual reliables fall through?

Josh James? Urquidy?

Talk Zone / Re: Post Season
« on: October 06, 2019, 02:32:53 am »
He played. I coached him in kid baseball. Devin is a good fan and baseball-knowledgeable.

I agree. He's been here a long time, and I've always found him to be a knowledgeable fan too. Maybe I was being a curmudgeon. Harumph. Get off my lawn.

Talk Zone / Re: Post Season
« on: October 05, 2019, 11:24:14 pm »
I love how predictably you enter dead conversations days later to concur with a prevailing opinion. It's amazingly courageous of you.

HH's comment would have been "against ridiculous thinking" had I been proposing that the A's set-up their rotation at the expense of a chance to win the one game they had to win. But I wasn't. Fuck the fuck right off.

When you say dumb thngs, you deserve to be reminded of it. You're obviously another stat geek who never played. Sigh.

Talk Zone / Re: Post Season
« on: October 05, 2019, 06:17:48 am »
You have to play to win that game.  You don't "set up a rotation" for a series you don't know you're even gonna be playing.  Melvin thought Manaea game them the best chance to win last night.  It didn't work out, but it was not an unreasonable move.

This. This right here. The voice of sense against ridiculous thinking.

Talk Zone / Re: Miley's Last Chance
« on: September 28, 2019, 05:50:51 pm »
I don’t think it’s just trusting his stuff. These guys have been teeing off like they know what’s coming.

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This. This right here. This is nothing more than regression to the mean. Wiley has to be perfect in order to be successful because he lacks that out pitch as well as velocity. I'm telling y'all-Keuchel is not going to be far behind him.

Talk Zone / Re: Miley's Last Chance
« on: September 28, 2019, 01:39:59 pm »
This seems most likely.

Before the collapse Sparks commented that for guys like Miley it can be tough to put guys away with 2 strikes.   "Hard to get them living on the edges" or something like that.

Dallas Keuchel is perilously close to being like Miley. I noticed that Keuchel is 8-8 3.75 going into his next start. I don't know how big of a contract Keuchel & Co. will be expecting for this year's effort.

Talk Zone / Re: Stretch run
« on: September 27, 2019, 10:00:41 am »
CB Bucknor's called third strike makes for the trifecta of pettiness.

I thought the same thing, counselor, because it would have continued until the strikeout.

Beer and Queso / Re: Texans 2019
« on: September 25, 2019, 05:10:10 pm »
Ummm, I'm not a Texans fan.  But, I still think you are wrong for saying what you did.

I can live with that, but we'll have to agree to disagree. All I did was suggest an alternative since they were constantly dissatisfied with the club's direction and never say anything positive.

Beer and Queso / Re: Texans 2019
« on: September 25, 2019, 09:57:50 am »
I have no idea what you're talking about. Fortunately, I don't care about your bizarre claims and positions enough to try to figure it out.

Do I really have to start naming names of the Texans expert brigade on here?

Beer and Queso / Re: Texans 2019
« on: September 25, 2019, 09:57:02 am »
What a horrid statement.  Wallow in your misery?  Astros fans (us in particular) wallowed in a lot of misery I guess we should have jumped on any number of other teams wagons.  I'd never seriously tell a fan to leave the one they support.  Part of supporting your team is being honest about them.

And if I remember correctly, a lot of your "nation" wore bags on their heads when Hebert was their QB.  Aren't they the originators of the bagheads?? 

But, I will give you the fact that Sean Payton is a good coach.

You obviously missed my point. A group of you (and you know who you are) say almost nothing but negative things about the team. I'm not even sure that some of you are really Texans fans down deep. Perhaps the Tennessee Titans nee' Houston Oilers really is your team. The stark difference between the misery that we've all endured as Astros fans, I've heard very little of  comments like "the GM's an idiot. AJ's lineups and pitcher usage is horrible. etc. ad nauseum." We maintained a positive outlook during the Astros darkest days. I've heard nothing positive about the Texans. You should be grateful that it appears that you've got a QB. Cheer about that.

Beer and Queso / Re: Texans 2019
« on: September 25, 2019, 09:18:52 am »
Joke's on you, Hap, the Texans don't even have a GM! hahahaha!
I am well aware that the Texans presently have no GM. However, I wasn't referencing a particular GM but rather y'alls dislike of the ones that you have had. I don't expect y'all to agree with and like him or her. That's because, despite being bereft of evidence supporting your position, most of you truly believe that you know more than the professionals.

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Beer and Queso / Re: Texans 2019
« on: September 25, 2019, 03:19:12 am »
The thought of being a Saints fan is not attractive. It’s like pissing down your leg. I’m sure it feels warm to you, but to everyone else it’s disgusting.

Suit yourself. Wallow in your misery. We'll just have to read many more comments from people who never coached or played about BOB being an idiot and the club's numbnuts owner and GM. I'll take Sean Payton any day of the week.

Beer and Queso / Re: Texans 2019
« on: September 24, 2019, 11:16:55 pm »
Anyone who refers to their fandom as a “nation” deserves to be punched in the dick.

I extended an olikve branch and made what should be an attractive offer, and this is how I am treated?

Beer and Queso / Re: Texans 2019
« on: September 24, 2019, 10:08:41 pm »
You think so? You live close to Detroit. Drive up there one day and ask around.

I know the Lions fan base well. They lack hope in ever winning again. There's a big difference between hopelessness and pessimism. Contrast the Lions fan base with that of the Browns. The Browns fan base is rabid and seriously beleives that they can compete this year. They're hopeful in spite of the early evidence to the contrary.

Beer and Queso / Re: Texans 2019
« on: September 24, 2019, 08:21:59 pm »
Nope.  But the clock management and lack of panic was exemplary.  This Texans roster likely scores there, but they’d never actually get there with the time...or do it.

Point of order: Texans fans have to be the most pessismistic in the league. It seems that a few of you simply follow the team even they they cause you much heartburn over how they are coached and run. Is the heartburn worth it? As a member of Who Dat Nation, I'm here to extend an olive branch and an invitation to switch your allegiance to the New Orleans Saints!!!

Talk Zone / Re: Stretch run
« on: September 24, 2019, 04:30:33 pm »
I think JV starts #1 regardless.

Doubtless true.

Talk Zone / Re: Milestones
« on: September 21, 2019, 04:55:05 am »
My Dad & I played a homemade dice baseball game when I was a kid ... taught myself long division keeping stats, which in retrospect may have been my Dad's motivation all along.  It did get me an extra recess period in 3rd grade during math class, but I digress.  We each "managed" 4 teams in the National League (playing a 42-game round-robin schedule), so when expansion hit I got the Colt 45's (somehow) while he got the Mets.  That could not have been geographical, because it was the summer we moved from Michigan to South Carolina.  As a side note, an expansion team typically does a lot better in a league that is 100% based on luck.  :-)  This was also one of two years I got to see the Pirates, my favorite NL team (and my Dad's), in spring training.  (My favorite AL team was the Tigers where I saw my first professional baseball games a few years earlier.). In any case, that was the beginning of my dislike of the Mets.

A couple of years later we moved again, this time to Texas.  My Dad's Pittsburgh roots ran deep, but as a brand new Texan I continued to follow the Astros neé Colts.  Probably due to the successes in 1968, 1979 & 1984 of my "favorite teams", the Astros were always a bit in the background, but seeing several games in the Dome helped.  And I was definitely crushed by the collapse of JR in 1980.  But I think 1986 is where my "bandwagon" turned the corner and I became an Astros fan first, with only a nostalgic attraction remaining for the Pirates and Tigers.  And when the Express showed up in RR, I was among the first to buy season tickets.  I had always followed the minor leagues, but that was when I graduated from occasional bus rider to aspiring bus driver.  Since 2000 I have spent 100% of my baseball time on the Astros and their minor league system.  I barely even recognize the names on opposing teams unless they happen to be refugees from Lexington or Salem or Lancaster or somewhere like that.  I am probably missing a lot of good baseball, bit I am enjoying the heck out of this "Golden Age" ... and all the more for my time on the bus.

And, for this, I am grateful. Your bus rider updates are much appreciated.

Talk Zone / Re: The Mets
« on: September 20, 2019, 05:56:40 am »
I was at the game 5 loss against the Phillies. I am still not over it.

Wasn't there, but I'm not over it either.

Talk Zone / Re: The Mets
« on: September 20, 2019, 12:18:04 am »
And double fcuk the Cubs.

Talk Zone / Re: Milestones
« on: September 19, 2019, 01:34:28 am »
I've been following this team since I was a wee tyke during the Colt .45 days. As the team and I grew older, I started paying more attention to the standings and statistics.

Around 1969 or 1970 I started making note of the team's 82nd win, or 82nd loss. A winning record was a victory in those days and I always wanted the team to get that 82nd win. Years later, sometime after the All Star break, I started estimating the number of wins needed to win the division. Usually the Astros weren't the one to get it, but I was right in 1980 and again in 1999.

Then came The Troubles and the 63rd win became an annual milestone marked with solemnity.

At last came The Great Redemption and the Crane / Luhnow era. We have seen the greatest milestone of them all: 100 wins for three straight years!

I fuckin' love this team!

This is scarily uncanny and virtually mirrors my experience. I am close in age and used to look for and celebrate/commemorate the same wins/milestones. I vividly remember the disastrous 1975 campaign, which led to the hirings of Bill Virdon and Tal Smith and better times going into the latter 70's and early 80's and those classic battles with the Dojers. I absolutely and unconditionally love the Astros!!!

Talk Zone / Re: The Mets
« on: September 18, 2019, 08:36:42 pm »
I am not over 1986. I never will be over it.

+1 And 1980.

Talk Zone / Re: Imelda
« on: September 18, 2019, 01:45:48 pm »
I baby sat Magellan.

Nothing, but nothing, beats old man smack by the old man.

Talk Zone / Re: Tucker In September
« on: September 18, 2019, 08:49:10 am »
Thot we were talking about 2020....

This was outstanding. Well played, Snuffy.

Beer and Queso / Re: College Football 2019
« on: September 14, 2019, 08:19:56 am »

Beer and Queso / Re: OWA 2019 Fantasy Football
« on: September 13, 2019, 10:09:34 am »
While my D+ and I racked up 108

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My draftbot (graded itself D+) garnered me around 86, but about five points too little.

Beer and Queso / Re: Texans 2019
« on: September 12, 2019, 02:32:32 pm »
It's really sad how whiny Saints fans have become.  They are insufferable.  You want to actively root against them when not playing your team.

Who fucking dat!!!! You haven't had a Super Bowl bid taken away by a non-call that clearly was pass interference. Sour grapes, HH.

Of course Springer will probably be addressed this off-season as well.

Th owner seems hellbent on contuining to win, and is putting his pocketbook where his mouth is. I'm with him.

Talk Zone / Re: MMP offseason renovations?
« on: September 11, 2019, 09:47:03 am »
People got fatter, seats got smaller.

God dman bean counters. Bean countes count, but they don't count.

Maybe the luxury tax is unavoidable if they want to keep enough guys around while this window is open.  Remember that their 2020 payroll is already halfway there with only four players (Verlander, Greinke, Altuve, Bregman).

I'd venture to say being subject to the luxury tax is a requirement, because the other teams are doing it.

Read less, post more!

+1 Maybe the chickenshit owners saw that Dombrowski was slowly doing to Boston what he did to Detroit, where he left the club saddled with big contracts and aging players with nothing in the farm system. Detroit sucks today because of Dombowski's ignoring of player development through the draft.

Talk Zone / Re: Off day question
« on: September 09, 2019, 07:23:51 pm »
The terms baseball fan and Yankee fan are synonymous. You are not a baseball fan unless you are a Yankee fan.

True dat.

Beer and Queso / Re: Texans 2019
« on: September 08, 2019, 04:22:17 pm »
My youngest brother lives close to Knoxville. I check their media websites after losses and close calls. That's the most delusional fan base in the country, with the possible exception of Notre Dame disciples. Even their regular beat writers and local talk radio guys are homers. After the loss to Georgia Southern, some of them were comparing the loss to some of the greatest recent upsets in college football history. And the comments are full of hyperbole sky is falling gotta fire the coach after one game. I revel in it, because I have hated those motherfuckers since the days of Bill Battle. They see their program as elite, which belies the truth.

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Beer and Queso / Re: Texans 2019
« on: September 08, 2019, 01:43:40 pm »
Hell of a game.  Could have gone either way, but all credit to LSU. They kept the foot on the gas and earned the W.

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Indeed, it could have gone either way. If Texas converts in the red zone in the first quarter, the game might have turned out very differently. Like I said, I love Ehlinger. He's a leader and one helluva QB. In my opinion, Texas is indeed back. It's clear beyond cavil that, after considering your Georgia asswhipping in the bowl game and this game with LSU, the difference betwen the SEC and Texas is zero.

Beer and Queso / Re: Texans 2019
« on: September 08, 2019, 07:01:23 am »
The thought of LSU with a good QB should terrify you enough for the week.

I want a fun game this weekend.

And a fun game it was. Ehlinger is the real deal. I love the new look Tiger offense. I feel blessed to get out of Austin with a W.

Talk Zone / Re: Ex-Astros News 2019
« on: September 08, 2019, 05:35:48 am »
Jandel Gustave with his first save for the Gints.

The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Re: Round Rock 2019
« on: September 06, 2019, 12:43:53 pm »
.Org showing faith in him.

Yep. That too.

The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Re: Round Rock 2019
« on: September 06, 2019, 12:20:22 pm »
Good. Some growing up to do.

This is a test for him. Hope like hell he passes it with flying colors.

Talk Zone / Re: Ex-Astros News 2019
« on: September 06, 2019, 11:56:39 am »
Cool moment.

Especially since Brian Moran's contract had just been purchased.

Beer and Queso / Re: In Case You Missed It, Joe West Edition...
« on: September 06, 2019, 11:35:55 am »

Talk Zone / Re: Aches and Pains (2019)
« on: September 05, 2019, 03:50:50 pm »
Why? No fence to run into, gradual slope, embarrassment from falling down might injure pride. Twisted ankle? I suppose that is possible. I liked The Hill but really like what the Astros did with CF.

Fences are the issue for hurting OFers.

Right. I still have nightmares about a denial league play from about 25-30 years ago. I was pitching, and a nemesis (this fuckwad hit me hard in every league we ever played in from little league past high school) hits a forkball that stayed up  a ton to RF, where they had a very short fence. The RF, who really was a middle infielder, went back on the ball and thought that he had a shot at it. He flipped over the fence and broke his neck. MIraculously, he wasn't paralyzed, but his denial league and sports undertakings were over for life. I felt so badly because the CF was screaming at him to stop, but he didn't. That was his first (and, ironically, last) game playing right field since early in high school. He was only out there because he volunteered when our right fielder didn't show. As for the hitter, I never threw him another strike in his life. As far as I know, he's about 60 and still toiling in the denial leagues.

Talk Zone / Re: Skaggs autopsy
« on: September 03, 2019, 11:36:22 pm »
Mental illness seems to be the cause of everything from mass shooting to heroin addiction. No.

As a recovering addict, I agree wholeheartedly with Coach. I no longer buy all the crap about addiction being a disease; big pharma has co-opted medicine. Addiction is a choice, a very reckless choice. I tell people who are suffering in active addiction that they are free to pick their own bottom. Of course, the lowest bottom is overdose/death.

People can come back with the lame reply that they can't help using, but I counter with pick your own bottom. I then tell them that my bottom was a week in the suicide cage of a very cold parish jail. I tell them about a couple of friends who weren't so lucky. But it all goes back to a fundamental choice.

Talk Zone / Re: Skaggs autopsy
« on: August 31, 2019, 12:20:23 pm »
So I know next to nothing about fentanyl or the drug culture in general.  Why is it found in these pills in the first place?  Do bad actors put it in the pills specifically for the reason of harming/killing people, or it is because the drug can have other desirable effects when combined with oxy?

This is from and just says it:

GENERALLY AVOID: Concomitant use of opioids with benzodiazepines or other central nervous system (CNS) depressants (e.g., nonbenzodiazepine sedatives/hypnotics, anxiolytics, muscle relaxants, general anesthetics, antipsychotics, other opioids, alcohol) may result in profound sedation, respiratory depression, coma, and death. The risk of hypotension may also be increased with some CNS depressants (e.g., alcohol, benzodiazepines, phenothiazines).

Talk Zone / Re: Skaggs autopsy
« on: August 31, 2019, 05:43:18 am »
Seriously, was anyone surprised? I was not.

I can't say that I wasn't surprised, but I was really hoping for something else to be true. This fentanyl is serious shit, and they're lacing heroin and other drugs with it. There's no way that I would take any pill today without knowing the source, and I say that as a guy who once bought over $30,000 of Xanax in one year from internet sellers overseas. The fentanyl is strong shit. The situation is still tragic, and I mourn for his family.

Talk Zone / Re: Skaggs autopsy
« on: August 30, 2019, 10:34:26 pm »
Wally Pontiff and Don Redden were LSU athletes who died in their sleep of heart disease. My son’s hs classmate had that happen in his first year of med school

I knew both Pontiff and Redden. They both died in their sleep of congenital heart problems.

Beer and Queso / Re: OWA 2019 Fantasy Football
« on: August 28, 2019, 02:33:25 pm »
I wouldn’t sweat it. The rating system shined praise on Sphinx’s draft and noted that his best pick was Eric Ebron. I am not down on Sphinx’s team but rating the best pick on highest rated team as the poster boy for touchdown regression whose QB retired 2 weeks before the season may suggest the robot is huffing paint thinner.

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Robo got a D+. That seems unfair. Why shouldn't robo produce AN AVERAGE DRAFT?

Beer and Queso / Re: OWA 2019 Fantasy Football
« on: August 28, 2019, 11:46:56 am »
I actually kind of liked my draft, so of course Yahoo gave me a lower grade than Hap’s robo picks

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I am Hammond Eggs-perennial league doormat.

I made a robo pick because my DirecTV internet politely wet down about 45 minutes before the draft and stayed out until after midnight. Maybe the Gods intervened and saved me from myself.

Talk Zone / Re: JV ejection break down
« on: August 28, 2019, 11:43:17 am »
Thanks!!1 I was not aware ofjomboy, but I damn sure follow him now.

Beer and Queso / Re: Andrew Luck Retires
« on: August 25, 2019, 07:46:13 am »
Only 29. He is tired of battling injuries. I thought he was gonna be a great professional quarterback when he came out of college. I think he only had one injury free year.

I applaud his honesty. He's set for life financially. Injuries kill your will to compete.

Talk Zone / Re: Greinke
« on: August 24, 2019, 06:30:53 pm »
He is 4-0 and does not appear to be concerned about hits, especially soft contact ones. Not every ground ball to an open space is caused by a shift. My guess is if it becaomes a problem, he will speak up, and the Astros will adjust.

This. This right here.

Talk Zone / Re: Tucker In August
« on: August 22, 2019, 12:48:39 pm »

That made my fucking day.

Talk Zone / Re: Tucker In August
« on: August 22, 2019, 12:35:29 pm »
(Hovers finger over “Walt Fucking Weiss”nuclear buttton)

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Gotta add Country Joe and Angel Hernandez. Throw in CB too.

Talk Zone / Re: Ex-Astros News 2019
« on: August 20, 2019, 10:18:05 pm »
You wags are killing me tonight.

Talk Zone / Re: Aches and Pains (2019)
« on: August 20, 2019, 10:14:57 pm »
I think Carlos may have just one more year to show he can play a full season. His injury history is becoming a threat to his career potential. He is at least at some risk of having to become a Bill Spiers type player. One with superb talent but only able to play part-time because of back issues.

Of course I could be, and hopefully am, wrong.

All I know is that I was wrong about Correa. I thought that we had the next A-Rod. Wellsir, he's not even in the same stratosphere with A Rod. Good player? Yes. All Star. If healthy, maybe. There are better shortstops in the game, e.g., Lindor. And then this injury crap. Untouchable? Definitely not. Sell high. But sell.

Talk Zone / Re: Ex-Astros News 2019
« on: August 17, 2019, 06:12:43 am »
I switched from the Pirates to the Astros immediately, but I do not remember when Houston baseball became available on the radio. Soon after though because I listened to Gene Elston and Lowell Passé (ugh) nightly. I also read box scores religiously in those day. Baseball season of 1962 I was 16 and would be 17 in September. My HS senior year was ‘62-‘63.

I loved Lowell Passe'. He was the ultimate homer.

Talk Zone / Re: Ex-Astros News 2019
« on: August 13, 2019, 08:36:25 am »
Thanks, MusicMan, JimR, and Happy,
I need to remember OWA is a family; to post only when rested & it has been proof read; and not to pretend I have a blazing fastball....
If I go geezer and start talking about my family, shoot me.

Actually, the good family story that involves a baseball or Astros connection is welcomed on my end.

Talk Zone / Re: Today's Loss
« on: August 12, 2019, 09:45:45 am »
Great article, which somewhat confirmed my thinking yesterday about why Ruiz got so many changeups. Osuna’s slider is a great pitch too, and he and the hitters are now 1-26 on changeups. No doubt Hinch has or will make the catchers aware of this too. A conversation with all of them in the room is a good idea which Hinch likely already has done. Maybe this is why Chirinos called so many in a row. Wilkerson ambushed his first pitch yesterday for a double, and this could have made Osuna reluctant to throw it at the end. Closing is tough business. If he gets them out, fans say “that is why he gets paid.” If he blows one like yesterday, all hell breaks out, and scorn and derision rain down.

I was going to meet some folks yesterday so listened to the bottom of the 9th on the radio. I had a vague, uneasy feeling from the beginning because Baltimore fought so hard all day and outplayed the Astros until the top of the 9th. I did not think they would go quietly, and Wilkerson’s charmed life movement  around the bases intensified my uneasiness. He could have been thrown out at third, he maybe WAS thrown out at home, yet the run was on the board. Then there was the HBP. After Sparks praised Osuna for being a pitcher who protects his teammates, I said out loud (to the radio) “Yeah, but that is the tying run.” Then multiple changeups to Ruiz (scouting report?) with the last one in the worst possible location and BOOM.

As I said yesterday, maybe on the GZ, my initial thought was the Astros were supposed to lose that game. Call it karma or the BBGs, but Baltimore deserved to win after their effort against JV taking the lead and driving him to cover after 5. A team does not beat another 23-2, even in the classy way the Astros handled the win, without some consequences somewhere. I hated the loss, which kicked me in the stomach like it did you, but part of me said “Good for you, Orioles, for not rolling over and quitting when the superior team rallied late.” The BBGs reminded me (and everyone?) even last place teams deserve respect.

Getting back on the winning track in Chicago will help hurt feelings a lot.

Damn, Coach. I had a very similar feeling. I was very impressed with the Orioles fight. Most shitty teams go down in order after losing a lead in the ninth inning. Congrats to the Birds.

Talk Zone / Re: Today's Loss
« on: August 12, 2019, 09:39:44 am »

Talk Zone / Re: Today's Loss
« on: August 12, 2019, 02:19:20 am »
Osuna's 1-3 with 16 saves and a 4.66 ERA in his last 30. Allowed 30 hits in 29 innings. His righty-lefty splits are off kilter. He's having a little difficulty getting righties out, pitching to a 3.97 ERA this year, as opposed to a .219 ERA against portsiders. His batting average against number lefty is an excellent .163, while his righty is .236, a bit more pedestrian, although certainly servicable.

Talk Zone / Re: Today's Loss
« on: August 12, 2019, 01:52:01 am »
Easy to criticize after a loss. Have not heard much when he gets outs.

Actually, I wondered if something was up during his last save. But I can't articulate what it is without watching some video.

Talk Zone / Re: Today's Loss
« on: August 12, 2019, 12:14:25 am »

Are you worried about JV?

Not really. We just must expect more mortal performances out of him as he ages. However, I'm not liking the makeup or the pitch execution that I've seen from Osuna for the last few weeks.

Talk Zone / Today's Loss
« on: August 11, 2019, 05:49:34 pm »
Anybody else worried about Osuna?

Talk Zone / Re: Ex-Astros News 2019
« on: August 11, 2019, 02:57:02 pm »
I am amazed at the traded Astros guys who are in MLB rotations, in just the last two days these former Astros made a start:

V. Velasquez - Phillies
Adrian Houser - Brewers
Joe Musgrove - Pirates
Folty - Braves
Lyles - Brewers

This is not counting the FA, released, etc... or relievers.

Wojo today.

Talk Zone / Re: Ex-Astros News 2019
« on: August 11, 2019, 08:19:35 am »
That's a huge gift, Chuck. 

Life makes it hard to focus at times - most of the time - and it's easy to miss what is really important.  Only one of our grand kids is under five,  They grow up really fast and will soon reach the point at which they no longer want much of our attention.  I have to remind myself that while it is easier to type on a computer keyboard than to listen to and play with them, it may not be as rewarding in the long run.  Some of our grand kids call to have us come and play with them.  That's a huge gift also.  I know they can wear you out, enjoy them while you can.  (We have a bag of games in the back of our van, just in case.)

TY for taking the time to read and explain my cryptic post.

Snuff-you really seem like a great dude. Don't try so hard. You're fine. You're right; you're blessed with your family.

Talk Zone / Re: Off day question
« on: August 10, 2019, 05:10:10 pm »
Yep. Hell, it could happen again. You get a hot pitcher twice in a post-season series.

Just like my Blues rode a red hot goalie to Lord Stanley's Cup.

Talk Zone / Re: Off day question
« on: August 10, 2019, 05:04:31 pm »
I was devastated they did not proceed deeper into the post-season.

Two words: Kevin Brown

Talk Zone / Re: Reddick
« on: August 10, 2019, 01:21:13 pm »
tucker still needs to prove he can do it in the show

This isn't the time to find out if he's learned anything. Let him come up in September, if at all.

Talk Zone / Re: Ex-Astros News 2019
« on: August 10, 2019, 01:20:23 pm »
To a lot of folks in my life, Jim R. is Coach. Maybe there is another one around here. Dunno.

I never had the privilege of playing for you, but over the past over 20 years, you've become Coach to me. Of course, my coaches are now deceased. But I've learned more baseball here than I learned from any coach I had (including a former big league pitcher), by a factor of 10 at least.

Talk Zone / Re: Ex-Astros News 2019
« on: August 09, 2019, 10:38:45 pm »
TY, Chuck.  I am sometimes hard to follow.

Apparently Luhnow knew the Angels were looking to replace Lucroy, making a potential landing spot for Stassi and a reward in the form of two prospects.   It was something when nothing seemed likely for a player that the Astros had DFA - Luhnow's magic on a smaller scale.

I didn't know that I had to try to follow you. Are you capable of clearly articulating your points? If not, don't post it.

Talk Zone / Re: Ex-Astros News 2019
« on: August 09, 2019, 06:23:53 pm »
It's a stretch, I know....

Stretch????? Surely, you jest.

Talk Zone / Re: Off day question
« on: August 09, 2019, 02:42:02 pm »
Wow, I am surprised. Loyal Forever. Class of 1963. Football, basketball, and baseball teams. Austin High on West Avenue, and House Park. Those were the days.

My Lord, this is old home week.

Talk Zone / Re: Off day question
« on: August 08, 2019, 10:50:04 pm »
As much as I hate to say it, Pujols was right there with them.

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The stats say otherwise. Pujols only drew more than 100 walks three times in his career to date. Conversely, Barry Bonds garnered 14 seasons of more than 100 walks, leading the league 11 times. He led the league in walks during his age 42 season. He hit .362 in his age 39 year. Pujols is great and a first ballot HOFer, but Barry Bonds was a far superior hitter. Pitchers intenionally walked Bonds with no one on base. I saw it happen in SFO. I never saw Pujols given that level of respect.

Beer and Queso / Re: annual happy birthday to me and andy z
« on: August 08, 2019, 09:17:02 pm »
Happy birthday!

HBD!!! Nice to see you, counselor!!!

Talk Zone / Re: Off day question
« on: August 08, 2019, 09:16:20 pm »
Ball is about to hit him in the chin. Pull those hands in. Boom! Upper deck!

I think that I vaguely remember seeing that one. Who was the best pure hitter you've ever seen? I'm too young to have seen Teddy Ballgame, and by the time I got interested in baseball, Mickey Mantle was trying to hit with one knee. For me, Barry Bonds was the best overall hitter.

Talk Zone / Re: Off day question
« on: August 08, 2019, 06:06:46 pm »
Mo Alou could hit them out of Yellowstone.

True dat. He still may be the best pure fastball right-handed hitter I've ever seen. However, Yuli of late is looking like a competitor at 35.

The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Re: Whitley
« on: August 08, 2019, 05:54:47 pm »
Yes, but he did not, and Luhnow was expecting him in Houston this season.

A rare Luhnow miscalculation.

Talk Zone / Re: Ex-Astros News 2019
« on: August 08, 2019, 05:45:42 pm »
He hit his first homerun as a Blue Jay today.

Happy for him. I wish him well. He had a chance here, but he blew it through subpar performance. Maybe he changes his swing and becomes the next J.D. Martinez. I wouldn't care one bit, because we needed the pitching at the time.

Talk Zone / Re: Expanded netting for next homestand
« on: August 08, 2019, 05:43:50 pm »
Somehow all those folks behind the plate have survived it for years.

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Yep. Your eyes adjust and basically ignore the netting.

Talk Zone / Re: Playoff Experience
« on: August 08, 2019, 05:42:37 pm »
I would argue that the wildcard is a playoff to reach the Postseason

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O shit, Doyce, you went and kicked the antpile. Don't argue with HH!!!

Talk Zone / Re: Off day question
« on: August 08, 2019, 05:41:02 pm »
But that was the late years Dome, that wasn’t nearly as hard to hit in as the early days.

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2019, and it's not even close.

Talk Zone / Re: espn and fairydust
« on: August 06, 2019, 10:45:07 pm »
Warning: small sample size

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Well played, sir.

Talk Zone / Re: 2019 Trade Deadline Talk
« on: August 04, 2019, 01:24:11 am »
Roughly same as the 4seam. Average velocity on those to are separated by about .3 mph. Remember when McCullers would throw 90-91 mph change ups? It's not the mph difference by itself that makes the change up effective, it's the arm action paired with a slower spead. You would like a 10mph difference but most guys these days only have a 5-7mph difference, some less.

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Hogwash. Remember Hoffman with the Padres? Masterful changeup that he had only a couple of miles prer hour difference from his four seamer, but it didn't matter. The key to a change up is throwing it out of the same arm slot as the fastball.

Beer and Queso / Re: OWA 2019 Fantasy Football
« on: August 03, 2019, 04:38:18 am »
Based on the responses so far, we will draft Monday, Aug. 26 at 8:30 p.m. central.

Is this a final final? Can I schedule it?

Talk Zone / Re: 2019 Trade Deadline Talk
« on: August 02, 2019, 02:02:37 pm »
A guy who not only manages personalities, but who excels at translating the front office’s metrics into language for the players.

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You said a mouthful of truth. Excellent point. Remember: it wasn't that long ago we had the pitcher who openly bitched out on the mound about the shifts.

Talk Zone / Re: 2019 Trade Deadline Talk
« on: August 01, 2019, 05:55:48 pm »
Am at Dell Diamond to work tonight. Media notes say Abraham Toro has been promoted to RR. He is not in the lineup tonight. Tucker is playing 1B. He did not hit a homer at home in July and only 3 during the month.

Have a great call and a lot of fun, Coach!!!

Talk Zone / Re: White Sox have claimed AJ Reed
« on: August 01, 2019, 05:54:24 pm »
Golden sombrero today for Mr. Redd, who's now hitting a robust .136.

Beer and Queso / Re: OWA 2019 Fantasy Football
« on: August 01, 2019, 04:10:44 pm »
All three work, but I would prefer not to have Spetember 2.

Talk Zone / Re: I did not know this about Shane Reynolds
« on: August 01, 2019, 03:21:37 pm »
Must be that U of Texas upbringing.

I wouldn't diagree with that.

Talk Zone / Re: 2019 Trade Deadline Talk
« on: August 01, 2019, 03:01:18 pm »
My dad tells a story of struggling with command on the mound one day, and the manager comes out to have a word. Manager says “throw strikes”, and turns around and walks away. Dad says it was all he could do to not drill the manger right in the back.

Heard that type of shit  masquerading as advice many times. Another one that used to piss me off was "it's just pitch and catch, son."

There's only five reasons why a coach comes out there: (1) to give the bully time to get warm, (2) to give a pep talk, (3) to correct a mechanical issue or a releast point issue, (4) to take your young ass out, and (5) to give you a scouting report on an unfamiliar hitter.. In the case of the fourth, the coach's request for the pill is all the evidence one needs to ascertain that your next stop is the showers. The same is clear for the scouting report and mechanical error correction. I used to ask whihch of the other two other reasons are you out here for, pep talk or killing time for the bully?

Talk Zone / Re: I did not know this about Shane Reynolds
« on: August 01, 2019, 01:48:14 am »
Thanks for that story, which i didn't know about the Strommy angle either. The Shaner!!! A real Astro, and one of my all-time favorites, because he did the most with his limited ability  of just about any other Astro I can ever remember. Gritty, never-say-die.  Challenging and smart.

Talk Zone / Re: Does census trend = RIP OWA?
« on: August 01, 2019, 12:03:00 am »
Same. I wander in and out and think about the salad days of 100 loss years and franchise type players traded away in their near prime and think, "Where does the time go?" Then I realize that I'm really old now.

I don't remember what year it was I joined this band of merry misfits, but it was the days of the BFT. My loathing for HD ran deep, and many were the days that I wished to punch him in his face until he peed himself. Then I realized that I didn't really have anything to offer most conversations (I may have killed more threads than anyone in history), so now I mainly just lurk. The last post I remember making was WS game 7, but I may have something since then. No idea for sure though.

Thanks for still keeping the faith and being here.

Talk Zone / Re: 2019 Trade Deadline Talk
« on: July 31, 2019, 04:54:50 pm »
Tell Chandler the TZ knew that.


Talk Zone / Re: 2019 Trade Deadline Talk
« on: July 31, 2019, 04:42:18 pm »
Let’s make sure we talk up crane as well! Only seen one short tip of the cap to him during all of this.

This. This right here. Crain wants to win as much as Luhnow and puts his money where his mouth is.

Talk Zone / Re: 2019 Trade Deadline Talk
« on: July 31, 2019, 03:52:10 pm »
In Luhnow I trust.

Aw shucks, ETA. Thanks!!! I so value your friendship.

Good stuff!
How old is your friendship? 
Did it start on OWA?

ETA and I have been personal friends for many years, despite that we live in different states. We speak periodically on the phone, and he actually hosted me in Houston for an OWA OD several years back. I buy tickets with the group every year, and it seems that my schedule falls apart at the end, and Mr. & Mrs. ETA get my tickets with my compliments. He doesn't come around as often as he used to, and I'm a little sad about that.

Talk Zone / Re: Bauer Power
« on: July 28, 2019, 11:15:54 pm »
Lord knows, I had boatloads of opportunities to do this.

Talk Zone / Bauer Power
« on: July 28, 2019, 11:14:34 pm »

He is so much more than that, but a good start.

Aw shucks, ETA. Thanks!!! I so value your friendship.

Great to hear eye witness testimony regarding his current & potential OF and 1B proficiency!  That is good news.   My question was based on a limited sample, having seen him handle a few innings in one game, as well as how he has been under utilized (so far) in an NL home game - the St. Louis series.

Thanks also for your take of LA's reason to want a present value of Field's FB to any future value of their fresh and certainly unknown/unproven signee.  That makes sense to me. 

Heck, tho they had been w/ the organization for some time, the Astros gave away JD Martinez and Laureano b/f their potential was fully realized and, until they showed more, they could not break in to 25-man roster, much less the lineup.  The Dodgers trade was based on scant information about Alvarez, obviously less than the Astros scouts had seen.

His ONLY AB last night reminded me why I hated the DH.  It's hard not to enjoy Alvarez as a DH.  (Tho I still get the haunting feeling from my younger self, that I am losing my baseball "virginity"}

I wonder if another former NL Astros fans also feel some minimal discomfort mixed with their joy of having Alvarez as an Astro DH.

Tks, JimR

We didn't give J.D. Martinez away. The player he was was wasn't in the team's plans. To his credit, Martinez reworked his swing and became a superstar. Hard to predict.

Hearing the Cardinal announcers getting excited over seeing Alvarez come to the plate - "We finally get to see him!  We've heard a lot about him...." - only to see him take a couple swings, smash a 2B, and then return to the bench after Straw comes in to run for him, it finally dawns on me that the Dodgers had no choice.

W/o a position, Alvarez was limited to a AB per game for the Dodgers.  They could have gotten much more for his bat had they waited, but Alvarez's value was limited in the NL team.

He is a force at the plate, but ultimately he is a one-dimensional player for now - the reason most of us hated the DH b/f the Astros moved to the AL.


Beer and Queso / Re: OWA 2019 Fantasy Football
« on: July 26, 2019, 06:40:44 am »

Uh, no to SCOTUS expansion, Mr. Roosevelt.

Correction noted regarding the A's. (Should have remembered that from the movie.)

Perhaps TY IN TAMPA could address whether the Rays PR is limited by market size, owner intentional, or some combination?

Stadium is in the wrong place, I think.

Talk Zone / Re: Does census trend = RIP OWA?
« on: July 26, 2019, 06:35:58 am »
10 years ago tonight I was part of an OWA group outing to watch the Astros lose to the Mets 10-3 and it was one of the greatest life changing nights of my life. Thanks to all, especially those who keep this community going.

Awesome story, counselor. You're one of those who've helped keep OWA the unique, priceless place it is.

Talk Zone / Re: 2019 Trade Deadline Talk
« on: July 26, 2019, 06:34:34 am »
I would trade Tucker if necessary to get him.

In a New York second.

Talk Zone / Re: Tyler White traded to the Dodgers
« on: July 26, 2019, 06:33:48 am »
I just did admittedly imperfect research and found only one game at SS in 2018. I know how infrequently he played SS at RR in 2019. No doubt he took a million ground balls and listened to instruction about playing SS, but for him to be starting at SS for the Astros and holding his own in a pennant race is an amazing feat.

They might have had the idea in 2018, but part of one game is less than minuscule for such a demanding position. He was thrown in to see if he could handle it.

Thanks for your detailed knowledge, Duman. I was not misinformed after all.

Straw's been amazing given his lack of game practice. Obviously a great athlete. And I agree; Duman rocks.

Beer and Queso / Re: OWA 2019 Fantasy Football
« on: July 24, 2019, 09:05:06 pm »
Second chuck’s motion if the bench size is cut down. It’s already too big. You fantasy mavens hoard multiple TEs and kickers.

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I find that Chuck aand I share common ground on this issue. Who'd a thunk it? Expansion I think is a good idea.

Beer and Queso / Re: OWA 2019 Fantasy Football
« on: July 23, 2019, 10:48:08 pm »
Much for Chuck's enjoyment when I draft a tight end in the first round, I'm back for more punishment.

I have been surprised (not in a good way) at Ausmus in post game interviews and especially in his comments after the Marisnick incident.  He comes across exasperated, dull, full of platitudes, not very insightful and decidedly old school. I have a hard time reconciling what I see with his reputation.

That said, my perception may be tainted by 4 years of Hinch, who is one of the most media-savvy baseball people I have ever seen.

Ausmus had a rep as a whiner in Detroit. His last year, he got run at least six times. Always bitching.

Spiking Marisnick was 100% bush. Marisnick was guilty of nothing but playing clean, sportsman like baseball. The Angels have been through a difficult time and Marisnick correctly gave them a pass.

An excellent point. I used to respect Ausmus as a manager, but he probably ordered the pitcher to dot Marisnick. I have no more respect for Ausmus. Fuck him. I hope his team falls apart.

Talk Zone / Re: Bregman, a very rare talent!
« on: July 20, 2019, 12:30:26 pm »
It's easy to take for granted a player that has become so familiar.  That's when it can help to see him through the eyes of his opponents. 

Last night the Rangers announcers highlighted Bregman's increasingly rare talent with these stats: "Players with at least 25 HR's & more walks than strikeouts". 

It was a short list.

Only MLB Players with 25+ HR & more walks than strikeouts         
ML Players   HR   BB   SO
Mike Trout   30   77   70
A Bregman   26   76   56

In 2016, only five players had more walks than K's, including one Astro.  This article did not focus just on HR hitters.

Thankful to see Bregman's interview about the HBP and the game last night.

He is a rare talent!

Indeed. I saw it in him as a freshman at LSU. He really was bored at LSU the final two years.

Talk Zone / Re: Astros just DFA’d Tyler White
« on: July 20, 2019, 12:29:01 pm »
Mr. White is not an athlete, he is a baseball player.

Fuck off. I thought you were gone. Even big league pitchers (almost all of them-maybe Bartolo Colon wasn't) are tremendous athletes. I've played in a fair amount of pickup basketball games with several big league players, and every one who I played could ball.

Talk Zone / Re: Keuchel
« on: July 20, 2019, 12:25:09 pm »
He was not going to stay in Houston. Mrs. Unit wanted Arizona.

That's exactly what I recall.

Talk Zone / Re: 4th starter
« on: July 20, 2019, 07:11:06 am »
One cannot pitch effectively with a sore shoulder. He had to speak up. I think you may be right ultimately.


Talk Zone / Re: Keuchel
« on: July 20, 2019, 07:07:34 am »
Yes on both accounts. For Beltran, he was a rental that I hoped would stay but felt confident that the team would still be a playoff contender with Bagwell, Biggio, Berkman, Ensberg, Lane, Palmeiro, etc… at the helm on offense and field defense. I was dazzled by his performance during the rental, for sure but also suspected he’d come back to earth over a full season, which he did and that might be the difference in a few games over the year. Which, in turn, would not have raised my expectations from playoff contender to WS contender.

Regarding Johnson, he was a rental and I never expected him to resign with the team. I had a hope but that was not based on anything other that fanboi desires and was deeply countered by the practical realities of the FA market at the time and known intelligence suggesting destinations on other teams.

About Morton, McCullers status was known and Morton represented the difference between WS aspirations and a potentially historic run for the year. Couple that with all the chatter about his happiness playing for THIS specific team, it was a shock and the implications were potentially noteworthy and actually being realized. So, yes, easily including Beltran and Johnson.

Excellent points. I knew we had no shot at the Big Unit, but I really thought we had Beltran.

Good article about Marisnick

According to the HC, during a team meeting after the loss (and his HBP) that seemed to help the team refocus.

Well done!

Good stuff. Marisnick sounds like a leader. I'm so glad he's an Astro.

Talk Zone / Re: Astros just DFA’d Tyler White
« on: July 20, 2019, 07:01:30 am »
Not many people can say they were an AL Player of the Week.


Talk Zone / Re: Keuchel
« on: July 19, 2019, 10:32:08 am »
Yup.  Months in now, his is the most stinging Astros loss of a FA in the entirety of my fandom.  That said, the Rays offer was so extravagant, it even surprised Morton.  It's proving to be a prescient move on their part, for sure, but it's hard to manage to such an outlier.

Bigger than the Big Unit? Beltran?

Talk Zone / Re: Does census trend = RIP OWA?
« on: July 18, 2019, 10:43:30 am »

Come on, Coach. You know you argued with him and bested him. I know this because I lost a few arguments to you in the early going. But you're always as respectful as your opponent is willing to be.

Talk Zone / Re: Keuchel
« on: July 18, 2019, 10:41:51 am »
Fine, we'll agree to disagree.  I just don't see how you can say $17.9MM was a low ball when it was clearly more than anybody else was willing to offer.  And don't get me started on the $90MM he turned down in 2016...

Discount?  Again, it was more than anyone else was willing to pay him.  The Astros tried to sign him at OVER his market value.  TWICE!   I get that he overvalued himself.  That doesn't mean that the Astros tried to discount him.  They were clearly the highest offer.

Absolutely right, HH.

Talk Zone / Re: Does census trend = RIP OWA?
« on: July 18, 2019, 10:40:45 am »
Me as well.  Still standing.

 I for one am glad you're still here.

Talk Zone / Re: Does census trend = RIP OWA?
« on: July 16, 2019, 03:35:15 pm »
Well, even though I don't comment very often, I am still here.
And I, for one, am glad of that.

Talk Zone / Re: Does census trend = RIP OWA?
« on: July 16, 2019, 08:20:52 am »
Of course people come and go, and we had at least one death I remember well. OWA will last as long as the Astros do.

I think that it's time to remember Mihoba, who left us far too young.

Talk Zone / Re: "You Can't Make This Stuff Up"
« on: July 15, 2019, 10:11:16 pm »
I write only to underscore the value of an Athletic subscription.

Talk Zone / Re: Baseball
« on: July 15, 2019, 10:09:34 pm »
When each new season starts, I forget. I forget there will be nights like last night when formerly dependable players falter and fail. I forget my favorite team occasionally blows a game it should have won. I forget those games when inferior teams suddenly display skills I forgot they had and for a brief time cannot be stopped. I remember only the good times, come from behind triumphs, and my team’s celebrations on the field after a win. I forget the other team wants to win badly also. I go into each season wanting to win them all, and I forget there will be crushing defeats keeping me from sleep.

Despite all this inevitable gloom and doom, occasioned by nights like last night, the beauty and joy of baseball makes it all worthwhile, and I am once again reminded: there always is another game.

Very well written and clearly and effectively displays both your passion for and knowledge of the game. Thank you for that. As for me, I was never able to remember game details because I tried mightily and, I guess, successfully, from an early age to remind myself that the past is over and there's always another game tomorrow.

I learned that lesson as a batboy for our then AA Texas League team. I wish that I had a dollar for every game detail about some game I pitched or attended that people have told me happened that I could only vaguely recall. And I say this as a guy who recalls with vivid detail some heartbreaking losses in basketball back from high school, but just not baseball.

Talk Zone / Re: World Class Selig Fluffing by Pinwheel
« on: July 10, 2019, 11:33:28 pm »
I wrote this in 2012, as a part of a series preview. I still feel this way.

Fuck him. Fuck his bullshit "book," his chortling reminiscenses of times spent emptying the spittoons of the Really Wealthy, his giggling with Other Millionaires and the twisted dream that they think of him as a friend. Or that any of us have the slightest interest in whatever warped sack of lies he hawks as his story.

Indeed. Your level of hatred is palpable and highly justified. FYB belongs in the Ninth Circle of Hell.

Talk Zone / Re: It Makes A Fellow Proud To Be An Astro
« on: July 10, 2019, 09:24:27 pm »
Met Bouton in 1980, the year after he pitched for the Braves. I asked him why he didn't continue. He said that chasing the dream was more fun than living the dream. I followed up by asking why he even tried to get back to the big leagues if he knew that if he got there, he wouldn't stay. He said "to prove the naysayers wrong. And because I love the game." He was charming and delightful. I corresponded with him for about six years after that.

Talk Zone / Re: Aches and Pains (2019)
« on: July 07, 2019, 10:07:39 am »
I watch, but I don't like the players making it all about themselves.  Yes, it's an honor, but it's the fans' game, and they've forgotten that.

You're en fuego today, HH. Absolutely right.

Talk Zone / Re: Aches and Pains (2019)
« on: July 07, 2019, 05:01:11 am »
Do people actually watch the ASG? To me next week is a mini void.

This. This right here. The ASB is the annual pandering to football fans and others with short attention spans. It is a mini void.

Talk Zone / Re: JV:the aftermath
« on: July 07, 2019, 04:59:16 am »
He falls in love with his fastball.  And it's a good one.  And I like that he challenges hitters.  But maybe sometimes he's just stubborn about strike outs.

I really admre IV for stepping up and acknowledging that he's playing a part in the home run increase, instead of the default pitcher response heretofore-it's the ball.

I agree with HH. When JV was throwing 99 (which I've seen him do many times even in the ninth inning when we was with Detroit), he might have gotten away with it a bit more. I also that it's a matter of adjustment in part for age. Not even JV is immune from the effects of Father Time. He is 37. Time to pitch with a bit more guile. I'm not suggesting that he fall in love with his breaking ball, but perhaps a little more judicious use of his heater and a little dialing back of the desire to strike out every hitter might help.

What might be interesting about the juiced ball hubbub and the hitters' focus on launch angle is the effect that they might be having on pitchers who pitch to contact. Might have to take a look at that.

Talk Zone / Re: H Brett Phillips
« on: July 05, 2019, 04:44:32 pm »
The GM that traded Hader away put together the team that won the 2017 World Series.

Thank you.

Talk Zone / Re: Cy Sneed
« on: June 27, 2019, 01:49:04 pm »
Well, he may pitch for a while today. Peacock has already given up 2 in the first and the Pirates are still batting....

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Uh, double that.

Beer and Queso / Re: NCAA Div. I Baseball Tournament
« on: June 27, 2019, 05:48:02 am »
Michigan's improbable run ends one game short.

Vanderbilt wins 8-2 and are the national champions.

Congratulations to the Vanderbilt Commodores: 2019 NCAA D1 Champions!

Vandy was a juggernaut this season. Congrats to the Wolverines for an outstanding year.

Talk Zone / Re: Nugenix
« on: June 23, 2019, 11:33:20 am »
The fact that we allow pharmaceutical advertising is a big part of what’s fucked up about our health care system.

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We have a winner.

Beer and Queso / Re: NCAA Div. I Baseball Tournament
« on: June 22, 2019, 09:28:18 am »
The Tech program is so far beyond the program I saw forty years ago that it's a completely different thing. The field then was about high school caliber and one just walked up to watch a game. The players practiced on hard pan dirt in 25 degree weather and 30 MPH wind in down jackets.

Rip Griffin donated a bunch of money and got the Red Raiders a real stadium and some other facilities, like indoor practice capability for harsh Lubbock winters. Then Kirby Holcutt was hired as A.D. and he hired Tim Tadlock who turned the program from an also-ran into a power.

Tadlock is a master of player development, which is what's needed to pull a program up from the bottom. Now, with the Red Raider's success, Tech is starting to see better recruiting which will hopefully keep us in the mix for Omaha for some time to come.

With men's T&F natty, men's basketball national runner-up, baseball, and Tech's continuing national dominance of meat judging, it's a golden age of Texas Tech sports......well, except for football.

The Texas Tech story is very similar to the LSU story. Before Skip Bertman became the coach, LSU baseball was really nothing. They sold tickets to the games, but the only people in the stands were our friends, girl friends, relatives, etc. The year before Skip arrived, LSU sold three season tickets. Three. There weren't dressing facilities for visiting teams. The coach's office was in the basketball arena.The coach my freshman year doubled as a football equipment manager.
 Now they draw 10,000 or more for midweek games against primarily in-state schools.

If I hadn't been there from the beginning of the Skip Bertman era, andif you'd have told me back in 1982 (my senior year) that LSU would eventually have a major college baseball program that would win six CWS championships, I'd have laughed out loud and asked for some of what you were smoking. The bottom line is that great coaches like Skip and Coach Tadlock can buck the odds and build a perennial winner at any school. It takes vision and a whole lot of elbow grease.

Talk Zone / Re: Les Expos du Tampa Bay?
« on: June 21, 2019, 05:55:02 am »
You wags are in fine mid-season form!!!

Beer and Queso / Re: NCAA Div. I Baseball Tournament
« on: June 21, 2019, 05:48:13 am »
Louisville walks it off in the ninth 4-3. Mississippi State is eliminated,

Now, the "Final Four" of baseball are:
Texas Tech (Big XII) 2-1
Michigan (Big 10) 2-0
Vanderbilt (SEC) 2-0
Louisville (ACC) 2-1

A great representation of conferences and four fine baseball teams. Tomorrow's games are:
Texas Tech vs Michigan at 1:00 PM CDT. This is an elimination game for Tech.
Louisville vs Vanderbilt at 6:00 PM CDT. This is an elimination game for Louisville.

If either Texas Tech or Louisville win their game, they will repeat the same match-up on Saturday.

Thanks. I'll be pulling for Texas Tech against Michigan and Vandy v. Louisville. I want to see a series between Texas Tech and Vandy. By the way, I love the Loell Passe quote in your signature line.

Beer and Queso / Re: NCAA Div. I Baseball Tournament
« on: June 20, 2019, 03:45:37 pm »
There are Tech fans saying: "this is the fourth trip, it's time we win one". It doesn't work like that,


Beer and Queso / Re: NCAA Div. I Baseball Tournament
« on: June 20, 2019, 10:00:36 am »
Texas Tech defeats Florida State 4-1. Mike Martin coaches his last game at FSU as the Seminoles are eliminated.

Texas Tech gets a rematch against Michigan on Friday at noon CDT.

I watched the game as a Seminole fan solely because of No. 11. 17 trips to the CWS and no titles. Believe me, it takes more than just talent to win the CWS. I wish Coach Martin well in retirement. He was one of the best coaches and role models in college baseball. He'll be missed.

Talk Zone / Re: Keuchel
« on: June 20, 2019, 09:57:26 am »

Talk Zone / Re: Aches and Pains (2019)
« on: June 20, 2019, 09:56:25 am »
I'm not that worried about getting swept by the Reds. Those of you who haven't been paying attention to the Reds, they've got a nice core nucleus of everyday players. In my view, with Castillo or even deSclafani on the bump, the Reds aren't far off from being a wild card team in the NL Central. Simply put, the Reds are better than you think.

I'm also not going to panic or wail or gnash teeth over the Marisnick/Straw argument. I believe that Marisnick's best spot is as fourth outfielder because of the lack of production. I've been very pleased that the club has done what it's done without Altuve, Springer and Correa.

Calm down.

Talk Zone / Re: Tucker in June
« on: June 18, 2019, 10:14:15 am »
"The daily grind makes a difference."  Indeed. 

Kinda like the difference b/t dating and marriage: someone may think they are a "pro" at dating, but whether they know it or not they become rookies when they enter marriage.  It's a whole different ball game. 


T'aint that the truth!!!

Talk Zone / Re: Tucker in June
« on: June 17, 2019, 05:55:57 pm »
I remember Ben McDonald saying that the CWS teams were equivalent to AA.  I'm of the belief that his statement is off the charts wrong, so much so that I went through a thought experiment.  If there were 8 four-team, double elimination tournaments with the top 24 ranked college teams and the 8 Texas League teams, I'd take even money that the final 8 teams would all be the Texas League teams. 

Sure, there are college players who would not embarrass  themselves in AA, but the average to below average AA position player would be one of the top players on the best college teams, and the sheer pitching depth of an AA team would overwhelm college teams.

I love Big Ben like a brother, but that's pure hogwash, even with him on the bump.

Talk Zone / Re: PSA
« on: June 17, 2019, 01:49:39 pm »
God bless you, Coach. Best wishes for a speedy recovery.

Talk Zone / Re: Let the kid play!
« on: June 17, 2019, 01:47:53 pm »
That's interesting. I would not have expected college (even the mighty SEC) to have a higher level of competition than AA and AAA professional baseball.

You'll find no bigger lackey for the SEC than yours truly, but the notion that even SEC ball with a stellar starter (like the Rocker kid from Vandy) isn't close to being AA ball is laughable. The best teams could probably compete alright with high A clubs, but that would only be with an ace on the bump.

Talk Zone / Re: Alvarez
« on: June 17, 2019, 01:40:08 pm »

Coach: you've seen more of him. Thus far, he's showing some Ortiztype bat control. Is this usual? The league is going to make adjustments and will likely start burning it up in his hands, but right now, his bat control surprises me the most.

Why would we start being fair now?

Yeah, fuck that.

Talk Zone / Re: Alvarez
« on: June 16, 2019, 08:02:04 am »
He is something, isn’t he?

Does he have as good a bat control as he's demonstrated thus far?

Beer and Queso / Re: NCAA Div. I Baseball Tournament
« on: June 11, 2019, 10:09:22 pm »
This is Texas Tech's fourth visit to the CWS in six years. They were there last year.

You're right. I really meant Michigan more than anything else.

Beer and Queso / Re: NCAA Div. I Baseball Tournament
« on: June 11, 2019, 06:13:20 pm »
Arkansas finishes the destruction of Ole Miss 14-1 and are the last to get their ticket punched to Omaha.

The College World Series field is set. Here are the first game match-ups:
Michigan vs Texas Tech
Vanderbilt vs Louisville
Arkansas vs Florida State
Auburn vs Mississippi State

Congratulations to the super regional victors. Next weekend in Omaha.

They're going to have a lot of newbie fans in Omaha this year. Congratulations to Michigan, Texas Tech and Louisville for getting in for the first time or in a long time. Note that half of the field again is from the SEC (Superior Effing Conference).

Beer and Queso / Re: NCAA Div. I Baseball Tournament
« on: June 10, 2019, 07:34:30 am »
Florida State sweeps LSU in Baton Rouge. The Seminoles win 5-4 in 12 innings. Big upset.

Earlier, Vanderbilt ended Duke's delusions of grandeur 13-2 and are headed to Omaha.

As I wrote earlier, the LSU loss to a gentleman like Mike Martin doesn't bother me at all. I'll be pulling for the Seminoles this year in the CWS.

Talk Zone / Re: Alvarez
« on: June 09, 2019, 05:46:05 am »
I hope Alvarez can deal with the expectations. It's going to look like, and I'm sure he's going to fee like, it's on his shoulders to turn this offense around. I think it would have been much better if he had come up when he was surrounded by the regular lineup and just had to fit in, but we are where we are.

Excellent point. I agree.

Talk Zone / Re: Ex-Astros News 2019
« on: June 07, 2019, 05:59:39 pm »
Anyone who matters understands its always 100% the player's call.  He probably doesn't lose any sleep over what the talk radio crowd thinks.

This. This right here. Boras is laughing all the way to the bank.

Talk Zone / Re: Keuchel
« on: June 07, 2019, 05:23:24 pm »
In my opinion, Keuchel is a descending player. We got the best of him. His stuff is, and always has been, marginal.

Talk Zone / Gurriel
« on: June 07, 2019, 03:54:24 pm »
We've all spent lots of bandwidth on Tyler White, but the black hole in the lineup is Gurriel, and this needs to be addressed. JUstice mentioned getting Encarnacion. Don't know if he's the answer, but Gurriel's lack of production (Astros are at the bottom of MLB in first base productivity) needs to be addressed.

Talk Zone / Re: Keuchel
« on: June 07, 2019, 03:51:35 pm »
Assuming that they don't find his health in trouble, he'll start tomorrow night for Gwinnett.

Talk Zone / Re: Collin McHugh podcast
« on: June 06, 2019, 11:21:01 am »
Current episode is out and it is very good.  Love hearing Brent Strom talk pitching with McHugh.  Hot take - the Vietnam war was an important part of making Nolan Ryan the pitcher he was due to Ryan having to do Guard duty and limiting his pitch count during his 18-20 yr old years when he was wild and still growing.

I saw Ryan pitch for the steM a couple of times. He had no idea where the ball was going. But his control wasn't great during his early years with the Halos, where he routinely walked more than five or six hitters, but always striking out more than one per inning, in his starts.

Talk Zone / Re: The crazy play last night
« on: June 04, 2019, 08:10:31 am »
When I first saw the first and third play on which the fourth run scored, my first thought was “WTF is the SS doing?” Why did he throw home instead of turning two to end the inning?” TK said this on his pbp. Perhaps some or many of you thought the same thing. But after watching the replay several times, I changed my mind, and Stanton voiced my current opinion in the postgame show.

The catcher was the one at fault. With a runner at third and one out, he cannot assume a double play attempt and leave the plate uncovered. Think Bregman and McCann in Game Seven against NYY. The Seattle SS had to charge the ball slightly to his right and was moving diagonally away from second base. Right or wrong, he made the judgment he did not have time to stop, plant, turn, and get the DP to end the inning and to keep the run from scoring. Like Bregman in the ALCS, he threw home to cut off the run which he thought would score if he tried for a DP. The catcher had no business vacating to plate in that situation, and the runner coming from third would have been out. The SS looked foolish throwing to an uncovered base, but the error in judgment was the catcher’s.

That catcher was boneheaded.

Talk Zone / Re: Straw
« on: June 04, 2019, 07:50:35 am »
No worries. Hyperbole is no stranger to OWA.

Indeed, hyperbole is a close cousin to just about everyone here.

The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Re: 2019 Draft
« on: June 03, 2019, 07:48:40 pm »
I'm a tad bit surprised with the percentage of every day players versus pitchers.

Noe, I couldn't agree more.

Beer and Queso / Re: NCAA Div. I Baseball Tournament
« on: June 03, 2019, 07:08:01 pm »
Congrats to my Tigers for being selected to host a super-regional against Florida State. I must admit to being somewhat ambivalent about playing Florida State, and their venerable head coach, Mike Martin. I had the opportunity to meet with Coach Martin when Florida State entertained the Tigers. He's been the Florida State Seminoles head baseball coach for approximately 45 years. Despite his long career, and a bevy of College World Series appearances, Coach Martin has never won a college world series. I'd really like to see him win one, even if it is at our expense, because he's one of the realaly good guys in college baseball.

The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Re: 2019 Draft
« on: June 03, 2019, 07:01:10 pm »
Is anyone else watching the MLB Amateur Draft?

The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Re: Round Rock 2019
« on: June 03, 2019, 06:59:45 pm »
What does Detroit have to do with anything re: the Astros?

Do I really need to explain that the use of Detroit was as an example? The Yankees and Scranton Wilkes-Barre do the same thing, so I could have used them.

Thanks for that. What a great piece. Most importantly, the player is in favor of and receptive to suggestions from non-baseball personnel, on the grounds that the player wants to improve, and the program improved them a lot.

The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Re: Round Rock 2019
« on: May 31, 2019, 12:34:58 pm »
I mainly watched AA over the last decade and only seen a few AAA games during that time.  From that small sample size, I agree that a lot of AAA players just appear to be going through the motions.  However, I've concluded that you can't take much away from that.  I saw Fisher just last week loaf out a ball hit to second, and it was difficult to watch but he's hustling in the big leagues now. 

AA is a better product IMO as the games have more intensity.

Excellent observation, and it is certainly in line with my thoughts as well. I've seen lots of both AA and AAA ball. AAA has become a storing place for "insurance policy" players, e.g., the third catcher, backup starting pitching, etc., while most of the real prospects are at AA. Many of these AAA players who are on the 40 man roster frequently shuttle back and forth to the big leagues. Detroit shuttles players back and forth here to Toledo almost every day. Often, these players have some time in the show. For example, I just saw Logan Morrison and Brad Miller playing for Scranton-Wilks Barre (and Morrison not very well, hitting about .130).

Beer and Queso / Re: NCAA Div. I Baseball Tournament
« on: May 31, 2019, 12:09:30 am »
I was listening to the Auburn Vandy game in the SEC tourney and the Auburn play by play guy (may he rest in peace) was already talking about who Auburn would face in the losers bracket in the 2nd inning!  Everyone knew who was going to win that game.

I was so sorry to learn of his tragic death. The Auburn family will miss him.

The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Re: Round Rock 2019
« on: May 30, 2019, 12:21:58 pm »
Some realize he was rushed.


Beer and Queso / Re: NCAA Div. I Baseball Tournament
« on: May 29, 2019, 07:27:15 pm »
Going simply with A&M or LSU hurts the resale value.

Fuck off, douche bag.

Beer and Queso / Re: NCAA Div. I Baseball Tournament
« on: May 29, 2019, 07:26:31 pm »
Conference fandom is one of the strangest things about college sports. You'll see plenty of trucks sporting around with an "SEC" sticker but I simply can't bring myself to root for the AL West on pure principle.

In a conference setting, unlike pro baseball, every school doesn't play every other team in most sports. I bet that you pulled for the National League in the ASG and in the World Series when the Astros were in the NL.

Beer and Queso / Re: NCAA Div. I Baseball Tournament
« on: May 29, 2019, 01:47:30 pm »
Based on what I saw during the SEC tourney.  Someone is going to have to be really really good to beat Vandy.

Having seen many of those games, including all of Vandy's wins, you're spot on. Their lineup is relentless.

Talk Zone / Re: Alvarez
« on: May 29, 2019, 01:45:08 pm »
Little known fact, Alvarez suffers from Gerontophobia.
He shoots; he scores!!!

Talk Zone / Re: Ex-Astros News 2019
« on: May 28, 2019, 05:24:41 pm »
Jake Elmore got DFA'd.

Talk Zone / Re: Ex-Astros News 2019
« on: May 28, 2019, 05:24:13 pm »
Michael Feliz (sent as part of Cole trade) started for the Pirates tonight against the Dodgers.  Only recorded one out, left losing 5-0 after giving up a run scoring double and a grand slam in the 1st.

And then got optioned out.

Beer and Queso / Re: NCAA Div. I Baseball Tournament
« on: May 28, 2019, 04:31:52 pm »

There are too many not enoughSEC teams for my taste and I'm not happy about Texas Tech and Oklahoma State being paired in the same super-regional assuring only one can possibly get into the College World Series. Nevertheless, it is a great field and promises to be some of the most entertaining baseball to be seen all year.


Talk Zone / Re: Athletic Subscription Sale
« on: May 24, 2019, 05:02:22 pm »
Totally worth it.

+1 You'll never regret it. Imagine, if you will, some real serious journalists writing about baseball and other sports.

Talk Zone / Re: Jose Urquidy
« on: May 22, 2019, 04:11:38 pm »

Beer and Queso / Re: Apollo 11
« on: May 21, 2019, 06:55:54 am »
Watched it last night because of this thread. I don’t know what it was like to experience it in 1969, but I imagine this is as close as I’ll ever get. What an amazing tribute to everyone who worked in the space program.

I was nine at the time. That day still ranks as one of my greatest memories. I watched it on a black and white television. I remember my parents and some of their friends talking about it. Everyone was in amazement and proud of the country because we beat the USSR to the moon.

Talk Zone / Re: Corbin Martin
« on: May 16, 2019, 07:24:04 pm »
This is a good thread, I love learning about pitching from you guys. Stuff I never noticed before, I now look for because of info passed along from Jim, HH, Doyce, and a few others. Even Mr Happy.

You rang? Martin's approach is very similar to what I used to teach. I believe that every movement in a windup should have a purpose. I very much favor an Occam's Razor approach. While I understand the desire to interpose more motion in an attempt to either hide the ball or deceive the hitter, I have always maintained that the most important aspect of pitching is balance.

It's essential to be able to repeat a delivery, and in my opinion, the more motion you have, the higher the likelihood that you'll have mechanical problems or trouble repeating a delivery. Remember that I  primarily worked with beginning pitchers.

Talk Zone / Re: Express 5/14
« on: May 15, 2019, 08:59:54 pm »
If it helps, I'm fairly certain they misspelled Front Page

Well played, cher!!!

The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Re: Fayetteville 2019
« on: May 13, 2019, 10:30:20 pm »
What's the early word on Tommy deJuneas?

Talk Zone / Re: Miley
« on: May 10, 2019, 07:10:41 pm »
I don't mind him betting on himself in 16 but just because you turn down 90 3 years ago doesn't mean you can get 90 now

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Talk Zone / Re: Miley
« on: May 10, 2019, 05:01:44 pm »
He should have accepted the 5 yr/$90 million deal back in 2016.


Talk Zone / Re: Keuchel - The Principled Social Warrior Of Fairness
« on: May 08, 2019, 04:24:04 am »
They absolutely should. And I think the approach that the Astros took with Bregman is a good example of what the model should be. Compensate the prime years. The model of over-paying for what a player has already accomplished doesn't make any sense.


Talk Zone / Re: Red Ass
« on: May 05, 2019, 10:07:10 am »

Talk Zone / Re: Red Ass
« on: May 04, 2019, 06:08:46 pm »
Now I can’t recall our nicknames for Redding though.

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I just remember Redding from his stint with the Zephyrs. He had a great arm, but he was one of the most hard headed players that I've ever met. And he didn't strike me as particularly bright, but that was deceptive because of his arrogance, i.e., he might be brilliant. His career significantly underwhelmed his personal expectations. He thought that you didn't really let it all hang out until you get to the Show.

Talk Zone / Re: Red Ass
« on: May 04, 2019, 11:06:24 am »
Seconding the Brocail memory.

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Talk Zone / Re: Alvarez
« on: May 02, 2019, 01:05:42 pm »
My argument would be, "What's the rush?"

White, Kemp, Diaz & Guerriel have all struggled to this point in the season, but a month is all we have played.  No reason to think any of them can't turn it around.

I realize Kemp & Diaz are more valuable because of their ability to play multiple positions but White posted a line of:  .276/.354/.533 in 66 games (210 ABs) last season.  It is only one game, but we are leading the division, and done so even though it has been against a fairly tough schedule (as others have posted).  So I'm thinking there is no reason to change anything, yet.  Let Alvarez get more PT in the OF and let White get a few more ABs to turn things around.  If he's still shitting the bed in 3 or 4 weeks then I'll agree with you.

One of the things I love about the Astros organization is they tend to play the long game with players.  Sometimes you'll get burned doing this but overall I think it pays dividends as players know they will be backed (to a certain point) and are given fair shots to succeed or fail.


Talk Zone / Re: Astros & domestic violence
« on: April 24, 2019, 07:14:10 am »
Got an email this weekend from the Astros about this event:

After the Osuna controversy last year, glad to see the Astros following through on their commitment to raise awareness/support concerning domestic violence.


Talk Zone / Re: Brantley Article
« on: April 19, 2019, 04:09:03 pm »
Kaplan article on Brantley:

Confirms what my impression of him has been thus far:  even keel, professional.

As one who has watched him from the beginning, I was so excited to have Brantley join the Astros. He's the ultimate cool, calm, professional hitter. But it's his cool demeanor that made him a leader in the Tribe clubhouse.

Talk Zone / Re: Beltran told Paxton
« on: April 19, 2019, 03:29:34 pm »
People would value that text more if they knew how long it took to chisel.

My Lord. Old man smack never gets old. I laughed out loud.

Talk Zone / Re: Tom Hamilton
« on: April 16, 2019, 12:47:24 pm »
I think they seek out players who are open to the information, too.

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Talk Zone / Re: Beltran told Paxton
« on: April 16, 2019, 12:37:14 pm »
That's the only thing he should have said.

Exactly. Sometimes you should just tip your cap to the hitters. as distasteful as that can be sometimes, STFU and get back to work.

The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Re: Round Rock 2019
« on: April 08, 2019, 03:13:15 pm »
I am going to be doing color with Capps for a game or two each month this season. I am so looking forward to talking about some guys I know a little about. Lots of talent  in RR in April.

This is outstanding. It's made my day!!!

Talk Zone / Re: Blue Jays vs. Indians
« on: April 08, 2019, 03:11:19 pm »
If the offense doesn't kick into gear soon, at what point does Curly show up?

That's an excellent question, but the O seems to have come to life a little bit. Nice homer from Diaz yesterday. I'm anxious to see him play a bit more.

Talk Zone / Re: Cuban players/Trump/stupidity
« on: April 08, 2019, 03:05:05 pm »
I wish I understood the law better.  The Obama administration was negotiating for something illegal?  There has to be many more nuances to this than just what the article has.

Sure. See, payments to Iran.

Well apart from the 199 criminal counts, 37 different people and entities charged, 7 guilty pleas, 1 trial conviction, 5 jail sentences and near $30 million received in forfeiture...what has Mueller ever done for us?
But he didn’t get the target, which was a duly elected president. You libs know that you’re upset that Mueller didn’t find anything concerning collusion with the Russians. The other convictions were just about meaningless.

I noticed that none of you addressed the fate of the treasonous folks in the CIA, FBI and DOJ who had the unmitigated gall to try to topple a presidency. If this happened in just about any other country, the treasonous would have already been rounded up and executed. I am against the death penalty, but I could see some life sentences come out of it for Comey, Rosenstein, Ohr, Brennan, Clapper, Strzok and/or Page. I am not saying that all will get that life sentence, but some clearly deserve it.

Well. Well. Well. I just wanted to check in now that Mueller's report was a bust, and it appears that the wheels are grinding slowly toward prosecuting some of these criminals, e.g., Comey, Clapper, Ohr, McCabe, etc. and putting them in jail where they belong. Karma is a beautiful thing.

Talk Zone / Re: Ex-Astros News 2019
« on: March 31, 2019, 06:36:46 pm »
Your league doesn't have a mechanism to keep people from drafting non-affiliated players?

Apparently not, and what hurt was that he was oicked on aut0draft. But my protestations were shot down with a heaping helping of fuck off, it serves you right.

Talk Zone / Re: Good Ole JR (not Richards)
« on: March 31, 2019, 06:09:05 pm »
Thanks, folks. So nice.

Well deserved. A lawyer's lawyer.

Talk Zone / Re: Ex-Astros News 2019
« on: March 30, 2019, 04:21:35 pm »
Big game winning hit by him yesterday after a rough spring training. I wish him the best. I really like that Twins team.

They really should sign Keuchel.

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From your lips to God's ears, says an owner of Keuchel in fantasy baseball.

Talk Zone / Re: Who is this person?
« on: March 30, 2019, 04:18:43 pm »
I know I do this every year.  Any meeting plans for Saturday?

Well, I do know that you're going to the game! Have a ball!

Talk Zone / Re: Good Ole JR (not Richards)
« on: March 30, 2019, 04:17:45 pm »
TZ rite of passage.

Indeed. I think that it was even tougher years ago. Many of us have mellowed with age.

Talk Zone / Re: Race For the Lid XXI
« on: March 28, 2019, 07:23:49 pm »

Talk Zone / Re: is there going to be a race for the lid?
« on: March 28, 2019, 07:21:27 pm »
There was, and there were a couple of other cards that were passed out at an Opening Day lunch at Spanish Flowers a few years back. I have no remembrance of the recipient or if they moved on from there.

I have the autographed card of JA Happ.

Beer and Queso / Re: Doppelganger
« on: March 27, 2019, 09:20:01 am »
Ask him.  If he says yes, then you know it's not Neil.

She shoots, she scores! Well played, Madame.

Talk Zone / Re: Good Ole JR (not Richards)
« on: March 27, 2019, 09:10:58 am »
This place is interesting. As an out of towner I was thrilled to find a really smart Astros baseball community.
Until I had the unfortunate pleasure of dealing with good ole Jim R - the proverbial internet tough guy.

JR decides who has the right to speak her. He demands credentials. He needs posts to be appropriately worded.
He doesn't need anyone else to contribute. He is MR CONTRIBUTOR.

I had this crazy ass notion that being the fan of the same team made it OK for 'outsiders' to post here.

But no, good ole JR just wants to play a colossal game of dick out deciding who gets to talk Astros baseball and who doesn't.

So when I mention at 10pm at night that I saw Verlander was in final stages of contract negotiation, and I look at the headlines and don't see it
mentioned, I figured what the hell, no one could possibly find fault with me sharing that insight.


Good ole JR decided that he had to attack even that innocuous post. Personally.

You guys have a helluva website. And I know you are a tight knit community, so leaving this here isn't going to make any friends.

But it truly sucks that one tired, bitter old man can spew his shit with immunity.

Good Ole JR, kiss my internet loving As-tros. goodnight.

My Lord, grow a pair. If I left because of derogatory comments about me, I'd have been gone long ago. Jim R is a serious bseball man who is very knowledgable about the game. Stick around, you can learn lots. In the 20 (has it been that long?) years that I've been around, I've learned more baseball here than I ever learned from any coach, and I had a couple of good ones. Jim R can be acerbic. He's unloaded on me many times. However, there's no nicer man than Jim R here. He would give you the shirt off of his back if you were in need. Read more post less.

Talk Zone / Re: Team Payroll 2019
« on: March 27, 2019, 07:19:40 am »
This, this, this. Does anyone doubt they have a plan? Crane said at the outset of ST they wanted to extend both pitchers, and I’ll bet they try. Handwringing posts about money and luxury tax saying what the Astros will or won’t do are a waste of time to type and an even bigger waste of time to read. It is Crane’s money, and he has had a taste of winning big and likes it. We fans owe him a million thanks.

This. This right here. They've got a plan. All I know is that I'm not privy to it. But in Luhnow I trust, with Crane's backing.

Beer and Queso / Re: College Basketball 2019
« on: March 17, 2019, 04:32:10 am »
Cincy gets another shot against the Coogs tomorrow in the AAC tourney championship game. It will be a real slobber-knocker. Always hear about how  it's tough to beat a team three times in a season. I love watching the Cougars play but I hate watching them shoot free throws.

The same could be said about watching any college or professional teams shoot free throws. It's like they've forgotten the meaning of free. They go tothe line with no plan, no routine, and really no chance to make more than about 65% of the free throws. Good teams shoot at least 70-75% from the line.

Talk Zone / Re: Spring Training 2019
« on: March 15, 2019, 03:32:05 pm »
Waldo did the legwork and history says this is normal for McHugh so I’ve backed away from the edge a little bit.

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Thanks, Waldo. As I said, I wasn't worried yet. I do think that we're getting to the stage of spring training where he has to start pitching to results.

Talk Zone / Re: Spring Training 2019
« on: March 15, 2019, 06:50:42 am »
I know half the people on this board will say don’t worry that it is just spring training. Well I’m sorry, if you are not concerned about McHugh at this point you need to be. It looks like he needs to be back in the bullpen and Peacock in the rotation.

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I am beginning to get concerned, but not overly. Yet. However, his next start will be very important in my opinion.

Talk Zone / Re: Tom Seaver
« on: March 12, 2019, 09:58:05 am »
I saw Fred Gladding foul off several 0-2 pitches from Tom Terrific one night at the Dome. Fred Gladding was something like 1-63 in his big league career. But he made Seaver throw like 10 pitches to strike him out. Seaver always was a class act.

Talk Zone / Re: Team Payroll 2019
« on: March 12, 2019, 09:56:02 am »
I do blame Bregman. His ego is and will be a continuing potential problem. Second highest to Correa is good. Wait your fucking turn, and STFU.
Agreed. Gotta call out my LSU boy here, especially a former No. 8. You knew the ropes and the rules when you got in. If you want to use your stardom to act for the younger players, do it. But in the meantime, play ball and STFU.

Talk Zone / Re: 2019 Roster (New & Improved)
« on: March 12, 2019, 09:51:22 am »
This one was pretty good from 12 years ago...

Indeed. I miss Yboddeus. The Ron Villone reference was killa!

Beer and Queso / Re: College Basketball 2019
« on: March 08, 2019, 07:48:29 pm »
All of them.

This. This right here.

Beer and Queso / Re: College Basketball 2019
« on: March 08, 2019, 06:54:17 pm »
He's on tape as much as admitting that he's done multiple deals for players. He has to be a goner if the administration has any integrity.

I just wonder how many coaches have done the same thing but were smart enough not to discuss it on a telephone.

Oh, he's a goner for sure. LSU President is a hard ass.

Beer and Queso / Re: College Basketball 2019
« on: March 08, 2019, 06:37:59 pm »
Well, I hate to say this, but it looks very bad for LSU basketball coach Will Wade. I was told by friend who also is a division 1 basketball coach that Wade was a cheater a good while ago, but I didn’t want to believe it. It’s a damn shame.

The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Re: 2019 Draft
« on: March 07, 2019, 12:38:33 am »
You sir are amazing.  So impressed with the detail of your research and your ability to find things that most folks would never even think to look for.  Glad you are on our side.

Truer words were never spoken. Nate fucking rocks.

Talk Zone / Re: Rusty Staub in the bottom of the ninth
« on: March 06, 2019, 09:01:58 am »
Only resurrecting the thread, not Rusty himself.

The error that allowed those runs to score was by the usually reliable Roger Metzger.

Unconnected to the above but the NY Times article about Metzger's later encounter with a table saw.

And what would Carlos May's career have looked like if he hadn't lost his right thumb in a training accident while in the Marine Reserves in Aug. 1969? Even thumb-less, it wasn't shabby.

Was Carlos the only MLB player to ever where his birthday on his uni? "May 19"

Yes, I'm sure you knew Carlos was Lee May's brother.

Touched on in the thread but had Wilson gotten that 3rd no-no he would have joined Ryan, Koufax, Feller, Cy Young and Larry Corcoran as the only members of an exclusive clique with more than 2 no-hitters.

And finally why I sought this thread out in the first place was to post a link to this: Don Wilson's life and death, his career, how Clay Kirby was probably sympathizing with Wilson during the near no-hitter and why the Claude Osteen acquisition stunk for several reasons.

And it's a damn good article and I don't really give a flying fuck if someone might've previously linked to it in the past 8 years.

Why yes, I am having one of those stream of consciousness type mornings. How's yours?

Out. Standing.

Heads among the haters must have absolutely exploded today.

Good for herand great for baseball. I am glad that she is still going to be on television. I find her insightful.

Talk Zone / Re: Preseason Panic
« on: March 03, 2019, 09:33:30 pm »
Has the statue of limitations on this thread expired?

/golf clap/

Talk Zone / Re: Aches and Pains (2019)
« on: March 03, 2019, 09:32:20 pm »
Stroman should still be available. I don’t know how low Keuchel’s price would have to drop for Luhnow to give up that draft pick, but I bet it’s “pretty damn low.”

I agree. I think that the DK ship has sailed, for a port yet unknown..

Beer and Queso / Re: Nashville
« on: March 02, 2019, 06:54:42 pm »
I like going to the old Ryman auditorium, where the Grand Ole Opry was held for many years. The tour was fun and getting the opportunity to stand in the same place where greats like Hank Williams and Ernest Tubb entertained was awe inspiring.

Talk Zone / Re: Bryce Harper
« on: March 02, 2019, 06:37:41 am »
I am hoping for a little 1980 revenge in the WS.  Really still pissed off with the Phillies 5 run 8th inning in game 5. 

Might have even cried...  Hunt for Dead Red October (2 pings Vasilli, 2 pings)

It's way too fucking early to bring up 1980. Remember it as if it was yesterday. I took so much shit that year because I started bragging early in that game, and my friends who were Phightins fans gave me unmitigated shit for days.

Talk Zone / Re: Changes to the game coming this year??
« on: February 23, 2019, 02:21:48 pm »
No kidding. Foul balls are not a problem, they are one of the compelling features of the game. A 10+ pitch at bat is entertainment gold to me. The pitcher with a “oh, got away with a mistake there” look or the hitter digging in and thinking “I just missed that, throw one more of those and I’m going to crush it”. High drama and quintessential baseball.

You're absolutely right. As a pitcher, I used to get more amped up when the number of pitches got to seven. I loved competing at that point, because, as you say, both the pitcher and the hitter have missed pitches and lived to hit another pitch.

Talk Zone / Re: Bochy Announces Retirement
« on: February 19, 2019, 01:37:28 pm »
Even the years they won, they didn't really put together a great team. Just great manager + 2 great players and a bunch of cogs

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I was living out in Napa at the time and used to go to AT&T Park a lot. You're right that some of those Giants teams simply peaked at the right time because their overall season record was not great. He had good starting pitching in Matt Cain, Tim Lincecum and MadBum. Buster Posey. Usually a good bully too.

Talk Zone / Re: Bochy Announces Retirement
« on: February 19, 2019, 01:24:27 pm »
I always kind of thought he was the best manager out there over the last 10 years. Who's better Francona? Maddon?

You're correct. When I need a win, I want Bochy managing my team. Clearly the best manager in the game. What the Giants management has done to him the past five years is pathetic as far as talent procurement goes.

Talk Zone / Re: Astros OF Defense
« on: February 18, 2019, 05:34:18 pm »
I agree with Noe. Cedeno.

Another vote for Cedeno.

Beer and Queso / Re: Dating App
« on: February 15, 2019, 11:42:06 pm »

Talk Zone / Re: Arb-Eligible Players 2018
« on: February 14, 2019, 11:43:32 am »
That implies that he has character to assassinate.  Lighten up, Tyler.

Don't you mean Trevor?

Talk Zone / Re: Ex-Astros News 2019
« on: February 14, 2019, 11:10:28 am »
Former Astros Tim Fedorowicz and Asher wojo signed minor league/camp invites with the Tribe.

Talk Zone / Re: Arb-Eligible Players 2018
« on: February 14, 2019, 07:49:03 am »
I am staring to think winning these hearings is less important to Luhnow than following his plan. Part of the plan is determining what the players are worth budgetwise and offering only that amount. The club will consider a reasonable compromise to a number within the plan and go to a hearing if the player is not interested in the compromise number. The club puts on its best case in a businesslike professional manner without getting personal or denigrating the player’s efforts or contributions to the organization, and if the arbitrator rules for the player, so be it. Luhnow stuck to the plan without emotion or rancor, and the club did not piss off the player. Going to a hearing is merely a business decision based on an impersonal evaluation of monetary value, and win or lose, the decision is not a personal attack on the player or his accomplishments and contributions to the team and its season.

All of this stuff exists only in my head, of course, but I starting thinking this might be Luhnow’s approach when Correa complimented management on its professionalism after his hearing.

I couldn't agree more. With Luhnow, it's about process.

Talk Zone / Re: 2019 Roster (New & Improved)
« on: February 12, 2019, 06:15:59 pm »
What are the chances Harper and/or Machado don't play this year?


Talk Zone / Re: 2019 Roster (New & Improved)
« on: February 12, 2019, 12:04:27 pm »
$175-200mm+ over 6-7 years for Dallas is holyfuckingshit-I’m-on-meth-and-carrying-an-alligator-into-a-convenience-store-in-Florida-to-buy-beer level of crazy.

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Dear Lord. That made me spit diet cherry cola! Hilarious!

Talk Zone / Re: Changes to the game coming this year??
« on: February 09, 2019, 11:33:21 am »
Old Man jokes never get old, do they?

Fortunately, no. And you're such a great spirit about them.

Talk Zone / Re: Astros Top 2006 Prospects
« on: February 09, 2019, 11:31:39 am »
a look back at Astros 2006 Top Prospects.

Baseball is a humbling game.

No shit. You succeedd a mere three times out of ten, and you're an all-star.

Talk Zone / Re: Changes to the game coming this year??
« on: February 08, 2019, 11:34:32 am »
Just leave the fucking game alone. Let the players play.


Talk Zone / Re: Changes to the game coming this year??
« on: February 06, 2019, 06:40:57 pm »
Let's pretend Devo comes into a game with the Astros up 6 - 1 in the top of the 8th to relieve Peacock who has just loaded the bases with no outs. Devo throws three balls and then gives up a grand slam to make the score 6-5. Next batter hits a rope to LF for a single. Then Hinch says to no one in particular, "Damn, Osuna hasn't pitched in three days and is ready to go. Too bad Devo has to face another batter before I can make a change." 

That is not the kind of magerial handcuffing I want to see.

I hear you. Maybe two batters would be better. Like a two drink minimum on Bourbon Street.

Talk Zone / Re: Fondest Memory of Meeting a HOFer
« on: February 06, 2019, 06:38:39 pm »
I took a crack at it this morning to see if there was an obvious answer. Didn’t find anyone who jumped out, but another data point or two could probably solve the mystery. Baseball Reference has some really good search tools. You can even search for players who died in a given state, if you happen to have a hunch that the guy lived out his days in East Texas.

I wouldn't be surprised if he died in Marshall. He was older than my grandfather, who died at 71 (that's looking younger every day except for Coach, who probably saw this guy play.

Talk Zone / Re: Fondest Memory of Meeting a HOFer
« on: February 06, 2019, 06:06:46 pm »
Hap, if you know the teams he played for and roughly the years (and he was telling the truth), it wouldn't take but a small amount of detective work to figure out who it was.

I obviously don't know the exact years he played and don't know for certain all of the teams he played for, but some of that time was during the teens because Ruth stopped pitching around 1919. Maybe I'll do some sleuthing. I should have asked my Dad his name, but Dad's gone.

Talk Zone / Re: Changes to the game coming this year??
« on: February 06, 2019, 06:02:51 pm »
I can go either way on the DH, but I really dislike the three batter minimum. I got no problem with mound visits being limited to 3 per game. I like baseball game management and strategy but that is hurt by the inconsistency of one league having a DH and the other not, and it would be hurt by imposing batters faced minimums.

If saving time is a priority then they do need a 18 to 20 second pitch clock and a rule to keep batters in the box.

I think that the three batter minimum is going to improve rosters. There will no longer be a roster spot for a left-handed relief specialist. I never have had much use for pitchers who couldn't get hitters from both sides of the plate out. I hate those lefty specialists that right-handed hitters murder. Let's face it: you know the lefty I'm talking about because there are several of them in the baseball. They throw 85-90 heaters and sweeping sliders. Every fucking one of them. If they weren't lefties, they'd be selling cars.

Talk Zone / Re: Fondest Memory of Meeting a HOFer
« on: February 06, 2019, 09:08:30 am »
Dizzy was probably remembered more for his voice than his baseball talent.  What a personality-just a good ole country boy who played that shtick to perfection.

He was a great pitcher until he got hit in the foott with a batted ball. It somehow changed his deliovery and make him less effective. His brother, Paul, known as Daffy, also was a pretty good pitcher, but not as good as Ole Diz.

While I'm reminiscing, my paternal grandfather died in Marshall, Texas, where he was living. He lived in half of a double. When we arrived so that Dad could take care of the arrangements, we immediately started throwing the baseball in the front yard. The neighbor, an elderly man, came out and sat on the front porch and was interested in us throwing the ball.

It wasn't long before we were up on the porch listening to baseball stories from the old man, whose name I never knew, because he had played in the big leagues with the Philadelphia Athletics, Cleveland Indians and one more team that I can no longer remember, but it may have been the Red Sox. It was an American League team. We listened to him telling stories for two hours non-stop, until Mom came out and broke it up, thinking that we were imposing on him.

He mesmerized three boys ages 9-11 for that long, which is some feat, because he was a great story teller. He was an outfielder for most of his career, but he said that he played some first base later in his career. I don't remember what he said about the length of his career, but he said that he continued to play for several years in the minor leagues after the end of his big league career.  He said that the minors were full of talent and that some players preferred to play in the minors because salary wasn't much different and the travel was easier because every town had a club, which stunned me because I always thought that the goal was to play in the Show, but I was wrong at least for back then.

God, how I wish that I had taped that session. I have forgotten most of the stories, sadly lost to the sands of time, but I remember two comments vividly. He played for Connie Mack, who he called a cheap bastard (his words, for which he quickly apologized and asked that we not mention it to my parents, which we didn't because we thought it cool that an adult cussed and wasn't cussing us!) and lousy manager. He also had many at-bats against Babe Ruth, who he said was the best left-handed pitcher in the Junior Circuit. He told us stories about essentially living on the trains and how tough it was. He also said that he always had a job in the off-season, primarily selling things.

I wish that I remembered more, but I'm grateful for the memories that I have, including listening to a a guy who played against Babe Ruth.

Talk Zone / Fondest Memory of Meeting a HOFer
« on: February 06, 2019, 06:19:32 am »
Mine was meeting Dizzy Dean and getting his autograph on my Astros hat that Harry Walker sent to me. Dizzy was in my hometown to broadcast a few innings of the minor league game and meet and greet the fans. Even though I never saw Dizzy Dean pitch, I knew lots of stories about the old Cardinals Gas House Gang because my Dad was a Cardinals fan (furthest team down south for many years). My hometown had a St. Louis Cardinals radio outlet until the Astros came into baseball.

He was friendly and wanted to talk baseball, whicch tickled the shit of me at 12. I could have had him autograph my Aces hat, but I had him sign my Astros hat. He wrote: "Best of luck from Ole Diz." Sadly, because I was probably doing something I shouldn't have been doing (manning a water balloon slingshot at summer camp aimed at girls across the lake), the slingshot recoiled and I ended up in the lake, and the lake swallowed my hat. I was devastated. I swam and looked around for the hat to no avail.

As I recall, Dizzy was dead within about a year of that chance encounter. It's truly one of my most prized memories. It's a connection, however tenuous, to a significant period in baseball.

Talk Zone / Re: Changes to the game coming this year??
« on: February 06, 2019, 06:05:46 am »
I know I’m probably in the minority, but I’ve grown to love the DH. I never want to see another pitcher hit.

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When I was pitching, I fucking loved the DH, and so did my teammates, because all I could do with a bat was bunt. I may have been the worst hitter ever. As a lifelong NL fan, I decried the DH about the purity of the game. However, after the Astros have been using the DH, I now like it, perhaps a nod to my lack of hitting ability.

I figured that if I had been good and fortunate enough to have pitched professionally, no one but no one would willingly pay to see me hack. I was such a poor hitter and hated hitting so much that my coach in American Legion, when we were way up, would occasionally fuck with me and make me pinch hit, and, of course, all my teammates would be caterwalling from the dugout when I went to the on deck circle. Bastards had too much fun at my expense, but it was great for team morale, not that it was ever a problem because it wasn't. That team was undefeated two years in a row.

Talk Zone / Re: Arbitrations
« on: February 06, 2019, 05:55:53 am »
This is my source for most of my Astros news. Why no discussion here on the recent developments with Devenski and Correa on their contracts?

Dear Lord. How much more do you need? Nate was on it. Moriartp first reported Devo, IIRC.

Beer and Queso / Re: DIRECTV streaming 2018
« on: February 05, 2019, 04:57:01 pm »
Cancelling Hulu Live today and signing up for fubo.

That's our little saver! I'm almost embarrassed to say this, but I don't understand any of this cable alternative thing. I don't know a Roku from tofu. However, I'm interested in a primer on cord cutting now.

Talk Zone / Mr. Aaron
« on: February 05, 2019, 04:51:22 pm »

Talk Zone / Re: Dominican Baseball Article
« on: February 05, 2019, 04:39:11 pm »
Twelve dollars here, Twelve dollars there. After a while it starts to add up to almost real money.

I thought that you were a colonel, not a senator.

Talk Zone / Re: Dominican Baseball Article
« on: February 05, 2019, 12:00:00 pm »
It really is that good, huh? I guess I'll have to try it. I'm more frugal than you though, so If I do a free 7-day  trail and then cancel at the end of the trial before the $3.99 a month charge incurs. will they come back with the $2.99 a month offer?

Colonel-These articles are written and edited well. There's no quality comparison between the drivel slapped out there by most newspaper and cable writers today. It's no wonder that it's attracted the best writers. If you enjoy reading quality articles, I'd recommend giving it a trial, your niggardly disposition notwithstanding.

The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Re: Ex-Bus Rider News 17-18
« on: February 05, 2019, 10:51:07 am »
With the retirement of legendary coach Mike Gillespie, Orloff has moved up and is now the HC for UC Irvine.

In the meantime, poor old Mike Martin trudges on. I got to spend some time with him and Skip Bertman together back in 1986 at Florida State. He's such a gentleman and a class act, but he's still chasing that first CWS championship-often a bridesmaid but never the bride. Mike's unbelievably still coaching. Skip told a group of us that he wouldn't be an old man coach, and he wasn't. Of course, Nick Saban told me the same thing back when he was still at LSU, but the money and success obviously made it easy for him to stay at Alabama. I'd stay too with that well-oiled machine.

Talk Zone / Re: Dominican Baseball Article
« on: February 05, 2019, 10:39:48 am »
This is why I pay for the Athletic.  Best writing in sports.  ($)

I couldn't agree more. I'm almost embarassed to say what I paid for an Athletic subscription, but it's been so good, far surpassing my expectations, that I'd pay multiple what I paid without batting an eye.

Talk Zone / Re: Opening Day
« on: February 01, 2019, 01:26:45 pm »
So, apparently, there may be tickets for Opening Day after all.

Would you all still be interested?  I do not have the pricing yet.

Why not?

The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Re: Top Prospect Lists 2018-2019
« on: January 31, 2019, 03:59:39 pm »
Don't read Rotowire or Read me. You'll get your news two months sooner...

Indeed. Fucketh not with Nate. He rocks.

Talk Zone / Re: Old Program
« on: January 30, 2019, 06:22:33 pm »
Well, here is mine. I was always a pretty good hitter. Started as a freshman in high school and played every game into my senior year. I had NO power however. I was a line drive hitter and almost never struck out. I struck out only once my senior year in 20 plus games. Remember, I said I had NO power. I had never hit a home run in any league at any age in my life...EVER. Well, senior year of high school 3 games left in the season. I got a hanging curveball and hit my first home run over the left centerfield fence. I still remember to this day how the ball felt coming off the bat. After hitting the only home run of my life, my next at bat was also memorable. Ground ball down the line at third pulled the third baseman into foul territory as he threw to first. The throw was up the line and I collided with the first baseman. I went over him into the air and came down on my left shoulder breaking my collarbone. I knew it instantly as it sounded like a shotgun blast when it broke. Almost came thru the skin. It basically ended my playing days as I fell in love after that and stayed home rather than taking a shot at college ball. I do wonder what could have been but I married her and have two wonderful children, one of whom just got a full ride to Mercer University.  We’ve been married now for 27 years so it all worked out!!

Go Astros!!

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I just may have been the worst hitter in baseball history. I had a summer league coach make me pinch hit once against the best hook in the league, just to fuck with me. My teammates were calling me slugger from the dugout, those assholes. He threw two looping yellow hammers for strikes. I said here comes the curveball down in the dirt. He threw it right into my swing path, and I hit it to the 400 foot sign in center field, but a high school teammate who was playing for the other team caught it. I was so close to a home run, yet so far away.  It's like the big fish that got away.

Talk Zone / Re: Opening Day
« on: January 30, 2019, 01:04:13 pm »
Fuck. Sorry!

No worries, Coach. I'm fascinated by your stories.

Talk Zone / Re: Opening Day
« on: January 30, 2019, 08:24:27 am »
Do I really have to remind most of you to pay me???
Sorry about that. Just took care of it. Come on, folks, let's make BudGirl whole.

Talk Zone / Re: Old Program
« on: January 30, 2019, 08:19:01 am »
I just found one of my score books from scoring my son's games.  One was his first varsity start from his freshman year. My wife scored since I was at a conference.  My son took the book from me, pointed to a double in the first and said, "That was my first curve ball in my career.  It didn't break."  He handed the book back to me with a smile. 

He had been taught the curve ball in the bullpen warming up for the game.  Fun memories.

Great memories indeed. It drudged up a memory of mine.  I was mopping up in a midweek game where we were getting the shit kicked out of us. They were hitting me too, but there was no one up in the bully. This game was mine to finish, and there wasn't any pitch count consideration. I used to clown around in the bully iimitating Gene Garber throwing "the thing," as his out pitch was known.

As you may recall, Garber had a very unusual delivery and really was sidearm. Garber was the pitcher who ended Pete Rose's 45 game hitting streak. Wellsir, I had a guy down 0-2, and the catcher called for my forkball/splitter down, which was my out pitch in that situation. But what did I do but throw a Garber like pitch that the hitter hit into the next parish for a three run homer. The coach called time and came running out to the mound. He beat the catcher to the mound, so I was all alone. His words were "what in the holy name of God was that?" He'd never seen it, but the pitching coach knew about it. His next words were priceless: " well, it sucked a hind tit, son. Don't throw it again." To which I mumbled yessir.

I indeed finished the game, which we lost 17-5. Unlike Duman's son, my line that day was not pretty (something like 3.1 innings, five hits, four earnies but six strikeouts (four swinging)), but I saved our bully, which didn't mean much because we really were terrible.

Memories indeed.

Talk Zone / Re: Looking for a Fantasy Baseball League to join
« on: January 28, 2019, 05:47:03 pm »
My daughter has recently expressed interest in joining a fantasy baseball league...I told her I would help her find one and also help her with the process in her first season.  If anyone knows of a league that has a spot to fill please shoot me a PM.  Thanks.  I sure hope I can find one.  Just another way her and I can share the great game of baseball.  Hopefully it's ok for me to post this here.  If it needs to be moved to another forum just let me know and I'll nuke it myself and move over as needed.


Hell, let her in our league. She might give you more competition than we did last year.

Talk Zone / Re: Old Program
« on: January 28, 2019, 05:45:38 pm »
I love old programs. I have a program or scorecard from every MLB game I've attended since I was 10, and it's fun to go back through them for the various memories they bring up (like those you mentioned).

My father passed away when I was really young, so finding some of his old scorecards years later -- he grew up in Chicago, so they were from Comiskey and Wrigley in the '60s -- was really cool. To see the names of the players he saw in person, and to picture him there... it's hard to put words to the feelings it brought up.

What a great treasure trove of memories. I had all of my scorecards from LSU's 1991 season, which was the first time we won the College World Series. I was physically present for 59 of the 71 games. But they got thrown out in a move. But you have your scorecards, and those from your Dad. Do y'all keep score similarly (everyone has scoring quirks-my scorecards recorded balls and strikes, and number of pitches)?

Talk Zone / Re: Opening Day
« on: January 28, 2019, 05:40:32 pm »
Now that you all have confirmed.

Tickets are going to be $44 each.  Please send payment through Paypal to Leslie Pruski ([email protected]).  Make payment as a GIFT, otherwise you will then owe me for the service fee.

I will let you know the seats as son as Mariza tells me.

Please do this timely or next year someone else can organize it.

Yes, ma'am. Thanks a million for doing this again. I know that we all appreciate it.

Talk Zone / Re: 2019 Roster (New & Improved)
« on: January 28, 2019, 01:09:43 am »
In a few years, you'll have to wake up 2-3 times just to pee.

T'aint that the truth!

Talk Zone / Re: Astros Hall of Fame
« on: January 26, 2019, 10:15:56 pm »
Is this just so they can sell tickets to the Berkman & Oswalt induction days?

Sadly, you're probably right.

Talk Zone / Re: Astros Hall of Fame
« on: January 26, 2019, 07:52:28 pm »

Talk Zone / Re: Cuba
« on: January 26, 2019, 05:49:53 pm »
This is so fantastic!!!

Talk Zone / Re: Recapping front office changes
« on: January 25, 2019, 09:38:50 pm »
Thanks. You are awesome. Seriously.

This is an understatement. Nate rocks!

Talk Zone / Re: 2019 HOF Ballot
« on: January 25, 2019, 03:34:51 pm »
Damn. I was hoping LaGenius' cap would be turned to the side JimR watermelon hat style.

And have him asleep at the wheel.

Talk Zone / Re: Opening Day
« on: January 24, 2019, 06:15:46 pm »
There is a block of tickets for Saturday's 2nd home game.  The cost is $44 for Terrance Level.

Please confirm your interest.

I'm in.

Talk Zone / Re: 2019 Roster (New & Improved)
« on: January 19, 2019, 07:41:50 pm »
Good points Doyce across the board.

The only pieces I might add would be that our lineup could afford BH some more protection than I think the Nationals were able to provide.  I would expect his numbers to increase given no big injuries.  Could be off here, but I think he could really be dangerous in the juice box.  We have not had that kind of power since Beltran's wonderful year in the playoffs.

Also, I wonder if FA's see Houston as a place to (re)learn, improve their craft --- Brett Strom and his staff are top drawer and could offer BH some input in how pitchers attack him --- a lot of places can do this, but Astros analytics seem to make players better (i.e. Pressley, Cole, McCann when not injured, and Reddick has improved in some weird areas.)

Lastly, in terms of WAR - you are correct, but I would hope with a lineup including Harper that everyone contributes and any one players' WAR would be around the same --- considering MVP's out the wazoo on our team.  In short, my thesis here is that Harper's individual contribution would be a nice part of the greater whole but not reliant upon him and his WAR...

Thanks for the conversation.   I am not sure about CC or Springer, and I think Cole will be resigned with Verlander money when the dude puts up the spikes.  But there are people here like yourself who know much more about this than I.   

Noe & Nate, might have some insights to this as well.

I think that you might have hit on something that might attract more free agents to Houston-Astros performance analytics are second to none. Great discussion here, y'all.

Talk Zone / Re: 2019 Roster (New & Improved)
« on: January 19, 2019, 03:17:02 pm »
Machado is not a fit on this team and I seriously doubt the Astros have done any pursuing of him.

You beat me to this. That discussion was TTB fanciful, but interesting, in a way like Ancient Aliens is interesting.

Talk Zone / Re: Whitley piece in The Athletic
« on: January 17, 2019, 09:46:46 am »
The article is very good.

In a sea awash with them, a subscription to The Athletic is the only "print" media subscription I own.  And, I don't regret it one bit.

I too love the Athletic.

Talk Zone / Re: Ex-Astros News 2019
« on: January 16, 2019, 02:53:22 am »
I always liked Brocail as pitcher and coach.


Talk Zone / Re: 2019 Roster (New & Improved)
« on: January 14, 2019, 10:21:46 am »

Talk Zone / Re: Ex-Astros News 2019
« on: January 13, 2019, 08:25:30 am »
(For those who don't follow college football or read the B&Q thread)

Yes, he now has 2 rings. And the ex-punter is the proud papa of a punter. No, Will is not a 2-sport athlete like the old man. But nephew Carson does play on the Clemson baseball squad and as a soph reliever last year allowed just 22 hits in 48 IP. Three generations of Spiers have played baseball at the school.

I never cease to be amazed at multi-sport college or professional athletes. It's hard enough to play one sport at that level. I'm happy for the Spiers clan. Coach Swinney has an amazing program.

Talk Zone / Re: Troll Bauer
« on: January 10, 2019, 12:05:40 pm »
I hope the Astros stay way away from him. His immaturity at his age should be very concerning. It won’t end well on the current trajectory.

You should see the baby when he's getting shelled. Total psycho.

The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Re: Top Prospect Lists 2018-2019
« on: January 08, 2019, 12:12:59 pm »
Another write up/perspective on Adolph, for whatever it's worth:

I saw Adolph play a lot here in Toledo. Toledo Coach Mee really likes him. The problem with MAC baseball is that every team usually only has one good college pitcher, so pitching is very thin in the MAC. Therefore, it's hard to judge a player here. However, out of all of the kids I've seen here for the past five years, Adolph's probably the best player of the bunch. I think that it's cool as shit that a University of Toledo kid is in the Astros system.

All I get with that link are a bunch of popups.  Care to elaborate?

It was a link to a Washington Post article/editorial. It mentioned the "police acted stupidly" in the arrest of Henry Louis Gates comment. Some of his Trayvon Martin comments like if I had a son, he'd probably look like Trayvon. He had other disparaging comments about law enforcement. The few folks I know who are in the military now loathed President Obama for his lack of respect.

It's kind of like conservatives blame Obama for "worsening race relations in the country." It's an assertion that not only has no basis in fact but is directly refuted by actual history, but it gets repeated enough they convince themselves it's true.

I recall President saying some pretty irresponsible racial things about the police in the Trayvon Martin incident. It's perfectly okay for you libs to be silent after the NY socialist's followers threatened my friend, Steve Scalise, who **was** shot in a politically motivated act, with more violence. Did she try to walk that back? Nope. Did any of you express outrage about that? Again. Crickets...

Beer and Queso / Re: College Football 2018
« on: January 07, 2019, 05:41:23 pm »
Hey Hap, after the Bevo-Uga showdown, y’all gonna bring Mike to Austin?

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Why not? Mike VII loves steak.

Beer and Queso / Re: College Football 2018
« on: January 07, 2019, 01:46:09 pm »
I think you are going to enjoy Neil Brown in WV.  Solid coach and appears to be a solid man, too. I live near Troy and no rumblings of any trouble down here.

I concur. WV get the best end of that deal in my opinion.

All that stuff you said about hordes being infiltrated by gangs and Muslim extremists is completely false.  Think about it: why would they?   To think otherwise is to believe that someone from ISIS is going to go to Honduras - obviously after having learned Spanish with a pitch-perfect Honduran accent - to join a caravan, slowly to walk thousands of miles under the gaze of the world media apparatus, to get to the US.  All of this instead of buying a plane ticket.  The alternative to believing all of that inconceivable nonsense is to believe that brown people are universally interchangeable. 

In the meantime, the people actually in the caravan are asylum-seekers risking life and limb to make a better life for themselves and their families.  US law allows them to cross the border and - as long as they present themselves to US authorities at the earliest opportunity - their crossing of the border is entirely legal. 

As for the free stuff comment, you should know better.  Immigrants - like myself - drive the economy.  We buy goods and services that drive demand.  We supply labor.  What we don’t get is free stuff.  You are completely ignorant - willfully or otherwise - of what you speak.  Maybe that’s why you love Trump so much.

You're telling me with a straight face that the Democrats don't promise things to the poor to get them to vote for them? Ha. We want immigrants like you because somehow you're a productive member of society because we gave you a hand up. What we don't need are more people who are poorly educated, who don't wish to assimilate like you have and who need hand outs because we can't afford it in my opinion.

You do understand that your “border security” issue is bogus, correct?  People crossing the border illegally has been dropping for decades. The government is closed and the media can’t talk about anything else, but it’s a made up issue.

I couldn't disagree more with you here. When hordes organized by rabble rousers and infiltrated by gangs and other radical Muslim extremists are approaching our border, like is the case now (just heard another horde is organizing now), I'm damn glad that Donald Trump is president and no sniveling Democrats peddling free stuff for all has much to say about that.

What good things do you think he has done?

Appointed two conservative justices, tax cut, new trade agreements, hopefully reinvigorating the border security after eight years of nothing, reinvesting in the military, etc.

Why? This is the thing that confuses me. The guy is clearly out of his element, and completely lacking in any sort of ability to assess a situation. Is the desire to keep Republican control of power so extreme that you're willing to support an obvious moron?

For me, it was anybody but Hillary Clinton, so I voted for President Trump and didn't know how he'd do, but I've been pleasantly surprised. I disagree with your conclusion that President Trump is out of his element. I think He's done some very good things. The press has been ruthless and unfair to him. I hate the main stream media because of their now obvious bias, so that simply pushs me more toward the President.

I’d love to hear from anyone who use to trumpet that Obama was the most divisive president ever, but that now supports the fucking moron in office.

There is substantial evidence that President Obama was in fact divisive. Was he the most divisive? I don't know and don't want to make such an argument. Do I support President Trump? Absolutely.

In the Rose Garden, Trump is lying his considerable ass off about things as diverse as the whereabouts of Mitch McConnell - "he's running the Senate", says Trump, when the Senate had long adjourned for the weekend - to declaring a national emergency and using the "military version of eminent domain" to get the wall built.

Does he really think he can send the army down to the Texas border to seize private land and hold it while he builds the wall?  Isn't this what militia folks think the 2nd Amendment is there to prevent?  Are conservatives going to have to eat a Texas-sized shit sandwich about eminent domain?  Seriously what the fucking fuck?

I don't think that's going to happen.

Talk Zone / Re: Opening Day
« on: January 04, 2019, 11:05:17 am »
On the other hand, if HH said why don't we all go to Tampa for opening day? I might consider it. I'm a bit annoyed with the Astros.

Let me wager a guess: season ticket price hike?

Honest question - to which members are you referring?  Because in looking at the list of countries represented on the committee, there are only 2-3 that really jump off the page for me.  One of them is Israel, a perennial darling of the Republican party.  But maybe I'm not completely up on current events.

I was referring to the Human Rights Council, which is comprised of a lot of bad actor, which besmerches service with those countries when all they are doing is battling one of their enemies, Israel.

There's a difference between the committee, which is the 18 independent experts you linked to and the human rights council, which is comprised of 47 member states serving staggered three year terms. Currently the council includes stalwarts as Somalia, Venezuela, Kyrgyzstan, UAE, China, etc...  The council has been criticized for condemning Israel more than the rest of the world combined. My guess is Happy is conflating the two.

Negative. It was the larger council to which I was referring.

If you can't lead by example, you can't lead.

Wrong. A million times wrong. He's leading hopefully by protesting the all-star rogue nation makeup of the committee. Sometimes, a leader has to go it alone for a while.

In making America great again news, we are no longer responding to the UN when they ask us questions about potential human rights violations.


Given the makeup of the UN Human Rights Committee, I agree with the move. Until the UN gets serious about real human rights and starts going after the very members of that committee, all-stars all of them in human rights violations, we should pay them no mind.

A quick google search told me that Justin Amash was also booed. This entire thread needs some serious fact-checking.

I can't speak for all (or any of them), but in my experience, Limey's facts, though certainly slanted toward his view, are usually correct from his point of view. Bottom line: Limey researches his stuff, and I say that as a loyal opponent who disagrees with him and the rest of this intolerable bastion of liberal thought.

Beer and Queso / Happy New Year 2019!!!
« on: January 01, 2019, 11:02:16 am »
I wish all of you magnificent bastards all the best that 2019 has to offer.

Beer and Queso / Re: College Football 2018
« on: January 01, 2019, 10:59:58 am »
What's in it?

He did a good job of making OSU and WVU fun to watch (please hire a good DC though), UH needs some local buzz and people in the stands if they want a chance to get picked up by a real conference.  Sampson is doing his part so far.

Not all the way. See, Kiffin, Lane.

Beer and Queso / Re: OWA 2018 Fantasy Football
« on: December 28, 2018, 12:42:12 pm »
Winning the league without your top pick playing a single snap. That's pretty impressive

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No shit.

Talk Zone / Re: 2019 Roster
« on: December 23, 2018, 08:56:06 pm »
Noe, I’m docking you 100 internet points for repeated use of “ask” as a noun.

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I'm just glad that he's posting here again.

Talk Zone / Re: Opening Day
« on: December 23, 2018, 01:39:59 pm »
If you all want me to go with a Saturday, I need at least 20 confirmed yeses before I contact Mariza again. 



Happy will take two tickets.

Talk Zone / Re: Opening Day
« on: December 21, 2018, 07:35:20 am »
I'm good with Saturday, if it comes to it.

Me too.

Talk Zone / Re: 2019 Roster
« on: December 18, 2018, 05:27:14 pm »
What’s the general consensus around here re: who is more desirable?  Kluber or Bauer?

Kluber is more polished and has better makeup. However, Bauer is by far the better arm, with now three plus pitches. Bauer matured a lot last season, particularly in the second half. I'd take Bauer, but not without some clubhouse concerns. Bauer can be a bit of a loose cannon.

Talk Zone / Re: 2019 Roster
« on: December 17, 2018, 06:33:24 pm »
I do also.

I enthusiastically approve of the deal too. Brantley's nickname up here is Dr. Smooth. He is a tough out.

Beer and Queso / Re: RIP George Bush
« on: December 08, 2018, 10:17:49 am »
I found the country's reaction to his passing comforting.

He was recognized for being a good person who also happened to serve his country well most of his adult life.

I did too. I wasn't a fan of 41, but I never doubted his decency and heart.

Beer and Queso / Re: OWA 2018 Fantasy Football
« on: December 08, 2018, 10:16:48 am »
Don't feel bad he beat me too. It's been a questionable strategy but not entirely without success, Robo-Zipp could end up at .500.

Robo-Zipp beat my sorry ass with his defense on bye!

Beer and Queso / Re: Roger Angell on "Most Important" Vote of His Lifetime
« on: November 23, 2018, 05:08:31 pm »
Ssssssssssswing and a misssssssssssss

In what way?

Talk Zone / Re: 2019 Roster
« on: November 23, 2018, 05:01:47 pm »
Nate, others have said this many times, but your contribution to this site is immense.

No shit. As I've said before, NC is our substantive MVP.

Beer and Queso / Re: Happy Thannksgiving
« on: November 23, 2018, 05:23:24 am »
to all you turkeys and  non turkeys.    wow been doing this many a year
be safe happy and full

Back at you!!!

Beer and Queso / Re: Roger Angell on "Most Important" Vote of His Lifetime
« on: November 23, 2018, 05:22:59 am »
The amount of ignorance you present as fact makes it hard to draw any distinction between you and Mr. Happy.

Wait a minute. Just because my views differ from your views doesn't make my views ignorant, just different. You liberals are very disrespectful and intolerant of views that differ from what you think is the truth.

Beer and Queso / Re: OWA 2018 Fantasy Football
« on: November 20, 2018, 12:05:17 pm »
So Vauthrin, with a commanding lead, gets beat in successive weeks by me, who sucks, and then by Zipp, who's not even fucking playing, and I'm not sure which is worse.

And then duman turns in a perfectly respectable game leaving nothing of value on the bench only to lose by a fingernail.

And austro, man, I don't know, but I feel for you. I bet there are three or four teams this week with one player that eclipsed your entire team.

Fantasy football is a cruel mistress.

The acid test is this week, for I play Zipp. As my cumulative record indicates, I'm not too good at this game, or really any other game for that matter. So don't be surprised if I get dusted by a rudderless, defense-less Zippster! Don't tell him that his defense is on bye!!!

Talk Zone / Re: AL West News 2019
« on: November 20, 2018, 12:00:00 pm »
So did I. One of the very few Rangers that I liked. He was a combination between Schmidt and Boggs.

+1 A class act and a helluva ballplayer whose skills really didn't diminish that much with age.

Beer and Queso / Re: Texans 2018
« on: November 18, 2018, 04:56:50 pm »
You can take the guy out of LSU but you can't take the LSU out of the guy.

And that's a bad thing???

Talk Zone / Re: Some seriously bad shit going down in Seattle
« on: November 16, 2018, 04:58:33 am »
Catching is hard. It's a quick path for advancement if you're good at it, but its a rough position.  And it's not as glamorous as P/SS.

It's no accident that the catching equipment is referred to as the tools of ignorance. Despite my size, I caught when I was a young player and liked it. However, and in addition to the other excellent points made above, catching becomes incredibly harder when the ball starts moving, which I recall happened first for me as a catcher at 12 in 1972. I had an opportunity to play catch with then Alexandria Ace Randy Johnson, who many of you will remember as a diminutive (about 5'8") portsider who was a groundball machine.

Jones pitched for the Padres and Pirates as I recall, and I believe Jones won 20 games twice and lost 20 games once. His fastball topped out in Alexandria at 79. His sinker ball was thrown around 74. However, after taking the goadings of a cocky, excited 12 year old bat boy to throw the sinker, he finally relented and threw it. I got hit in the legs with the first four that he threw, but hung in there and caught the fifth toss. That ball moved downward late a good 8-12 inches. It was a really good sinker, as I would learn later. I caught all the way through, but only as the emergency catcher and sometimes bullpen catcher.

The slider is a particular bitch of a pitch to catch.

Talk Zone / Re: Aches and Pains 2018
« on: November 12, 2018, 11:56:40 am »
Daniella quickly tired of his snoring.

Well played, sir.

Talk Zone / Re: 2019 Roster
« on: November 09, 2018, 11:05:32 am »
But was your server wearing a Yankees' cap?

A hat? Inside? Que HH in 3,2,1...

Beer and Queso / Re: Nor’Easter
« on: October 31, 2018, 02:42:55 pm »
The correct expression is "you don't have to shovel sunshine"...but you're becoming a true Southerner.  We're proud of you.

Bless his lil Limey heart!!!

Talk Zone / Re: Giants fans trolling Dojers fans
« on: October 30, 2018, 11:07:24 am »

LA = Lost Again!

Having lived in NorCal for seven years and following the Giants very closely, the hatred between Giants fans and Dojers fans is deep seated and a thing to behold. Violence is not unusual, and these teams' fans travel.

Talk Zone / Re: ALCS
« on: October 21, 2018, 03:39:34 pm »
Most college coaches do. None in the Major Leagues do.

I know for a fact that Roger Craig called just about every pitch when he managed. And there've been others. I would love to hear from the players about this. I suspect it's on the rise, as they incorporate the decisional sciences more and more.

Talk Zone / Re: ALCS
« on: October 21, 2018, 03:21:58 pm »
College coaches are judge, jury, and executioner. Professional coaches have a boss to answer to.

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You're usually under the thumb of some coach in pro ball.

Talk Zone / Re: ALCS
« on: October 21, 2018, 03:19:34 pm »
College basketball had started going downhill before that rule

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It actually started with the NBA raiding the high school ranks, but then they reluctantly agreed to the one and done rule.

Talk Zone / Re: ALCS
« on: October 21, 2018, 03:17:28 pm »
They are, yes. But professional coaches have less power over their players than a college coach

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I bet that there are lots of players who'd disagree with you.

Talk Zone / Re: ALCS
« on: October 21, 2018, 03:08:00 pm »
That's not why college basketball is so terrible.

I left that alone, but you're correct. The NBA one and one foolishness has ruined college basketball in my opinion.

Talk Zone / Re: ALCS
« on: October 21, 2018, 03:02:45 pm »
College coaches of all sports are control freaks who dont trust their players. It's why college basketball is so goddamn terrible these days. Just because a pitcher is told "this is what your throwing" doesnt mean he isn't thinking. At the professional level, coaches have input but you are not going to let them take that control away from you. You know what pitch you're feeling good about and the catcher knows what pitch is working. Professional coaches understand this.

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Coaches of all stripes are control freaks in my opinion. There's also a big difference betweeen a veteran pitcher and a young pitcher in the leeway that coaches will give. However, I think that you'd be surprised about this.

Talk Zone / Re: ALCS
« on: October 21, 2018, 02:40:27 pm »
College level is not the majors.

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My point is that tomorrow's pitchers are being taught to think less. It's only a matter of time before it happens at the big league level. However, without looking for data, I'd be shocked if a fair amount of pitches aren't being called from the bench in professional baseball.

Talk Zone / Re: ALCS
« on: October 21, 2018, 02:20:01 pm »

You sure about that? I know several college coaches who call every pitch.

Talk Zone / Re: ALCS
« on: October 21, 2018, 02:02:47 pm »
What percentage of pitches are called from the dugout?

Sadly, that percentage is increasing. Rapidly. Those control freak coaches want to call every pitch, every pitch out, etc. I have always maintained that the catcher really is in the best position to call the pitches. That's one of the reasons why I was hesitant to shake off unless I felt strongly either in favor of a different pitch/location or really lacked confidence in a particular pitch/location. Thinking pitchers are better in my opinion than robots who simply execute orders and don't think for themselves.

Talk Zone / Re: Ex Astros News 17-18
« on: October 21, 2018, 01:54:38 pm »

The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Re: Under the Knife 2019 & Prior
« on: October 21, 2018, 01:51:17 pm »
Snuff, you might want to take a look at these OWA threads from the past few years. Lotsa good info on TJS and how it's developing:

New Tommy John Procedure?

Facts about Tommy John surgery

Reducing Tommy John surgeries

NC, you handled that beautifully. Thanks! If you're not the site's substantive MVP, I don't know who else is!

Beer and Queso / Re: College Football 2018
« on: October 21, 2018, 01:48:47 pm »
I'll bet the Urban Meyer press conference afterward was fun.

It's been a real treat to be up here in Buckeye country for that debacle. There's been a lot of wailing and gnashing of teeth, including accusations that Urban needs some better defensive coaches. I told them that this indeed was some feat. Not only did they break their streak against Purdue of twenty-gazillion games, but they managed to turn a 29 point favorite into a 29 point loss. I comforted them with the knowledge that a 58 point swing doesn't just happen every day.

Talk Zone / Re: Astros just acquired Osuna
« on: October 18, 2018, 04:08:35 pm »

Talk Zone / Re: ALDS
« on: October 11, 2018, 10:38:23 pm »
At the time, bringing in Miller was the absolute right move. They turned Marwin around to his weaker side, and he had almo no previous success against Miller-6Ks in 8 ABs. Hindsight never loses.

Absolutely. Tito is being criticized a little for that move, which I find unfair and disingenuous. Suppose that he hadn't turned Marwin around, and Marwin hit the ball out of the yard, the critics and monday morning quarterbacks would have jumped on him for that.

Talk Zone / Re: Arb-Eligible Players 2018
« on: October 11, 2018, 10:12:50 pm »
In the past, I used to worry about players leaving for a team where they would have a better shot at a championship. But now the Astros are that team. I think that's a significant factor in their favor.

This is an excellent point.

Talk Zone / Re: NLDS
« on: October 08, 2018, 05:26:22 pm »
Starting to think that a quick end to the NLDS would be a good thing, so that the Brewers aren't facing a tired team to start the NLCS.  Basically, I want as many teams as possible left in the playoffs - save the Astros - to have the hardest time.


Beer and Queso / Re: OWA 2018 Fantasy Football
« on: October 08, 2018, 07:15:51 am »
Unvbelievable. I bench Stafford in favor of Mariota, who gets less than two points, but I still beat Chuck in a high scoring affair.

Gee. I hope all of you guys can still be friends.

Absotively, posilutely, Andy! I would jump in a foxhole immediately with Limey, Chuck, Navin or any of your glorious bastards, even though we disagree on most things. Even you, Sphinx!

Let me guess, Happy and all his fake DM/inbox crowd are all huge “personal responsibility” and  limited government phonies 

Nothing fake about a couple of supporters, neither of whom said much about their politics.

First of all, my only knowledge of you comes from what you have posted on this site over the last two decades. One fact is entirely clear based on that history: you are a loser. And, I honestly only mean that as a statement of fact and not in a pejorative way. You played college baseball and had enough intelligence, luck, connections, strong work ethic--or some combination of the four--to be accepted to Georgetown Law School. Those facts alone indicate that your life was off to an auspicious start. Your addiction and other personal issues derailed you. You were a negligent father and a shitty husband. You now seem to be relatively economically disenfranchised, a key symptom of many of those who support Trump, and something that our leadership and government needs to address for all demographics that are struggling to pay bills as the wealth gap continues to widen. And I applaud you for overcoming your struggle with addiction. However, rather than to use your struggles as a lens to view the world through, making you a more empathetic person, you have chosen to be bitter and angry, to revel in "owning libs," which I swear will never do anything to improve your own personal economic or social circumstances, and to be divisive on this board and, I'm sure, in your community.

The truth is, if you weren't white, you would be dead or in jail. The time you were standing on your wife or ex-wife's front yard with a baseball bat when the police showed up while she and your kids cowered inside? That doesn't end well for people who weren't born with the inherent privileges you were. It's ironic that I've read indirectly racist comments from you about young black men who lost their lives during encounters with police. Sure, maybe they were selling a loosie or standing on a corner, but how could you become so callous and out of touch given what you went through and all the second chances that you've had?

Anyways, I'm not here to try to win some message board chat; honestly, your posts in this thread only make me feel sad for you... and I'm not part of the "echo chamber" you think that you're enlightening with your right wing takes. And, I'm sorry that your addiction and personal demons derailed your life and career. My only point is that nothing Trump has ever done or will ever purport to do (or lie about doing) is ever going to make your life better. You aren't winning. You already lost many years ago, and I hope that you'll take that knowledge and use it to make your personal life as fulfilling and happy as it can be and to try to live with some empathy and compassion for others who are also struggling in varying and complicated ways that we can never truly understand as outsiders.

Also, the juxtaposition of "all times have always been a southern gentlemen, particularly with women" and an overtly ugly misogynist comment like "PMSNBC" only really highlights the disconnect between who you THINK you are and who YOU REALLY ARE. Embrace the reality of it, stop projecting blame onto a society and economy that has largely left you behind, and try to be a better person during your remaining days.

Thanks for the analysis. You have been reading. Correction about the bat story. The reason why I violated the restraining order that evening was because my ex refused to let me tell the boys goodnight over the phone. I had just received a Louisville Slugger bat with my name on it as a gift from a law  school classmate. I wanted to show it to the boys. There was never at any time any direct, indirect, overt or covert threats of any harm whatsoever. When the ADA saw the bat, he immediately dropped the felony charges, and to get it over with that day, so that I could return to California, I pled guilty to a count of disturbing the peace and one count of telephone harassment, both of which are misdemeanors. I got probation, which they commuted after one year.

I will take what you say, which was sad sincerely and in a polite way (which I deeply appreciate), under advisement. You may well be right about a couple of things.

I am sad to say that you are extending him a line of credit for which he does not qualify. He attended law school at LSU. At some point thereafter he found his way to Georgetown where he received some sort of estate planning certificate.

It was an advanced law degree, an LL.M.

Enough to get disbarred. In Louisiana.

Wrong. Fuck off, you little weasel.

How many woman did you assault when you were high?

Zero, even when I wasn't high.

Congrats on being a racist rapist enabler. The women in your life must be so proud.

Fuck off, Mark. I'm neither a racist nor a rapist enabler. In fact, my wife is proud of me, and she backs Judge Kavanaugh despite herself having been the victim of sexual assault. Decades old charges where the complainant is fuzzy on the facts are just flimsy charges. And none of your so-called victims alleged that Judge Kavanaugh actually raped them.

Alright you hypocritical libtard apologists, I maintain that anyone who voted for President Clinton after clear actual rape allegations against him is a rapist enabler. Welcome to the club.

I'm curious: leaving aside the fact that you love that the pick pisses us off, do you genuinely believe that Kavanaugh is fit to sit on the Supreme Court?

Without question, Judge Kavanaugh is fit to serve on the Supreme Court. The ABA agreed with me about that.

Welp. This thread escalated quickly.  So Happy who rails on Hillary, is a disbarred drunk with a history of sexual assault?

First of all, do your research. It's on the internet. I was not disbarred. I was never even threatened withh that. I am a recovering drug addict (I've been very honest about that here, and it's given me the opportunity to work with and help a few OWA folks who privately self-admitted a substance abuse problem-that's why I am public about it-to help others), and I was suspended for three years in large part because of that. The suspension ended in 2009. I have been eligible for reinstatement since then. Given that I was living in California in 2009, and I have no plans to ever practice law again or go back to Louisiana, I've never sought reinstatement. But I've been eligible to do so for almost ten years, folks.

Even when joking, the sexual assault comments crossed the line between humor and mean-spiritedness. I can understand Judge (soon to be Justice) Kavanaugh's anger when confronted with such baseless allegations. I am, and at all times have always been, a Southern gentleman, particularly with women. I deeply resent even your rude and snide, baseless comments about sexual assault.

I take on you sorry bastards because you're living in an echo chamber that bears no resenblance to reality. I get PM's from people indicating that I'm not alone in my beliefs, but others are too scared to take on your rude, snide gauntlet. Well, I'm not. Even at 58, I can still whip most of your asses. Now, go back to PMSNBC or whereever else you get your "news."

The thing that strikes me as funny is that as intelligent as most of you people are (Navin notwithstanding-you're an idiot), not one of you has demonstrated one iota of understanding why President Trump won. There's a significant percentage of people in this country who think differently than you, and these people vote.

President Trump has accomplished a lot in less than two years. All-time stock market highs. Record low unemployment. Got rid of NAFTA. Standing up to China. Progress with North Korea (President Trump arranged for the bodies of Korean Conflict veterans, something your hero, President Obama, or the rapist in chief, or even the sorry-ass Bushes didn't and couldn't do). I believe that he'll be reelected in 2020.

Finally, I want to thank you libtards for so vociferously challenging Judge Kavanaugh so close to the mid-term elections because it's energized the base. I believe that the Republicans will retain both the House and the Senate, while you geniuses remain stuck with Chuckie Schmucky Schumer, Crazy Nancy Pelosi, Pocohantas and, last but certainly not least, Comrade Feinstein. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

Are you upset your Indians lost today? Tough shit.

Geaux Astros.

My point is that I bet Manchin and Collins worked it together, to split the heat, because  ache could point to the other to say their choice is irrelevant (Pence would split the tie).

Tough shit, boys. Better luck next time. Not.

Talk Zone / Re: Frito Pie
« on: October 05, 2018, 10:58:22 am »
Which bathroom do you go to afterward?

Well played, sir.

Talk Zone / Re: The National League
« on: October 03, 2018, 05:42:02 am »
Heard an interesting rumor out of Chicago. I heard to not be surprised if Joe Maddon steps down and Joe Girardi becomes the FTC skipper.

Talk Zone / Re: The National League
« on: September 30, 2018, 03:11:07 pm »
Dodgers and Rockies both leading 2-0. Cubs down 1-0. Brewers up 2-0.

I'm rooting for maximum chaos.

Talk Zone / Re: Postseason roster questions
« on: September 29, 2018, 11:57:36 am »
Interesting.  I would have thought Luhnow had final say on the roster.  Nevertheless, I agree it's a purely academic discussion.

Correct and agree.

Beer and Queso / Re: Roger Angell on "Most Important" Vote of His Lifetime
« on: September 26, 2018, 08:07:22 pm »
The above paragraph deserves additional commendation to the reader.

Also, I enjoy being lectured on the evils of the UN by a fuckwit who does not own a passport.

What in the wide world of sports does not having a passport have to do with one's ability to see the UN for what it is: an anti-Semitic, jealous group of socialists who are constantly trying to get our money and our sovreignty. At its inception, given the nature of the world at that point, the UN made sense. But not anymore. Most of the member countries are lawless hamlets anyway and aren't worth saving. I love it that President Trump and Ambassador Haley are giving them all of the shit that they've deserved for years.

Beer and Queso / Re: Roger Angell on "Most Important" Vote of His Lifetime
« on: September 25, 2018, 01:55:51 pm »
Delegates at the UN General Assembly - i.e. other world leaders - laughed out loud at Trump today.

That is all.

With all due respect, double fuck the UN. I'd cut their subsidies and kick those socialists out of the country. We don't need them.

Talk Zone / Re: Correa article in The Athletic
« on: September 21, 2018, 05:05:41 pm »
I'm sure his teammates appreciate how much he's been grinding to try to help this thing along.   The discomfort is largely personal,  the failure is very public and he's kept his composure admirably.

Well said. +1

Beer and Queso / Re: Roger Angell on "Most Important" Vote of His Lifetime
« on: September 12, 2018, 01:21:10 pm »

Beer and Queso / Re: Roger Angell on "Most Important" Vote of His Lifetime
« on: September 03, 2018, 03:36:56 pm »
No need to be cute.
He's a fucking Nazi.

Fuck off. You have no idea about how truly cruel the Nazis were. I am definitely not a Nazi.

Beer and Queso / Re: Roger Angell on "Most Important" Vote of His Lifetime
« on: September 01, 2018, 08:48:11 pm »
I read a blog post he linked to from his Facebook account where he basically said the same thing. I don't think he is kidding.

The threats have come from the left. I wrote that the left hasn't played the violence game to its ultimate conclusion. Those on the right have a much higher incidence of gun ownership, which is why the left is so hellbent on gun control. Of course, if things deteriorate, the miltary is strongly pro-right and is unlikely to back the left. Simply put, the left can't win the game that it says it wants to play. I don't want a civil war, but, sadly, it's a distinct possibility.

Beer and Queso / Re: Roger Angell on "Most Important" Vote of His Lifetime
« on: September 01, 2018, 04:38:28 pm »
I wish there were people on this site who weren’t too chickenshit to defend QAnon and trump. Seems as if they have all slithered  to their corner and refuse to talk about it.

I'll bite. I personally love what President Trump has done and continues to do. I love the make America great and the resurgence of American excellence.We're the greatest country on the globe, and we should pay hardball with our enemies and not let friends take advantage of us. The economy is doing great. We got a tax cut, and another one is promised soon. I love Justice Gorsuch and can't wait until Judge Cavenaugh is confirmed.

I don't quibble with most of what you all write in your little pathetic liberal echo chamber, but I read it all. You guys are delusional. The Republicans are going to hold onto control of the Congress. Resume your attacks. You're tilting at windmills. The bottom line is that the current iteration of the Democrat Party has become a marginalized, obtuse party of no without any real good ideas to advance the country. The Democrat Party is the party of Planned Parenthood, Antifa, gun control and the socialist resistance movement. One thing is clear, and that is the rumblings of civil disobedience and rioting are nothing to be taken seriously. Very few libs are armed with anything more than a megaphone, while ther opposition is armed to the teeth. I like our chances.

Beer and Queso / Re: OWA 2018 Fantasy Football
« on: August 31, 2018, 09:52:44 pm »
Man, sorry about the computer. That sucks.

Thanks, but thanks to some swift IT work, and $69, I'm back in business.

Beer and Queso / Re: OWA 2018 Fantasy Football
« on: August 31, 2018, 05:43:53 pm »
I suffered a catastrophic computer problem that necessitated professional help, causing me to miss the draft. I aspologize. However, the auto-draft gave me a B-, which is better than what I usually get. I promise to be an active owner this season. I'm excited for my Saints.

Talk Zone / Re: Astros just acquired Osuna
« on: August 29, 2018, 10:15:43 am »
You should get a 75 day suspension from posting for this type of unnecessary, hostile bullshit JimR.

I thought we'd run you off. Fuck off. Go away. Stay away.

The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Re: Hot Sheet 2018
« on: August 27, 2018, 02:25:40 pm »
It's simultaneously amazing and unsurprising that Tucker would be abusing AAA and totally lost in the majors. It just goes to show yet again what a huge jump it is.

You've lurched upon the truth. The difference between AAA and the Show is a chasm that many can't cross.

Talk Zone / Re: Aches and Pains 2018
« on: August 22, 2018, 03:23:13 pm »
Wow, folks! Lighten up, for crying out loud. I don't want to trade Correa either. And the last time I checked, I am still sane, at least most of the time any way. I merely raised the possibility that the club might be well served by considering what would be a blockbuster trade.

Talk Zone / Re: Aches and Pains 2018
« on: August 22, 2018, 05:25:54 am »
Wow. Dude is 23 and isn't the best player in baseball. Yeah let's trade him. Come on man.

Yeah Carlos is not playing great right now but lets not forget that he was a top 5 player in baseball before his injury last season and was good after coming back. His defense has improved and while he'll never be a great defensive player, he doesnt hurt you there.

Just because he isn't Lindor, doesnt mean you trade a Carlos Correa. And if you actually look at the career numbers to this point, the two are very similar.

Lindor has a career slash line of


Correa's career slash line is


On offense, it's a wash.

"James harden isn't the best player in the league and we could get a haul for him so we should trade him"

You dont trade a guy for being really really good but not the best in the league. That's fucking stupid.

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Sigh. We have two big league SSs. You think that it's "fucking stupid" to consider trading one to get help at some other spots? Really. Alright, let me ask you this, smart guy: would you trade Correa or Bregman if it made sense to move either one? If forced to move one, I'd trade Correa and keep Bregman.  I'm not proposing some insane move a la Tod the Bod. I wouldn't just trade Correa willy nilly. I trust Luhnow to get value for him if a deal made sense. I merely suggested that it was worthy of consideration.

Frankly, your quick and dirty slash line comparison is incomplete to say the very least because it doesn't show Lindor's true value. In fact, it's fucking stupid to use your parlance. Lindor has already scored 103 runs out of the leadoff spot, and he's on pace to drive in more than 100 runs and steal about 25 bags while hitting 35 homers. Those are All-Star numbers. Monster numbers. Almost A-Rod numbers. Lindor hit 33 dingers last year. Correa tops out at 24 long balls and hasn't driven in 100 (did hit 96) while hitting out of the clean up spot.  For you stat geeks, Lindor also has a higher career WAR than Correa. A wash, you say? The numbers say otherwise.

James Harden? WTF I'm not suggesting that we trade Correa because he's not the best SS in baseball. I'm not even suggesting thatt we absolutely move Correa. I merely said that the front office should be open to the possibility of trading him if it made sense and improved the club.

Talk Zone / Re: Aches and Pains 2018
« on: August 22, 2018, 01:20:03 am »
That may be.  But Correa is still not hitting, be it because of back problems, knee problems, or because Jobu is on vacation.  Results matter.

Correa had a great April and a decent June. That's it. Correa is only hitting .239 (before tonight's game) against righties, which is troubling.

 I think that it's time to consider making Bregman the SS and trading Correa, who would fetch a huge price, easily a proven bat or a lockdown closer, and a prospect or two.

I watch Frankie Lindor play almost every night. Frankly, Correa isn't in Lindor's league. Lindor is a better overall hitter, better power hitter, better baserunner, better run producer and better fielder and a switch hitter to boot. I think that Bregman is a better SS right now than Correa. Correa drew comparisons to A-Rod when drafted. Candidly, he's come nowhere close to that comparison, which probably was grossly unfair to Correa. Lindor compares much more favorably to A-Rod, at least in numbers, but even his numbers are much lower than A-Rod's. Simply put, A-Rod was the Mike Trout of his generation.

In my opinion, Ground Control should at least countenance the possibility of trading Correa, probably in the off-season. He's obviously a great kid and a good clubhouse guy, and I'd hate to see him go. However, business is business. Oakland and Seattle are relentless. Our margin for error in repeating is miniscule. Luhnow et al. have to consider every realistic possibility to improve the club, which needs production out of LF and a lockdown closer badly.

Talk Zone / Re: On this date in 1947...
« on: August 08, 2018, 04:33:33 pm »
That was a heart-breaking loss. I am convinced they would have been World Champs with a healthy J.R. Richard.

Our bullpen was gassed.

Talk Zone / Re: Aches and Pains 2018
« on: August 08, 2018, 04:10:56 pm »
Who is going to pinch hit for them, when there's no bench because they have 3 catchers?

I think that McCann is the odd man out.  He's maybe the worst defensively of the three.  And Stassi is the best hitter.

Insanity. In-fucking-sanity. Go back and play your video game.

Talk Zone / Re: Fiers to As
« on: August 06, 2018, 05:27:33 pm »
I've watched Fiers several times this season. His command has improved quite a bit. The reason why I'm skeptical about the A's is that 2/5 of their rotation is made up of Edwin Jackson and Mike Fiers.

Nice of you to be thinking of my dad like that.

Well played, sir. Old Man smack never grows old.

Talk Zone / Re: No bat?
« on: August 01, 2018, 04:48:24 pm »
No. I wonder if he knows something about Correa and Altuve that we don't that leads him to believe that this year just isn't meant to be, and he'd be better off staying out of the feeding frenzy.

Aw, come on, man. He shored up the catcher position to backstop McCann, and he acquired two good additions to the bully. Everything else was probably too expensive.

Talk Zone / Re: Astros just acquired Osuna
« on: July 31, 2018, 04:25:01 pm »
These guys aren't choirboys. I believe that you start with a clean slate when you're traded to the team.

Talk Zone / Re: Trade Deadline(s) 2018
« on: July 31, 2018, 02:33:26 pm »
I don’t think many people would have predicted a Dozier-Machado keystone for the Dodgers before the season.

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They can print money.

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Talk Zone / Re: Astros just acquired Osuna
« on: July 31, 2018, 12:13:50 pm »
I was going to respond to this but just asked myself why. The moral high ground is too steep for me to climb. I know what redemption is and believe in second chances. Those who are remorseful and contrite and who sincerely seek forgiveness and an opportunity will earn their second chance every day of their lives.

I am trying hard not to comment on the smug moral superiority and rush to judgment I see. He apparently did a bad thing and has been punished. None of us knows what happened. He, like my daughter, deserves a chance to atone and to be forgiven. He, like my daughter, deserves the opportunity to become the kind of person he should be. Perhaps the Houston Astros will help him in his endeavor. If he, like my daughter, has not truly changed, he will lose his job and be punished again.

I, for one, am going to wait, watch, and hope his remorse and contrition are real. I will hope fervently his changes, like my daughter’s, are permanent. If they are, he has my unqualified support.

My attitude no doubt is greatly influenced by personal experience. If you ever live through a similar experience, God forbid, perhaps you will better understand.


Talk Zone / Re: Trade Deadline(s) 2018
« on: July 31, 2018, 09:24:10 am »
Color me unimpressed. I’ll certainly take my chances facing Lynn and Happ.

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I agree. The Yankees seem to have an endless supply of prospects these days.

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Talk Zone / Re: Trade Deadline(s) 2018
« on: July 31, 2018, 12:09:08 am »
The God damn Yankmees picked up Lance Lynn from the Twins.

Talk Zone / Re: Astros just acquired Osuna
« on: July 30, 2018, 05:12:34 pm »
I have a daughter who went to prison, then turned her life around. I am not as inflexible about atonement and redemption as some of you who have claimed the moral high ground. I trust this organization to do the right thing.


Talk Zone / Re: Dear Astros: Please don’t acquire domestic abusers
« on: July 30, 2018, 10:06:46 am »
I think that character should play a role in trade evaluation, but it shouldn't be a litmus test. I believe in second chances.

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The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Re: Corpus Christi 2018
« on: July 30, 2018, 12:18:42 am »
Here's my unprofessional scouting report.

Perez started. Lots of swings and misses off his Curve.  Consistent 95
First hit in the 5th. Three straight for two runs.

Hooks not patient at the plate.  57 pitches through 5 innings.  Definitely made for a fast game.

Adcock pitched other 4.   Nothing seemed special but he did a great job of going scoreless.

Quintana got hit by a pitch of adcock's. Not sure where but it seemed like it hurt bad.  Stayed in the game.

Wrenn. Runs hard and takes chances. Makes the defense make plays -thankfully was safe on his double.

Midland had a player named Skye bolt. Just thought it was an interesting name.

Bracewell pitched for the hounds. Did a good job.   Seemed to be in the zone all night though.

3 scouts. One in a Toronto shirt. Just an observation. I don't know if they were watching anyone in particular.

Thanks, BG. Damn fine report.

Talk Zone / Re: Up the middle
« on: July 29, 2018, 11:31:49 am »
You know the old saw about good teams being strong up the middle? Well, our C, SS, and 2B are all on the DL. Springer should be afraid. Very afraid.

These are the times that try fans’ souls. Do not bail on this team.

Not going anywhere. There was a point last season where we were down a few starting pitchers and persevered. I have faith in Luhnow and Co. to get what we need.

Beer and Queso / Re: OWA 2018 Fantasy Football
« on: July 27, 2018, 05:47:26 pm »
I will play again.

Talk Zone / Re: This is Kind of Cool
« on: July 27, 2018, 05:45:05 pm »

Talk Zone / Re: Gary Sanchez
« on: July 26, 2018, 05:30:16 pm »
Or, the guy has a serious injury and can barely fucking run. But hey, whatever fits your narrative.

Speculation from the Yankees training staff is that he'll be on the DL until late August/early September.

I saw both plays. That dude shouldn't have been out there. He was moving very poorly.

Talk Zone / Re: Astros acquire Martin Maldonado
« on: July 26, 2018, 05:18:50 pm »
I really like the move. Luhnow got a good, established catcher, which is a position of concern if another injury occurred, in exchange for currency, i.e., a prospect and some international pool money. Very safe and prudent move.

The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Re: Fresno 2018
« on: July 25, 2018, 06:24:18 pm »
James looks to be a STUD!   I would rate him directly below Whitley at the moment and would not give him up for a rental.   Striking out 10+ per game is amazing - although his best spot may end up being in the bullpen

This is just a bit of a stretch. James is a good AAA pitcher, but he may just be a AAAA pitcher. Whitley, on the other hand, has the tools to be a no. 1-2 starter.

Talk Zone / Re: “We will get a closer”
« on: July 24, 2018, 04:16:09 pm »
All four of those guys could represent a better package than the O’s got for Machado.

I trust Luhnow to make the right call. Personally, I’m not that excited about Britton, but I’ll be enthused to add a lefty arm to the bullpen that has the imprimatur of the Astros front office if the FO decides to pull the trigger on him.

My guess is that the Astros will not overpay for ZB and will make a move for an arm that hasn’t been widely rumored.

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Talk Zone / Re: “We will get a closer”
« on: July 23, 2018, 08:59:23 pm »
My point was I'm not in love with any of the players in my list.  In Luhnow I trust.


Talk Zone / Re: “We will get a closer”
« on: July 23, 2018, 02:55:37 pm »
Yeah, I don't get the Britton love.  Two years ago, sure, give up a lot.  Now, not so much.


The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Re: BUIES CREEK 2018
« on: July 13, 2018, 12:41:52 pm »
Thanks, Nate.

The most commonly used phrases on OWA. Indeed. Nate, you rock.

Talk Zone / Re: Giles
« on: July 13, 2018, 12:39:47 pm »
Col. Perez outranks Gen. Admission.

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Well played, sir.

Why would it concern you?

They played cat and mouse with it. But I'm not really concerned about it.
So, not "No", then.

Wrong. My answer is no.

I don't know anything about his law license but I do know that a couple of years back the controlling authorities went ahead and granted him a lifetime exemption from having to file the annual papers on his dumbass license. I think they waived the fees, too.

Touche', you little dickhead.

I’m honestly less interested in whether Happy can practice law than I am if he is a birther.   Mr Happy do you think Seth Rich was murdered by the DNC?  Is Obama not a US citizen? Did the President order JADE HELM.  Is Alex Jones really Bill Hicks?

These are the real issues.

Birther?/U.S. citizen Thus far, I've not been convinced that President Obama was born in Kenya or anywhere other than Hawaii. However, there are some peculiarities around Hawaii's handling of his birth certificate that concern me. However, this is no longer a big issue.

Seth Jones murder: He was clearly professionally hit, and one must ask why and who did it? He was leaking information, which could have been the raison d'etre for his murder. Do I think that the DNC ordered the hit? I really don't know and haven't seen any evidence to support such an allegation. However, what seems clear from Donna Brazile's actions and tell-all book that the Clintons were in control of the DNC up until fairly recently. People have a strange way of dying around the Clintons, so if it turns out to be true, it won't surprise me.

Alex Jones: Controversial figure. He likes to be controversial, so I really don't listen much to what he has to say.

Jade Helm: It appears to have been simply a joint military operation. I don't see any truth in all of the rumors, some of which are downright nutty.

There's a lot of parsing here.  I have a license to practice insurance, so I can call myself an insurance agent.  If I don't keep up my license, I can't represent anyone until I get it back.  I can spin not having a license however the fuck I want but, if I try to represent an insured in a transaction as an agent, I'm breaking the law.

You say, amid a blizzard of technobabble, that you do not have an active license to practice law.  If you tried to represent someone as a lawyer, you would be breaking the law too.

I used to have a pilot's license; want to jump in a plane with me tomorrow?  I can call myself a pilot if it makes you feel safer.

If I attempted to represent a client now, I could be disciplined by the same court that suspended me. It also will be an act of barratry, which is against the law in most jurisdictions. I merely pointed out that I still have duties and obligations to the bar, which is inconsistent with being a former lawyer. I'm still obligated to follow the Rules of Professional Conduct. What you see as technobabble actually is a factually accurate depiction of my situation.

Still sounds like a former attorney.  Right now, you cannot practice law - as I understand it - since you are not currently licensed in any state.  I know a lot of people with law degrees that do not practice law.  But a lot of people can be former whatever.

This may be splitting hairs to you, but it's very much my reality. I view those who have voluntarily retired and surrendered their licenses and those disbarred to be former lawyers. As I said, I've been able to go back for over nine years, and I explained why I haven't thus far.  I'm still required to report my address changes and other contact information to the Supreme Court. The Supreme Court still considers me a lawyer. I'm still required to be a non dues paying member of the Louisiana State Bar Association. In fact, should I decide to permanently retire, I have to ask permission from the Supreme Court. Therefore, I am still a lawyer,  just without an active, good standing license.


Former attorney.

Wrong. Technically, my suspension ended on January 11, 2009, over nine years ago. It's on the internet. I've been eligible for reinstatement since then. I've chosen, at least for now, not to seek reinstatement for several reasons. First, I've got no intention to ever practice again. Second, I've not lived in Louisiana since 2007, and I have no intention to ever return. Third, if I'm not going to practice, why pay dues to the bar association (over $1,000 a year for regular dues and specialization fees)  or maintain CPE (not that doing so was ever a problem for me given the amount of speaking and writing that I do)? In short, it's just not necessary. Maybe one day I will. But I wouldn't bet on it.

Can one of you republican/Trumpkins explain why this investigation needs to WRAP THE HELL UP, like Trey Gowdy is demanding?

The investigation has backfired and revealed willful intent on the part of scumbags like Rod Rosenstein, Andrew McCabe and James Comey to adversely affect a candidate for president of the United States. This isn't a coup d'etat, but it's getting damn close. When Strzok said that he'd personally prevent Mr. Trump from becoming president and then acted on it, in my opinion, he crossed the line of criminality.

And people who have no problems with locking babies in cages will have no problem with pushing an old lady down the stairs.

This is such horseshit on many different levels. First, prior presidents engaged in this practice. The pictures while President Obama was in office are undeniable. President Trump actually acted unilaterally to end the practice, and several of your helpful comrades complained that he lacked the authority to do the very thing about which they were complaining! Will anything he does ever make you happy?  And to baldly accuse the other side of murderous intent and capability is laughable, hypocritical and sad, particularly since the string of deaths around the Clintons is so long.

Talk Zone / Re: Saw Hader today
« on: June 14, 2018, 07:54:24 am »
I haven't followed or seen the FTC since their WS win, but it seems like just yesterday, they were going to be a dynasty.  I read where some of their pitching acquisitions weren't stellar, but which of the young bats haven't panned out?  I thought they were supposed to mash well into the future.

Rizzo got off to a slow start. Schwarber is feast or famine. Heyward, until very recently, was awful at the plate. My FTC friends bemoan these facts as well as Tyler Chatwood.

Talk Zone / Re: Saw Hader today
« on: June 14, 2018, 07:30:27 am »
He slings the ball, but it gets up there in a hurry. 38 IP, 75 Ks.

Saw the Cubs get shut out two days in a row! FTC.

Those fuckers have a hole in their offense. FTC

Talk Zone / Re: Saw Hader today
« on: June 14, 2018, 07:26:59 am »
Fuck Bud Selig.

Pirates all the way.

Indeed. I still pull for the Gints.

Talk Zone / Re: Yesterday
« on: May 28, 2018, 08:21:18 am »
I called it with my Tribe fan wife when we brought Giles into a non-save situation.

Talk Zone / Re: Al Leiter on spin, breaking balls
« on: May 23, 2018, 11:05:38 pm »
I don't think we're really giving Ohtani enough credit. This hasn't been done in 100 years.


Talk Zone / Re: Al Leiter on spin, breaking balls
« on: May 23, 2018, 05:53:54 pm »
Look at this one!  Ohtani's FB and split.  Same exact release point and trajectory for the first 50% of the path to the box then, BLAMMO, the bottom falls out.  The batter swings over it by like a foot.  So very cool to look at.

<<edited to add, look at the 2nd .gif in the link; it is slo-mo and zoomed in>>  Incredible.


Talk Zone / Re: Ex Astros News 17-18
« on: May 21, 2018, 04:42:56 pm »
Liriano flirted with a no-hitter recently.

He got hosed. Liriano was at 102 pitches through eight, but Gardy opted for a very inconsistent Shane Greene, which, in my opinion, was a mistake. Liriano was his best option.

Talk Zone / Re: Al Leiter on spin, breaking balls
« on: May 21, 2018, 10:19:38 am »
That is good stuff.  If you are not following Pitching Ninja on twitter, do it today. He post great gifs of pitchers.  He did this overlay of McCullers change & curve last night. 

Thanks for the tip.

Talk Zone / Re: Ex Astros News 17-18
« on: May 17, 2018, 06:33:17 pm »
This post surprised me, as I didn't think he played on the team last year, but you are absolutely correct: played in one game in right, but no ABs.

He's the Moomlight Graham of the club.

Talk Zone / Re: Sad day for the Raups
« on: May 17, 2018, 09:18:04 am »
Will go to AAA.

The Tribe's bully has been a traveling horseshit show lately.

Beer and Queso / Re: Tom Wolfe - RIP
« on: May 15, 2018, 11:17:55 am »
Horrible news.

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Talk Zone / Re: DH and LF
« on: May 13, 2018, 03:24:47 pm »
ride off in the sunset and never be heard from again?

Given how he's been hitting the last three games, you have to be feeling pretty foolish about this insipid remark.

Talk Zone / Re: Trevor Bauer
« on: May 03, 2018, 04:23:08 pm »
Bauer has a million dollar arm and a ten cent brain. I enjoy his first inning meltdowns, where if anything goes awry (a call against him, a dink hit, an error, etc.), he blows up and essentially is done. Of course, he's been much better since the beginning of last season.

Talk Zone / Re: Sad day for the Raups
« on: May 03, 2018, 04:12:24 pm »
Don’t know what that means, but he will be 38 in June. He may simply be at the end of the road. He stays in fantastic shape, but no one beats Father Time.

Sorry for being a little vague. He looked like he was having trouble with his release point, because his command was off. But you're right; no one beats Father Time.

Talk Zone / Re: Sad day for the Raups
« on: May 02, 2018, 06:27:53 pm »
Belisle DFA.

I've watched him throw several times. He didn't look in sync.

Talk Zone / Re: Hitting
« on: March 25, 2018, 06:37:40 am »
I think there's a lot of great info in the article, although I disagree with the implication that the goal is to hit like Joey fucking Gallo. I can't think of a situation where I'd not rather have, say, Alex Bregman at the plate instead of Gallo. \

The article also made me wonder, given how many balls now are being hit to the outfield rather than on the ground (and I think it will keep going up), if the Astros might focus even more on outfielders with superior defense.

What's the difference from a hitting standpoint between Joey Gallo and Chris Carter? I agree wth you that I'd far prefer Bregman at the plate.

Talk Zone / Re: Derek Fisher
« on: March 24, 2018, 06:12:27 pm »
I hope Hinch gets Davis some ABs.
I think that he’s got 10-15 games to show something.

Talk Zone / Re: Years Past
« on: March 24, 2018, 06:11:40 pm »
One of many by Spec. All the GMs must have seen him coming from a mile away.
Spec was a moron. Had we had Cuellar, we might have been much better in the early 1970’s.

Talk Zone / Re: Verlander Pays Another Dividend (Altuve related)
« on: March 24, 2018, 05:16:39 pm »
He became an Astro from Day One. I love that.
He absolutely did. In my opinion, he’s more of an Astro right now than Keuchel.

Talk Zone / Re: Verlander Pays Another Dividend (Altuve related)
« on: March 24, 2018, 05:02:28 pm »
More from Verlander:

The last few years I've done a much better job of taking off [my blinders] and seeing what other guys are doing, watching their routines and seeing any way that maybe I could help guys out. So that's a lot of fun for me especially in a new organization with tons of new guys, tons of young guys. I feel like I have a lot of wisdom and I've experienced a lot in this any way I can help them that's what I'm trying to do.
I love that attitude. He’s a fucking gamer!

Talk Zone / Re: Hitting
« on: March 24, 2018, 03:55:10 pm »
On my really good McCallum team Mark’s senior year (The Improbable Odyssey), one of our hitting coaches was David Lowery who has played at UT and several years in the Rangers organization. Early in the year he said this to our team: “You cannot hit a curve ball. I cannot hit a curve ball. No one can hit a curve ball. We are going to look for fast balls and hit them.”

Out team BA was over .300 in a 31-game season which included a trip to the State Tournament.
That reminds me of Joe Morgan’s description of the difference between a curve ball and a motherfucking curve ball in Ball Four.

Talk Zone / Re: Derek Fisher
« on: March 24, 2018, 03:53:32 pm »
Fisher and Davis are in.  White and Kemp were optioned to AAA.
That was the most appropriate by spring training stats. I hope that Davis doesn’t crap out like White did.

Talk Zone / Re: Years Past
« on: March 24, 2018, 03:46:15 pm »
The Gator!!!
Or that sorry Curt Blefary, whom the Orioles sent us in exchange for Mike Cuellar. One of the worst trades in baseball history.

Talk Zone / Re: Derek Fisher
« on: March 24, 2018, 03:43:48 pm »
Fisher just turned his ankle on a double and was pulled from the game.

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Divine providence?

Talk Zone / Re: Hitting
« on: March 24, 2018, 02:34:29 pm »
I sure like reading Verducci.  I loved his work during the post season and this article carries that pattern of good work forward.

I love the analytics behind the changing swings in MLB over the last few years.  And, I'll love watching the process of MLB pitchers opposing with increasingly effective countermeasures (like going up the ladder) over time as well.  It's one of the things that makes baseball, watched over a length of seasons, so enjoyable for me.
You might pitch these feast or famine hitters backwards.

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Talk Zone / Re: Matt Belisle
« on: March 24, 2018, 12:46:18 pm »
On Cleveland’s OD roster!
That's awesome!

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Talk Zone / Re: Hitting
« on: March 24, 2018, 10:34:22 am »
Absolutely fascinating article, and a long one at that. As you might expect, I was trying to figure out how to pitch to this new swing. I think that Brent Strom is correct about throwing high fastballs. Climbing the ladder with a two strike pitch makes it much harder to elevate the ball.

Talk Zone / Re: Years Past
« on: March 24, 2018, 10:11:28 am »
I bet you will recall LSU-ex Russ Johnson.

The Gator!!!

Talk Zone / Re: Years Past
« on: March 23, 2018, 06:36:09 am »
Keith Ginter anyone?

I'll see your Ginter, and I'll raise you an Alan Zinter.

Talk Zone / Re: Years Past
« on: March 22, 2018, 06:28:46 pm »
I guess I'll just say it and get it out of the way:  JR Freakin Towles

Mitch Meluskey.

Talk Zone / Re: Years Past
« on: March 22, 2018, 10:52:37 am »
If only Lucas Harrell hadn't started nibbling and lost all semblance of command. I thought that a guy with a mid-90's two seamer would be successful. But then again, look at Mike Pelfrey. I remember having a spirited discussion about Harrell one day with Noe. I thought more of Harrell than Noe, who was right.

Game Zone 2018 / Re: 2018 Spring Training Game Thread.
« on: March 18, 2018, 03:04:04 pm »
Yes, Davis has played LF this spring.

PLayed there today.

Game Zone 2018 / Re: 2018 Spring Training Game Thread.
« on: March 18, 2018, 02:16:47 pm »
I figured I would be hearing from you.

The rule has been in place forever. I get that sometime the pitcher has to snap off something special to pick up a teammate. However, most unearned runs aren't the pitcher's fault. When you're forced to get more than three outs in an inning, sometimes fatigue gets you, and you make a mistake with a pitch, that does nothing but exacerbate the situation.

Game Zone 2018 / Re: 2018 Spring Training Game Thread.
« on: March 18, 2018, 01:36:31 pm »
It is stupit.

You're right. I know better. The correct spelling is asinine.

Game Zone 2018 / Re: 2018 Spring Training Game Thread.
« on: March 18, 2018, 12:44:50 pm »
They were all in one inning but it doesn't excuse Giles from letting them all cross home.

This is asenine.

Talk Zone / Re: Opening Day Starter
« on: March 18, 2018, 12:42:21 pm »
Morton reported to be the home opener.
According to Julia.
If season started today, #Astros rotation would look like this:  Verlander, Keuchel, McCullers, Cole and Morton. Hinch said he wanted Morton to start the home opener.

I like this a lot. He earned it.

Talk Zone / Re: Altuve extension?
« on: March 17, 2018, 11:11:59 am »
I wonder if Boras is getting a little nervous with the FA market after this off-season? Or if his client just said, "Scott I want to do this?"

My suspicion is that this was Altuve's call.

Talk Zone / Re: Opening Day Tickets
« on: March 13, 2018, 01:41:34 pm »
Biggio's is kinda "upscale".  Not that there's anything wrong with that, but this is more of "let's sneak you in the back door so the decent folks don't see you" kind of crowd.

My peeps!

Talk Zone / Re: Yankees
« on: March 13, 2018, 01:39:15 pm »
I’m hoping for the reincarnation of Jimy.

I'm hoping for a colorful loudmouth, like the Lip.

Talk Zone / Re: Free Agents
« on: March 13, 2018, 01:38:13 pm »
It's precisely because long-term contracts haven't worked out that there'll be a huge fight. League revenue isn't going down. The teams have the money to pay veteran free agents, they've just realized they aren't great investments compared to cheap youngsters. If the players are going to maintain their share of increasing revenues, they'll have to fight for a new system where younger players get paid more. Earlier free agency, earlier arbitration, and a higher league minimum would make young players (1) better compensated and (2) less of a bargain compared to free agents. The players will have to go to war to get concessions like that. They've negotiated themselves into a terrible position, and I think they're starting to realize what it'll take to get out of it.

The real fight will be between the younger players and the established players. The players union's reps have sold the younger players down the river to benefit the older players. Perhaps if membership in the players union was expanded past the active roster, perhaps to the 40-man roster, the younger players could gain some control over their destiny.

Talk Zone / Re: Free Agents
« on: March 12, 2018, 07:52:52 pm »
Labor war's a-comin'.

I disagree. I think that's a case of the economic bubble bursting. The long term contracts haven't worked out.

Talk Zone / Re: Free Agents
« on: March 12, 2018, 04:08:55 pm »
The system worked exactly as designed.  He declined a QO, and offered his services on the open market for whatever rate he could negotiate.  That's precisely what players and agents want...the market to determine their value.  It worked to perfection.

Talk Zone / Re: Yankees
« on: March 12, 2018, 04:03:46 pm »

Game Zone 2018 / Re: 2018 Spring Training Game Thread.
« on: March 11, 2018, 01:05:27 pm »
The Astros just overshifted on Jay Bruce by moving all four infielders to his pull side, leaving on one on the other side. Bruce keeps trying to go the other way but has been unsuccessful in two ABs. Psychological warfare in spring training, probably courtesy of Sig and the gang in analytics.

Game Zone 2018 / Re: 2018 Spring Training Game Thread.
« on: March 07, 2018, 04:43:36 pm »
Sipp had absolutely nothing today. Simply awful.

Talk Zone / Re: Rusty Staub in the bottom of the ninth
« on: March 06, 2018, 07:52:49 pm »
Ah Preston Gomez. He pissed me off  royally when he pinch hit for Don Wilson in the bottom of the 8th of a meaningless game vs the Padres? in which he (Wilson) was pitching a no-hitter.  Could have been my first no hitter, I did get to see Ken Forsch's a bit later.

Remember when The Lip was sick for a few weeks in his only season with the Astros, and Gomez managed the club. IIRC, they had a great record (like 12-1), so they gave the permanent job to Gomez when The Lip retired. Poor reason for a decision, but that was good ole Spec.

Game Zone 2018 / Re: 2018 Spring Training Game Thread.
« on: March 04, 2018, 02:01:53 pm »
Both Sipp and Boshers pitched scoreless innings.

Game Zone 2018 / Re: 2018 Spring Training Game Thread.
« on: March 04, 2018, 12:50:38 pm »
Wouldn't the contract have something to do with it?

Perhaps, but Sparks said that the Astros feel that they've fixed Sipp's splitter, which would be great news.

Talk Zone / Re: Rusty Staub in the bottom of the ninth
« on: March 03, 2018, 06:37:49 pm »
Bowie Kuhn should have vioded the deal, but had Montreal throw in a couple of pitchers, one of them passable. Richardson was just getting started, a process which ended with the cellar team of 1975

Poor Preston Gomez.

Talk Zone / Re: Well.....
« on: March 03, 2018, 02:08:47 pm »
.....that didn’t Gose so well.

Hopefully he can rebound.

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I liked the velocity. It appeared that his problems were mechanical today.

Talk Zone / Re: A J Reed
« on: February 28, 2018, 05:56:08 pm »
Reed did not help his cause today.

.091/.322 isn't getting it done.

Talk Zone / Re: Aches and Pains 2018
« on: February 28, 2018, 07:03:13 am »
+1, Nate. You take care of you. We’ll be here when you are up to returning.

+! Godspeed, Nate.

Talk Zone / Re: Aches and Pains 2018
« on: February 28, 2018, 04:24:18 am »
Perhaps, but mostly my own aches and pains.

Sorry to hear that. You have been sorely missed. Glad to see you back.

Game Zone 2018 / Re: 2018 Spring Training Game Thread.
« on: February 27, 2018, 01:27:56 pm »
It's raining.

Talk Zone / Re: Opening Day Tickets
« on: February 26, 2018, 12:12:49 pm »
Sounds like y’all got a hell of a deal. single game tix for opening day in the Terrace are $199.  Tickets for opening day are insane.

All praise and thanks for that goes to BudGirl, our organizer.

Talk Zone / Re: Free Agents
« on: February 25, 2018, 11:00:49 pm »
Absolutely - just as the road to the World Series runs through Houston.

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Talk Zone / Re: Free Agents
« on: February 25, 2018, 06:33:17 pm »
I’m still amazed that Cobb, Lynn and Lucroy are unsigned. Arrieta I can understand because of how much he money he wants.

Lucroy’s skills may be diminished somewhat but he is a quality catcher. Those just don’t  grow on trees. Is there something about him, perhaps off the field, that has teams reluctant? Is he bad in the locker room??

If the Twins wanted to be bold, they should take the money they were going to throw at Darvish and sign Cobb AND Lynn. Pair them with Berrios and Santana when he comes back and they can certainly will the central.

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The Indians rotation is better than that hypothetical rotation. In my opinion, the road to the AL Central runs through Cleveland.

Talk Zone / Re: New Pace of Play Agreement
« on: February 24, 2018, 03:19:45 pm »
I don't think that 2 warmup pitches for relievers is a good idea. No matter how warm you are from the 'pen the game mound has a different feel. Particularly if you are a visiting pitcher not used to the mound.

I don't think that two warmup tosses is enough for anyone, but the right number depends upon the guy and the number of innings/pitches thrown. Eight is an arbitrary number that has worked satisfactorially for a while. I'd hesitate about changing it. Perhaps allow the pitcher to voluntarily surrender some warmup tosses.

Talk Zone / Re: New Pace of Play Agreement
« on: February 24, 2018, 12:30:52 pm »
Put me in the list of people who do not give a damn about how long games last.


Beer and Queso / Re: Guns
« on: February 17, 2018, 07:05:08 pm »
I know that I'm outnumbered. Respectfully, you folks are in your own little echo chamber, and I suggest that you're out of touch with the American people. I've stayed out of the Angell thread to give you all a safe space to spew your venom against the President, who, frankly, has been kicking your asses politically because he's in touch with the average American.

Below is taken from a Democrat Party platform. Query why a photo license ID should be required when you fight it for voting? I'd agree on the photo ID for gun purchases if you all would agree to voter ID laws. The background check concerns me because of the subjectivity of it. Who determines that?

The mental health test, while not in the platform below, has been bandied about by Democrats recently, also concerns me. Could I, a recovering drug addict and a bipolar person, buy a gun? Who is mentally ill? I believe that it could be easily politicized by a partisan government. The same for the gun safety test. The Second Amendment doesn't say that you can bear those arms that the government says you can; it says that the right to bear arms can't be infringed. Period.

Democrats passed the Brady Law and the Assault Weapons Ban. We increased federal, state, and local gun crime prosecution by 22 percent since 1992. Now gun crime is down by 35 percent. Now we must do even more. We need mandatory child safety locks. We should require a photo license I.D., a background check, and a gun safety test to buy a new handgun. We support more federal gun prosecutors and giving states and communities another 10,000 prosecutors to fight gun crime. [emphasis added]

Source: 2000 Democratic National Platform as adopted by the DNC , Aug 15, 2000

Talk Zone / Re: Tony Watson
« on: February 17, 2018, 03:19:11 pm »
Signing with SF. I never saw any printed interest by the Astros. Wonder why?

This article points to Mark Melancon as the reason.

Beer and Queso / Re: Guns
« on: February 17, 2018, 02:51:54 pm »
This could be copied and pasted in response to pretty much any Mr. Happy political post.

Fuck off, sonny boy. I was writing legislation that was enacted when you were still in diapers.

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