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Talk Zone / Re: More controversy
« on: November 25, 2019, 11:35:17 am »
I for one think it's swell that MLB is approaching these allegations with the seriousness they deserve in order to protect the integrity of the game, unlike two decades ago when MLB swept the steroids scandal under the rug since all the home runs helped people forget that Bud Selig presided over the first World Series cancelation in 90 years.
Not sure any of this has fuckall to do with the integrity of the game.

Talk Zone / Re: More controversy
« on: November 16, 2019, 10:58:07 am »
I'm in the camp that believes they were using electronics.

Go fuck yourself.  Your assumption is based on nothing other than the bullshit spewing from a bunch of anti-Astros hacks pretending to be journalists.  There's no evidence to support the accusation.  This team deserves your support; not to be thrown under the bus.

Talk Zone / Re: Reid Ryan phasing out
« on: November 08, 2019, 09:08:40 am »
I know nothing about Crane Jr other than he's in his mid-30's... where'd he go to school, where'd he work afterwards?  Not that it's a be-all-end-all, but it's interesting to know.

If you're looking for something in his resume to support this move, you won't find it.

Talk Zone / Re: Hinch’s decisions and thinking/G7
« on: November 03, 2019, 09:16:16 pm »
I felt more certain the '98 team was going to win it all than I did this '19 team.  For me, the '98 outcome was truly a shocker and I'm still not sure I've fully recovered from Game 6 in '86.  I so badly wanted the World Series in '98 for Biggio and Bagwell, almost as if they were my own children.  Then there was NLDS Game 3 in '99.

Talk Zone / Re: Cole and Game 5
« on: October 31, 2019, 11:06:01 am »
That was absolutely bizarre. Cole looked like he was in a hostage video.

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. 

Game Zone 2019 / Re: 2019 World Series, Game 7, October 30, 2019
« on: October 30, 2019, 10:12:30 pm »

You're such a pajama-wearing pussy, Chuck.  And you always have been.

Game Zone 2019 / Re: 2019 World Series, Game 7, October 30, 2019
« on: October 30, 2019, 09:56:38 pm »
I've seen enough of Yordan Alvarez to last a lifetime.

Game Zone 2019 / Re: 2019 World Series, Game 7, October 30, 2019
« on: October 30, 2019, 09:34:32 pm »
This Astros offense does not have the 2 runs in them needed to win this game. 

Talk Zone / Re: Cole and Game 5
« on: October 28, 2019, 02:44:07 pm »
It isn't just about Cole.  He has the opportunity to set a new benchmark for contracts.  The contract he signs will impact the entire market this year and in years to come.  Especially after last off-season, there will be a lot of talk about how it is his duty to the rest of the players to maximize his contract.  He may well choose to ignore that, but you know that both Boras and MLBPA will be campaigning for him to view it that way.

Best post on the issue yet.  This is the reality and will certainly be a significant factor as Cole weighs his options.  Boras and the union have convinced many players to make decisions which were not necessarily the desire, or in the best interest of, the subject player. 

Game Zone 2019 / Re: 2019 World Series, Game 4, October 26, 2019
« on: October 26, 2019, 07:26:17 pm »
WTF is wrong with Chirinos?

Talk Zone / Re: Latest Controversy
« on: October 23, 2019, 10:56:16 am »
Well aren't you all a woke bunch.  So. Stinkin'. Cute.

Talk Zone / Re: Brensberg
« on: October 23, 2019, 10:51:24 am »
For the record, as it relates to player performance, Morgan Ensberg isn't fit to pop a zit on Bregman's lily-white ass.

Talk Zone / Re: Paxton
« on: October 19, 2019, 11:52:54 am »
Paxton was a stud last night for sure.  Talk about stepping up to the moment in a big way.  It was impressive, especially considering the Astros rattled him, and easily could have dinged his confidence, just a few days ago.

Talk Zone / Re: Tipping pitches
« on: October 11, 2019, 11:21:49 am »
Also, knowing what pitch was coming did nothing for Correa. He had a horrible AB.

Yep, as did Reddick.  Reddick knew the fastball was coming and swung and missed 3 of 'em.

Talk Zone / Re: Tipping pitches
« on: October 11, 2019, 10:57:08 am »
Bregman's at bat in the first inning was interesting.  He clearly knew which pitch was coming.  He absolutely spit on the first pitch curveball, took a vicious hack at the second pitch fastball, then decides the 1-1 curveball is his pitch and strokes it to the gap for a double.  A fine piece of hitting by Bregman.

Did Cintron discover the tell from video, prior to the game? Or did he catch it in the lead off Springer at bat?

It's alive!

Talk Zone / Re: The bullpen
« on: October 06, 2019, 11:28:12 am »
You mean you don't get warm and fuzzy thinking about Miley coming out of the pen?

And reports say Ausmus May be out in LA/Anaheim/CA/wherever

Ausmus should be fired, if for no other reason, for his bullshit following the Marisnick collision.  What a cunty display that was by Ausmus.

Talk Zone / Re: Choose Wisely
« on: September 26, 2019, 10:05:52 am »
No, you're right. I whiffed on his arbitration years. They have two years to get his back fixed. He will play a lot of games for the Astros I hope.

There ain't no fixin' his back.  It is what it is.

Game Zone 2019 / Re: Sea Hags @ Astros, 9/12/19
« on: September 12, 2019, 10:53:54 pm »
A month ago Brantley would have hit that last strike 400+ ft

Talk Zone / Re: Aches and Pains (2019)
« on: September 04, 2019, 03:38:40 pm »
I remember Berkman falling down trying to make a catch going up the hill. They should have put a flagpole or something on the Hill to make it more challenging.
Berkman didn't just try to make the catch; he made the catch.  And considering Berkman's agility, it was a spectacular play.

Talk Zone / Re: Alvarez
« on: August 26, 2019, 04:46:26 pm »
Reminded me of this:

Which did happen in a game.
I'm fairly certain I saw Eric Anthony in Sugar Land Costco not long ago.  So many thought he was going to be a superstar back in the day...

Talk Zone / Re: Aches and Pains (2019)
« on: August 20, 2019, 10:58:29 pm »
Degenerative disc disease, which ultimately led to 2 surgeries by a top neurosurgeon, ended my playing days.  Frankly, I am amazed any time I hear of a player in the majors recovering and returning to play the game at the level required to stay in the game.  I am not at all optimistic about Correa's career.

Game Zone 2019 / Re: Astros @ Orioles, August 11, 2019
« on: August 11, 2019, 04:05:13 pm »
Someone needs to kick Osuna in the nuts.

Talk Zone / Re: Red Ass
« on: May 02, 2019, 10:39:59 am »
That was Chris Holt.

Fuck Chris Holt

Game Zone 2018 / Re: ALCS Game 3: Red Sox @ Astros October 16, 2018
« on: October 16, 2018, 07:15:41 pm »
So he happens to post the clip of the back to back to back HR off the pitcher that was starting the next game.  What do you think he had in mind?
So, posting a video clip of a previous game is mocking?

Game Zone 2018 / Re: ALCS Game 3: Red Sox @ Astros October 16, 2018
« on: October 16, 2018, 07:12:19 pm »
Offensively?  You mean his RBI "double?"  and the guy he was mocking basically went 6 innings with 1 ER allowed.
I don't think Bregman was mocking the pitcher. 

Talk Zone / Re: Postseason roster questions
« on: September 27, 2018, 09:24:58 pm »
Straw is a spark plug who could be uniquely valuable in the post season.  His ability to make things happen shouldn't be underestimated.

Talk Zone / Re: Thank You
« on: November 02, 2017, 08:44:18 am »
This is the best Astros website by far and such a close community. I love each of you.
Thanks, Jim. I love you, too.

Go Astros!

Talk Zone / Re: Take out slides...
« on: October 12, 2015, 09:10:12 pm »
He should have been called out...the slide was clearly not in an attempt to be safe at second...he i
Was way over the bag on his slide...should be fined and suspended for shit

Did your mother put douche water in your bottle?

Talk Zone / Re: Proposal to ban home plate collisions advances
« on: December 12, 2013, 09:56:44 am »
Complete and utter horseshit.

Talk Zone / Re: Future of SnS
« on: November 17, 2011, 09:28:41 pm »
Fuck Brad Lidge.

« on: October 31, 2008, 04:18:00 pm »
My prayers are with his family.

Talk Zone / Re: Brad Lidge
« on: October 29, 2008, 09:45:19 pm »
Lidge looks damn good in the Phillies uniform.  Congrats to Lidge and Bruntlett.

Beer and Queso / Re: Joe the Plumber....
« on: October 17, 2008, 12:50:11 pm »
The guy isn't a real plumber, doesn't pay taxes, and his name isn't really Joe.  Does the McCain campaign vet anything? 

Douche Nozzle:

His name is Samuel Joseph.  Some men embrace their middle names and actually use them.  Others attempt to make it a crime to even mention their middle names.

Beer and Queso / Re: Palin. WTF?
« on: October 03, 2008, 03:48:41 pm »
Wow.  You need to watch it again.  (it's the entire debate and a slow load. Everything is in the last minute) You were completely wrong.  It was far less than what you said.  Biden complimented her several times.  He didn't lecture.  You can hear her saying "thank you."  They then shake hands with Ifill.  Then they both greet their respective families.  Biden does make the move toward Palin's family, but man your bias showed here.  Todd Palin went to her side, just as Biden's wife went to his.  In fact, at the end, you can see one of her kids bringing the baby on stage.  Palin did not take the baby right away.  Then the video stops.

Yep, I watched it live last night and when I read pravata's take, it seemed very different from what I remember.  The video is a clear reminder that things did, in fact, transpire very differently from pravata's recount.

Like most of what you write here, your take on this was complete bullshit, pravata.

Beer and Queso / Re: Nice Job, Mr. President
« on: September 28, 2008, 09:09:58 pm »
yes.  calling people "repulsive" for buying a house they ultimately couldn't afford to pay the mortgage on is straight-up arrogant priveleged white boy bs.

Fuck you, you fucking racist idiot.

Talk Zone / Re: Car crash into MMP
« on: August 20, 2008, 10:01:38 am »
The driver has been identified as Rafael Furcal.

Talk Zone / Re: Introducing: Ivy Sommer Dutton :)
« on: July 25, 2008, 10:40:59 am »

Talk Zone / Re: pravata
« on: July 24, 2008, 11:00:14 am »
"Fair weather fan" is an insult where I come from.  The Houston fans are cretins, the media is laughable, the organization is random, and the team is hapless.  Still, I watch.  Not posting here is no indication of whether I watch the games.  If you're going to make stupid comments, make them about someone else.  You're on ignore.  You have the same option.

You need to look in the fucking mirror, sport.

Talk Zone / Re: Chacon Suspended
« on: June 26, 2008, 12:31:07 pm »
That happened real fucking all of a sudden. 

Uh, no it didn't.  It happened when your boy Purpura was fired.  You've had the red ass ever since.

Talk Zone / Re: Chacon Suspended
« on: June 26, 2008, 10:09:08 am »
...and wondering if perhaps he believes Chacon more than I do.  

Of course he does.  Why would he believe an incompetent organization with an image problem over a beacon of nobility like Shawn Chacon?

Talk Zone / Re: Chacon Suspended
« on: June 26, 2008, 09:58:02 am »
 What I'm really wondering is if you really know enough about what's been going on to say that Wade doesn't look like competent management?

Of course he doesn't have his facts straight, but that's never stopped him from taking potshots at the Astros, and whining in general.

Talk Zone / Re: Chacon Suspended
« on: June 25, 2008, 11:47:04 pm »
This is just another opportunity for Purpura's cheerleading squad to rail against the Astros.  

"Image problem" over this?  Funniest shit I've heard all day.

Talk Zone / Re: Chacon Suspended
« on: June 25, 2008, 11:06:18 pm »
"Mr Sheets, we'd like to make you an offer to become an Astro." Click "Hello, hello?"

And so it starts...again.

Talk Zone / Re: Footer defines "rumor"
« on: June 13, 2008, 05:48:54 pm »

Many places serve buffalo burgers.  Buffalo is good, and better for you than beef, but it's not nearly as tasty, IMO.

Oh, I agree, but I'm not kidding when I say Barnaby's buffalo burger is one of the best damn burgers in the city, buffalo or otherwise. 

Talk Zone / Re: Footer defines "rumor"
« on: June 13, 2008, 05:33:58 pm »
Believe it or not, one of the best damn burgers in the city of Houston (and I consider myself a burger guru) is a buffalo burger.  Yes, a buffalo burger.  You can find it at Barnaby's.  The location on Fairview only, not the other locations.

Talk Zone / Re: Footer defines "rumor"
« on: June 13, 2008, 10:14:10 am »
El Rey also does the roast chicken thing.

How is it?  I've always been leery of El Rey and the "cuban and mexican" thing.  There just seems to be something wrong about doing cuban and mexican under the same roof.

Talk Zone / Re: Footer defines "rumor"
« on: June 13, 2008, 10:05:05 am »
Probably not the same.  The Pollo Loco I remember was a chain and did really well.  Then went away for some reason.  All of them.  The one you're talking about is probably not the same chain.

I remember Pollo Loco well.  Pollo Riko, a local Houston chain, filled the void in the early '90's, and is pretty damn good.

Talk Zone / Re: Footer defines "rumor"
« on: June 13, 2008, 09:48:54 am »
Yes, I've been there. 
I wasn't terribly impressed.  Not bad, but not worth the effort to go there unless you live right around the corner, in my opinion.

I agree on Tornado burger.  I've been there 3 times because I happened to be in the area, but the food isn't good enough to make me drive that far out.  The spicy burger does start to grow on you though.

Talk Zone / Re: 600
« on: June 10, 2008, 10:47:29 am »
Given the way his body has broken down over the past 8 years, I think mmost people safely put him in the "not juicing" category. 

Uh, that's exactly the type of thing many point to as evidence that a player is/was a juicer.

Talk Zone / Chacon
« on: May 27, 2008, 10:34:57 pm »
Did anyone expect this kind of performance from Chacon when the season opened?  He's been a big surprise to me.  Nice to see him stepping up when some of the other key arms are struggling or hurt.

Beer and Queso / Re: BBQ
« on: May 26, 2008, 08:48:05 pm »
I've driven through Lexington a thousand times and have never noticed Snow's.  I'm gonna make a point to stop, though.

Taras, what in the hell would have taken you through Lexington a thousand times?

Talk Zone / Re: To any so-called "fans" who booed Lidge last night:
« on: May 26, 2008, 08:32:58 pm »
He's an infant.  Put him on ignore or stop quoting his posts.  5 people have him on ignore and find his comment useless.

I'm the infant?  That's cute.  Especially considering it's coming from someone who's spent the last 9 months pissing and moaning like a spoiled 5-year old because his buddy Purpura was fired. 

Just how long do you plan on taking cheap shots at McLane? You realize there are more effective ways of getting your message to him, don't you?

Talk Zone / Re: To any so-called "fans" who booed Lidge last night:
« on: May 26, 2008, 11:36:55 am »
Maybe, but I believe Valverde is in the same contract situation as is Lidge.  Players who embarass McLane dont stay long, and he is embarassed by booing.  Also, it is well documented that he pays attention to, and worse, acts on, fans' reactions

Remember, on the occasion of firing Purpura and Garner,

"This was two years in the process," McLane said. "I've observed things, watched things, talked to literally hundreds of people as I go through. I went through the stands yesterday, and every game. I ask people, 'What do you think?' It's amazing what people will tell you. It's the impact others had on me, over a period of time."

What else do you suppose he heard on his trips around the ballpark?

This regurgitated horseshit again?

Talk Zone / Re: Nieve sent down, Cassel recalled
« on: May 25, 2008, 08:30:32 pm »
Damn booing fans caused the departure of yet another Astro.

Talk Zone / Re: To any so-called "fans" who booed Lidge last night:
« on: May 23, 2008, 12:35:38 pm »
The booing is what got Lidge traded in the first place. 
What a load of horseshit.  The booing of Lidge, or any player with very few exceptions, is a classless act.  That being said, Lidge's performance got Lidge traded.  Don't blame the fans.

I'd also add that the Houston Astros gave Lidge a much longer leash than the vast majority of clubs would give a closer and have no doubt that the Phillies organization, and their fans, will not be nearly as kind when Lidge starts getting lit up there.

Lidge is the reason Lidge is no longer an Astro.

Talk Zone / Re: CB Bucknor and tonight's strikezone
« on: May 20, 2008, 10:52:34 pm »
The first pitch strike he called on Lance in his last at bat was brutal.

Beer and Queso / Re: Ted Kennedy has a malignant brain tumor
« on: May 20, 2008, 05:08:34 pm »
If the sorry old motherfucker can't experience a cure, I hope he's able to live out his remaining days with a minimum of suffering and in the company of his loved ones.

Beer and Queso / Re: Books
« on: May 18, 2008, 12:03:50 pm »
Atlas Shrugged

Talk Zone / Re: Magic gold thong
« on: May 17, 2008, 05:36:32 pm »
If I know baseball players and superstitions, I suspect it's never been washed.  Poor Jeter.  Poor, poor Damon.

Beer and Queso / Re: Houston Greek Festival
« on: May 17, 2008, 09:33:44 am »
This is not the one I really want to go to, it is in October.  Why does Houston have 2 Greek festivals?

Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral sponsors and hosts Houston's largest Greek festival, which is the one in October.  St. Basil, a separate Greek church on the west side, hosts their own festival in May.  It's a smaller affair than the October festival, but it's still a lot of fun and an opportunity to get some good Greek food.

Talk Zone / Re: RIP Ron Stone (non-baseball)
« on: May 14, 2008, 12:41:04 am »
This is exactly why I watch Jennifer Reyes every morning...for traffic.
It's Jennifer "Reyna."  She trains at the same gym I do, and dear Lord she's smokin' hot.

Talk Zone / Re: Last night's errant pickoff throw
« on: May 13, 2008, 11:24:35 am »
The pitcher threw to a bag where there was no one there to receive the throw.  Ultimately, it is his fault.

Talk Zone / Re: Glove Screaming
« on: May 13, 2008, 09:46:14 am »
The glove screaming bit (and cursing on the field, in general) seems to be much worse this year.  I suspect Brocail has something to do with it.  I also suspect that Drayton will put the kibosh on it before long.

Talk Zone / Re: Bob Allen is full of shit
« on: May 10, 2008, 09:38:46 am »
If Biggio becomes the coach after the season that's another story entirely.

And, of course, we all know where this is going.  Biggio forced him out, I'm sure.  I've been expecting our own RA to float that one any day now.

Talk Zone / Re: Eerily Similar
« on: May 10, 2008, 09:29:39 am »
...Suburbans, Expeditions, Excursions, and 350s that surround me. All, of course, with one person in them. That needs to change, and $6/gallon gas will do it.

And why does this need to change?

Talk Zone / Re: Astros approached Clemens
« on: May 07, 2008, 12:37:19 pm »
  My granddad had a very high opinion of McLane's character -- he told me that McLane was the type of man who was very trustworthy and whose handshake promise would stick. 

Everyone that I know, who knows or has dealt with Drayton McLane, holds the same opinion. 

Talk Zone / Re: Astros approached Clemens
« on: May 06, 2008, 10:37:06 pm »
There isn't time for all of it, but the situation surrounding the firing of Garner and Purpura and its aftermath is as good a place to start as any.

So you didn't agree with the firing and now McLane isn't trustworthy?

Talk Zone / Re: Astros approached Clemens
« on: May 06, 2008, 06:03:06 pm »
I trust McLane about as far as Mindy McCready could throw him.
What has McLane ever done, other than field a competitive baseball team, that would lead you to not trust him?

Talk Zone / Re: Astros sign Cuban pitcher Soler
« on: April 20, 2008, 07:02:58 pm »
To my knowledge, the government of Cuba's record keeping is fine.  I'm aware of the issues in the Dominican Republic, but not so much elsewhere.

Andy Morales, El Duque, etc.

Talk Zone / Re: What they gave up, what they got
« on: April 15, 2008, 09:54:31 am »
Jason Jennings is not off to a good start.  0-3 with an 8.79 era.  5 homers in 14+ innings.
Those numbers look very familiar...

Talk Zone / Re: Did I miss this about Towles?
« on: February 18, 2008, 04:24:01 pm »

Just checked out the products section.  He's really into god.

That's "God" with a capital "g".  Big difference.

Talk Zone / Re: Arrogant twaddle
« on: January 07, 2008, 09:37:53 am »
Are there any body language experts here?
Isn't constantly licking your lips a tell-tale sign that you are lying like a motherfucker?

Clemens has obsessively licked his lips for a long time. (insert joke)  I've noticed that he does it during games and I've noticed it during other interviews and press conferences. (insert additional joke)

Talk Zone / Re: Arrogant twaddle
« on: January 06, 2008, 08:52:46 pm »
True, baseball owes Roger nothing.  But, I, for one, have thoroughly enjoyed and appreciated Roger's contributions to the game.  And I assure you, lots of other folks have too. 

Talk Zone / Re: Scribble, scribble, scribble, eh Mr Pence?
« on: January 06, 2008, 06:05:48 pm »
The pitchers are going to do a lot better this year due to the addition of Tejada's defense?  Uh, ok, Hunter...

Talk Zone / Re: "With eyes on Prior"
« on: December 21, 2007, 12:06:59 am »
The Houston Chronicle is reporting that both Prior and Benson are giving serious consideration to Houston.  In the case of Prior, he wants to pitch in San Diego, who already turned down an opportunity to obtain Prior in a trade with the Cubs.  One look at the medical records made them really concerned that they would be giving up a player for a pitcher who may not pitch at all in the majors.

The Padres have 2 million dollars more to spend and are said to be holding that for other needs so any deal Prior wants from the Padres will have to be a very low contract, probably a league minimum or even a minor league contract.

Houston is offering a solid one year contract and a major league roster spot.  It's up to Prior to decide at this point:

Fingers crossed.  Man, it would be great if they could get both of these deals done.

Talk Zone / Re: "With eyes on Prior"
« on: December 20, 2007, 10:42:26 am »
We don't need a wonderful strikeout artist ace as our number 2 which i guess Prior could fall into place as being, we need someone that can eat up innings and have a decent era 3.50 - 4.50. Benson could do that for us and potentially cost less (depending on priors performance) which is better imo. I also doubt Prior would want to sign here.

How does all this translate into Prior being a bitch?

Talk Zone / Re: Special occasion restaurants in Houston? non-bb
« on: December 19, 2007, 09:22:59 pm »
I think he started Mockingbird Bistro which is also a very good spot. 

That's good to know.  I was going to ask about a few other restaurants that I've been wanting to try and Mockingbird was one of them.  Anyone have first-hand experience with The Remington or *17?

Talk Zone / Re: Special occasion restaurants in Houston? non-bb
« on: December 19, 2007, 12:01:53 pm »
Oceanaire (Galleria) if you want seafood.

I agree, Oceanaire is great.  Have you tried Danton's?  Their oysters and gumbo are second to none.

Talk Zone / Re: Special occasion restaurants in Houston? non-bb
« on: December 19, 2007, 11:58:37 am »
Even better than Bistro Provence on Memorial is Bistro Le Cep, Westheimer near Kirkwood.

Yes, I eat at Le Cep frequently.  A lot of the items on the menu are extremely heavy though; much heavier than the usual French country.  You can get a pretty good deal at Le Cep on Sunday evenings with their all-inclusive dinner special. 

I prefer the style of food at Provence, but both are excellent.

Talk Zone / Re: Special occasion restaurants in Houston? non-bb
« on: December 19, 2007, 11:27:07 am »
Chez Nous in Humble is outstanding.

I know what you're thinking....French Humble???

But trust me.  It's worth the trip and the price.  Reservations and coat/tie required. Humble, Texas.

Thanks.  I was going to ask for French recommendations.  I've heard good things about Chez Nous.

Another outstanding, but less formal French restaurant is Bistro Provence out west on Memorial, around Memorial and Kirkwood, I think.

Talk Zone / Re: Special occasion restaurants in Houston? non-bb
« on: December 19, 2007, 10:47:28 am »
Anyone been to Quattro at the Four Seasons?

Talk Zone / Re: Special occasion restaurants in Houston? non-bb
« on: December 19, 2007, 10:46:42 am »
Went a couple of weeks ago.  Food was great, and the setting was nice after you get past the fact that you're overlooking a drainage ditch.

Why did they relocate?

Talk Zone / Re: Special occasion restaurants in Houston? non-bb
« on: December 19, 2007, 10:36:19 am »
Ruggles Galleria is definitely the better "anniversary dinner" atmosphere, but food and service are better at Montrose, as of late.

Talk Zone / Re: Special occasion restaurants in Houston? non-bb
« on: December 19, 2007, 10:28:28 am »
Anyone been to the Rainbow Lodge since it relocated?

Mark's would be good, but it's a bit noisy for me for an anniversary dinner.

Had dinner at Ruggles Galleria about 2 weeks ago.  Terrible food and service.  First bad experience I've ever had there, but the manager appeared to be new.

Talk Zone / Re: Pettitte's admission...........
« on: December 18, 2007, 11:09:43 am »

Well it's more than just taking one of his wife's vicodin pills here.  He was using what has been classified, right or wrong, by almost every athletic governing body out there to be a performance enhancing drug.

Yes, a "performance enhancing drug" that MLB, at the time, decided not to ban its players from taking.

Vicodin would be worse, from a non-baseball perspective, as it is a controlled substance.

Talk Zone / Re: Pettitte's admission...........
« on: December 18, 2007, 11:03:47 am »
I'm not hammering on Pettitte, only those who keep insisting that taking HGH without a prescription did not violate MLB's drug policy.

I just re-read this entire thread.  I didn't see any post where it was insisted that taking HGH without a prescription didn't violate MLB's policy.

Talk Zone / Re: Pettitte's admission...........
« on: December 18, 2007, 11:00:22 am »

Well, you called it a "bullshit Mickey Mouse position". 

Oh, it is.  All of this ado over AP using a prescription drug without a prescription is Mickey Mouse.  You're right, though, it is against the rules.

Talk Zone / Re: Pettitte's admission...........
« on: December 18, 2007, 10:46:02 am »

No, the fact that it's against baseball rules is what irritates you.

No, it really doesn't.  I spent a large part of my life playing organized sports and never had a problem following the rules.

Talk Zone / Re: Pettitte's admission...........
« on: December 18, 2007, 10:40:53 am »
The difference is in your head only.  Having HGH without a prescription is against the law, and was against the law in 2002.  My last post made the very clear distinction that I'm talking about breaking the law, not cheating at baseball.  I can't understand this for you.

pravata plays this card much better than you do. 

Talk Zone / Re: Pettitte's admission...........
« on: December 18, 2007, 10:38:35 am »
Well, it's the fact.  Sorry facts irritate you so.

The fact that AP possibly used a prescription drug without a prescription does not irritate me.  As I said before, if you want to chastise him for that, go ahead, but there's a whole lot of folks who are going to be on that list.

Talk Zone / Re: Pettitte's admission...........
« on: December 18, 2007, 10:09:36 am »

Taking HGH without a legit prescription WAS against baseball rules at the time. 

This is such a bullshit Mickey Mouse position.  First, it has not been established whether he had a prescription or not.  Second, if taking HGH without a prescription was against the rules, then so is taking ANY pharmaceutical without a prescription, including muscle relaxers and anti-inflammatory meds, which circulate clubhouses like a bowl of Life Savers.  Finally, I haven't been able to find any evidence to corroborate your position that taking any pharmaceutical without a prescription is a violation of MLB rules, and you have been unable to provide any.  Can anyone provide the text of this rule?

Talk Zone / Re: Pettitte's admission...........
« on: December 18, 2007, 09:57:04 am »
No, it was just lawbreaking.
You've commented at least twice now that AP was cheating.  If he used HGH in 2002, it was not cheating.  If you want to chastise him for using a prescription drug without a prescription (if he, in fact, did not have one), the go ahead, but understand the difference.  

Talk Zone / Re: Pettitte's admission...........
« on: December 18, 2007, 09:11:57 am »
I think that you've given up an element of credibility by cheating that one time...

It wasn't cheating in 2002.

Talk Zone / Re: Lance says Roger should come clean
« on: December 17, 2007, 05:20:39 pm »
The 1998 Houston Astros were the prohibited NL favorite to go to the World Series.  Larry Dierker got rid of Brad Ausmus that off-season because he was tired of openly having his decisions questioned by Brad in the clubhouse.  Dierker managed to get rid of Ausmus out of spite and Bagwell let them know in an indirect way (and then later so did Mike Hampton in a very direct way) that this was bullshit.

This year's Houston Astros are hardly prohibited favorites to be the NL rep in the World Series. 
Ausmus also remains an integral part of this team.  He wasn't shipped out this time.

Talk Zone / Re: Lance says Roger should come clean
« on: December 17, 2007, 05:18:40 pm »
Berkman pisses and moans about team chemistry in one breath, then turns around and completely shoots it in the ass in the next.

Talk Zone / A-Rod on Boras
« on: December 17, 2007, 02:30:29 pm »
"When I realized things were going haywire, at that point I said wait a minute I've got to be accountable for my own life," Rodriguez said. "This is not going the way I wanted it to go, so I got behind the wheel."

Too bad Beltran didn't have the same snap. 

Although, things might have been going more to Beltran's liking, than is the case with A-Rod.

Talk Zone / Re: Pettitte's admission...........
« on: December 17, 2007, 12:44:52 pm »
As a purely legally matter, the term "controlled substance" refers to those substances so designated in a state or federal Controlled Substances Act. It is not a generalized term for all substances for which a prescription is required for dispensation.

Of course, and I'm pretty sure they realize this, just enjoy being combative...

Talk Zone / Re: Lance says Roger should come clean
« on: December 17, 2007, 11:27:00 am »
It's a damn good thing Berkman (and Wagner too, for that matter) has superstar talent.

Talk Zone / Re: Pettitte's admission...........
« on: December 17, 2007, 11:23:16 am »
Nope, no free pass for Andy.  If he wasn't smart enough to do it the right way, he deserves the consequences.

My original point was that it would have been easy for AP to have legally obtained HGH, if he in fact did not; much easier than steroids, which are easy enough to get legally and they are in fact "controlled substances."

On a side note, if Andy never had a prescription for HGH, to me, it makes his story more believable.  If Andy would have been a long-term (months) user of HGH, which is what would have been necessary to truly give him an "edge," IMO, he would have obtained a prescription.  As I said earlier, there are many benefits to doing it the right way, other than legalities.

I believe it happened generally like he described - he used it for a few days and for whatever reason, didn't like it, didn't feel it was working, and he stopped.  Not uncommon at all.

Talk Zone / Re: Pettitte's admission...........
« on: December 17, 2007, 10:51:24 am »
No, just you.

Do you dispute Rick Collins' comments?  If not, then you agree with me.

It appears to me that you fail to recognize that there is a class of scheduled drugs that the federal government refers to as "controlled substances."  HGH does not fall in this category; anabolic steroids do.  

I think you are trying to muddy the water by asserting that all pharmaceuticals are "controlled" by the federal government (i.e. it's against the law to dispense without a prescription).  This very general use of the word "controlled" is not to be confused with the DEA's category of "controlled substances," which is very specific.  But by all other accounts you are an intelligent guy, so I assume you understand this.

Talk Zone / Re: Pettitte's admission...........
« on: December 17, 2007, 10:22:54 am »
They didn't forget it, and it is.

Then there are many misinformed folks who are pretty well-versed on this subject.  Do you have a link that supports your claim?  Apparently, this is even news to the DEA.

Talk Zone / Re: Pettitte's admission...........
« on: December 17, 2007, 10:09:49 am »
As an aside for anyone interested, there is a bill currently in Congress, I believe, to add HGH to Schedule II of the CSA. 

Sure.  It's only a matter of time.  Quite surprising that it hasn't happened before now.

Talk Zone / Re: Pettitte's admission...........
« on: December 17, 2007, 10:06:31 am »

Those are the substances regulated under the Controlled Substances Act.  HGH is regulated under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, and under the Anabolic Steroid Control Act.  Furthermore, you should probably read this disclaimer at the top of your own reference:

"This document is a general reference and not a comprehensive list."

HH, you know just enough about this subject to be dangerous.

A quick Google search turned up this link, which is a piece written by Rick Collins, who is probably the most notable attorney in the area of PED's:

Also, in response to the disclaimer, you can bet your ass that the feds wouldn't have forgot to include HGH, if it was indeed a controlled substance.

Talk Zone / Re: Lance says Roger should come clean
« on: December 17, 2007, 09:53:46 am »
When Bagwell was speaking to the media in his signature, candid manner, he should have posted a "Kids, Do Not Try This At Home" warning sign in the clubhouse.  He did Wagner and Berkman a disservice.  Neither are nearly as good at shooting off at the mouth, and neither are smart enough to realize it.

Talk Zone / Re: Lance says Roger should come clean
« on: December 17, 2007, 09:40:35 am »
Warning::: Comical link

As usual, Lance talks too much.

Although, he didn't say "Roger should come clean."  He said he should issue a more specific statement addressing the matter.  Big difference.

Also, Lance seems more interested in keeping his core group of buddies together than winning ball games.

Talk Zone / Re: Pettitte's admission...........
« on: December 17, 2007, 09:33:11 am »
Wow!  Now define "is" for me.

As pravata would say, "Words have meaning."  You certainly want to understand the difference between a simple prescription drug and a controlled substance if you are going to enter into a discussion regarding HGH and anabolic steroids.

Talk Zone / Re: Pettitte's admission...........
« on: December 17, 2007, 09:12:59 am »
Yes it is.  Which is why you need a prescription for it. 

Prescription drugs do not = controlled substances.  Although, some drugs that require a prescription are controlled substances.

Here's the DEA's list of controlled substances and the classes which they are scheduled under:

Talk Zone / Re: ...But would the Astros want him back?
« on: December 16, 2007, 11:44:30 pm »
Having said that. Fuck Clemens.

The 2008 Astros rotation will need whatever Clemens has left.

Talk Zone / Re: Pettitte's admission...........
« on: December 16, 2007, 10:59:55 pm »

Talk Zone / Re: Pettitte's admission...........
« on: December 16, 2007, 08:47:08 pm »
I'm not so sure.  I'm not a lawyer, so I don't know the legality of possessing controlled substances via a bogus prescription...

I am sure.  And even today, HGH is not a controlled substance.

Talk Zone / Re: Pettitte's admission...........
« on: December 16, 2007, 08:15:09 pm »
So?  It's still illegal to do so and still againt baseball rules.

It is not illegal for the patient.  Once the patient has the prescription, whether it was written as indicated or off label, the patient has the right to possess and use the prescribed HGH.  If it's an off label script, the doctor runs the legal risk, not the patient.  And this would not have violated any baseball rule in 2002.

I clearly said maybe he didn't have a prescription.  It is just hard for me to believe that someone as high profile as Pettitte would have been that stupid, considering how easy it is/was to get a prescription.

Anyone have a link to the full text of the prepared statement released by AP's agents?

Talk Zone / Re: Pettitte's admission...........
« on: December 16, 2007, 06:29:35 pm »
No it's not.  It's determined by the Secretary of Health and Human Services.  
The Secretary of Health and Human Services does not examine nor diagnose patients.  The physician determines whether or not the patient's problem falls within the guidelines of the Secretary of Health and Human Services.  Trust me, it is not hard to fall within the guidelines.  "Surgery" and "trauma" are very broad terms. 

Also, even though doctors run the risk of getting their hand slapped, many doctors still write off label prescriptions for HGH; it was even more common 5 years ago.

All of this being said, it has not been reported if Pettitte claims he had a prescription or not.  In this current climate, I wouldn't be surprised if he's indicated that he did and it simply isn't being reported.  Or maybe he didn't.  If he didn't, he's very foolish, but nobody ever said ballplayers were the sharpest tools in the shed.

Talk Zone / Re: Pettitte's admission...........
« on: December 16, 2007, 03:29:25 pm »
Not only does use of HGH require a prescription, but it requires recognized use.

"Recognized use" is determined by the physician.  The patient does not bear the burden of making sure the physician made the correct determination. 

Also, according to Lilly's Humatrope (HGH) site, since 1996, it has been FDA approved for "patients who have growth hormone deficiency, either alone or accompanied by multiple hormone deficiencies (hypopituitarism), as a result of hypothalamic disease, pituitary disease, surgery, radiation therapy, or trauma."

That's pretty damn broad.

a sore elbow is not a recognized use of HGH.  No matter how Pettitte spins it, it's BS.

Pettitte could very well have received a valid prescription for HGH in 2002. 

Talk Zone / Re: Clemens in the Mitchell Report
« on: December 16, 2007, 10:13:33 am »
It was not stated whether or not he had a legitimate prescription, but it is implied that he did not.  If he had one, it would probably go a lot farther if he simply said so, rather than the "IF it were an error in judgement..." BS.

Why do you think it is implied that he did not?  As I said, prescriptions were very easy to get, and it was certainly in the players best interest to get a prescription, for reasons other than legal.

If he used HGH without a valid prescription to treat a recognized medical condition he certainly did.

Do you have a link to the text of this policy?  Are you saying that he simply used a prescription drug without a prescription (assuming that's the case)?  Or are you saying that he used a banned substance?  GH was not a banned substance at that time.

Talk Zone / Re: Clemens in the Mitchell Report
« on: December 16, 2007, 09:54:26 am »

Well violation of federal drug laws for starters.

Is it known that Pettitte used HGH without a prescription?  If he did, then you are correct, he violated federal drug laws; however, I'm sure you know that anytime anyone takes a prescription drug of any kind that they do not have a prescription for, they are violating federal drug laws, whether it's HGH, Viagra, an antibiotic, whatever.  It would have been extremely easy for Andy to obtain a proper prescription for HGH, if he did not have one at the time.  

Violation of baseball's drug policy secondly. 

He did not violate baseball's drug policy.

Then he lied when asked about it.

Well, shame on Andy for lying.

Talk Zone / Re: Pettitte's admission...........
« on: December 16, 2007, 09:08:41 am »
If Pettitte thought it was legit, he would have gotten his doctor to do it, not a trainer.
You have no idea what you're talking about.

Talk Zone / Re: Clemens in the Mitchell Report
« on: December 15, 2007, 10:01:55 pm »
Wow - that is weak. It's not accepting responsibility if you don't accept that what you did was wrong. I think they teach that in most Sunday School classes.

What exactly did he do that was wrong?

Talk Zone / Re: Pettitte's admission...........
« on: December 15, 2007, 09:58:55 pm »
HGH doesn't provide much advantage to a baseball player other than improved recuperation and healing.  Most players use it for this purpose, not to bulk up or gain some other sort of edge.

Talk Zone / Re: Qualls and Burke dealt
« on: December 14, 2007, 07:25:02 pm »
  This is starting to look like a house cleaning.... 
It was long overdue.  Purpura kept a messy house.

Talk Zone / Re: Qualls and Burke dealt
« on: December 14, 2007, 06:50:28 pm »
I missed that episode in Astros history since I moved to Virginia prior to his arrival.  Rather than follow the Orioles, I took a leave of absence from baseball fandom.
Virginia didn't have TV's, radio, or the internet back then?

Talk Zone / Identical Lamb
« on: December 14, 2007, 04:46:20 pm »

Talk Zone / Re: Visual Evidence
« on: December 14, 2007, 09:50:41 am »
The evidence is the personal trainer saying that's what the checks were written for.

In other words, there is no evidence.

Talk Zone / Re: Visual Evidence
« on: December 14, 2007, 09:27:18 am »
Where's the evidence that these funds were for steroids?  I write a check just like this to my personal trainer every month.

Talk Zone / Re: Major announcement at 12:30
« on: December 12, 2007, 03:14:24 pm »
Jennings, if healthy and ready to go, is a known inning eater.  Top tier in the NL.  If he'd be willing to come back on a one year plus an option deal, he can ram it up the arse to all those who doubted his value.  He was hurt last year, but the talent and ability to do what a #2 can do for this team is not in doubt in my mind. 
For the 76458763th time, Jennings ain't a #2.  Not now, not ever.  No matter how bad the Astros want him to be.

Talk Zone / Re: Adam Everett
« on: December 08, 2007, 08:53:42 am »
AE not being AE is really one of the scariest things I can think of when it comes to the Astros as a baseball team.

I think this is a little dramatic.  AE is a great defender, but he isn't irreplaceable.

Talk Zone / Re: No punishment for Roidin' Rick
« on: December 07, 2007, 08:58:31 am »
From the ESPN link above:

So this means they were prescribed by a "doctor" for injury rehab?

I read it to mean that it was prescribed by a doctor AND it occurred before it was banned by baseball.

Talk Zone / Re: Scott to San Diego?
« on: December 04, 2007, 03:22:56 pm »

Talk Zone / Re: WHAT?!
« on: December 02, 2007, 08:33:19 pm »
A juice-free Tejada is not a good thing.

Talk Zone / Re: Breaking news out of Mexico
« on: November 27, 2007, 05:39:55 pm »
The sky is blue.

What a train wreck.  Everyone's aware that he's had problems, but it's quite shocking when you see them all laid out in an article like that.  WTF was Colorado thinking?

Talk Zone / Re: Lidge as a Phillie
« on: November 16, 2007, 11:41:07 am »
Didn't sound bitter to me at all.  He first said he was coming from a team that had an up and down season to a team that had a winning season, then paraphrases it.  It's true.  Then he's asked by a reporter about Ausmus stating that he (Lidge) was unhappy with the organization.  He sets the record straight to say he was unhappy with himself when the closer role was yanked from him early in the year and not unhappy with the organization at all.    

First, he said team, not season.  Second, the Astros season was down; there was nothing "up" about it.  Finally, a statement can be bitter and true.

Talk Zone / Re: Lidge as a Phillie
« on: November 16, 2007, 11:29:47 am »
If he's talking about strictly the 2007 season, he's right.  The circus last year was comical around here and much of had less to do with baseball and more to do with internal politics, organizational meddling, finger pointing and just a general mess of a situation.  Up and down is kind compared to calling it a farce and circus how Houston handled it's business last year.

Now the situation seems to be that strong baseball men have righted the good ship Astros and have a more defined focus to keep from having such a circus reappear.  If it's about winning again around here, it will be welcomed by many a player and baseball person in the organization.

Noe, please.  This is ridiculous.  Do you honestly think Brad Lidge was referring to "internal politics" when he made that statement.

Talk Zone / Re: Lidge as a Phillie
« on: November 16, 2007, 11:09:09 am »

says Lidge, "I feel lucky to go from an up-and-down team to a winning team."   link

Oh, the irony.

Talk Zone / Re: Blum back in Mud and Blood?
« on: November 14, 2007, 12:23:28 pm »
Man, I hope this is true...would love to have Blum back.

Talk Zone / Re: Reconsidering Aubrey Huff
« on: November 13, 2007, 11:21:50 am »
Aubrey Huff isn't a bad player.  The Astros have been infatuated with third basemen who were much less players than Huff.

Talk Zone / Re: Anyone read this article?
« on: November 08, 2007, 10:55:11 am »
Pgpen...I hate to admit it, but I've kind of prepared myself for the worst with Bags. 
WTF?  Some of you act as if these players are child molesters.

Talk Zone / Re: Anyone read this article?
« on: November 08, 2007, 09:54:28 am »
"illegal" steroids were still illegal, and that may violate a players contract.

And which player(s) can they confirm was in possession of illegal steroids?

Talk Zone / Re: Lidge a Phillie
« on: November 07, 2007, 10:11:01 pm »
Excellent trade for both clubs.

Talk Zone / Re: $350M is the floor, says Satan
« on: November 04, 2007, 08:50:10 am »
I didn't read anywhere that 35 per was the price for all teams, just the Yankmees.  I can't believe no one's (at least from what I've read in the media)considering the possibility that he simply doesn't want to play there.  Kinda like when companies bid on projects they really don't want to do so they jack the price up by 20 or 50%.  That way you probably won't get the job, but if you do you can tell yourself "Well, at least I fleeced those assholes".  My guess is that he'll take 25-30 mil from the dodgers, angels, giants, or phillies just to get the fuck out of New York.
I have a feeling you were the kid at the birthday party who was sucking all the helium out of the balloons.

Talk Zone / Re: Any African Restaurants in Houson (non-bb)
« on: October 27, 2007, 08:21:04 pm »
There's an Ethiopian restaurant on Richmond.  It's between Gessner and Fondren - closer to Gessner.  If you are headed west on Richmond it will be on your right in a strip center.

Holy shit!  It all makes sense now!  I just realized that the Popes around here are all left-wing fruitcakes. 

Damn surprising, but THAT explains a lot.

Talk Zone / Re: Paul Byrd & HGH
« on: October 22, 2007, 11:15:28 am »
I suggest you Google the term "projection".

I suggest you Google the term "douche nozzle."

Talk Zone / Re: Paul Byrd & HGH
« on: October 22, 2007, 11:05:07 am »
pravata, I never truly realized the depth of your idiocy until Purpura was fired, although your previous rantings on subjects you clearly knew nothing about suggested it was great.  Since the Purpura firing, you're no longer teetering on the edge of the cliff; you've gone over.  This thread is just another indicator of that.  Stick to being the resident newswire.

Talk Zone / Re: Paul Byrd & HGH
« on: October 21, 2007, 06:52:14 pm »

Byrd admits to taking HGH, but says he had a doctor's prescription.
He most likely did, but the drive-by media doesn't give a shit.

Talk Zone / Re: I can't stand Jim Edmonds.......
« on: August 30, 2007, 08:17:03 am »
It's amazing that he continues to play at that level in CF at age 37.

Talk Zone / Re: NYCU 08-29-07
« on: August 29, 2007, 02:14:07 pm »
he's ignoring you. send a telegram.

Relay it to him in Morse Code when you're tapping on the floor of the bathroom stall.

Talk Zone / Re: NYCU 08-29-07
« on: August 29, 2007, 02:08:20 pm »
Understood, but you fire a manager in order to effect a change.  What change happens with Coop?  Berkman says "not much".

At this point you are just pissing and moaning for the sake of pissing and moaning.

Again, McLane most likely has a different opinion than Berkman.  How hard is that to understand?

Talk Zone / Re: Dear Mr. McClane
« on: August 29, 2007, 12:04:59 pm »
Will somebody think of the U.S. Americans?

I read an article somewhere online where the author defended her "U.S. Americans" comment and described it as intelligent, citing that Mexicans and Canadians are technically considered Americans, too, and without the distinction there's no way of knowing that she was speaking specifically about the people of the United States.

I got a kick out of it.

Talk Zone / Re: NYCU 08-29-07
« on: August 29, 2007, 11:44:50 am »
The team has underperfomed for quite a while now and Drayton has had a front row seat to watch it happen.  Has he meddled?  It appears so.  Has he brought in talent?  Without question.  Did he allow his GM to operate reasonably?  Could be no, but he wasn't entirely confident in Purpura (see Lane, Ensberg et al).  Were the firings and subsequent comments Drayton's finest hour?  No.  But, I don't think he went nuts.  His team is not good and he's got a shit load of money poured into it.  Heads have and will roll.  Can he make it worse by his moves?  Yes.  But, this is an owner who is not content with letting it go to hell without trying to change.  The city could do a lot worse.


Talk Zone / Re: NYCU 08-29-07
« on: August 29, 2007, 11:43:28 am »
I agree that he wants a trial run with Cooper.  And I think the "change of direction" comments were aimed at Purpura.  But I don't think he has an idea of where he wants to go, other than to scream "I wanna wiiiiiiin" like Ricky Bobby.

I assure you he knows where he wants to go; he just may not know how to get there yet.  It won't be hard to go up from where they're at now though.  That's for certain.

Talk Zone / Re: NYCU 08-29-07
« on: August 29, 2007, 11:32:27 am »
Lance Berkman didn't make the decision to fire Garner.  Maybe McLane doesn't feel like Cooper is "status quo."  Or maybe he's unsure and wants a trial run with Cooper. 

Many of you guys are out of control with the drivel that's been posted in the last 48 hours. 

*edit: meant to say Garner, not Purpura

Talk Zone / Re: New Manager and New GM?
« on: August 27, 2007, 11:59:12 pm »
Not Sunday's booing no.  Apparently he had already fired Purpura that morning, (wrong he was fired after Sunday's game.  But I think the "hundreds of people" had the same effect) for not paying first round money to 3rd round draft picks and not teaching Pence to slide.  Mclane says he talked to "hundreds of people" walking around the ballpark during games.  That's whose expertise he considers valuable.  Fans.   This team is being run by fans.  There's the jokes about teams taking votes during games to decide strategy, but to decide the long term future of a franchise? 

Talk Zone / Re: Lee the hitter
« on: August 27, 2007, 07:57:18 pm »

Now that’s a damn fine complement there Arky.  You should feel very proud.

You are much better at carrying the nutsacks of OWA Elite than you are at humor and sarcasm.  Stick to what you know.

Talk Zone / Re: Lee the hitter
« on: August 27, 2007, 07:45:28 pm »
Arky, being someone well-versed in the subject of Critical Thinking, as usual, you are arguing your point at a completely different level than some others in this thread.  The level is so utterly incomprehensible to some, that they have no real intelligent response to it.

Talk Zone / Re: Lee the hitter
« on: August 27, 2007, 04:52:02 pm »
I don't think they take that position at all.  They are sharing what they do know as many of the other posters do.  I don't always agree with what they say, but I do believe that this board has enhanced my knowledge of the game. Don't sweat the small stuff.
What are you, Noe's Official Spokesperson?

Talk Zone / Re: Lee the hitter
« on: August 27, 2007, 04:46:11 pm »
I agree.  There is a huge lack of understanding this very simple concept.  It doesn't help to try and explain it either... apparently.
Noe, why do you always take the position that you and Jim are the only two around here that understand baseball concepts?

Talk Zone / The Boo Birds
« on: August 27, 2007, 04:07:46 pm »
Booing the home team is never acceptable.  Booing the opposing team is rarely acceptable.  That being said, I won't loose any sleep tonight knowing that Purpura is standing in the unemployment line.  As Purpura once said about his struggling players, potential eventually has to manifest into positive results.  And believe it or not, the folks who were evaluating Purpura's results are more qualified to do so than OWA's finest. *gasp*

Talk Zone / Re: 172
« on: August 24, 2007, 12:47:32 pm »
I tell you, it's all about being miserable for some.
I with you, Noe; I don't understand this. 

Talk Zone / Re: 172
« on: August 24, 2007, 12:10:54 pm »
Purpura was told in the offseason by veteran scouts on the team that Lane deserved one more chance because he had the potential to produce 25-30 homeruns and drive in a lot of runs.

I think Fredia would make a better scout.

Talk Zone / Re: 172
« on: August 24, 2007, 11:26:52 am »
Just posting facts.*

* Jason Lane actual BA currently stands at .177.
And it could drop to .00000000000077 and they would likely still keep him around. 

Talk Zone / Re: 172
« on: August 24, 2007, 11:18:08 am »
Limey, you're a negative bastard.  Now go post in the "Things I love" thread to offset this nonsense.

Talk Zone / Re: Ty Wiggington
« on: August 16, 2007, 10:52:06 pm »
Noe, just put the fuckers on ignore and move on.  Life is too short to deal with idiots.
You aren't kidding, brotha.  I'm lovin' this ignore feature.  Who knew brushin' off ankle-biters could be this easy?

Talk Zone / Things I love
« on: August 16, 2007, 07:36:54 pm »
Hot dogs, baseball, apple pie, and Chevrolets.

Talk Zone / Re: Ty Wiggington
« on: August 16, 2007, 03:39:29 pm »
at least we have identified the Villain.

you'd better pm him this. i think he has you on "ignore."

Nah, you tell him over a Shiner later when you two are sitting around admiring each other's baseball brilliance and snickering at the rest of the mortals.

Talk Zone / Re: Ty Wiggington
« on: August 16, 2007, 03:33:50 pm »
Paraphrase means I wasn't sure about the exact wording, but you know what... it doesn't matter.  I suck and you never rant nor said anything about Lidge above 3% of commentary (usually well thought out and level-headed if I read your implication correctly), so the point is *mute*.

Thanks.  I'll ignore you now.
So you sling a bunch of BS my way (that was overblown by Jim) which has very little merit, I correct you, and now you want to get pissy, grab your toys and go home?

You must be having a bad day, Noe, or spending too much time around Jim.

Talk Zone / Re: Ty Wiggington
« on: August 16, 2007, 02:48:28 pm »
Maybe you never said "Anyone who thinks Brad Lidge is going to make it back to being a major league pitcher/closer.... blah, blah, blah". 

I never said that, Noe.

Talk Zone / Re: Ty Wiggington
« on: August 16, 2007, 02:25:11 pm »
Just went back and checked my posts.  I've commented on Lidge in less than 20 of 475 posts.  And some of those posts were in one thread and some were positive comments.  So, about 3% of the time, I criticize Brad Lidge.  Not hardly "two years worth of rants." 

Talk Zone / Re: Ty Wiggington
« on: August 16, 2007, 02:15:56 pm »
Dobro, I'm basing my opinion on our own give and takes, nothing else.  Believe what you want, this has nothing to do with Jim.  I form my own opinions on my own interactions and I stand by what I said about you based on two years of reading your stuff with me.

That you think I misunderstood your two years worth of rants on Brad Lidge is laughable.

So a conversation that you and I had is now "two years worth of rants?" 

Talk Zone / Re: Ty Wiggington
« on: August 16, 2007, 02:11:20 pm »
your vendettas against Lidge and Purpura have no substance.

Just as your vendettas against Craig Biggio and others do not.

Talk Zone / Re: Ty Wiggington
« on: August 16, 2007, 02:08:34 pm »
Oh, I'd say it was your constant two years of post on Lidge himself that pretty much clouds your reputation (if you will).

Noe, you've listened to Jim say it so much that you now believe it to be true.  Go back and search my posts.  I've rarely opined on Brad Lidge.

Talk Zone / Re: Ty Wiggington
« on: August 16, 2007, 01:58:33 pm »
Cool.  That is two deals that Purpura "knew what he's was doing"?  (at least).

I wouldn't go that far.

Talk Zone / Re: Ty Wiggington
« on: August 16, 2007, 01:57:34 pm »
because he left the game very angry at it, apparently.

No, Jim, I'm not angry at all. 

And it's quite ironic that the OWA Resident Curmudgeon would accuse anyone of being angry.

Talk Zone / Re: Ty Wiggington
« on: August 16, 2007, 01:53:22 pm »
He doesn't react to good to great performances.  Only to bad ones.  That is why he agreed with my Wigginton post.  He's doing well.  Had he not and started off like Aubrey Huff last year (which is a mirror type deal whether he wants to admit it or not), Dobro would've said "Purpura sucks!" right away.

I never criticized Aubrey Huff or Purpura for making the deal.

Talk Zone / Re: Ty Wiggington
« on: August 16, 2007, 01:50:02 pm »
Actually, for a guy who played the game, Dobro shocks me continually for being more responsive towards the outcome of anything being the reason to have disdain against players/managers/GMs.  It's okay, at least you know what you get from Dobro... outcome based caustic opinions.  If Lidge is putting up great numbers, he's very quiet.  If not, then the "Lidge sucks" post will reign.

Kind of odd to have such a surface level viewpoint from an ex-player, but it is what it is.

How did this turn to a discussion of Brad Lidge?  Anyway, you're wrong, Noe.  Check my recent posts.  I praised Lidge for his turnaround, but that does not change my displeasure for the way management has handled Lidge over the past few seasons.

Talk Zone / Re: Ty Wiggington
« on: August 16, 2007, 01:42:16 pm »
did you miss my point that this team changed when Bagwell was no longer on it?

The lack of Bagwell is most definitely a factor, but a more significant factor is the fact that one of this team's star players is the anti-Bagwell.

Talk Zone / Re: Ty Wiggington
« on: August 16, 2007, 01:38:10 pm »

Did you miss the point?  Or do you disagree with the assertion that this team doesn't play as "right" as we are used to?

Talk Zone / Re: Ty Wiggington
« on: August 16, 2007, 01:36:26 pm »
Look at first base.

Oh, I agree.  That's a problem, as well.

Talk Zone / Re: Ty Wiggington
« on: August 16, 2007, 01:31:55 pm »
main reason?  I don't think so.

Care to opine on who/what started the trend we are currently witnessing?

Talk Zone / Re: Ty Wiggington
« on: August 16, 2007, 01:30:36 pm »

Talk Zone / Re: Ty Wiggington
« on: August 16, 2007, 01:29:19 pm »
The Astros have in the recent past been known as a team that plays the game right.  Some have noticed that this is sliding this season. 
Yes, in a big way.  And Carlos Lee is the main reason.

Talk Zone / Re: Ty Wiggington
« on: August 16, 2007, 01:26:57 pm »
Ironically, this particular trade (Wiggington for Wheeler) is eggszactly the type of trade that Gerry Hunsicker was praised for pulling off the majority of his Houston tenure.  Limit budget, check!  Sign key player, check!  Grab role players (solid ones) to build around core players, check, check, check!

Hunsicker would pull guys out of other organizations that most people wouldn't even bother to acknowledge as anything significant (and why should they?).  But Hunsicker knew what he was doing and it was always a good risk to make a trade for him because he knew eggszactly what type of player he needed and where he could find one.  Further irony is that this is the way he got Dan Wheeler, a piece of the puzzle for Hunsicker.  But trades like Carl Everett for John Hudek always fly under the radar until something happens and that player no one acknowledged or cared to think about from Hunsicker would start to perform.  Has Purpura pulled a "Hunsicker" move with Wiggington?  I dunno, maybe.  But you can see what he was doing by simply seeing what Wiggington does on the field.  This is eggszactly the type of guy you want to fill in as a role player around Berkman, Pence and Lee.  I would've loved for them to have kept Wheeler and sent Qualls to Philly for Bourn (yet another Hunsicker type of deal), but if they were going to make a move, this sort of out of the radar, media head scratching, great unwashed doesn't understand it  type of move is praise worthy.  But that won't happen until Wiggington is somehow transformed in the 2008 version of the 1999 C4.

Then someone... maybe... just one person... will say "Hey look!  Maybe Purpura does know what he's doing...".  Naaaah, who am I kidding!

I agree with your position on the Wigginton trade, but there's far more evidence that suggests Purpura does not know what he's doing than there is to suggest that he does.

Talk Zone / Re: Tales from the "lost" season
« on: August 10, 2007, 08:49:08 am »
Nice story, Stan.  Hope you get the opportunity to take him to many more games.  Good job on rearin' 3(?) new Astros fans.

Talk Zone / Re: Jason Lane
« on: August 09, 2007, 05:01:23 pm »
The fact that Jason Lane is still an option for the Houston Astros is just further evidence that Purpura is an incompetent General Manager.

Talk Zone / Re: Bonds trots for the 756th time.......
« on: August 08, 2007, 08:56:15 am »
Congrats to the one of the best hitters the game's ever known.

Talk Zone / Re: best astro squads ever
« on: August 03, 2007, 09:31:56 am »
1998, without a doubt.

Talk Zone / Re: Your Pinwheel gem of they day
« on: August 02, 2007, 03:47:36 pm »
"Lidge" and "long term" should not be used in the same sentence.

Talk Zone / Re: Greek food in Houston (TOTALLY non-bb)
« on: July 29, 2007, 09:16:53 pm »
live a few blocks from Niko Niko's - eat there often and its very good ... la fendee around the corner (westheimer and yupon) is just about as good

Let's see...

You live in the Montrose area and your name is "Rammer."



Talk Zone / Re: Greek food in Houston (TOTALLY non-bb)
« on: July 28, 2007, 12:27:22 am »
The Greek festival is the first weekend in October, and Thursday night is family night.

Yes, Annunciation's festival is in October and you can find better food there than you can at most of the restaurants.  St. Basil's festival was about a month ago.  Good food there, too.

Talk Zone / Re: Greek food in Houston (TOTALLY non-bb)
« on: July 27, 2007, 10:17:37 pm »
Niko Nikos is pretty good food, but the service and the general attitude of the owners/staff is atrocious.  Not to mention being packed in the place like sardines.

Cafe Lili is a great recommendation.  Just the opposite of Nikos.  Food is excellent and so is the service.  Lili or her son are always in the restaurant overseeing things.  Always top-notch.

Game Zone 2007 Archive / Re: HOU @ LAA - 6/18/07
« on: June 19, 2007, 09:51:15 am »
chuck, I hate to take the JimR approach here, but you are a fucking idiot.

Talk Zone / Re: I'm betting Lidge to closer, wheels back to set up
« on: June 07, 2007, 05:58:16 pm »
Lidge is just fine where he's at.

Talk Zone / Re: Berkman not using his head
« on: June 06, 2007, 05:00:34 pm »

Talk Zone / Re: Berkman not using his head
« on: June 06, 2007, 04:52:11 pm »
Noe.  My goodness.  Where in the hell do you get the energy to write these posts?  War And Peace.  For crying out loud.

Talk Zone / Re: NYCU
« on: June 04, 2007, 05:39:52 pm »
No.  But I was wondering when you'd get around to him.
Well, I'm glad you finally got around to conceding that.

Brad Lidge has pitched very well in his new role, which pleases me greatly, despite Jim's belief that I've got it in for Lidge.  It's unfortunate it, again, took management so long to realize that a change needed to be made.

Talk Zone / Re: NYCU
« on: June 04, 2007, 04:13:24 pm »
This has something to do with Brad Lidge somehow, doesn't it? :)
I don't know.  Is Brad Lidge still Houston's closer, Noe?

Talk Zone / Re: Lane out, Burke up?
« on: June 04, 2007, 11:35:03 am »
Because you don't have a fucking clue how an organization is run, correct?

That's right, Noe.  Only OWA Popes know anything about what goes on behind the scenes in baseball.

Talk Zone / Re: Lane out, Burke up?
« on: June 04, 2007, 11:32:23 am »
So you understand, but you don't care?
I'm not debating why Hunsicker left. 

Astros fans like Hunsicker because he was damn good at his job.  Astros fans don't, nor should they, care about front office relationships.  Noe acts like we should.


Talk Zone / Re: Lane out, Burke up?
« on: June 04, 2007, 11:26:39 am »

Talk Zone / Re: Lane out, Burke up?
« on: June 04, 2007, 11:24:11 am »
Because they are trying to explain to you why Hunsicker is no longer GM of the Astros.

Not to me.  I fully understand why he left. 

Talk Zone / Re: Lane out, Burke up?
« on: June 04, 2007, 11:20:36 am »
Who said anything about GM ability?  I mentioned Hunsicker had pretty much wanted to leave because he tried to be a petulent little child and take his ball and go home.  He was a major asshole his last two years with the organization.  And before anyone blames McLane, it was all on Hunsicker on that one.  If you think Roger Clemens has an ego, Hunsicker has one to match.  So in essence it's funny to read all these "Hunsicker come home!" pleas from Pinwheel and some stuff in here about Hunsicker's tenure here as well.

His act wore real thin the last two years he was here, and although my hyperbole about no one shedding a tear is just that, it is pretty darn close to the truth that a collective huge release of joy went out from the home office of the Houston Astros when he decided to leave.  Purpura may not have the experience to run a club like Hunsicker, but he's been a much more decent human being towards those who work for the team organizationally.  Especially bridging a gap that was huge between the business side of things with the baseball side of things.  Many of the folks who work for the business end never met people like Dewey Robinson before and vice versa.  That is because Hunsicker wouldn't allow them to meet.

That changed over night with Purpura.

Noe, seriously, why should you, I, or any other fan care about any of this?  I didn't work under Hunsicker.  I could not care less if someone got their feathers ruffled in the Astros' office.  The man got things done and assembled good teams. 

Purpura may have Fred Rogers' disposition, but he sucks at putting a good team on the field.  And not just a little bit. 

I don't give a flying fuck that they're all singing Kumbaya in the front office.

Talk Zone / Re: Lane out, Burke up?
« on: June 04, 2007, 10:35:31 am »
Tim Purpura isn't so much as a hair on Gerry Hunsicker's lily-white ass.  And he never will be.  Hunsicker was the best GM that Houston ever had and likely one of the top 5 in MLB.  To suggest anything else is hilarious.

Talk Zone / Re: NYCU
« on: June 04, 2007, 10:29:19 am »
I would be shocked if Lane ever plays for the Houston Astros (barring injury of course) again. 
Considering management's handling of players like Lane, you would be shocked to see him back in Houston? 

I'll be shocked if he's not one of the Houston Astros' 2008 outfielders coming out of spring training, regardless of the fact that his career BA will likely be .175 at that point in time.

Talk Zone / Re: Bidge unhappy hitting 6th
« on: May 30, 2007, 08:04:33 am »
seems to me like that is good advice for any player, and it has nothing to do with hate.

Sure it is, but it doesn't apply to Craig Biggio in this instance.

Talk Zone / Re: Bidge unhappy hitting 6th
« on: May 30, 2007, 07:59:42 am »
Doesn't sound like he's making a big deal about it.  More of a "I need to hit better" type of thing.

Just something for the Biggio haters to use as a "STFU and play, Craig" opportunity, which seems to get a lot of folks off.


Game Zone 2007 Archive / Re: Astros at D'Backs, Saturday 5/26
« on: May 26, 2007, 10:03:13 pm »
Berkman slams Webb in the glove arm with a shot up the middle, rebounded to Drew who throws him out by a hair. Loretta to third, Webb being attended to.
Did anyone else notice that Berkman didn't even attempt to leave the batters box until he was assured that the ball was going to get by Webb?

Game Zone 2007 Archive / Re: Astros at D'Backs, Saturday 5/26
« on: May 26, 2007, 09:12:55 pm »
Pathetic effort by Ausmus to first.  Way to lead this team, Brad.

Talk Zone / John Patterson
« on: May 20, 2007, 03:29:22 pm »
What happened to this guy?  A couple of years ago, he looked phenomenal and seemed destined for great things.  Now, you never hear much about him.

Looks like he's on the DL with the Nats at the moment.

Talk Zone / Re: Biggio
« on: May 15, 2007, 02:12:37 pm »
...but not as a starter and he's no defensive replacement.  So do you think Biggio can help the team solely as pinch hitter?  Bonus round:  Do you think Biggio would accept such a role?
"Biggio will be the Astros second baseman until he's not the Astros second baseman anymore."

                                                                                   -Yogi Berra

Talk Zone / Re: That had to hurt!
« on: May 15, 2007, 01:09:13 pm »

I sent that video in to astrosdaily a couple years ago.  I used to always have a tape in the VCR so in case something extraordinary happened, I could press record.  I knew the instant it happened that it would be an incident long remembered by Astros fans.
Did anyone notice C4 contemplating giving someone an ass-whoopin'?

Talk Zone / Re: Biggio
« on: May 15, 2007, 12:46:50 pm »
Who in the hell said this is Biggio's last year?

Talk Zone / Lazy Horse
« on: May 01, 2007, 11:22:52 pm »
Just got home from the game.  Make no mistake about it, Carlos Lee makes Jr. and Manny look like Charlie Hustle, particularly on ground ball outs.  I can see the Astros are taking on a much different attitude than we are used to, and I don't like it. 

What a schalacking.  Should have stayed home and watched Brokeback Mountain or something.

Talk Zone / Re: Alkie annoited Pope
« on: April 28, 2007, 11:34:37 am »
You ain't shit, Alkie.

Talk Zone / Re: Purpura brings up Pence
« on: April 28, 2007, 11:33:38 am »
1) whoever said Burke is a sacrifice to 3,000 is full of shit. I've heard Biggio should step aside for burke for about 4 or 5 years right now. BS.  Burke has never shown he is better than an aging and nearly decrepit biggio. Biggio is still getting the job done at 41 years old (more or less) and out performing Burke.  Burke has done absolultely nothing to supplant Bidge.  I'm sick of hearing this shit, and would have thought this place was intelligent enough not to have to deal with it.
Thank you very fucking much.  Douche nozzles abound 'round here.

Talk Zone / Re: Garner Provides BB Material
« on: April 25, 2007, 09:40:35 am »
He wasnt in Pittsburgh, he has no idea when Ensberg got to the park or what he did there.
Milo was familiar with the situation.  JD talked about Ensberg before the game.

Talk Zone / Re: this team 2007
« on: April 23, 2007, 09:58:02 am »
Garner choose Palmeiro instead.  It was the smart choice too, because you need all you need is contact to the right place to plate the tying run. 
Palmeiro never settled down after he fouled the ball off his coconut.

Talk Zone / Re: OK, I'll ask it....
« on: April 23, 2007, 09:55:08 am »
  Lidge's contract has nothing to do with how the Astros have to use him in their bullpen.
If it's determined that Lidge is most effective in middle relief, then why on earth would the Astros keep him around at $5M/yr.  Effective middle relief services can be had for a fraction of that.  Trade him to the Yankees, who don't understand this.

Talk Zone / Re: this team 2007
« on: April 23, 2007, 09:43:56 am »
Because Lamb had already been used?

Talk Zone / Re: this team 2007
« on: April 22, 2007, 05:15:00 pm »
gonna be a fun season
Not if they have to battle J.J. Hardy and the boys too often.

Talk Zone / Re: Lidge sucks at pitching baseballs
« on: April 21, 2007, 11:01:05 am »
But if I were prone to being Dobro and I ran this team, after Opening Day I probably would've shut him down.

No, if I were pulling the strings and I made the decision to keep him around for 2007, I would certainly extend his leash beyond Opening Day.  After last night, he would not pitch in any close games.  With that in mind, I would get him as much work as I could between now and June 1.  If something miraculous had not happened by June 1, he would be gone.

Talk Zone / Re: Lidge sucks at pitching baseballs
« on: April 21, 2007, 10:43:56 am »
Run him out there again to see if work will give him the experience he needs in game situations to correct his inconsistency.  Hey, guess what!  That's what they're doing!  Go figure.

He had the entire 2006 season to correct his inconsistency.  At what point do you pull the plug?

Nah, not important.  If you don't want to answer, it's cool.

Yes, I do want to answer.  I just simply did not understand the question.

Talk Zone / Re: Lidge sucks at pitching baseballs
« on: April 21, 2007, 10:21:22 am »
What would I do?  Approach him about injury.  Why is *that* not an answer?

Because it has already been established that they have discussed injury with Lidge and injury is not an issue.  But you would "approach him about injury" anyway?  OK, nothing wrong with being thorough.  Now, when Lidge tells you again that he is healthy, how do you proceed?

Now you answer my question: Do you see improvement or lack thereof either better or worse than Garner?
Would you rephrase your question? 

Talk Zone / Re: Lidge sucks at pitching baseballs
« on: April 21, 2007, 10:07:21 am »
I thought I explain all this clearly in my post last night?  I guess not, but if I saw no improvement, I'd approach him about injury, same as Garner did with Lance Berkman.  It is no different for any player on the team. However, what you call improvement and what a manager calls improvement are two distinctly different things.  Fans see stats (or results), managers see whether the improvement is in the approach and attitude.  Stats will fall in line soon enough, unless one is looking for Lidge to be just outright dominant, then the stats will have to be pristine for said people in order to be satisfied.

I argue that a great majority of folks want pristine or ship his arse out.  However, even those who do not want pristine sometimes fail to see improvement like Garner does.  Either you see it or you don't.
Noe, you didn't really answer the question.  You've simply stated that you would "approach him about injury."   ???  Do you not think they've already discussed this with Lidge?   

Talk Zone / Re: Lidge sucks at pitching baseballs
« on: April 21, 2007, 09:49:45 am »
Careful, Dobro's mob isn't going to like level-headness.
Funny, Noe.  This "one bad outing" nonsense is utter horse hockey and you know it.  But, I've got to give you credit; you make the argument with a face straighter than the Cincinnati Kid's, in true "Pope" fashion.

Here we were this time last year discussing the same thing.;topicseen#msg66635

Lidge was given the entire 2006 season to work out the kinks.  I'm not sure more work is the antidote.

Noe, if you were the manager (or GM) of the Astros, (yes, we all know you are not) how would you handle Brad Lidge and at what point would you consider him "unfixable?"

Ok, I know I'm pretty well known for the exaggerating and hotheaded overreaction, but does anyone in here have even the slightest hope for Lidge as an Astro at this point?
Cool it.  Lidge's fan club will run your ass outta here tomorrow in the TZ.  This isn't Lidge's fault.  Biggio should have hit a 5-run homer.

Talk Zone / Re: Biggio on Fire
« on: April 18, 2007, 05:02:29 pm »
I think many of you are going to be very shocked when Biggio gets 3000 and his role on the team doesn't change much. 

Talk Zone / Re: Jennings update
« on: April 16, 2007, 03:21:59 pm »
Having said all that, Chad Hastings rant on Friday on Don Imus was the funniest thing I've ever heard.  Here is the rub though... he was *serious*.  It was an incredibly ill-informed, ill-thought out, way off the mark social commentary by someone who has a lot of growing up to do on the subject of humanity and the well being of mankind.  His rant was self-serving and a push back from a single minded perspective.

And he thought he was saying something smart.  Too funny.
In a nutshell, what was his position?

Talk Zone / Re: All Lidge. All the time.
« on: April 13, 2007, 12:33:50 pm »
Okay, so when Garner says this:

“It's not like I'm not going to pitch him in any ballgames. I'm going to pitch him more. I would like to get him in these meaningful situations in the middle of ballgames, and he'll tell me, he'll show me, when he's ready to get back to his rightful spot."

(So tell me, what does "rightful spot" mean if not closer.   You, yourself said 5 million dollars does not a middle reliever make... but a closer?  Hmmmm, yeah, okay. So is Garner lying here Dobro?)

"My hope is that I can get him in four out of eight days, every other day, two or three days in a row, and not have extended outings, those kinds of things," Garner says. "I think he can get back on track."

(What does "back on track" mean?  Be a serviceable middle reliever?  Oh come on!)

Noe, those quotes indicate that Garner is trying to fix a pitcher who was once his closer, with hopes that he can be the closer again one day.  He is not the Astros closer.  I don't know how much more clear Garner could make it.

Talk Zone / Re: All Lidge. All the time.
« on: April 13, 2007, 12:18:22 pm »
He is still Houston's closer, which is what is perplexing to me that is not understood here. 

This quote from Garner does not sound to me like Lidge is Houston's closer:

"Brad is not going to close as a general rule. There might be an occasion when I'll close back with Brad."

Noe, there is not some vast media/fan conspiracy against Brad Lidge.  He has not been getting the job done for a long time.  That's really the bottom line.

Talk Zone / Re: All Lidge. All the time.
« on: April 13, 2007, 11:56:53 am »
Are the Astros simply not allowed to have patience...

The Astros have been more than patient with Lidge. 

The point is that even if he does turn into a serviceable middle reliever, the Astros do not need a $5M middle reliever.

Talk Zone / Re: All Lidge. All the time.
« on: April 13, 2007, 11:43:51 am »
  He has to become something new.
Like what? A starter? He's being paid over $5M/yr.

Let him go rediscover himself on a team that can afford a $5M middle reliever.

Talk Zone / Re: Most Painful Astros Loss List
« on: April 12, 2007, 10:39:12 pm »
How about getting steamrolled 4 fucking games in a row at the Big Show?

Talk Zone / Re: After one week
« on: April 09, 2007, 10:06:06 am »
I think this is an anomaly, forced on the Astros, by trying to get Bidge at-bats so he can get to 3,000.  They are cheating on the roster so that they can keep Burke on the team (he's got to be out of options by now) to take over 2B once that glorious 3,000th hit arrives.  Without that elephant in the room, Burke would be at 2B and there'd be a CFer in CF.
You speak as if Burke is an all-star second baseman and Biggio is chicken liver. 

Talk Zone / Re: After one week
« on: April 09, 2007, 09:57:18 am »
Asking a CF'er to play CF at Minute Maid is a tall order.  Anyone in the game will tell you that it's an especially difficult position in this park.  Why the Astros continue to ask guys who aren't natural CF'ers to play this position is mind-boggling.

Game Zone 2007 Archive / Re: Cards at Astros - April 8, 2007
« on: April 08, 2007, 04:05:21 pm »

Game Zone 2007 Archive / Re: Cards at Astros - April 8, 2007
« on: April 08, 2007, 04:02:00 pm »
Lidge is struggling badly and in dire need of some lucky breaks.
I'd prefer that the Astros closer not have to rely on "lucky breaks" to get hitters out.

Game Zone 2007 Archive / Re: Cards at Astros - April 8, 2007
« on: April 08, 2007, 03:54:50 pm »
Lidge's job, as any pitcher in that positions job would have been, was to get out of the inning.  Instead....ka-BLAMMO.
Lidge's problems are easily correctable.  Just be patient.

Talk Zone / Re: Biggio's bat speed
« on: April 08, 2007, 03:47:50 pm »
Bottom line though, that means he is now guessing as a hitter, and that will make him less effective in the box.
Well I'm glad that's settled and out of the way.

Talk Zone / Re: Biggio's bat speed
« on: April 05, 2007, 04:50:48 pm »
I also find it amusing that this was the bottom of the 9th inning.  Isn't that past the old man's bedtime?  He must be on the injectable Geritol.

Talk Zone / Biggio's bat speed
« on: April 05, 2007, 04:02:17 pm »
For you douche nozzles that have convinced yourselves that Biggio's bat speed is gone, check out his HR vid clip on 

Looks good to me.

Talk Zone / Re: screw it- I'm ready for Pence
« on: April 04, 2007, 11:14:44 pm »

It's been three fuckin games.  Count 'em...three.  Can we wait until the tax deadline to start pissing in our pants?
This is the same clown who was bitching about Biggio after two games.

Talk Zone / Re: The Return of Alkie to the Ranks of Vanity Columnista?
« on: March 26, 2007, 10:13:27 pm »
great news, the thoughts that make up the inner workings of alkie's brain are the stuff of comedic genius.

Talk Zone / Re: Lidge Signed
« on: January 17, 2007, 02:00:39 pm »
You may be on to something, Noe.  If Lidge throws a nasty cutter in 2007, he could very well be a force to be reckoned with.  However, to simply hope that Lidge is going to show up in '07 with his head on straight (without signficiant changes to his approach) is foolish.  

Purpura obviously knows more about Lidge's status than any of us here, so his expectations may very well be valid.  I hope they are.

Talk Zone / Re: Lidge Signed
« on: January 17, 2007, 01:25:37 pm »

not just him...most everyone but you.

I assume that "most everyone but me" includes you.  So tell me, what is it about Lidge's 2006 peformance that leads you to believe that the Astros will get "great" results from him in 2007?  Seriously.  Purpura has to give lip service; you don't.

I would argue that the only thing "unhealthy" here is Purpura's obsession with underachieving homegrown talent.

Talk Zone / Re: Lidge Signed
« on: January 16, 2007, 09:32:53 pm »

"Brad is one of the leaders of our team, and we are expecting great results from him this season."

Only Purpura...

I sincerely hope his expectations are met.

Talk Zone / Re: Bonds fails drug test
« on: January 11, 2007, 10:53:21 am »
Wouldn't it be prudent to note in your post that it was a positive test for amphetamines, not steroids?

Talk Zone / Re: Mike Capps
« on: December 30, 2006, 07:48:15 pm »
Mike's a great broadcaster.  Well deserved.  Congratulations!

Talk Zone / Re: Another starter
« on: December 14, 2006, 01:16:11 pm »

I have no idea what else BOS needs right now, but I can't see them trading Beckett just for one closer who may or may not be able to pitch effectively.

Why?  Theo certainly can't be as smart as Tim Purpura and the Astros just traded the farm for a mediocre starter approaching FA who may or may not be able to pitch effectively.

Talk Zone / Re: Luke Scott
« on: December 12, 2006, 01:07:46 pm »

The fact that Scott mentions in the article that he showed his weapon to a suspected assailant also is concerning. It is called a CONCEALED Handgun Licence for a reason. You are supposed to conceal it. What I took away from the CHL course is that you do not pull it unless you are ready to use it and the only time you use it is when you have no other means to escape from a situation in which you think that you will be killed. It is not meant to be a deterrent; it is meant to be a last stand when everything else has failed.

You are correct.  Luke looks a little foolish in that piece.  If he acted as he described in the video, then he broke the law, according to CHL instructors that I've had.

Talk Zone / Re: Vince Young (non BB but what a CFer he would be)
« on: December 11, 2006, 04:06:44 pm »

All this talk about Vince Young being a punk is absurd. VY doing the heisman pose is the only piece of evidence that is even debatable about the subject. People that have been following Vince for a while know that he's a great guy and an even better football player. Time will tell on all fronts.

Well, as a UT fan, I've been following him for a while and I think he's a punk.  His snubbing of the office of the Presidency, the Heisman posing, and his other antics that have been discussed in this thread are evidence of his punkness.  He's got a lot to learn and a short time to do it.

Talk Zone / Re: Vince Young (non BB but what a CFer he would be)
« on: December 11, 2006, 12:35:59 pm »

Here you go Noe

Punk.  He needs a heater up around the chin.

Talk Zone / Re: Vince Young (non BB but what a CFer he would be)
« on: December 11, 2006, 11:37:50 am »

It's not. People like to hate.

Fuck you.  Vince Young is just another punk in today's world of out-of-control professional athletes, particularly the NBA and NFL.  He thinks he's larger than life and will eventually learn otherwise.

Talk Zone / Re: Now what happens with Clemens
« on: December 11, 2006, 11:30:45 am »

The Sharpstown mall was OK when I was there last...

Apparently, it's been a while since you were there last.  Like 1974.

Talk Zone / Re: Vince Young (non BB but what a CFer he would be)
« on: December 11, 2006, 02:18:22 am »

he seems like a...great role-model for young kids.

Yeah, right.

Talk Zone / Re: Vince Young (non BB but what a CFer he would be)
« on: December 10, 2006, 10:00:36 pm »


And off the field, he's got a lot to learn.

What he did after the win in the Rose Bowl last year was very punkish.  What he did today after the win was equal in punk-a-tude.  He's eventually going to have a lineman catch up to him and stomp the punk-a-holism out of him.

Until then, he's basically a really bad sportsman from my view from the couch.  Nothing humble about this kid at all.  He feeds off of being slighted by criticism or lack of awards like the Heisman or being the #1 pick.  He's amazing in his resolve and talent, he's less than amazing in his me-first attitude.


This is the same punk who thought it would be appropriate to snub the office of the President of the United States by wearing a Tall Tee and baggy jeans around his knees when meeting the President.

Talk Zone / Re: Vince Young (non BB but what a CFer he would be)
« on: December 10, 2006, 08:40:08 pm »
Vince Young is obviously a good athlete, but I don't think he's the superstar that many believe he will be.  

And off the field, he's got a lot to learn.

Talk Zone / Re: Now what happens with Clemens
« on: December 10, 2006, 12:31:07 pm »

Isn't Clemens' primary residence in the Memorial area and not Katy?

Yes, has been for about two decades.

Talk Zone / Re: Purpura not interested in re-signing Springer?
« on: December 04, 2006, 07:04:25 pm »

i'm thinking he got the scholarship to Notre Dame that you wanted or that he beat you regularly in the minor leagues. your obsession with him is really unhealthy. all of your oh, so close friends on here are worried about you.

I never cared much about Notre Dame.  And I think the unhealthy obsession is Purpura's.  If he believes that Ensberg and Lidge are keys to success in 2007, God help the Astros.

Talk Zone / Re: Purpura not interested in re-signing Springer?
« on: December 04, 2006, 03:04:27 pm »
Some of ya'll really need to snap out of the Brad Lidge trance and face reality.  He ain't that good.

Talk Zone / Re: Purpura interview on MLB radio
« on: November 29, 2006, 02:32:25 pm »

Whatever, in the end, TP will do what's best for the Astros.

Jason Lane in RF ain't what's best for the Astros; I don't care how you slice it.  Nothing about him indicates that the Astros should expect a better performance in 2007.  Let's hope he's moved.

Talk Zone / Re: Purpura interview on MLB radio
« on: November 28, 2006, 10:05:09 pm »

Yeah, Lane hit .201 last season. But it was an interesting .201. Look at the breakdown by month:

April       .232 .394 .476 .870  
May         .154 .247 .295 .542  
June        .250 .379 .458 .838  
July        .211 .211 .263 .474  
August      .241 .361 .586 .947  
September   .129 .194 .226 .420

Bizarre. I'm not saying he's going to get it together next season, but if we get something good for Willy he's worth a shot in CF. I'd also like him in a platoon with Scott in RF.

What about those stats appeals to you?  I'm not seeing it.

Talk Zone / Re: So, who really believes this?
« on: November 28, 2006, 09:28:55 pm »


I saw Lane in Costco the other day, and admittedly most of my attention was focused on his wife....

so where are the photos?

Unfortunately for ya'll, I didn't get any.  Lane might be hitting .201 on the field, but he knocked one out of the park with his little bride.  She's smokin' ass hot.

Talk Zone / Re: Purpura interview on MLB radio
« on: November 28, 2006, 09:22:53 pm »

I don't care what Lane did in 2005, look at what he did in 2006.  Before and AFTER the send down.

There's absolutely nothing about Lane's game that indicates he is improving.  The same goes for Lidge and Ensberg.

Talk Zone / Re: Purpura interview on MLB radio
« on: November 28, 2006, 07:55:51 pm »

It was Jason Fucking Lane.  I don't get Purp's obsession with Lane, but it seems real to me.

It completely baffles me that a team serious about contending would even consider a RF'er who hits .201.

Talk Zone / Re: So, who really believes this?
« on: November 28, 2006, 07:41:20 pm »

BTW: Pinwheel's blog reported that Lane has dropped some weight.

I saw Lane in Costco the other day, and admittedly most of my attention was focused on his wife, but he didn't look like he had lost any significant weight.

Talk Zone / Re: Oswalt Money For Lee?
« on: November 26, 2006, 10:52:17 am »

To my mind the Lee signing signals a departure from a historically very successful approach and this concerns me greatly.

Exactly my thoughts.  Drayton just made a big decision about this team's payroll for many years to come.

Talk Zone / Re: Me likey
« on: November 26, 2006, 10:48:44 am »
Woody Williams makes me nervous.  I hope they don't have to rely on him as the third starter.

I hope Lidge and Ensberg are traded.

Talk Zone / Re: Soriano, A Cub. Fuck.
« on: November 19, 2006, 05:14:44 pm »

He'll be a Yankee by 2011.

By 2011?  You're much more optomistic than I am.

Talk Zone / Re: Ramirez is officially a Free Agent...
« on: November 12, 2006, 01:09:44 pm »


The Link

Sounds like he's gonna fetch $15/year...that's a lot of cash, but I'd rather have him than say, Carlos "my hero is Hector Villanueva" Lee.

I second that.  I have absolutely no desire to sign Lee.  He is a defensive liability, and when he slumps at the plate, then we are SOL on offense and defense.  I'm not saying that ManRam is Gold Glove material, but his stick is much more dangerous than Lee.  Besides...who the hell is afraid of pithing to Lee?

Read the link.  Aramis, not Manny.

Talk Zone / Re: Ramirez is officially a Free Agent...
« on: November 12, 2006, 10:52:28 am »

The Link

Sounds like he's gonna fetch $15/year...that's a lot of cash, but I'd rather have him than say, Carlos "my hero is Hector Villanueva" Lee.

Player's salaries are absolutely out of control.

Talk Zone / Re: The Time Has Come
« on: October 11, 2006, 11:27:21 am »

I've never understood the vitriol reserved for Beltran. I thought he played mighty well when he was on the Astros, and gave us a thrilling October ride. He never lied to the fans during the offseason. Sure, he hired a jerk, but so what. A lot of people hire jerks. Then, he signed with the Mets and the Astros won their first pennant in league history. How did he harm the team? What was so awful?

Are you kidding?  Fuck The Whore.

My, my, how quickly you forget.

Talk Zone / Re: The Time Has Come
« on: October 10, 2006, 11:47:38 pm »

...I think Pujols is one of the best things to happen to baseball in a while.  Finally, a super super super star who hits out of his mind 100% of the time, who ISN'T a major league asshole...

Alkie, I'm covinced.  You slipped and hit your head.  You ain't right, brother.  Tell your wife to bludgeon you in the coconut repeatedly with an iron skillet until you denounce the this newfound love for Pooholes.  It ain't right.

Talk Zone / Re: Is there anyone else interested in Lidge?
« on: October 07, 2006, 09:11:31 pm »
You "keep  him" bunch are delusional.  If he was making league minimum, ok, tinker with him a bit longer.  The fact is, though, he's making much more than league minimum.  I've seen enough Brad Lidge to last me a lifetime, unless, of course, he's pitching to Astros hitters.

Talk Zone / Re: Our Sad Division
« on: October 05, 2006, 05:29:54 pm »

Maybe I will root for the Cards.

Alkie, did you slip and hit your head?  Fuck the Jakes.

Talk Zone / Re: Lane and Ensberg
« on: October 02, 2006, 03:41:23 pm »

I think he's your RH power bat off the bench.

You're nuts.  Based on his 2006 performance, Jason Lane shouldn't even be wearing a major league uniform, much less starting games for a team in a pennant race, as was the case for the Houston Astros.

Talk Zone / Re: thank you, Astros!
« on: October 01, 2006, 04:57:13 pm »

win or lose today...standing ovation from me.

I'm shocked that you couldn't figure out a way to spit on Clemens with this post.  Absolutely shocked.

Talk Zone / Re: Does Anyone Else...
« on: September 29, 2006, 12:28:05 pm »

...I still have no confidence in Lane and I would much rather see Huff start than Lane.

That makes two of us.  Actually, I think I would rather have Huff hitting with a blindfold on than Lane.

Talk Zone / Mike Lamb's defense
« on: September 29, 2006, 11:30:04 am »
Lamb deserves a little pat on the ass for the phenomenal play he made on Wednesday night.  Just watched the replay of the barehanded grab. Helluva play for anybody.

Talk Zone / Re: What a dork.
« on: September 27, 2006, 03:40:48 pm »


"I'll just take it as any other start," said Chacon. "It's the last one of the season, and you want to leave a good taste in your mouth. But it's not life or death."

The Link
Tell you what.  Let me pitch in the bigs for half of your salary and I'll passionately care about every single pitch I throw for as long as I am up in the bigs.

Think you're overreacting a little bit, weatherman?

Talk Zone / Re: Booing Preston Wilson
« on: September 25, 2006, 01:02:21 pm »

did anyone else find it totally tasteless that Preston Wilson was booed when he pinch-hit in the ninth inning?

I thought it was pretty disgusting.  Save the "boos" for the Puerto Rican Whore.

Talk Zone / Re: Aubrey Huff is a slow man
« on: September 17, 2006, 06:08:36 pm »

I suspect that at most one of Huff and Ensberg will be an Astro next year.

That's not a difficult decision.

Talk Zone / Re: What is to become of Lidge?
« on: September 16, 2006, 09:20:59 pm »

My guess is that they will give him every opportunity to get right in 2007. If he's not back to being a major league closer caliber pitcher by around the All-Star break...

Are you fucking kidding?  The words Lidge, Astros, and 2007 should never be used in the same sentence again.  He had "every opportunity" to get right in 2006.

Talk Zone / Re: Who cares?
« on: September 02, 2006, 12:20:05 pm »
Boo away at the Whore.  He fucked us just as hard as Boras.  It's amazing at how soon people forget.

Talk Zone / Re: Keep an eye on Ernesto late next week (non-bb)
« on: August 26, 2006, 10:54:29 am »
das, what do you consider "North Gulf Coast?"

Talk Zone / Re: No Boras for Lee after all...
« on: August 24, 2006, 10:44:10 am »

I believe Scott Boras represents Willy Taveras.

Fuck Willy Taveras and fuck Drayton if he so much as even takes another phone call from Boras.

Talk Zone / Re: Lidge
« on: August 19, 2006, 08:18:59 pm »

It's all Lidge's fault.  Ok.

Fuck you.  You idiot.  Did you even read the post?

Talk Zone / Garner on Lidge
« on: August 16, 2006, 03:00:26 am »
"Brad Lidge is no longer my closer."

Well it's about fucking time, Phil.

Talk Zone / Re: Morgan Ensberg
« on: August 15, 2006, 09:17:15 pm »

But no doubt, Garner can't let him stay in there if he's not producing.

Gee, is August too soon to come to this conclusion?

Talk Zone / Re: In case you missed it...
« on: August 15, 2006, 02:07:04 pm »

Sept. 28: STL @ HOU

Check out the Sept. 10 highlight of Biggio robbing a young Jason Bay.

Talk Zone / Re: In case you missed it...
« on: August 14, 2006, 08:36:01 pm »
Does anyone remember the play (not a playoff game) where PR Whore was running straight in, dove, extended, flipped, came up and gunned a frozen rope to nail the runner trying to score at the plate?  

I was at the park that night but that's all I remember.

Talk Zone / Re: Ken Rosenthal on Astros
« on: July 31, 2006, 06:26:57 pm »

And his injury history and slight, 6-foot, 185-pound frame make him a long-term risk."

Oswalt wouldn't tip 185lbs with pravata on his back.

Talk Zone / Re: buyer or seller
« on: July 30, 2006, 09:31:30 pm »

the O's and Astros had done a deal of Ensberg and Everett for Tejada.  Apparently the O's pulled out.


Talk Zone / Re: What Tejada said
« on: July 30, 2006, 01:41:58 pm »

My vote is not to bring Tejada and his attitude to town.

I'd rather take my chances with Lidge and Ensberg.

Negative on the Ensberg/Lidge thing.

My biggest concern with Tejada is steroids.  I believe he is a juicer and I'm concerned about his future physical/health issues once players are no longer able to skirt MLB testing and he is forced to play 15lbs lighter and juice-free.  Although, there are many facets of Tejada's game where steroids aren't a factor.

Talk Zone / Re: heard a rumor tonight at the ballpark
« on: July 30, 2006, 01:34:51 pm »

healthy is not the same thing as hitting/productive

Yep.  And I'm not sure that the Astros are interested in even a "healthy" Ensberg, at this point.

Talk Zone / Re: heard a rumor tonight at the ballpark
« on: July 29, 2006, 10:57:21 am »

If Purpura swings this deal, he's got a little Hun in 'em.

Agreed.  It's hard to believe that Baltimore would be this stupid.  But, hey, this is Baltimore we are talking about.

Talk Zone / Re: Soriano?
« on: July 28, 2006, 03:46:47 pm »
Surprising to me.  Soriano is not Drayton's kinda player.

Talk Zone / Re: What I think needs to happen...
« on: July 28, 2006, 10:35:39 am »
Lidge is easily correctable though.  One day he will be honest with himself and he will once again be Lights Out Lidge.

Talk Zone / Re: Elementary Question about Boras Clients
« on: July 23, 2006, 01:21:28 pm »

The answer to the first question is no. Elementary. So your second hypothetical, having been contigent upon the first being affirmed in the positive, is rendered irrelevant, as is the third or any other of the infinte postulations conceivable by such a fertile imagination.


Talk Zone / Re: Pettitte Joins Roy at the Bitchin' Post
« on: July 21, 2006, 09:55:23 pm »


no shut-out throwing whiner.

The Link

Don't you know that pitchers are supposed to throw shut-outs every game?

Talk Zone / Re: Pettitte Joins Roy at the Bitchin' Post
« on: July 21, 2006, 06:38:32 pm »
<Countdown to RJ's highly anticipated response>


WFW.  Shut the fuck up and pitch, Andy, you lazy-ass, no shut-out throwing whiner.

Talk Zone / Re: Who were they talking about last night???
« on: July 20, 2006, 10:12:56 am »

Talk Zone / Re: Who were they talking about last night???
« on: July 20, 2006, 10:12:34 am »

During an in game discussion about the 8th inning, I came back from the fridge and JD was talking being in the clubhouse or bench and cheering on your team even if your on the DL...and then something about trading that person.  Who the heck was he talking about...another team, or the Astros?

Anybody remember hearing them talk about this?

Shea Hillenbrand.  And he has since been DFA'd.

Apparently, he had the red-ass at management and refused to suit up and sit in the dugout.

Talk Zone / Re: A-Rod
« on: July 18, 2006, 10:45:14 am »
A-Rod is definitely Drayton's kinda player.  Stranger things have happened.

Talk Zone / Re: Angel Hernandez - Still a Cock
« on: July 18, 2006, 12:03:15 am »

Angel walks over, picks up the hat, and then heads over to the stands and gives the hat to a fan.

What an unbelievable jerk.

I thought that was pretty damn funny.

Talk Zone / Re: WTF Happened?
« on: July 17, 2006, 12:05:23 pm »


When I had to leave the game it was 3-0 Astros (to play golf in the 100 degree heat - only mad dogs and Englishmen...).  Then I find out it was a 9-3 loss!  WTF?  That turned around faster than  The Hoff with a whiney chick in his car.

Buchholz was cruising until the 5th.  His slider left him. Walked the 8th hitter, then walked the light hitting Alfredo Amezaga and Ramirez homered.  After that, when the Astros did hit the ball, all three Marlins outfielders made circus catches.  Unbelievable.

The bullpen got blowed up, sir.

Talk Zone / Re: Lane
« on: July 14, 2006, 04:35:13 pm »
Ransom also looked good in the Backe/Sheets game.

Talk Zone / Re: The Reds Making Moves
« on: July 14, 2006, 10:41:42 am »

And I guess this means Soriano will be looking at DC in his rear-view sooner rather than later?

I just pray that he goes to the AL.

Talk Zone / Re: Huff's presence in the lineup
« on: July 14, 2006, 01:25:49 am »
You don't ask for much, do you, Noe? lol

Talk Zone / Re: The Reds Making Moves
« on: July 13, 2006, 11:49:15 pm »

 What would you be willing to give the Nats to get Felipe Lopez for the Stros?

Not a damn thing.

Talk Zone / Huff's presence in the lineup
« on: July 13, 2006, 11:46:35 pm »
It's amazing how Huff changes the dynamics of this lineup.  Nice performance tonight by the new guy.  Let's hope that this is a sign of things to come.

No need to rush back to the lineup, Morgan.

Talk Zone / Re: Step on a Crack
« on: July 09, 2006, 11:20:56 am »

and yes, i think Lidge can be corrected easily.

Why don't you send McLane and Purpura your resume?  And be sure to explain your position on Lidge in the cover letter.  I'm quite sure that Hickey's disposable.

No hard-on for you, Jim.  I would say it is quite the opposite, in fact.  You've been gnawing on my ankles for years now.  You just aren't nearly as smart as you think you are, as is clearly evident by some of the positions you take around here.

Talk Zone / Re: Step on a Crack
« on: July 08, 2006, 11:53:41 pm »



Brad Lidge is a lost cause.

Ya think?

But it's blasphemy around these parts to admit what other fans have been saying for a long time now. He's a choking headcase. Period.

I'm just wondering if Jim still stands by his "Lidge is easily correctable" position.

The Link

Talk Zone / Re: Step on a Crack
« on: July 08, 2006, 08:39:33 pm »

Brad Lidge is a lost cause.

Ya think?

Talk Zone / Re: What about 2nd?
« on: July 07, 2006, 07:45:31 pm »


He's been drawing walks an scoring a few runs, which is the only thing saving his ass.  

or the fact that he plays third base....

Let's not get confused.  He ain't Adam Everett.

Talk Zone / Re: La Genius
« on: July 06, 2006, 10:47:15 pm »

Ponson is actually one of Mr. Wu's pigs.

It's just "Wu," you limey cocksucker.

Talk Zone / Re: Umbrellas?
« on: July 06, 2006, 02:48:38 pm »

We brought one in tuesday.

Yeah, along with about 20,000 other fans.  It shouldn't be a problem.

Talk Zone / Re: Back-to-back complete game losses.....
« on: July 06, 2006, 11:51:57 am »
For Ensberg to be such a generally intelligent guy, he's got the sense of a donkey at the plate.

And yes, you can bet that Oswalt's comments are stinging more than one ass this morning.

Talk Zone / Re: Lamb's error on the 4th
« on: July 05, 2006, 03:58:10 pm »

No, the right play is to run Lee back to 1B.  That means that Lamb should have run him far enough towards 2B, then fed Biggio so Biggio could have run him back to 1B to make the play there.  Sounds like that may be what Lamb was trying to do, but the exchange between Biggio and Lamb got fucked up.

Again, you are correct.  And the exchange between Lamb and Biggio got fucked up because Lamb was forced to make a rushed, erratic throw to Biggio because he waited far too long as he attempted to outrun Lee, which ain't ever gonna happen.

Talk Zone / Re: Lamb's error on the 4th
« on: July 05, 2006, 01:43:08 pm »

Lee practially looked like a deer caught in lights when he got picked off.

Yes, Pettitte's move was slick, indeed.

Talk Zone / Re: Lamb's error on the 4th
« on: July 05, 2006, 01:06:15 pm »


Textbook is to make one throw, and that means pushing the runner as far as you can.  Lamb's problem was indecisiveness - he got too close to Lee to get a good angle on a throw.  Biggio did a furtehr job of dropping a catchable throw.

"Textbook" is making two throws:  one throw ahead of the runner, then forcing him back to the base from whence he came and make another throw and the play there.  I didn't see the play, but I'm assuming the runner was caught between 1B and 2B and Lamb had the ball.  He should make one throw ahead of the runner, early enough that that runner heads back to 1B, and then they make the play there.

You are correct.  Basically, Lamb ran Lee to the advancing base.

Talk Zone / Re: Lamb's error on the 4th
« on: July 05, 2006, 12:59:25 pm »

Textbook is to make one throw, and that means pushing the runner as far as you can.  

"Textbook" is to get the runner out by making as few throws as possible.

Talk Zone / Re: Lamb's error on the 4th
« on: July 05, 2006, 12:49:34 pm »
That play wasn't "textbook."  Lamb foolishly thought he could outrun Lee.  When he realized that he couldn't, Lee was almost to second and Lamb was forced to make a rushed, erratic throw.

Talk Zone / Re: Lamb's error on the 4th
« on: July 04, 2006, 08:26:15 pm »

protecting St. Biggio. that was E4.

I was sitting as close to the play as one possibly could and the biggest problem appeared to be on Lamb's end.  He chased the runner far too long before making the throw.

Talk Zone / Buchholz: The Stud
« on: July 01, 2006, 09:23:04 pm »
Nasty, nasty stuff today.  Watching this kid blossom is going to be fun.  Nice job by Lamb, too.

Talk Zone / Re: Bucknor in the 7th
« on: June 28, 2006, 12:02:11 am »

As long as Lane is on the team, he's an option.  

You're preaching to the choir.  My original statement was, "Lane should not be starting for a major league team."

Talk Zone / Re: Bucknor in the 7th
« on: June 27, 2006, 11:52:15 pm »



The Astros have had him on the bench since mid-May.

He wasn't on the bench tonight.  All .208 of him was in the 2-hole.

Palmeiro?  Biggio is nursing a sore shoulder, try to keep up.

Lane starting (and in the 2-hole) certainly wasn't the only option, much less the smartest.  You're a big boy; you know that.

Talk Zone / Re: Bucknor in the 7th
« on: June 27, 2006, 11:43:30 pm »

The Astros have had him on the bench since mid-May.

He wasn't on the bench tonight.  All .208 of him was in the 2-hole.

Talk Zone / Re: Bucknor in the 7th
« on: June 27, 2006, 11:32:24 pm »

Clemens was leaving regardless.

Clemens didn't have a choice.

Talk Zone / Re: Bucknor in the 7th
« on: June 27, 2006, 10:51:25 pm »
Lane should not be starting for a major league team.

Talk Zone / Re: Very OT: KTRH radio host gets owned on national TV
« on: June 26, 2006, 11:52:40 pm »
Chris Baker is an idiot, but Bernie Ward is limp-wristed Nancy-boy.  I'll take my chances with Baker, as annoying as his radio show is.

Talk Zone / Re: Speechless. Fucking Speechless.
« on: June 26, 2006, 02:00:05 am »

that was not The Big Stage, whatever the hell that is. it was the last game of a three game series in June.

You're right.  Lidge mastered the "Big Stage" meltdown last season.  This year, he's working on consistency.

Talk Zone / Re: Holy Crap Rajah
« on: June 16, 2006, 02:23:38 pm »

do you send him Valentines, petey?

he is selling tickets for sure, he is drawing some attention to the Astros, and he is saying a million words at the million press conferences he holds. maybe some of those words are "the right ones," but all i have heard him talk about is himself and his body. what i will remember is: "I don't need to do this. I don't really want to do this, but I'm committed to doing this." wow, thanks a lot Great Man for that fabulous endorsement of your team and your teammates. what i will remember is his letting the media and the unwashed masses think he really was choosing among four teams. Mr. I and Me. Drama Queen. one of the greatest pitchers of all time, but that is where the superlatives end for me.

shut the fuck up and pitch.

I see you've been sipping your Haterade again this  morning.

Talk Zone / Re: Duckworth debuts for KC against Angels
« on: June 14, 2006, 01:19:26 am »

he'll probably shut us out.

Who?  You and Junior?

Talk Zone / Re: OT: Opening Board in Opera
« on: June 10, 2006, 01:22:40 pm »
Why not Firefox?  Hell, anything but IE.

Talk Zone / Re: Texas Motor Vehicle Accident Commission? (non-bb)
« on: June 07, 2006, 01:09:54 pm »


My neck was stiff on Saturday/Sunday, but I am fine now

You just think you're fine. In fact, you are hurt - real bad. You have extensive soft tissue damage that cannot be confirmed by any recognized objective testing; nevertheless you are in for a lifetime of pain and suffering, impotence, sterility, mental anguish, emotional distress, limited employment opportunities, etc.

Obviously, this guy is being a wise-ass, but it isn't smart to proclaim to anyone at this point, "I am not hurt."  You really don't know.  A family member was involved in a rear-end collision and she simply had a stiff neck in the beginning.  It gradually got worse and we started to suspect that it was more than just whiplash.  She finally went and had a MRI and found out she had two herniated discs in her neck.  Now, the responsible insurance company is trying to make her look like a con artist because she didn't follow through with all the medical procedures in a quicker fashion.

She, indeed, cannot work in the same sense that she once could and will probably never be as healthy as she was prior to the accident.  And she is in a great deal of pain on a daily basis.

Talk Zone / Re: My thoughts on the state of the team
« on: June 05, 2006, 03:00:15 pm »

The idea was good pitching, good defense, and just enough hitting.   They're getting poor pitching, scattered defense and not enough hitting.

That about sums it up...

Talk Zone / Re: Biggio 2006 All-Star 2B
« on: June 02, 2006, 08:19:13 pm »
The case could be made that Biggio was an All-Star any given year throughout his career.

Talk Zone / Re: Groceries
« on: May 31, 2006, 01:26:23 pm »

Their payroll is now 3rd highest in MLB.


Talk Zone / Re: Pitch around Jason Bay
« on: May 29, 2006, 11:22:01 am »

Had he said "for Mohammeds sake!" The ACLU would be all up in here demanding an apology. Then the site would probably be shut down by hackers from Saudi Arabia calling for heads to be cut off. got that right.

Talk Zone / Re: Tipping Pitches
« on: May 17, 2006, 12:58:27 pm »
"that is all 100% pitcherspeak bullshit."

The above quote is on the mark.

Talk Zone / Re: At any point in time
« on: May 13, 2006, 02:00:29 pm »
Well, you're on record with your position on Lidge.  And so am I.  Time will tell.

Talk Zone / Re: At any point in time
« on: May 13, 2006, 01:32:29 pm »

that is easily correctable.

This is where you and I will have to agree to disagree.

Talk Zone / Re: At any point in time
« on: May 13, 2006, 11:00:21 am »

dobro, you have never said anything that was not FOS, including this.

Where am I wrong?  It's ridiculous to think that any team with pre-season interest in Lidge still places any value in him whatsoever.  And it's highly unlikely that any team has formed interest in him based on his 2006 performance.

Talk Zone / Re: At any point in time
« on: May 12, 2006, 06:28:55 pm »
Lidge has about as much value right now as one of Daryle Ward's used jock straps.

Talk Zone / Re: Making the rounds in NC
« on: May 06, 2006, 11:52:34 am »

Fernando Venezula Jr. pinch-hit RBI single for the Bears, kid is just as round as you would imagine.

"Venezula" Bwahahahahaha!

Talk Zone / Re: Wagner being questioned by NY press
« on: May 05, 2006, 02:53:47 pm »

We as in Me are not all that concerned about Lidges troubles (cough 11 saves cough).  And yes I have seen him pitch.

Don't be naive.  The chickens will eventually come home to roost.

Talk Zone / Re: Wandy To Miss Start With...Mouth Blisters?
« on: May 05, 2006, 02:51:55 pm »
Los Herpes

Talk Zone / Re: Astros HD Schedule
« on: April 30, 2006, 11:20:16 pm »

Talk Zone / Re: Non BB: Texans sign Mario Williams...
« on: April 29, 2006, 11:14:15 am »


And, there will be no holdout.

Word is, the Texans wanted Bush, but he wanted some ridiculous money, so they couldn't come to a deal.  They could with their second choice Williams.

Casserly said last night in a televised interview on Fox that they had in fact reached an agreement with Bush, but in the end they simply decided that they wanted defense -- and Williams was their man.  He called it "an easy decision."

Talk Zone / Re: Non BB: Texans sign Mario Williams...
« on: April 28, 2006, 11:54:14 pm »
What a colossal fuck-up.

Talk Zone / Re: The Great Chris Burke to start at SS tonight
« on: April 28, 2006, 01:15:46 pm »

What I want to know is why if a person wants to keep clear of the "we", he is blasted as being some sort of high and mighty, above it all bastard.  

I've more frequently observed those who feel the use of the word "we" (mainly pravata) is inappropriate, tend to badger those who feel differently, not the other way around.

Talk Zone / Re: Dodger Preview is up
« on: April 24, 2006, 02:57:58 pm »

context The Link


Talk Zone / Re: Palmeiro's Sunday jersey
« on: April 17, 2006, 07:15:16 pm »

Dobro's an aggie. It explains so much.

Fuck an aggie.

Talk Zone / Re: Palmeiro's Sunday jersey
« on: April 17, 2006, 05:13:01 pm »

And the fuckers have been playing around with burnt orange instead of the "orange" orange.

Fuck burnt orange.

Talk Zone / Re: Dontrelle
« on: April 17, 2006, 10:40:30 am »

Third base is probably one of the worst holes in our system.

Saturday night, on the post-game show, one of the Astros' minor league development guys did a rather long interview.  He claims that third base is a strong point of the farm.

Talk Zone / Re: Astros Offseason Baffles Everyone
« on: April 12, 2006, 10:19:37 am »

I'm sorry, but I missed the meteoric rise of Jeff Kent, Andy Pettitte, Roger Clemens, and Preston Wilson through the Astros' "great farm club."  

I find that this formula for posting works well on this board:

1. Read.
2. Read.
3. Read.
4. Think about what you read.
5. Think about what you might have to add to the discussion.
6. Write a post. But don't submit it yet.
7. Reread your post and ask yourself if it makes any sense.
8. Finally... after all this,  maybe  hit the submit button.

After following these steps, I find that about 5% of posts that start in my head make it to the board.

Hook, line, and sinker...

Talk Zone / Re: Taylor Bucholz
« on: April 08, 2006, 10:48:25 am »
the kid's a stud.

Talk Zone / Re: friends and fans?
« on: April 07, 2006, 03:38:09 pm »
Kiss my ass, Carlos.  You are being treated like the whore that you are.  

I've got more respect for Trixie.

Talk Zone / Re: Nationals at Astros ? Milo Gives Yvette Two Blue Stars
« on: April 07, 2006, 10:36:49 am »
Nice piece, but the F16's were dead on.

Talk Zone / Re: Kent HR?
« on: March 31, 2006, 07:49:42 pm »

So you don't have to strain yourself.  And yes, it's free.

Good God, I was just reminded what an absolutely UNFUCKINGBELIEVABLE post-season the Puerto Rican Whore had.

Talk Zone / Re: Bonds and the IBB
« on: March 22, 2006, 12:33:17 am »

wonder where paula got those implants?

You tool.  Bonds is anything but fat.

Talk Zone / Re: My World Is Shattered. Say It Ain't So, Barry.
« on: March 07, 2006, 07:04:11 pm »
For the most part, Mark Fainaru-Wada and Lance Williams are clueless.

Talk Zone / Kirby Puckett not doing well after stroke
« on: March 06, 2006, 10:35:25 am »
Only 44-years old...

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Talk Zone / Re: Plunk Biggio
« on: February 21, 2006, 06:44:13 pm »

Also, while Tyler Houston was behind the plate, he and Biggio got into a shoving match at one point during a game played in Houston.  I was at the game, but don't remember all the details.

Just remembered...

It was a close play at home and Tyler Houston was blocking the plate.  Biggio steamrolled him and TH got his feelings hurt.

Talk Zone / Re: Plunk Biggio
« on: February 21, 2006, 12:18:12 pm »

Ironically, since the Cubs and Kerry Wood were mentioned already, there was the one time in 1998 when Craig Biggio felt that Wood was head hunting.  That was head hunting in terms of actually trying to hit Biggio on purpose... in the head.  Wood threw hard and aim one at Biggio's noggin.  Tyler Houston, yet another irony with his last name, was the catcher.  When Wood knocked Biggio down with that head shot, Bidge cast a mean eye towards Kerry as if to say "Hey, that was uncessary... not at the head... ever!".  Houston took offense at what Biggio was doing starring down at Wood that he yelled at him to "get in the fucking box already hot dog!".  Biggio went ballistic and started to yell back at Houston.  The umpire stepped in and told both of them to shut up and play.  Biggio flyed out to right on the next pitch, but as he ran into the dugout, he decided to keep yelling at Wood and Houston, calling both of them "bush league motherfuckers!".

It was the nearest thing to Biggio charging the mound I've seen in all the years I've watched him play.  Oh, and the following week, Houston had to play in Chicago in a three game series.  It was a weekend series, and that weekend was affectionately named "Biggio's revenge" in the TZ when it was all over.  Houston slammed the Cubs in all three games, scoring double digits in each game while basically shutting down the upstart and arrogant Cubbies.  Biggio was the sparkplug of the massacre too, scoring runs and driving in runs and wrecking havoc all weekend long.

Tyler Houston didn't learn though and kept his mouth running about the Biggio situation for several more weeks.  Must be something about being a Cubbie catcher in that something happens to you and you say stupid things about the Houston Astros stars... call it Barret Syndrome if you must.

Also, while Tyler Houston was behind the plate, he and Biggio got into a shoving match at one point during a game played in Houston.  I was at the game, but don't remember all the details.

Talk Zone / Re: Fucking Reds
« on: February 14, 2006, 12:23:50 pm »
I always found it quite amusing when people around here would state in such a "matter of fact" manner, "No since in trying to acquire Dunn now.  We'll just wait until after 2006 and pluck him off the FA market."

Talk Zone / Re: Great news : Non BB
« on: January 17, 2006, 10:39:06 pm »
Great news, Stan!

Talk Zone / Re: anybody else see the ensberg 700 club thing?
« on: January 10, 2006, 02:15:17 am »

There goes Dobro's roid rage again....

Go take a shot of testosterone so your nuts will drop, pencil dick.

Talk Zone / Re: anybody else see the ensberg 700 club thing?
« on: January 10, 2006, 02:04:19 am »

I file this under 'too much information'.

Fuck off.

Talk Zone / Re: A little inside info.......(Not baseball but Bagwell rel
« on: January 09, 2006, 02:12:55 am »
Wow.  My prayers are with Dr. Andrews and his family.

Talk Zone / Re: Duckworth to Pirates
« on: January 08, 2006, 11:57:46 pm »

You are kidding, right?  4.61 ERA??  .301 opponents batting average??  Over 1.5 baserunners allowed per inning??  *17* home runs in 115 IP???

I'd rather have Timmuh back.

I think Tralfaz meant that he pitched well compared to Timmah.  

Talk Zone / Re: Manny is a flake
« on: January 06, 2006, 01:06:22 am »

Then what to do with Rollins? I don't think the Red Sox would go for him with that contract.

Tejada to third.

Talk Zone / Re: Manny is a flake
« on: January 06, 2006, 12:58:24 am »

At least, though, this ought to improve the Astros' chances of getting Tejada (if the O's really intend to trade him).

Rumor has it that the Phillies are proposing an Abreu/Tejada swap.

Talk Zone / Manny is a flake
« on: January 06, 2006, 12:43:28 am »
"There will be no trade, I'm staying in Boston, where I'm familiar with the system and where I have a lot of friends, especially David Ortiz," Ramirez told while in Miami on personal business.

Could this douche bag be any more indecisive?

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Talk Zone / Re: the signing of Wilson implications
« on: January 05, 2006, 01:38:16 pm »

I think we saw WT at his best last year, and that's not enough.

Are you nuts?  You think Willy was at his best IN HIS FIRST YEAR IN THE MAJORS?  Dear Lord.

Talk Zone / Re: Staying focused on the Abreu option
« on: January 03, 2006, 12:56:32 pm »

I've read what those here are saying about it.  But, I haven't heard anyone with the Astros say it.  Does anyone have a Astros source saying that as well?

Do you really think the Astros would go on record with those types of concerns at this point?

Talk Zone / Re: Staying focused on the Abreu option
« on: January 03, 2006, 11:23:30 am »

Lidge is a walking injury risk, and he is being offered.

Yep, I think the Astros have rode the hot hand that is Lidge long enough.

Talk Zone / Re: Wilson? Burnitz?
« on: January 03, 2006, 11:21:36 am »

Taveras for Contreras trade with the ChiSox.

Man, that's a really bad deal for Houston.

Talk Zone / Re: Another Tejada Rumor
« on: December 31, 2005, 12:32:29 pm »

Nothing to do with Lidge, everything to do with Bobby Jenks.


Talk Zone / Re: Another Tejada Rumor
« on: December 31, 2005, 11:56:49 am »

The Sox are talking to the Astros currently, but have no interest in Brad Lidge.

LOL...imagine that.

Talk Zone / Re: Rondell White
« on: December 19, 2005, 03:18:21 pm »

I'd rather band-aid the problem this winter and go after a real solution next winter instead.

What on earth makes you think the Astros will go after a "real" solution next winter?  They could have band-aid'd the problem last winter with Burnitz but everyone around here was boycotting him.  He woulda been nice.

Don't think for a second that simply because money will be available that it'll be spent next winter.

Talk Zone / Re: Nomar a Dodger
« on: December 18, 2005, 08:48:23 pm »

$6 mil is not reasonable for Nomar

Let me guess...but you think $4M is reasonable for Ausmus?

Talk Zone / Re: Nomar a Dodger
« on: December 18, 2005, 05:23:45 pm »

If the Astros had signed Nomar to a min $6 mil with incentives to over 8 when the likelihood of him playing an entire season is next to nil, I would have been pissed.

Why do you have a problem with how much Nomar is making? Do you think that paying him will mean they cannot pay someone else? When has Drayton ever refused to pay a reasonable price for a player who could help because of what he's paying other players?

Talk Zone / Re: Rondell White
« on: December 18, 2005, 02:45:54 pm »

As bad as White's arm is, I can't imagine it's much worse than Chris Burke's, and the Astros were able to play him in left for a large part of last season.

Chris Burke exhibited a great arm last year in LF.

Talk Zone / Nomar a Dodger
« on: December 18, 2005, 03:22:46 am »
1YR/$6M base

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Talk Zone / Re: The more I hear, the more I think...........
« on: December 17, 2005, 02:46:05 pm »
From what I understand, it's done.

Talk Zone / Re: Morgan Ensberg
« on: December 15, 2005, 05:21:57 pm »


Anyone who paid any attention could see he was trying everything.

Often simultaneously...


Talk Zone / Re: Happy 40th birthday Biggio!!!
« on: December 14, 2005, 05:59:31 pm »

He still looks like a baby to me. Youngest-looking 40-year-old I've seen.

Plays like a young man, too.

Happy Birthday, Craig.

Talk Zone / Re: Tejada
« on: December 11, 2005, 07:27:06 pm »

I don't think he's really available

If you've got a player demanding a trade, the club will definitely listen to offers.  If he really wants out, I'm sure management realizes that it's not in the club's best interest to keep him around.

Talk Zone / Re: Tejada
« on: December 11, 2005, 02:44:18 am »

If Tejada is really available what would you be prepared to give up to get him:  Lidge and Everett? More?

Most definitely Lidge and AE.  If that won't get it done, add Burke.

Talk Zone / Re: No sympathy for the devil
« on: December 08, 2005, 02:55:30 pm »
Nice post.  The only time that I've heard him speak in an interview, my thoughts were very similar to yours.

Talk Zone / Re: Delotti reporting from Dallas
« on: December 08, 2005, 11:17:22 am »

the Orioles were the only other team to start opening day without an African American player on their roster.  

And how ironic that is.

Talk Zone / Re: How best to take advantage of the Marlins' desparation?
« on: December 02, 2005, 07:03:30 pm »

my best baseball source tells me that Rajah and his agents are "playing games" with Houston and have hamstrung them right now.

You are bound and determined to vilify Roger Clemens.

Talk Zone / Re: Purpura on 610 this morning
« on: November 10, 2005, 12:09:34 pm »


Thought this Hunsicker quote was pretty interesting, esp. in light of recent debates on this forum as to AE's irreplacability:
"There are certain positions -- shortstop certainly one of them -- that you can't sacrifice too much defense. When you get an opportunity to get a player that can play the position at least adequately defensively and has a chance to be a real special player offensively, it's a pretty potent package."

No one on this forum has ever argued that Everett is irreplaceable.

But you have argued that:
1. AE is the best SS in the league
2. "Offense NEVER makes up for lack of defense."

Talk Zone / Re: Another steaming pile of RCAP...
« on: November 04, 2005, 02:44:39 pm »

Offense NEVER makes up for lack of defense.

That's your opinion.  There are many decision makers in MLB who disagree with you.

Talk Zone / Re: OP
« on: November 03, 2005, 01:30:38 pm »


I did a paper my last year in grad school on Kaepa, and Tom Adams who ran the company allowed me to interview him.  Adams was a former Marist priest who got the idea for his patented shoe after the laces on one of his shoes broke while playing tennis.  Nice guy.

While at UT, I was friends with his two daughters, Mikaela and  Paula.  That's where the name for the shoes came from.  Two of the nicest girls I've ever known.  One of my good friends is now married to Mikaela.

Couple of questions:

Are they hot?
Did they wear Kaepas?

Talk Zone / Re: OP
« on: November 03, 2005, 10:17:05 am »

Kaeda sneakers

Kaepa.  C'mon, man.

Talk Zone / Re: Let's talk '06...will there be $$ to bring everyone back
« on: October 31, 2005, 04:03:29 pm »

you are in such a rush to be negative that you revise history to make your current whining appear logical.

And as usual, you are too busy backslapping to see things clearly.

Talk Zone / Re: Let's talk '06...will there be $$ to bring everyone back
« on: October 31, 2005, 03:27:08 pm »

Granted, he came up with some big hits against us late in the year, but, well, come on, he's Jeromy Burnitz. Did anyone really want that clown to get $6-8 mil to stumble around Tal's Hill, and put Taveras or Lane in smaller roles? Instead, I got to harass my Cub-loving friend all year about how much Burnitz sucks. It was great.

Shouldn't you be on a Red Sox board?

1. He was paid $4.5M in 2005.
2. He wouldn't have been stumbling around Tal's Hill.
3. Burnitz wouldn't have affected Taveras or Lane.
4. 24HR and 87RBI.  Yeah, he sucks.

Talk Zone / Re: Let's talk '06...will there be $$ to bring everyone back
« on: October 31, 2005, 02:33:46 pm »

I'm glad as fuck that they didn't sign Burnitz  

And why are you "glad as fuck" they didn't sign Burnitz?  In case you didn't notice, the Astros' offensive game wasn't exactly a force to be reckoned with in 2005.  As a matter of fact, you could probably make a case that the quilting convention that just left town has a stronger offense than the 2005 Houston Astros.  But hey, fuck Burnitz.

Talk Zone / Re: AL Playoff Outfielder Tested Positive for Roids
« on: October 28, 2005, 02:29:59 pm »
My guess is Rowand.

Talk Zone / Re: June 23-25, 2006.
« on: October 28, 2005, 02:14:17 pm »

you are a fucking idiot

My friend, I would argue that you're the idiot, and I'm quite confident that I'm not alone in this thinking.

Talk Zone / Re: June 23-25, 2006.
« on: October 28, 2005, 01:59:09 pm »
Jim, I'm surprised you were able to make it back to the keyboard after the bitchslappin' you took from Alkie.  

What a fucked up bunch we are, huh?  Frontrunners and sociopaths...

Talk Zone / Re: June 23-25, 2006.
« on: October 28, 2005, 01:49:13 pm »
That's all fine and fucking dandy, Jim, but when your cleanup hitter is batting .100, you've got problems.  When your closer can't keep runners off base and the ball out of the stands, you've got problems.

I don't care if every game was decided by 1 run.  The fact is that the Astros lost 4 games in a row to the same team.  That's an ass-kicking.

The term "ladies" is pretty fucking appropriate right now, imo.  Hell, MoBerg should be forced to do the Twist in a poodle skirt after what he brought to the table.  Is Kangaroo Court still in session?

Lighten up, Jim.

Talk Zone / Re: June 23-25, 2006.
« on: October 28, 2005, 01:26:58 pm »

all you're doing is whining that Ensberg didn't play well.  Not only did all of us notice, he noticed too.  Jumping around pointing it out doesnt do one damn thing.

Actually, I haven't mentioned Ensberg.  And there were more piss-poor showings than MoBerg's display.

Does discussion on a fan site always have to be backslapping?  I would argue that ignoring what happened this World Series doesn't do a damn thing either.

Talk Zone / Re: June 23-25, 2006.
« on: October 28, 2005, 01:11:18 pm »

Then what's their "excuse"?

I'm not sure there are any valid excuses.  That's kinda the point.

Talk Zone / Re: June 23-25, 2006.
« on: October 28, 2005, 01:06:43 pm »

Alkie and Dobro are disgusted and angry.

For the record, I am not disgusted and angry.  I think some of the players made an extremely piss-poor showing this post-season, but I'm very proud of the team.

Talk Zone / Re: June 23-25, 2006.
« on: October 28, 2005, 12:57:59 pm »

The thing is, it's obvious he didn't care.  Swinging at hanging sliders is childs play.  Especially as Ensberg hit the fuck out of those during the regular season.  World Series, he just gave up or something.

I don't think anyone around here is insinuating that the players didn't have heart or didn't care.

Talk Zone / Re: List of free agents
« on: October 28, 2005, 12:46:09 pm »

I think the name you're looking for is Jeff Bloom.

Or maybe Geoff Blum?

Talk Zone / Re: June 23-25, 2006.
« on: October 28, 2005, 12:41:20 pm »
Jim, you are often asked these sorts of questions around here and for the most part they go unanswered.  On a serious note, could there ever be a situation where you would concede that the players did not perform as a major league player is expected to perform?  If so, why would you not consider this World Series one of those situations?

Talk Zone / Re: Couple of Post Mortem Comments
« on: October 28, 2005, 10:42:36 am »

You're right.  What we need is more fans interfering with players.  It makes for a more enjoyable game.  That was the main reason the Astros lost, and it's worth complaining about all through the off-season.  Actually, the game should just be all the players versus all of the fans, rather than one team against another.

You probably cheered on that brawl between the Pacers and the fans, am I right?

The air in Virginia has warped your feeble brain.  Fucktard.

Talk Zone / Re: June 23-25, 2006.
« on: October 28, 2005, 10:35:22 am »

what the fuck does this mean? ladies?

It means that many of the player's bodies have been taken over by aliens.  Aliens who are a bunch of limp-wristed nancy boys that prefer lace on their panties.

Talk Zone / Re: Couple of Post Mortem Comments
« on: October 27, 2005, 10:00:52 pm »

Please... there is no reason for fans to ever get involved with a play.  Let the players decide the game.  If you want to go for the ball when it's in the stands, that's one thing... if you want to interfere with a player, that's just really lame.

Please tell me this is sarcasm.  I truly don't want to believe that you're the fucktard that I think you are.

Talk Zone / Re: Morgan Ensberg
« on: October 26, 2005, 12:28:37 pm »

Ummmm, what?  He was charged with one error last night, which was a VERY tough hop and a VERY questionable error.

That's Horseshit.

Talk Zone / Re: MLB to Make the Call on the Roof: Official
« on: October 25, 2005, 03:10:49 pm »

Seriously- what does Bud do if Drayton tells him no?

That's a good question.

If it comes down to this, the Astros should simply say, "Uh, sorry guys, we wanted to appease you and all, but we just tried to open the roof and it physically won't open.  It's stuck or something and it'll be next week before we can get the roof repair company out to take a look at it."

WTF would MLB do?  Not play the game?  Relocate it to the Dome?  Fine Drayton?  Go ahead.

Talk Zone / Re: Game Two Lineups
« on: October 23, 2005, 09:03:28 pm »
I guess come hell or high water, Ensberg is going to bat clean-up.

Talk Zone / Re: Couple of thoughts...
« on: October 23, 2005, 01:17:29 am »

Ummmmm, both times he got on base were the result of doubles.  You want him stealing third?

On Contreras, who's the slowest pitcher on earth to the plate?  Absolutely.

Talk Zone / Re: Question about Crede
« on: October 23, 2005, 01:13:02 am »

Gotta give it up to him....he played a great 3rd base tonight.

He's a stud.  It's really sad that he has a permanent back injury.

Talk Zone / Re: Question about Crede
« on: October 23, 2005, 01:07:06 am »
Yes, it's probably safe to say that his career in the majors won't be an extended one.

Talk Zone / Re: Question about Crede
« on: October 23, 2005, 12:57:10 am »
A player can function fine with herniated discs.  Some are lucky and don't suffer many effects from the injury, especially the younger guys.  The most troublesome aspect of the injury is usually the potential nerve damage that could affect the responsiveness and muscle mass in the legs.

Talk Zone / Re: Tough game
« on: October 23, 2005, 12:46:48 am »


But a good one.  White Sox played just a bit better than the good guys but we've got Big Game Andy going tomorrow night so expect more of the same but with the Astros playing a bit better.

The White Sox have a good pen.  That may be the understatement of the year, but I didn't know they were that good.  I do now.  Fabulous job by Cotts and Jenks.

I now understand why some think Chicago's pitching is better than Houston's.  It's perfectly clear now.

Talk Zone / Couple of thoughts...
« on: October 23, 2005, 12:36:02 am »
Couple of thoughts after a game that was very winnable:

1.  Have the Astros completely forgot how to defend against a stolen base attempt?

2.  Why hasn't Ensberg been moved down in the order?

3.  Why does Willy no longer steal bases?

Talk Zone / Re: Sweet Googly Moogly!
« on: October 20, 2005, 09:38:28 pm »

Got some rapid rewards tickets from my mom and cabbin' it once we get there.

Nice.  That beats the hell outta driving half-way across the country...I mean state.

Talk Zone / Re: Sweet Googly Moogly!
« on: October 20, 2005, 08:52:28 pm »

No, we don't have a car.

Are you hitchhiking to Houston?

Talk Zone / Re: Help Needed...
« on: October 20, 2005, 03:44:49 pm »
I think you should get the heart & dagger deal on your forearm, but you should replace "Mother" with "Roy O"

Talk Zone / Re: World Series Rotation
« on: October 20, 2005, 03:40:37 pm »

I was just thinking of the electricity of a Rocket start at home in the WS.

Kind of like the electricity of the Rocket starting the All-Star game in Houston?

Talk Zone / Re: Office Space For a Week?? I'll Pay You.
« on: October 20, 2005, 12:57:53 pm »
Tomball?  Isn't that half-way to El Paso?

Talk Zone / Re: This Is For Jim Raup
« on: October 20, 2005, 02:54:59 am »
It's going to be cool next year on Opening Day when the team is introduced as "your 2005 National League Champions," maybe even World Champions.

That's got a much better ring to it than 2005 Wild Card Champions.

Talk Zone / Re: Ok, I'm Over It.
« on: October 18, 2005, 06:06:32 pm »

Don't know what happened.  Could be that I haven't had lunch, but I'm passed last night.

I'm over the gut-wrenching loss, the feeling of doom, the loss of confidence.

I'm really glad now there was a day in between.

Now we can go in to StL tomorrow and get back to winning.

Roy and Rocket.  No way it ends here.

For your sake, I pray to God (not the BBG's, but the Creator) that the Astros get this done.

Talk Zone / Re: Who'd a thunkit????
« on: October 17, 2005, 01:05:04 am »
Save all the bullshit praise of Purpura for someone who actually deserves it.  He tried to pull off the Moyer deal and what a fucking disaster that would have been.  Moyer saved us, not Purpura.  Moyer?  Fucking please.  That's the best he could do?  

In spring training, we needed offense.  In the first-half, we needed offense.  In the second-half, we needed offense.  In the post-season, we need offense.  Uh, yeah, thanks, Tim.  You're a genius.

Talk Zone / Re: Who'd a thunkit????
« on: October 17, 2005, 12:15:08 am »

And we all know why. Purpura did a good job this year.


Talk Zone / Padres
« on: October 06, 2005, 07:16:37 pm »
The Padres are such pussies.  I was hoping that they would at least make it interesting.

Talk Zone / Lake Jackson/Freeport area -- place to watch the game?
« on: October 05, 2005, 11:03:37 am »
I have to be in Freeport today on business and was wondering if there's a good place in the area to catch the game.  Any Brazoria county folk know of a good hangout?

Talk Zone / Re: Ausmus on Pettitte
« on: October 04, 2005, 02:50:57 pm »

One reason I favor pettite in the big game is he doesn't have quite the tendency to have a penis measuring contest with the batter, as clemens and oswalt sometimes do as they just try to throw their best fastball by someone.

Well, not many guys are going to win a penis-measuring contest with Clemens and Oswalt.

Talk Zone / Re: Biggio story from the Justice Blog
« on: October 04, 2005, 02:06:31 pm »

I know that Craig does this kind of thing on a regular basis, but to witness something like this, unscheduled, unscripted, utterly human, compassionate, and spontaneous was, I felt, very special.

Craig Biggio is, indeed, a very special ballplayer.  It'll be a sad day for the city of Houston when he hangs up his spikes.

Talk Zone / Steve Lyons on Purpura
« on: October 03, 2005, 01:42:22 pm »
Did anyone catch his comment during the broadcast?

After mentioning Hunsicker, he said something like, "Boy, did Tim Purpura ever bring a breath of fresh air to this Astros organization in 2005!"  

I almost lost it.

Talk Zone / Re: Brad Lidge Just Said It Best:
« on: October 02, 2005, 06:23:34 pm »
That was hilarious.

"Uh, I mean freakin'."

Talk Zone / Re: Honestly,
« on: October 01, 2005, 11:50:37 am »

We should've taken care of business the last 2 night and didn't.  The Gods don't like that shit.

You are correct, sir.  They don't like it one bit.

Talk Zone / Re: 2 Runs?
« on: September 30, 2005, 11:53:59 am »
2 runs is pretty fucking weak, but the ump single-handedly shut down 2 innings that could have been big for the Astros.

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