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

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

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

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

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

Astros equipment manager Dennis Laborio approached Wagner in the clubhouse.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Just need Angel Hernandez and Laz Diaz next.

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

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

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

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

Clickhole is a treasure.

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

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

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

Talk Zone / Half-assed effort
« on: September 26, 2014, 08:15:42 am »
Before work and a sick wife conspired against me, I had part of a draft of a Rangers/Astros preview put together for earlier in the week.  Thanks to everyone for reading not just my previews this year, but all of the extremely talented writers who contribute their thoughts, too. 

Quote from: The Preview That Never Was
This is late, so I’m going to make it short and sweet.  WE WON THE SILVER BOOT THIS YEAR!  And you know what: we’re going to win it next year, too.  The dozen or so fans that the Rangers have left have no doubt blamed injuries for their failures this year, and to be honest, I haven’t seen this much roster turnover since Charlie Strong took over.  So let’s take the rest of the games from the DFW Dumbshits, and let them deal with the signing demands of some 17 year old with a God complex and a knob-polishing friend of the family who just so happens to be a professional sports agent.

Can't wait for next year!

Talk Zone / Never thought I'd see the day
« on: June 12, 2014, 11:21:51 am »
But thank you, stRangers.  You're alright.  About this.  And nothing else.

Talk Zone / Zeid and sunscreen
« on: April 11, 2014, 09:44:22 am »
So, a Blue Jays blogger posted this gif.  Looks like spray-on sunscreen. 

In light of the Michael Pineda pine-tar deal last night, looks like we've got something similar happening in our own bully.  Shame it didn't help Zeid any.

Beer and Queso / Hatin' Ass Spurrier
« on: November 12, 2013, 07:46:43 pm »
Week in and week out, way more funny than QBs on Facebook.  Behold.

I suppose it'd be crude of me to call Florida the blow-up doll of the SEC, but they did just get pounded by a bunch of excited nerds.

Talk Zone / Astros @ Indians Series Preview: Read it here
« on: September 19, 2013, 04:57:55 pm »
Still can't post to WordPress at work, so I'll just leave this here:

Waiting, Game

And I haven't seen you in days.
And my how that feeling has changed.
Oh I have been homesick for you since we met.
I have been homesick for you.

If these things were predictable, I’d be sitting here holding my son right now.  Instead, my wife continues to waddle around uncomfortably in the lingering September heat, three days past her due date,  and he’s continuing to enjoy the free room and board she’s providing.  Can’t say that I blame him for being comfy where he’s at, but at some point in the next seven days, he’s going to have to come out and see the broken, beautiful world that he’ll inherit.

The final month of the pregnancy is the worst, I imagine.  Combine the late summer lethargy with an additional fifty pounds (which is all, somehow, in the feet), and you’ve got a recipe for a really, really miserable existence.  That my wife puts up with it with only minimal complaints is a proof of her character and good humor that passes the fact of our marriage as a similar testimony. 

I’d hoped to see an Astros jersey on George Springer by now too, but there are some legitimate, wise reasons why I’ll have to wait for April on that one.  The armchair pundits are crowing over another 100 loss season, and maybe Springer would hit enough dingers to outpace the shit tornado that trundles out of the bullpen every night.  But if having Chris Perez on the 40 man now, and the 25 man in 2016 gives us the puzzle pieces we need, then we’ll keep on waiting.

The doctor has said that labor will be induced next Friday.  Springer will be in the outfield for Opening Day against the Yankees.  My son and I will be there to see him.

Thursday, September 19th
6:05 CT, Progressive Field
Dallas Keuchel (6-9, 5.17) v. Ubaldo Jimenez (12-9, 3.49)

Keuchel’s shown some flashes of promise this season as a starter, but you have to wonder if he’d be a better bullpen piece if we had more rotation options.  Then again, you could say that about almost every starter except Cosart.   Jason Kubel has hit two homers off him, and he’s never gotten Nick Swisher out.  Yipee!

Jimenez has returned to his Rockies form this year, and is due for a big free agent payday in the offseason.  Brian Cashman, please pick up the red courtesy phone!  Altuve has a triple off him.  Everyone else is hitting .235/.353/.703.  Hoo boy.

Friday, September 20th
6:05 CT, Is Flo In Those Ads Actually Hot, Or Is That A Hudson-Nancy Grace Thing? Field
Brett Oberhotlzer (4-3, 2.98) v. Zach McAllister (8-9, 3.96)

Look!  Our pitcher has a winning record!  Obie’s done quite well for himself so far. He’s only seen the Tribe in relief, but Santana and Stubbs have both homered off him.

McAllister is a pitcher for the Indians.  Only Carter has faced him and has a homer and a K in six ABs.  Sounds about right.

Saturday, September 21st
5:05 CT, I Mean, Take Away The Overdone Hair And Makeup, And She’s Hot, Right? Field
Paul Clemens (4-5, 5.54) v. Scott Kazmir (8-9, 4.34)

The fact that Clemens has a high ERA is almost completely attributable to his time in the bully.  Being in the Astros bullpen this year is like Mack Brown’s last five years: lots of talent out there, but the results just don’t translate.  The Indians are hitting a stingy .083 against Clemens.  Not bad.

I love Kazmir’s story this year.  Total wash-out until hooking up with the Skeeters, and now he’s contributing to a playoff hunt.  Local boy done good.  Altuve’s 3-for-3 against him, and Laird and Barnes each have a homer.   

Sunday, September 22nd
12:05 CT, I’m Alone In Thinking Flo Is Hot, Huh? Field
Erik Bedard (4-11, 4.60) v. Corey Kluber (9-5, 3.62)

You get what you pay for with Bedard.  And he’s shifted from bullpen to rotation and back and forth without bitching like Harrell, so there’s that.  Cabrera (who is an Indian, not a Brave) has hit .333 against him, and Santana goes supernatural by hitting .429 with a 1.000 OPS.

Corey Kluber sounds like the secret identity of a superhero whose power involved a large mallet.  And yes, I know it’s probably pronounced “clue-ber”.  It’s my preview, asshole.  Marwin and Laird have hits off him, and Carter has K’d half the time he’s seen him.

Promotions and Injuries

I’m skipping the crap because a) the guys who had Tommy John in April still aren’t coming back, b) I’m depressed about Castro’s knee and c) I need to start stockpiling sleep like canned beans in a bomb shelter.

What To Watch For
-   These games are more important for the Indians than they are for us, and the Wild Card team they could knock off the weekend is the stRangers.  CONUNDRUM!
-   Isn’t there a Harpo Molina we could sign to play catcher?
-   The sweet embrace of The Void.

The realest thing I ever felt
Was the blood on the floor and the love in your yell.

Talk About It In The Game Zone!

Beer and Queso / Hey Hudson
« on: September 09, 2013, 08:44:05 pm »
You like where this is headed? 

She looks good enough to be kidnapped and obsessively covered for months on end.

Beer and Queso / A&M - Bama
« on: September 09, 2013, 10:20:48 am »
My wife's due date is a week from today.  Fortunately, I've already discovered that our hospital has TVs in every room.  She'll understand.

CBS will be pointing one camera at Johnny all game.  The Tebowization is now complete.  I hate being in the middle of an ESPN self-perpetuating story cyclone. 

BTHOA, y'all.

Talk Zone / MLB Payrolls (Warning: Graphical Content)
« on: August 23, 2013, 02:39:37 pm »
Well, bar graphs. This is just mind blowing when you actually put it in pictures.  Someone should have an axiom about that.

Talk Zone / Prospect Archives
« on: August 16, 2013, 11:46:43 am »

Talk Zone / Need this shirt
« on: August 06, 2013, 12:14:24 pm »
I'm thinking navy for the shirt color.  Orange would be cool, too, but it washes out the graphics.

Houstorian has some other cool shirts, too.

Talk Zone / Out to Pasture
« on: June 21, 2013, 11:56:55 am »
Per MLBTR, via ESPN Deportes, Carlos Lee has retired after not signing a contract for this season.

Talk Zone / Astros @ Mariners "Preview" Posted Here!
« on: June 11, 2013, 03:11:31 pm »
Central Texas hot is different than Houston Hot.  For all its swampy ugliness, Houston at least affords you enough shade in which to cool your sweaty balls (or lady-balls, if that's your thing). Trees go a long way toward providing comfort, even when the humidity comes and finds you in the shade and kicks your ass. But Central Texas, while lacking in humidity makes up for it in sheer inescabability.  I was in a parking lot at the outlet stores in San Marcos, trying in vain to find a tree or even an ambitious shrub under which I could find some shade, when my phone buzzed. 

Series Preview (Mariners)
Due in: 15 minutes

Well, fuck me.

The wife and I were out here in Satan's Retail Paradise to stock the eventual bambino's room. I hope this isn't news to anyone, but baby shit is incredibly expensive.  Which I suppose could be taken a number of ways.  Setting the pattern for the next 20+ years to follow, we spent far and away more on the Boy than we did on ourselves.  Hell, we got more stuff for the dog that we did for me. Say la vee.

What did all this spending get me?  That's right: the privilege of operating an Allen wrench for several hours so that the child who won't be able to focus his eyes on anything for about two months will have an aesthetically pleasing place to call his own.  I didn't have a chair that cost as much as that rocker in his room until...well, until now.

Who am I kidding? I could never be mad at him.  I love him.  At least until he spills a Capri Sun on that chair that made Daddy miss his Preview deadline.

Probable Pitchers

(Joke about the Monday game's probable pitchers and likely outcome)

Tuesday, June 11th
9:10 CT, Safeco Field

Bud Norris (5-5, 3.43) v. Aaron Harang (2-6, 6.70)

Bud has put together a number of nice starts lately, which means that the national press is licking their chops about his trade value.  I don't know if Norris is part of the long-term plan for the Astros, but he's put in some workman-worthy seasons during a dark time for the franchise, so I hope that if they do trade him, he knows that he was appreciated while he was here. Jason Bay has a homer in three AB's against him.

Harang, huh? Look at this headshot.

Quote from: 'Google'
No results found for "is aaron harang a juggalo".

Huh.  Could've sworn.  Cendeno has 2 homer and 7 RBI to go with a .292/.583/.929 against him.  No other position players besides Pena (.167) and Crowe (.333) have faced him. 

Wednesday, June 12th
9:10 CT, Safeco Field

Jordan Lyles (3-1, 4.03) v. Jeremy Bonderman (1-1, 6.75)

Lyles has been a nice surprise last year, considering that Mr. Happy was ready to trade him to Toronto for a plate of cheese curds last year. Morse has homered against him, but also has 2 K's in 7 AB's.  Endy Chavez has a triple, too.

Bonderman got his first win since 2010 in his last outing, which makes sense because I thought he retired around the same time Greg Maddux did.  Only the players who spent much time in the AL (Pena, Cedeno, Crowe) have faced him, and they're batting .167 collectively against him.


Brandon Barnes - hammy tightness.  CALL UP SPRINGER, PAWWWWWWWWWL!
Edgar Gonzalez - 15-day DL.  Right shoulder strain.  Pitching better than half the bully just by sitting.
Justin Maxwell - 15-day DL.  Coming back from rehab by the end of the week.
Alex White - TJ surgery.  HE DONE.

Franklin Gutierrez - Strained right hamstring.  No horseplay in the shower, kids.
Josh Kinney - stress reaction in third rib on left side.  Well well well, Mr. Super Specific Injury Reporter.
Stephen Pryor - Tear in right lat.  So now you can't spell out whatever "lat" is short for?  Bullshit.
Justin Smoak - Still not as good as Jason Castro.  Believe it.
Jesus Sucre - Sweet Jesus.  Literally.

Wednesday - Travel mug.  Because people from Seattle love coffee.  I hope people make jokes about that.

What To Watch For

- The clock to roll over to midnight in the seventh inning.
- Garlic fries.
- Bud's trade value.
- This actually fun to watch hometown team.

Talk about it in the Game Zone!

Talk Zone / Astros @ Tigers Series Preview - Posted HERE
« on: May 13, 2013, 06:44:09 pm »
Due to technical difficulties, this isn't on the home page for the moment:

My father was never that good at playing catch. Field of Dreams this was not. He was a band nerd in
high school, and his form was atrocious. A less charitable son would say that he threw like a girl. But
he’d still pick up his glove and stand out in the yard, or across the street at the park, and we’d toss the
ball around a bit. Levi’s 505s, white sneakers, and that odd, flailing elbow motion. Back and forth. Pop.
Pop. Pop.

It’s not like I can blame my lack of athletic achievement on my dad’s lousy throwing motion. Perhaps I
can blame him for a beanpole physique, but that’s about it. Most of all, he taught us to see games as
just that, baseball included. And he showed us that games could have a piece of our love, but not our
all-consuming obsession.

We’d continue the long toss tradition past the point where I was done with organized baseball, but
as many things do, it petered out altogether around the time that I left for college. I guess that’s the
way these things are supposed to go. I don’t recall seeing many men in their thirties who still toss
the pill around with their pater familias. But today I’m both reflecting the passing of that part of my
relationship with my dad, and looking forward to starting the same tradition for myself.

We saw the wedding tackle on the ultrasound at the end of the appointment. For whatever reason, I’d
been thinking “girl” ever since we found out in January. Either way, the seismic shift in my mentality
was immediate. There was an hour lag before the follow-up appointment when the doctor would tell
my wife that everything looked blessedly normal.

I filled that hour by driving from the Med Center to the Academy at 59 and Kirby, finding the tiniest
Astros shirt I could. It’s the new orange, so bright it’s sort of obnoxious. At least it’ll hide stains well. I
hope I can teach my son how to love this game like I do. And I hope that thirty years from now, he’s not
making fun of me on the internet for how I throw.

Probable Pitchers

Monday, May 13th

6:08 (!) CT, The House That Unemployment Built

Bud Norris (4-3, 3.40) v. Anibal Sanchez (3-3, 1.97)

Bud’s been the ace that we were expecting Harrell to be this year, at least at Minute Maid. On the road,
he’s been…well, the up-and-down Bud Norris we’ve seen for the past few years. He hasn’t faced any of
the Tigers much, with the exception of Prince Fielder, who’s 5-20 with a homer and six K’s against him.

Sanchez wasn’t the big, heralded signing that Zach Grienke was, but he’s certainly been far more
impactful in Detroit. There’s no faking a sub-2.00 ERA, even with a girl’s name. Pena’s had some
success against Sanchez, with a 1.017 OPS in 10 ABs, and Ronny Cedeno is 1-for-3 with a homer against

Tuesday, May 14th

6:08 (?) CT, Rust Belt Park

Lucas Harrell (3-3, 4.67) v. Doug “Fister” Fister (4-1, 3.14)

Harrell’s been frustratingly inconsistent this year, missing the strikezone a lot and generally not
delivering the results we saw last year. As an AL Central refugee, Harrell’s seen most of the Tigers lineup
before. Fielder, Alex Avila and Omar Infante have all hit him well, and Miggy Cabrera has a homer off

Fister’s had this season firmly in his grasp so far. He’s been pounding hitters, and squeezing out of some
tight spots. If he keeps ramming his pitches into the zone, he’ll keep getting the happy endings he’s
seen so far. In the past, Altuve’s given Fister quite the beating, with a 1.500 OPS, and Carter drove one
all the way into the hole with a homer as one of his three hits in eight AB’s. I BARELY KNOW ‘ER!

Wednesday, May 15th

12:08 (?!?) CT, The Definition of Urban Malaise Stadium

Dallas Keuchel (0-1, 4.43) v. Max Scherzer (5-0, 3.61)

Keuchel’s back in the starting lineup after the release of Humber and the relegation of Peacock to the
bully. His start against the Rangers went pretty well, but was marred by a lack of run support, and the
bullpen shitting the bed as per usual. In 19 AB’s, the Tigers are hitting a collective .368 against him, with
a couple of doubles and an RBI by Don Kelly.




What manner of molesty, heterochromia madness is this? I dare not say more.



Josh Fields – 15 Day DL – Rehabbing his forearm strain

Justin Maxwell – 15 day DL – Could be back from broken hand by June.

Alex White – Out – Tommy John for EVERYONE!


Octavio Dotel – 15-Day DL – Right elbow inflammation. Can’t pick up a baseball, which is pretty

Austin Jackson – DTD – Sore right hammy.

Is anyone actually going to go to Detroit for this series, just so they can get a Fister Mouse Pad (really)?
At least patronize us with Coca-Cola Value Days or some shit.

What to Watch For

The Post Postolos Astros. Say that five times fast.

Sanchez’s inevitable no-hitter.

A good Fisting.

Talk Zone / Indians @ Astros Series Preview Posted
« on: April 18, 2013, 11:52:12 am »

Talk Zone / Cubs gonna Club
« on: April 11, 2013, 08:36:22 am »
Never change, Cubbies. Never change.

Talk Zone / I've never been prouder of Josh Hamilton
« on: February 18, 2013, 04:40:29 pm »
He claims that Rangers fans aren't real baseball fans.  I think the "antler-waving, bandwagon-riding, DH-loving dipshits" was implied.

Talk Zone / In favor of a big name FA
« on: December 28, 2012, 09:49:11 am »
Hardball Times lays out the case for why the Astros (and other bottom-tier teams) should offer 1 year deals to any unsigned, higher-caliber players.  And why those players should take the deal.

Talk Zone / Wilton Lopez to Philly
« on: November 28, 2012, 10:29:29 am »
MLBTradeRumors saying it's a done deal, but no word yet on return.  Do the Phils even have any prospects worth poaching anymore?

Beer and Queso / Breaking news about wettness, water
« on: October 11, 2012, 12:43:32 pm »
Even Troy Aikman knows Dallas fans are bandwagoners.

Oh, to hear the righteous indignation of the people from Plano (who claim Dallas) after this.

Talk Zone / Ballpark survey
« on: October 03, 2012, 03:44:29 pm »
The latest email survey features this question, after you vote on how much you (dis)like the Community Leaders ads in LF:

Does your answer regarding the Community Leaders sign change knowing that $18 million from the Community Leaders sign is going towards rebuilding and maintaining youth baseball fields in Houston parks over the next 5 years? Please rate on a scale of 1-5, with 1 being much more negative and 5 being much more positive.

My answer:

I recognize the community value of the billboards/advertising/whatever, but it's just flat ugly, distracting and doesn't belong in the ballpark.  Let the Community Leaders have advertising elsewhere in the ballpark. 

The fact that this question is even being asked 1) feels manipulative and 2) highlights the fact that everyone hates it already.

Don't piss on me and tell me it's for the kids.

Talk Zone / Giants @ Astros Series Preview Posted
« on: August 28, 2012, 12:24:46 pm »

Talk Zone / A Tradition Like None Other
« on: August 17, 2012, 09:09:42 am »
The Astros Wives Gala.  Are any of the players old enough to get married?

Edit: Oh my.  There's an appearance by an all-time classic (or two of them) in the slideshow.

Talk Zone / Astros @ Braves Series Preview Posted!
« on: August 03, 2012, 05:25:39 pm »

Talk Zone / Blue Jays trade
« on: July 20, 2012, 09:57:17 am »
Per Tags twitter & MLBTradeRumors:

The Astros and Blue Jays have completed a ten-player trade, the teams announced. The Astros obtain seven players from Toronto: Major Leaguers Francisco Cordero and Ben Francisco, minor leaguers Joe Musgrove, Asher Wojciechowski, David Rollins and Carlos Perez, and a player to be named. The Astros send Brandon Lyon, J.A. Happ and David Carpenter to Toronto in the trade.

Wow.  Now to start looking up the minor leaguers on Baseball Reference.

SOB Cabrera...

Talk Zone / Where's that preview?
« on: July 03, 2012, 06:40:04 pm »
 11 innings late, and the wifi at this Jamaica Beach rental still sucks.

In summary, I won't ever miss playing the Pirates in the AL West, because the AL West is populated with teams even more character-less and boring than the  Buccos.

Talk Zone / Astros @ White Sox Series Preview Posted!
« on: June 08, 2012, 03:37:14 pm »

Talk Zone / Marlins @ Astros Series Preview posted
« on: May 07, 2012, 06:00:43 pm »

Talk Zone / Astros @ Marlins Series Preview Posted
« on: April 13, 2012, 03:49:48 pm »
After the stellar on-field performance yesterday, I felt prepared for this.  Read it here!

Talk Zone / Astros @ Marlins Series Preview postponed
« on: April 12, 2012, 05:08:19 pm »
Due to a seizure suffered while looking at Marlins team photos (the colors!) the preview will post after the game starts. Our apologies - The Mismanagement

Talk Zone / Ding dong, Pinwheel's gone
« on: December 05, 2011, 12:32:20 pm »
Well, kinda.  Hired by  Per Berman on Twitter.

Talk Zone / We still need a 5th outfielder, right?
« on: December 01, 2011, 11:43:26 am »
Aside from a horribly mixed metaphor at the top re: Wade, this ESPN column is pretty realistic about the offseason needs without descending into the usual snark reserved for underwhelming teams.  Fred Lewis and Alex Gonzalez as the two "big" offseason pickups?  Sounds about right.

Talk Zone / A different topic
« on: November 17, 2011, 11:15:43 am »
Jimmy Bowden heard a story:

Astros manager Brad Mills says Carlos Lee will be the Astros’ starting first baseman in 2012, and that could open up a deal involving Brett Wallace to the Cleveland Indians. The Indians have been discouraged by Carlos Pena's (No. 17 on my free-agent board) high asking price and are not convinced that Matt LaPorta is going to hit well. Wallace has been in four different organizations since being drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals in 2008.

Link (Insider)

If we can get something for Wallace now, and Singleton progresses, I'm cool with it.

Talk Zone / Rockies @ Astros Series "Preview" Posted
« on: September 23, 2011, 01:09:07 pm »

Talk Zone / Brewers @ Astros Series Preview Posted!
« on: September 02, 2011, 03:31:37 pm »
It's not all sad bastard this time!  Read it here.

Talk Zone / Trade Deadline recap, Dugout style
« on: August 22, 2011, 03:09:08 pm »

Talk Zone / Astros @ Cubs Series Preview Posted
« on: July 22, 2011, 12:56:57 pm »

Talk Zone / Kepp Traded to SF
« on: July 19, 2011, 05:00:08 pm »
Altuve called up.

Quote from: Footer
alysonfooter Alyson Footer
The Astros traded Jeff Keppinger to the Giants for RHPs Henry Sosa and Jason Stoffel. Jose Altuve called up. And away we go...

Talk Zone / Rangers at Astros Preview Posted
« on: June 28, 2011, 03:57:02 pm »

Talk Zone / It's that time of year
« on: June 20, 2011, 10:13:11 am »
Time to ogle Hunter's girlfriend!

They have so much in common.  Like crazy eyes.

Talk Zone / Cards @ Astros Preview Posted
« on: June 07, 2011, 06:04:59 pm »
Read it here! Less than an hour to spare!

The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Altuve
« on: June 01, 2011, 10:46:46 pm »
As I was driving home today and reading about Altuve's big first day in Corpus, I couldn't help but wonder if this is bigger than we think.

Picture a player with the scrappiness of the sainted David Eckstein, but with the stats to back it up, too. The old school sportswriters get another poster boy for hustle, and the stat geeks swoon over his VORP or whatever.

Basically he brings balance to the Force or something. Spring Training 2012 can't come soon enough.

Talk Zone / Astros exist, film at 11.
« on: May 18, 2011, 12:41:02 pm »
ESPN disects the decline.

No hyperbole.   No Ed Wade hate.  The number one reason is the draft miscues.  Has someone been reading SnS?

Talk Zone / Brewers @ Astros Series Preview Posted!
« on: April 29, 2011, 03:17:13 pm »

Beer and Queso / Austin eating
« on: April 29, 2011, 09:25:55 am »
I know that since a lot of the posters here are Austinites this might be old hat, but the wife and I are coming to town toward the end of May for a weekend, and would like to get at least one fine dining meal, and a couple of cheaper (<$20/person) places. 

I haven't ever been to Torchy's or Franklin BBQ, so I'm hoping for one of those for a Saturday lunch, unless someone says the word "over-rated."

Any recommendations?

Beer and Queso / The Dugout on supermarkets (and Astros)
« on: April 28, 2011, 11:41:29 am »
I'll post this here, because it's not really baseball-related, but the name puns from The Dugout are always top notch.  Now the Astros get their annual post, and the puns are beautiful:

"JRR_Towleskien" just kills me.

Talk Zone / Shirts on sale in Cincy
« on: April 19, 2011, 09:41:48 am »
Original price: $60.  Now: FREE!

Wow.  If this were just a simple "oops, I forgot to pay" thing, they wouldn't have charged him, right?

Beer and Queso / Something something something Dark Side
« on: April 09, 2011, 04:37:33 pm »
After being a PC since my dad brought home a 286 that allowed me to play Hardball with a stunning 8 colors, I'm expecting arrival of my MacBook Air next week.

I feel so dirty.  But I also feel like I won't have to worry about any of the bullshit that's affected my last three PC's.

Anybody got experience with the Air?

Talk Zone / Manny being Retired
« on: April 08, 2011, 03:20:41 pm »
Per Crasnick on Twitter:
Manny Ramirez notifies MLB of retirement, baseball announces.

Talk Zone / Marlins @ Astros Series Preview Posted
« on: April 08, 2011, 02:12:39 pm »

Beer and Queso / Shiner Ruby Redbird
« on: April 06, 2011, 06:53:10 pm »
Okay, I knew from the outset that this wasn't going to be my favorite beer, but I'm strangely compelled to try all the weird Shiner seasonals.  They're starting to approach Sam Adams levels of ridiculousness, though.

So it's basically a pils w/ ruby red grapefruit and ginger.  Lots of ginger.  It's very crisp and citrusy. (shocker)  Good summer beer and might be a decent backbone for a michelada. It may be the most summery summer beer I've ever tried.

It's basically a girl beer, but in a defensible kind of way.  Anyone else had it?

Talk Zone / Baseball Apps
« on: February 18, 2011, 12:48:38 pm »
New one called Pennant just came out.  Pretty cool and elegant, though it's kinda hard to see what sort of info is actually involved.  Still, I'd drop $5 on it.

Beer and Queso / Friday Night Lights finale
« on: February 11, 2011, 08:28:39 am »
I can't recall how many posters here are fans of the show, and for that matter who has DirectTV to watch it before it comes on NBC in April, but holy crap I'm going to miss Friday Night Lights.  The finale was just about as note-perfect as you could hope for, sentimental without being cheesy, satisfying for every character but also very real.  And everything after the arrival at the stadium onward might be the best 20 minutes of tv I've ever watched.  Really.

Anybody else see it?

Talk Zone / Another middle infielder
« on: February 08, 2011, 08:14:47 am »
Michael Young puts Houston on the list of teams to which he'd accept a trade.

Obviously, 1) he's too expensive and 2) we have more middle infielders than we have boring political arguments.  I'd rather have him than Bill Hall, though.

Talk Zone / At last
« on: February 03, 2011, 09:51:58 am »
The baseball related t-shirt to end all baseball related t-shirts.

Nevermind that the goatee was never quite that big when Bags was wearing that cap, I would wear the hell out of this shirt.

Beer and Queso / Shiner 102
« on: January 31, 2011, 10:54:36 am »
I bought a six pack this weekend of the "Double Wheat" and I'm nonplussed.  It's almost indistinguishable from the Helles, with just a slight bit of tartness that I associate with hefeweizens. 

Anybody else had it yet?

Talk Zone / Little Bigs at MMPUS
« on: January 24, 2011, 12:09:13 pm »
I know most everybody already got the email, but if Aramark really does take notes from Caswell, it'll be a good season.

And as awful as the sliders were last season, I'd pay twice the regular Little Big's price for a trio instead of last year's abominations.

Talk Zone / Skeet skeet skeet!
« on: December 01, 2010, 02:01:29 pm »
That team in Sugar Land has a name.  And a logo.

The first ballpark DJ to play this song wins.

Talk Zone / More Redbird Wankery
« on: September 14, 2010, 11:28:21 am »

Talk Zone / Brewers @ Astros Series Preview Posted!
« on: September 13, 2010, 07:02:29 pm »
Read It Here with minutes to spare!

Talk Zone / Astros @ Phillies Preview Posted!
« on: August 23, 2010, 04:54:23 pm »
Read it here!  And if you don't click the link at the bottom, we can't be friends.

Talk Zone / Fallas moving on
« on: August 23, 2010, 08:30:30 am »
Announced quietly on Twitter Saturday night.  Looks like Levine gets sole ownership of the Astros beat now.

Talk Zone / Nevermind that shit
« on: August 16, 2010, 08:56:11 am »
Astros' Wives Gala pictures are here!

And now that Hampton's gone, all the dates appear to be age-appropriate.  I'm posting the Chron link because Footer appears to have used a very smudged camera phone for her pics.  And she's not in any of them herself.

Beer and Queso / Time to start taking up a collection?
« on: August 09, 2010, 03:51:20 pm »
Anybody want to co-op a rolling bbq pit that looks like it predates Smitty's?

BBQ pit made from 1936 Dodge

Talk Zone / Astros @ Cards Series Preview Posted!
« on: August 02, 2010, 08:57:42 pm »
This Series Preview brought to you by Limey's reminder, and Glenlivet!

Beer and Queso / Dining in Galveston
« on: August 02, 2010, 07:12:59 pm »
So if I don't want to put money in Tillman's pocket, what is there?

I know about the institutions like Gaido's, etc.  But I'd like something a little more interesting than catch of the day.  Recommendations?

Talk Zone / Simmons on Law
« on: July 30, 2010, 08:39:11 am »
From Bill Simmons' column today, wherein he bemoans the poor state of the Sox farm system.  Say what you will about his Boston homerism, but he follows his teams to an insane level of detail.  So then he tosses in this nugget following his assessment of their prospects:

Note: ESPN's Keith Law had Boston ranked as his No. 2 farm system in February. When I e-mailed him for a July update, he wrote back that many of its top guys were underperforming and added, "They're not No. 2 anymore. Definitely still top-10." I'm not pumping my fist.

The lesson, as always: Keith Law is an asshat.

Beer and Queso / It's Past The All-Star Break
« on: July 16, 2010, 04:11:47 pm »
...and the Houston contingent hasn't hung out except on OD.  Anybody want to go to Griff's next Wednesday for a happy hour (or three)?

Beer and Queso / Rendon Rent
« on: July 15, 2010, 02:46:47 pm »
Doesn't look good for his draft prospects next year.  Even if he has a similarly fantastic season next year, there's a huge question mark that will loom large over him.

Talk Zone / Co-Ards @ Astros Series Preview Posted!
« on: July 09, 2010, 03:27:16 pm »
Read it here, and then move to Elba.

Talk Zone / Rangers @ Astros Preview Posted!
« on: June 18, 2010, 09:20:08 am »
Read it here.  And leave the Metroplex.

Talk Zone / Astros @ Reds Series Preview Posted!
« on: May 28, 2010, 03:40:33 pm »

Talk Zone / Astros @ Co-Ards Preview Posted
« on: May 11, 2010, 02:17:56 pm »

Talk Zone / Marlins @ Astros Series Preview Posted
« on: April 20, 2010, 01:30:17 pm »

Talk Zone / MiLB in Sugar Land
« on: February 17, 2010, 12:12:06 pm »
After quite a few years of rumors, the city of [url]Sugar Land has started negotiations [/url] to build a baseball stadium with hopes of attracting a minor league team.

Smart move: making it an independent, Texas League team
Dumb move: being part of the Astros farm system.

(not dumb because teh Astros suck!!!1, but because it would likely cannibalize ticket sales in a way that an indie team wouldn't)

Talk Zone / Timmah stirs the pot
« on: January 29, 2010, 08:24:58 am »
Everyone's favorite hothead accuses former teammate of grooving pitches to Bonds  None of this would've happened if Russ Springer were still alive.

Talk Zone / Photoshop contest
« on: December 31, 2009, 02:12:12 pm »
F***house's end-of-year/holiday blog post features members of the Astros' org holding up a very basic "Merry Christmas" sign.  Obviously, the potential for modifying the text on the sign is pretty much unlimited.  And yes, there's a picture of Pam.

A few to get us started:  Tal.  Hunter. Drayton.

Beer and Queso / Pirate Walks The Plank
« on: December 28, 2009, 04:25:40 pm »
Tired Cliche Props Up Awesome Story.   Leach is indefinitely suspended as coach, details still sketching.  I hope this is a response to his single-handedly ruining an episode of Friday Night Lights with his pirate bullshit.

Talk Zone / Paulino eats a salad
« on: December 21, 2009, 03:50:40 pm »
After reportedly weighing 271 at the end of the season, he's on the Quintero Diet this offseason.  Q did seem to get quicker behind the dish after he lost all that weight, so hopefully Felipe will see some benefits too.  If nothing else, it should help with stamina late in games.  No word on whether the trainer has taught him a changeup.

Talk Zone / Dojer Divorce
« on: October 16, 2009, 11:24:18 am »
Like we saw with the Padres, this could lead to a fire sale.  In the near term, it could mean that they don't pursue their own FA's as hard this offseason.  Hello, Randy Wolf.

Talk Zone / Astros @ Phillies Series Preview Posted
« on: September 28, 2009, 06:03:13 pm »
3 minutes to spare, suckas!

Read it here!

Beer and Queso / This week's Mad Men
« on: September 22, 2009, 11:42:28 am »
If you watched on Sunday, all I have for you is this.

This season is so jarring with the tonal shifts, but it's a lot of fun.

Talk Zone / Braves @ Astros Series Preview Posted
« on: September 08, 2009, 06:10:33 pm »

Talk Zone / D-Backs @ Astros Series Preview Posted!
« on: August 21, 2009, 06:15:16 pm »
Clock's winding down. Limey passes to GBB, he shoots...he posts!

Talk Zone / Marlins @ Astros Series Preview Posted
« on: August 18, 2009, 02:51:28 pm »

Talk Zone / Astros @ Cubs Series Preview Posted
« on: July 27, 2009, 04:14:18 pm »
Apologies to the 25th Hour.  Read it here!

Talk Zone / Jesus knows when you cheat on your wife
« on: July 13, 2009, 05:31:45 pm »
Or JJdO thinks he does, at least.  With predictable hyperbole, implying that the cheater will get the McNair treatment.  The Nationals react by possibly banning interns from contact with players.

There's no justifying violating your marriage vows (period), but to stoop to Page Six-style gossip is just retarded.

Talk Zone / Astros @ Giants Series Preview Posted
« on: July 02, 2009, 05:27:32 pm »
The new album came out this week.  I'm sorry.

Read it here!

Talk Zone / Hand wringing about Pujols
« on: June 16, 2009, 01:26:54 pm »
Will Leitch (former editor of Deadspin) mopes about losing Big Gay Al and The Tanked Commander, and a possible descent to Pittsburghian levels of mediocrity. 

Yes, I was grinning the entire time I read (and posted) this.

Talk Zone / Astros @ Diamondbacks Preview Posted!
« on: June 12, 2009, 12:27:04 pm »

Beer and Queso / Shiner Smokehaus
« on: June 07, 2009, 09:20:40 pm »
Picked up a six at Zipp's H-E-B on I-10 this afternoon, and paired it with the best hamburger I've ever made myself.  Really robust and malty Helles, but I'm not tasting the mesquite smoke flavor that it purportedly has.  Then again, I had just spent an hour inhaling mesquite smoke from the grill, so your mileage may vary.

Anybody else had it yet?

Talk Zone / Rangers @ Astros Preview Posted!
« on: May 22, 2009, 02:20:04 pm »

Beer and Queso / New Wilco album
« on: May 18, 2009, 01:55:07 pm »
Creatively called "Wilco (The Album)", they're streaming it on their official website ahead of its release next month.  Sounds to me what Summerteeth would've been if Nels Cline were part of the band back then.  Also, Leslie Feist does a duet.

Talk Zone / I wish I could claim credit for this
« on: May 13, 2009, 03:20:54 pm »
My editor at Houstonist pulled pretty much the best "get" we'll ever have over there.

DQ is opening up the floor for questions.  Really.

Keep in mind that this is 100% legit, so "does your wife know that you like to be pricked in the ass?" is probably not going to be part of the interview.

Talk Zone / Astros @ Nationals Preview Posted!
« on: May 04, 2009, 12:25:09 pm »

Game Zone 2009 Archive / Brewers @ Astros: 4/26/09
« on: April 26, 2009, 01:28:16 pm »
Starting Lineups:

Milwaukee Sloppy Drunks
R. Weeks, 2B    
C. Counsell, SS    
R. Braun, LF    
P. Fielder, 1B    
M. Cameron, CF    
B. Nelson, RF    
B. Hall, 3B    
J. Kendall, C    
M. Parra, P

Good Guys
Bourn, CF
Kepp, 2B
Twinkie, 1B
Caballo, LF
Miggy, SS
Beaker, RF
Pudge, C
Blum, 3B
Ortiz, P

Both teams stranded a runner in the first; Weeks was caught stealing after a single, and Kepp got stranded at 3rd after doubling.

Talk Zone / Astros @ Bucs Series Preview Posted
« on: April 13, 2009, 10:36:31 am »

Talk Zone / A Sexy Bitch and The Pole
« on: March 05, 2009, 05:40:05 pm »
Yes, this is baseball related.  In lieu of playing too shallow in CF, The Once And Future Sexy Bitch is judging stripper contests in St. Louie. 

Midwestern strippers.  Shudder.

Talk Zone / Offers were made to Wolf, Looper
« on: February 14, 2009, 11:53:14 am »
Wade confirms that they had some last-minute talks with the two pitchers. If I'm reading this right, as far as Wolf is concerned, the actual numbers weren't too far off from what he got with the Dojers, it was just the incentives and geography that tipped Wolf back to LA.

So, if Wade's still trolling the FA market for pitching (and not Pudge, apparently), who else is out there that would sign for $4-5MM? One of the Hernandez brothers and their proverbial "innings eater" status?

Beer and Queso / John Updike R.I.P.
« on: January 27, 2009, 02:06:10 pm »
One of the best American writers of the last century, no doubt.

Phenomenal essay on Ted Williams by Updike here.  Funny how much of a controversial figure Williams seemed to be in Boston at the time; time heals all wounds, apparently.

Talk Zone / As if it needed to be said again
« on: January 27, 2009, 09:12:06 am »
Keith Law is an asshat.

Ranking our farm system at 30th when even Baseball Prospectus is more bullish on our recent draft picks is just lazy.  I don't waste my money on ESPN Insider anymore, so I'm not going to bother linking to the primary source.  Instead, enjoy some Nationals fans crowing over finishing 29th.

Beer and Queso / Peyton Manning, explained
« on: January 05, 2009, 04:12:32 pm »

Beer and Queso / The Aggie Report
« on: November 29, 2008, 08:46:15 am »
These guys have been the only (and I truly mean only) bright spot in the Aggies' season for me.  The road back to the upper tiers of the Big 12 South will be a long one, but if it comes with bad celebrity impressions and Cedric Benson jokes, it'll be worth it.

Talk Zone / Josh Bard
« on: October 06, 2008, 11:23:56 pm »
Released by the Pads today.  Doesn't appear to have an injury history (except when he gets bull-rushed by Prince Albert), though the release itself could imply something about his recovery. 

He'd be average/above average as a hitter (if 2008 is considered a wash), and the only thing that I recall about him behind the plate is that he had trouble with Tim Wakefield's knuckler in Boston.  Anybody else think he'd be worth a look?

Talk Zone / Angel Hernandez at it again
« on: May 28, 2008, 12:36:28 pm »
Pitches Lugo for looking at him, then sends Francona home just because.

Jeez, it's not like he caught Lugo beating his wife.  The lesson, as always: Angel Hernandez is a dick.

Talk Zone / Reconsidering Aubrey Huff
« on: November 13, 2007, 10:37:43 am »
Not that I or anyone else with half a mind would want him back in Houston, but if you haven't read the transcript of his infamous radio appearance in Balmer last week, it's worth your while.  You might want to keep a bar of soap handy to wash your brain afterwards.  Seriously.

Warning: this does contain some (ahem) adult language.

Talk Zone / Wither my Dome Dog?
« on: October 24, 2007, 10:20:51 am »
The Chron goes over the health code violations of the various stadiums, MMPUS is second-worst behind Reliant.  Thanks, Aramark!

None of this would've happened if Marvin Zindler were still alive.

Talk Zone / Drunk Thread
« on: September 19, 2007, 02:53:57 am »
I'm amazed tha this board doesn't already have a special place for those who've over indulged to post their nonsense while still unde the effects of alcohol.

Normally, as a Clrak I wouldn't have the guts to post this here.  But since my drinks tonight were purchased by the one and only Ben Sheets himself.  I think I'm due a pass.

Sheets is huge, friendly, and generous, and at one point asaid he'd like to play in Houston and that he'd hear d that Jake Peavy wants to play here too.  you heard it here first.

I'm gonn a have such a headache in the morning...

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