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Talk Zone / Astros/Nats tickets for sale: Sat 7/12
« on: July 07, 2008, 04:19:33 pm »
I have my 2 season tickets for sale to the Saturday 7/12 Astros-Nationals game.  (Can't go - softball game.)  Seats are in Section 314, Row A, on the aisle - front row in the upper deck.  $40 for the pair, which is less than what you'd pay at the box office.  If interested, PM me.  Thanks.

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Talk Zone / Collusion against Bonds?
« on: March 19, 2008, 09:15:40 am »
So 30 GMs agree that the Bonds circus isn't worth pursuing, and now that might be collusion?

http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=3300362

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Talk Zone / Are umps KKK members?
« on: January 30, 2008, 03:58:30 pm »
Here's a nominee for most ridiculous story of the MLB off-season:

"Umpires are livid that Major League Baseball has sent investigators to their hometowns, asking neighbors a series of questions that include whether the ump belongs to the Ku Klux Klan."
...
"Tom Christopher, the Milwaukee-based supervisor of security and investigations in the commissioner's office, had asked questions about Klan membership to neighbors of umpires Greg Gibson and Sam Holbrook, who reside in Kentucky. In addition, Hirschbeck said similar questions had been asked to neighbors of umpire Ron Kulpa, who lives in the St. Louis area."
...
"Once again, baseball's favorite way of doing things: Ready, fire, aim," Hirschbeck said. "It's not a good way to start the season."

http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/news?slug=ap-umpires-backgroundchecks&prov=ap&type=lgns

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Talk Zone / Pettitte could corroborate HGH accusation against Clemens
« on: January 30, 2008, 08:49:13 am »
"Based on what we know, there was a situation where Andy was speaking to Roger in Brian's presence, then Andy came over to Brian and essentially said, 'Why didn't you tell me about this stuff?' He referred to HGH," Ward said. "Brian discouraged him and then several months later, when he (Pettitte) got injured, he came back and asked Brian about it, and that's when Brian injected him. We believe that based on the fact that Andy came to Brian and asked him about HGH, it was Roger who told Andy about HGH and that's why he asked Brian about it."

Richard Emery, another lawyer for McNamee, said his client and Pettitte also discussed steroids use by Clemens.

"Pettitte is certainly going to tell the truth, and if he tells the truth, everything will be fine," Emery said

http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/news?slug=ap-congress-pettitte&prov=ap&type=lgns

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Talk Zone / Backe signed for 2008
« on: January 11, 2008, 03:57:18 pm »
"The Houston Astros on Friday signed righthander Brandon Backe to a one-year, $800,000 contract.  The deal also includes incentives."

http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/news?slug=txastrosbacke&prov=st&type=lgns

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Talk Zone / Jose Guillen, Matt Williams, Ismael Valdez...
« on: November 06, 2007, 10:09:19 pm »
"Jose Guillen purchased thousands of dollars worth of steroids and human growth hormone from a Florida clinic under investigation for illegal drug sales..."

"Matt Williams, a five-time All-Star who played 17 seasons in the majors, purchased $11,600 worth of HGH, steroids and other drugs from the Palm Beach clinic in 2002..."

"Ismael Valdez, who spent parts of 12 seasons with seven teams and last pitched in the majors in 2005, purchased $11,300 worth of performance-enhancing drugs in 2002..."

http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=3096834

Sad to see Williams's name in this, always liked him.

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Talk Zone / Sexiest Fan Alive
« on: October 13, 2007, 02:18:02 am »
My interest in baseball has been renewed, thanks to People's "Sexiest Fan Alive" contest.  And here I thought "sexy" was defined by a ground ball to 2st that advances the runner to 3th.  ANYWAY, Assuming Scarlett Johansson is a fan of SOMETHING, I thought this contest was already over, yet TBS continues to push it.

I present, https://peoplesexiestfan.secondthought.com/profile_6.html

Candie makes several curious points.  As a Killer B fan, she supports injury-ridden Backe, but not Borkowski.  She wants to change the "walk rule" (a hotly contested rule during the Owners Meetings, for sure).  Her favorite cheer is "Full count, lights out!  Houston Astros withoutta doubt!!!," which seems highly impractical, if not solely for the fact that MMPUS fireworks are not ready to launch at lights out on every full count.

Given that no one here (that I know of) can compare with the globes under Candie's bumblebee costume, I propose this site starts an OWAiest Fan Alive contest.

Entrants?

btw: no one vote 4 brian dat guy is teh suck ok?

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Talk Zone / Hickey
« on: October 02, 2007, 11:57:12 am »
"The pitching coach of the Tampa Bay Devil Rays was arrested by St. Petersburg police late Sunday and charged with DUI, hit and run and resisting arrest without violence.

Police said an undercover officer saw James J. Hickey, 45, run his silver pickup into the back of a green pickup at First Avenue and 16th Street S, in front of Tropicana Field. The green pickup was driven by Devil Rays batboy Matthew Felix Carlson, and both men were stopped at a traffic light, said St. Petersburg Police Department spokesman George Kajtsa.

...

According to a St. Petersburg Police Department affidavit, Hickey pulled over for Police Officer Steven W. Sprout at Gandy Boulevard but then tried to put the car in gear and drive away. Hickey refused to get out of the car, Kajtsa said, and was brought out by officers. He then stumbled when he got out of the car and fell to the ground."

http://blogs.tampabay.com/rays/2007/10/pitching-coach-.html

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Talk Zone / "Two years"???
« on: August 28, 2007, 11:56:48 am »
"This was two years in the process," McLane said.

Then what was the purpose of extending Garner through 2008 at the end of last season?

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Talk Zone / Neifi Perez is INTELLIGENT
« on: August 03, 2007, 05:15:22 pm »
"Tigers infielder Neifi Perez was suspended for 80 games Friday after testing positive for a THIRD time for a banned stimulant, a penalty that finishes his season."

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070803/ap_on_sp_ba_ne/bba_tigers_perez_suspended_4;_ylt=ApyR7HDAuph5.KtZtrPmpoIE1vAI

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Talk Zone / 17,500-mph fastball
« on: July 23, 2007, 01:19:07 pm »
"A spacewalking astronaut tossed two large chunks of junk off the international space station Monday, hurling the old equipment into orbit.
...
give Brad Lidge and Roy Oswalt a call and tell them I just hummed a 17,500-mph fastball," Anderson said, referring to the star pitchers for his hometown Houston Astros."

http://apnews.myway.com//article/20070723/D8QICIA81.html

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Talk Zone / Scoring question
« on: June 19, 2007, 09:37:01 am »
Figgins was given a triple on his game-winning hit.  What is the rule in a walk-off situation?  I always assumed that once the winning run scores, the batter gets credit for the last base reached.  I can't imagine Figgins got to 3rd before Willits scored...

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Game Zone 2007 Archive / Astros at D'Backs, Saturday 5/26
« on: May 26, 2007, 07:55:36 pm »
HOUSTON
Lamb 1B
Loretta 3B
Berkman RF
Lee LF
Pence CF
Biggio 2B
Ausmus C
Everett SS
Sampson P

ARIZONA
Young CF
Byrnes LF
Hudson 2B
Reynolds 3B
Clark 1B
Drew SS
Quentin RF
Snyder C
Webb P

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Talk Zone / Everett's RBI ground-out
« on: May 09, 2007, 01:10:38 pm »
In last night's game, on Everett's RBI ground-out to 3B in the 2nd, the Reds announcers were saying that Encarnacion made a mental error by not looking back Pence at 3rd.  This was a slowly-hit ball that Encarnacion had to charge and make a quick play on the run to just barely nip Everett at 1st.

The way I saw it, it didn't seem like there would have been any time to look Pence back to 3rd and still get the out at 1st, so I don't understand what the Reds announcers were talking about.  Am I missing something?

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Talk Zone / NYCU Lane?
« on: April 01, 2007, 02:13:33 pm »
Is this Lane story an April Fool's joke?  None of the links work, Astros.com has nothing, nor ESPN.com or chron.com...

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Talk Zone / The new nickname contest begins now
« on: March 22, 2007, 09:55:45 am »
"St. Louis Cardinals manager Tony La Russa was arrested early Thursday and charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, a misdemeanor, after he was found asleep at the wheel in his running SUV at a green light."

The Link

And... go.

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Talk Zone / DirecTV exclusive? Wait just a minute...
« on: March 21, 2007, 02:24:51 pm »
"IN Demand said Wednesday it will offer to match the terms of DirecTV's $700 million, seven-year deal with Major League Baseball on behalf its owners, who are affiliates of the companies that own Time Warner, Comcast and Cox cable systems."

The Link

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Talk Zone / Zambrano talking out of his ass
« on: March 03, 2007, 11:10:52 am »
"I believe this year, I can win the Cy Young," Zambrano said, "and besides that, we will win the World Series. I guarantee that. I have faith in that."

So, you'll win the Cy Young and the Cubs will win the World Series in 2007?

"Right. I'm saying that," Zambrano said. "I'm almost sure about that.

Wait -- almost sure?

"I say, almost sure," he said. "I promise I will do the best I can. I feel good this year, better than the last five years. I will work on that."

The Link

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Talk Zone / Yap at Purp
« on: February 26, 2007, 10:20:22 am »
"Join Astros general manager Tim Purpura for an online chat Monday at 2 p.m. CT. Purpura, who is beginning his third season as Astros GM, will field questions from fans online from the Astros Spring Training camp in Kissimmee, Fla."

The Link

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Talk Zone / Carpenter staying with STL
« on: December 04, 2006, 06:38:06 pm »
5 years, $65M
 The Link

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Talk Zone / Bagwell files for free agency
« on: November 11, 2006, 09:13:45 pm »
"This is entirely a procedural matter," Axelrod said. "Today is the last day for free agents to file, and even players contemplating retirement complete the filing process. This is completely a technical matter and does not change anything about the relationship between Jeff and the Astros.

The Link

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Talk Zone / Cardinals Apologize For Winning World Series
« on: November 04, 2006, 12:06:48 pm »
From The Onion,  The Link.

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Talk Zone / Funniest sign ever?
« on: October 20, 2006, 03:55:28 pm »

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Talk Zone / LOOKING?
« on: October 20, 2006, 12:44:41 am »
Wow... just, wow.

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Talk Zone / Garner coming up on PTI
« on: September 29, 2006, 06:40:31 pm »
Kornheiser just teased Garner coming up on PTI, FWIW.

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Talk Zone / Pete Rose is sorry
« on: September 18, 2006, 01:56:07 pm »
We've known all along that Pete Rose is a sorry excuse for a human, but now apparently Pete has put pen to ball to say that he is sorry for betting on baseball.

The Link

The Pic

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Talk Zone / Izzy blows another save
« on: September 06, 2006, 05:18:22 pm »
Cards put up 2 in the 9th to take a 1-run lead in Washington, then Isringhausen gives up 2 walks, a HBP, and a double to lose it.

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Talk Zone / Little known fact about the Yankees
« on: August 04, 2006, 02:34:36 pm »
The Factoid

<CTRL-H> Replace All

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Talk Zone / Jeff Weaver update
« on: August 02, 2006, 10:20:48 pm »
3.1 IP, 7 ER, leaves to boos from the BFIB

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Talk Zone / Morgan Ensberg, track star
« on: July 22, 2006, 01:04:15 pm »
"Ensberg, who was in Houston during the Astros' series in Chicago, was ordered to do nothing baseball-related during his down time, which meant no hitting and no throwing -- basically, avoiding anything involving raising his arm upward.

So he ran.  Thirty minutes a day, which totaled around three miles."

The Link

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Talk Zone / Pujols to return by Monday
« on: June 21, 2006, 09:05:15 pm »
"Albert Pujols should be ready to come off the disabled list and play by Monday when the St. Louis Cardinals open a three-game series at home against the Cleveland Indians, manager Tony La Russa said Wednesday.

"Sooner than that? Maybe," La Russa said."

The Link

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Talk Zone / Smoltz open to trade
« on: June 21, 2006, 12:19:29 pm »
"If the tumble in the standings changes the Braves' focus in the trade market from buyers to sellers, Smoltz said, 'I'm open to whatever is best for the team.'"

The Link

I don't recall ever hearing a comment like this... seems odd that a player would want what is best for the team, when that meant he would no longer be a part of the franchise...

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Talk Zone / Good week for athletes driving
« on: June 15, 2006, 02:26:14 pm »
"Athletics pitcher Esteban Loaiza was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving after police clocked his Ferrari going more than 120 mph on a freeway near San Lorenzo."

The Link

120 mph is a good speed to be going at when you're drunk.

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Talk Zone / This Week In Baseball
« on: June 10, 2006, 01:36:55 pm »
May have been mentioned here already, but the Astros are featured on TWIB today.

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Talk Zone / Whatever happened to... Brien Taylor?
« on: June 05, 2006, 06:40:09 pm »
I remember having his rookie card as a kid, and then never really hearing anything more about him.  Decent article.

The Link

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Talk Zone / All-Star Balloting
« on: May 31, 2006, 01:15:16 pm »
NATIONAL LEAGUE ALL-STAR BALLOTING UPDATE
May 30, 2006

First Base
1. Albert Pujols, Cardinals 726,854
2. Carlos Delgado, Mets 220,484
3. Lance Berkman, Astros 174,278
4. Derrek Lee, Cubs 131,359
5. Nomar Garciaparra, Dodgers 129,034

Second Base
1. Craig Biggio, Astros 303,616
2. Chase Utley, Phillies 286,247
3. Marcus Giles, Braves 153,988
4. Todd Walker, Cubs 150,322
5. Jeff Kent, Dodgers 140,691

Third Base
1. Scott Rolen, Cardinals 340,733
2. David Wright, Mets 292,335
3. Morgan Ensberg, Astros 198,930
4. Chipper Jones, Braves 184,331
5. Aramis Ramirez, Cubs 142,404

Catcher
1. Paul Lo Duca, Mets 273,059
2. Mike Piazza, Padres 264,787
3. Yadier Molina, Cardinals 256,270
4. Brad Ausmus, Astros 186,933
5. Michael Barrett, Cubs 182,309

The Link

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Talk Zone / So that balk...
« on: May 25, 2006, 12:08:49 am »
How did it look on TV?  What were the announcers saying?  Consensus in our section was that it LOOKED like a balk, but they were going to let it go until Frank came out of the dugout.

What a strange play.

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Talk Zone / Springer in the stands
« on: May 23, 2006, 01:47:22 pm »
Great snippet in NYCU today about Springer sitting in the stands last night.  I sat in that section for the Bruntlett game last year.  Is this "common practice" for an active suspended player to sit in the stands?  I certainly have never heard of that before.  Did any of the Houston cameramen show him during the broadcast last night?  I've seen Drayton, Hunsicker, and Purpura in the stands before... never a player though.  Also, I wonder where Garner was?

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Talk Zone / Major meltdown by Wagner
« on: May 20, 2006, 05:05:22 pm »
Billy enters with a 4-0 lead in the 9th.  After giving up 2 singles, 3 walks, and a HBP, it's a tie game.

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Talk Zone / Easy explanation for Houston's recent struggles
« on: May 17, 2006, 04:58:00 pm »
SI cover jinx.

The Link

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Talk Zone / Triple Crown candidate focuses on postseason (NCAA-bb)
« on: May 15, 2006, 01:00:13 pm »
I guess now is as good of a time to jinx it.  This guy plays for my alma mater:

"[Kellen] Kulbacki currently leads the nation in home runs (22), ranks second in the nation in batting (.485), and is fourth in RBI (68)."

"According to the NCAA Baseball Records Book, the only player since 1965 to lead all of Division I in batting average, home runs and RBI is Mike Smith of Indiana in 1992. (The book records home run and RBI champions since 1965; the batting champions date back to 1957.)"

The Link

Does anyone happen to know if CWS stats are included in individual season stats/records?

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Talk Zone / For the Leinart haters (non-bb)
« on: May 11, 2006, 05:00:49 pm »
The Link

Right-click on the image and go to properties to see the filename.  Those crazy SI webmasters...

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Talk Zone / Miller DLed
« on: April 20, 2006, 10:34:11 am »
...NOT cut.

The Link

And in his place will be... ?

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Talk Zone / So what happens if...
« on: April 12, 2006, 06:25:55 pm »
...an entire 3-game series is rained out, and because of the moronic unbalanced schedule, you only have one trip planned to that city for the entire season?  It looks like it's been raining all day in San Francisco, and there's a 40% chance of rain tomorrow.

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

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Talk Zone / Everett asleep?
« on: April 08, 2006, 02:54:46 pm »
AE did a couple strange things last night.

First, in the bottom of the 3rd, he led off the inning and got ahead 3-0 before swinging at ball 4 (he did get a hit).  Why is a .250 hitter swinging on a 3-0 pitch, let alone a garbage pitch?

Later, in the big 6th inning and with Houston up 6-1, 0 outs, runner on 2nd, he was bunting first pitch and popped it up to 3B.

Am I missing something here?

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Talk Zone / Separated at birth
« on: March 31, 2006, 08:40:57 pm »
Just realized watching the Nationals game that their 3B Ryan Zimmerman looks like Luke Scott:

The Link

Also, Tyler Hansbrough of UNC basketball looks a little like Morgan Ensberg:

The Link

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Talk Zone / "Last resort" surgery
« on: March 25, 2006, 01:47:21 pm »
In addition to the "delays" mentioned by astros.com and chron.com, ESPN.com is reporting that Axelrod says Bagwell will have surgery as a last resort to remove bone spurs.

The Link

The tone of the article is pretty positive.

"Over the last couple of years, as Bagwell's shoulder problems have worsened, the Astros have talked about the possibility of bringing him into the organization in a non-playing capacity. Axelrod said Bagwell is open to that if it turns out he can't play anymore.

"Needless to say, there haven't been discussions of that in detail," Axelrod said, "because our position has always been that Jeff was trying to be a player. But it has been discussed in the past, even as far back as [four years ago] when we were doing the contract -- that they want him to be involved for his lifetime as an Astro, much like Nolan Ryan is involved."

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Talk Zone / Clemens selling out
« on: March 19, 2006, 03:04:00 pm »
The Link

SOOOOOOOOOOOOOO cheesy.

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Talk Zone / Spring Training/WBC Pictures
« on: March 15, 2006, 10:46:22 am »
FWIW, I took a bunch of pictures in FL and posted the "best" (and I use the term loosely) ones on my Webshots page.  A couple days later, one of their editors contacted me and said they wanted to feature my WBC album.  So, if you go to http://www.webshots.com today only, you'll see a link to my World Baseball Classic album on the front page.  If you click on that, then you'll also see the link to my Astros album.

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Talk Zone / Miguel Cabrera for under $500K
« on: March 02, 2006, 04:21:58 pm »
"Florida Marlins slugger Miguel Cabrera agreed Thursday to a one-year contract that will pay him $472,000 in the majors, meaning he'll likely be one of baseball's best bargains again this season."

The Link

What am I missing?  How is this possible???  Seems like he should be earning 10X as much.

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Talk Zone / Rings!!!
« on: March 01, 2006, 06:18:09 pm »
I know it's not the ring everyone wanted, but...

"All uniformed personnel from last year's pennant-winning club will be sized for rings on Thursday at the Kissimmee complex. A diagram of the National League champion ring was posted on the bulletin board in the Astros clubhouse Wednesday.

On the top, an Astros star -- filled with 20 diamonds -- sits atop a large ruby, with four diamonds down each side. The top is engraved with "National League Champions."

On one side, the player's name will be engraved next to the words "First World Series," with an Astros logo sitting on top of a logo of the state of Texas.

The other side will feature an engraved "Astros," a depiction of Minute Maid Park and the year "2005."

In addition to players and coaches, all full-time Astros employees will receive a National League championship ring."

The Link

Love to see a picture of that.

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Talk Zone / Ticket lottery success! (non-bb)
« on: February 23, 2006, 06:11:40 pm »
I'm still bitter that I never even got a rejection e-mail from the Astros after entering the 2005 WS ticket lottery, and I was feeling the same way about the  2006 NCAA basketball regional semi- & finals lottery I entered until today...

Randomly got a call from MCI Center.  I didn't recognize the phone number so I was hesitant to answer, but when I did, the lady at the other end told me that a bunch of ticket orders were cancelled, did I still want tickets?

HELL YEAH.  She even increased the original max ticket order from 2 to 4.  ALSO, my sister, who was part of the same batch of entries I filled out, got the call as well.  So all told, 8 tickets to the 3 games at MCI.

March is shaping up to be the best sports-attending-month ever, between Spring Training, WBC, and now the NCAAs.

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Talk Zone / SI article on Roy O
« on: February 22, 2006, 01:08:51 pm »
"Big Game Hunter"

Nothing new in the article that regulars here wouldn't know about.  Talks about Roy hunting and playing with his bulldozer in the off season.

The Link, SI subscription required

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Talk Zone / Where are they now?
« on: February 17, 2006, 02:56:45 pm »
"Albert Belle tracked his ex-girlfriend with a GPS device and repeatedly threatened her, according to a police probable cause statement filed in support of stalking charges.
...
Reached by The Associated Press on Friday morning, Belle declined to comment on the case.

"You didn't write a story about my Hall of Fame induction," Belle said. "You guys never report the good stuff that I do."

The Link

Ahhhhhhhhhh yes.  Glad to see Joey is still making headlines.

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Talk Zone / USA WBC Roster
« on: February 14, 2006, 11:35:55 pm »
The Link

Good news for those hoping to see Berkman and Ensberg in Spring Training.

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Talk Zone / Cubs going in the wrong direction (somewhat non-bb)
« on: February 14, 2006, 04:18:13 pm »
Has anyone else spotted the gaffe in the recent ESPN "Sports Heaven" ad?  This is the ad where a guy is walking around his city looking at his cell phone while athletes from various sports (Jim Edmonds among others) are performing all around him.  At one point, there is a shot of a baserunner in a Cubs uniform (looks like Juan Pierre) taking a lead.  He then breaks TO HIS LEFT as if he is stealing a base.

I wonder if Juan said at any point during the making of this ad, "hey guys, I normally turn to my right when I'm stealing a base."  Maybe the producers were just forecasting the direction of the 2006 Cubs season.

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Talk Zone / The Anti-Shaun Dean (non-bb)
« on: January 30, 2006, 11:55:50 pm »
"Mr. X, who is in possession of the football recently drop kicked by Doug Flutie for the first extra point scored in the NFL by drop kick in forty one years... understands that the New England Patriots may have an interest in purchasing that historic football."

...in exchange for:

"1. Payment of ONE HUNDRED THOUSAND ($100,000.00) DOLLARS [lawyer's capitals] on delivery of the football.

2. A guarantee of eight (8) season tickets for 25 years in the end zone (preferably sections 142 or 143).

a. The season tickets will be paid for annually by my client at the then going price for season tickets. The Patriots would not be expected to pay for the tickets.

3. Delivery by the Patriots to my client sometime in September, 2006, of a Tom Brady Patriots' football jersey signed by all the team members as of the beginning of the next football season."

Hilarious.

The Link

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Talk Zone / In other 94 MVP news...
« on: January 25, 2006, 05:00:43 pm »
Sources: Athletics, Thomas close to agreement on deal

The Link

Thomas in a non-White Sox uniform is about as weird as, say, Bagwell in a non-Astros uniform.

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Talk Zone / Bagwell on MLB radio today
« on: January 23, 2006, 03:48:56 pm »
3:00 pm - Stayin' Hot
Seth Everett and Darryl Hamilton are joined by Astros 1B Jeff Bagwell and take your calls and e-mails on the latest moves around the game.

The Link

Astros.com says 3PM central, but I would have assumed the MLB radio schedule is eastern.

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Talk Zone / Spring Training trip booked
« on: January 10, 2006, 11:15:33 pm »
Today I booked my flight to go see Spring Training in early March.  I'll get to see 6 games - 3/7 @ NYM in Port St. Lucie, 3/8-3/11 vs. TOR, NYM, WAS, and PHI in Kissimmee, and 3/12 @ LAD in Vero Beach.

My question for the Spring Training veteran visitors is: How much stuff is there to do besides watching the games?  A game only takes up 3 out of 24 hours in the day... are there practices that fans can watch?  Anything else baseball related?

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Talk Zone / New minimum wage
« on: January 04, 2006, 11:20:06 am »
The Link

"The minimum salary for players in the major leagues is rising $9,000 this year to $327,000.

The 3.5 percent increase is due to a cost-of-living escalator in baseball's labor contract. The minimum was $300,000 in 2003 and 2004, then rose to $316,000 last year."

327,000 - 316,000 = 9,000... interesting math.

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Talk Zone / New college baseball video game
« on: December 05, 2005, 01:13:07 pm »
EA Sports, maker of MVP Baseball, lost their MLB license for the upcoming game in the baseball series, and has decided to produce a college baseball game.  Here are some screenshots of the college stadiums... they have quite a few Texas schools:

The Screens

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Talk Zone / Konerko agrees to five-year deal with White Sox
« on: November 30, 2005, 03:56:33 pm »
The Link

5 years, $60 mil

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Talk Zone / Letterman on Wagner
« on: November 30, 2005, 12:42:29 am »
From tonight's monologue:

"The Mets are set to acquire pitcher Billy Wagner... the deal is pending a physical, which gives him a chance to have his HEAD EXAMINED."

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Talk Zone / Need kindling?
« on: November 23, 2005, 10:36:52 am »
Bat that produced last out at World Series to be auctioned

The Link

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Talk Zone / Spring Training schedule released
« on: November 17, 2005, 09:51:51 pm »
Not too early to begin planning... I'm thinking that 4-game "homestand" from 3/8-3/11 looks good.

The Link

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Talk Zone / Pirates agree to multiyear deal with Bay
« on: November 17, 2005, 01:49:36 pm »
Terms not disclosed yet...

The Link

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Talk Zone / Ryan Howard wins NL ROY
« on: November 07, 2005, 03:06:18 pm »
According to MLB radio.

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Talk Zone / Today is the most depressing day of the year
« on: October 27, 2005, 12:50:35 pm »
...because it represents the longest amount of time between the end of one season and the beginning of the next.  Even if they had won, there would still be that empty feeling provided by late fall/winter.  NFL season officially starts Sunday, as far as I'm concerned.

115 long days until pitchers and catchers report.

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Talk Zone / Garner to Burke?
« on: October 26, 2005, 12:30:46 pm »
Anyone hear of what Garner said when he ran out to Burke at first base in the 9th?  NEVER seen that move before.  I was watching the post-game press conference on ESPN and waiting for a reporter to ask, but no one did.

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Talk Zone / .404
« on: October 21, 2005, 01:24:24 pm »
"Combined batting average (23 for 57) of the White Sox' Paul Konerko, Jermaine Dye, Scott Podsednik, Joe Crede and Juan Uribe against Astros righthander Roger Clemens, who will start Game 1 of the World Series tomorrow night."

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Talk Zone / Oswalt on Letterman
« on: October 21, 2005, 10:00:11 am »
Last night Oswalt (from "YOUR" Houston Astros) was on Letterman, reading the Top Ten Perks Of Getting Into The World Series via Satellite from Minute Maid Park.  The list:

10. "Another two weeks of wearing a cup and showering with guys"

9. "Get to visit exotic, far-off destinations like Illinois"

8. "More time to discuss with team doctor if Cialis is right for me"

7. "With the discount, beer is only 18 bucks"

6. "It's fine and all, but the good news is, I just saved a bunch of money on my car insurance by switching to Geico"

5. "Certificate good for one free groin pull"

4. "I get to appear on my favorite Late Night program---'The Tonight Show with Jay Leno'"

3. "World Series MVP gets to throw switch at Saddam's execution"

2. "Clemens used his AARP card to get us cheap hotel rooms"

1. "If Steinbrenner wants me next year, my price is now a billion dollars"

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Talk Zone / Sportsbook.com WS Odds
« on: October 20, 2005, 12:55:01 pm »
FWIW:

Astros +105
White Sox -120

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Talk Zone / Oswalt Says Game 6 Is Like Olympics
« on: October 19, 2005, 02:51:01 pm »
"Wednesday's Game 6 of the National League Championship Series against the St. Louis Cardinals compares in magnitude only to his outing in the 2000 Olympics against South Korea in the semifinals of the medal round."

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Talk Zone / From what I've heard, Drayton McLane...
« on: October 18, 2005, 01:25:03 am »
...is the most positive, up-beat person on the planet.  I'm glad that he owns this team right now.  I bet he'll have something to say to the troops, if they need to hear something to get ready for game 6.

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Talk Zone / Stupid Fox
« on: October 17, 2005, 09:16:36 pm »
When Fox just came back from the last ad, the shot they showed with the camera in CF, looking toward the out-of-town scoreboard, was clearly from the 2004 All-Star Game.  You could see the "This time it counts" banner over the scoreboard.  Weak.

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Talk Zone / More on Reggie's injury
« on: October 14, 2005, 12:19:23 pm »
Cardinals outfielder leaves with lower back sprain

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Talk Zone / Wondering whether or not STL will have nice weather?
« on: October 12, 2005, 12:25:25 pm »
Tonight: Mostly cloudy. Chance of sprinkles. Low in the mid 50s. Light wind.

Thursday Night: Mostly cloudy in the evening then becoming partly cloudy. Low in the mid 50s. Light wind. 21% chance of rain.

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Talk Zone / Lucky fan is twice in the right spot
« on: October 10, 2005, 04:18:47 pm »
Guess it's not just a rumor anymore...

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Talk Zone / Someone sell me a ticket stub from that game
« on: October 09, 2005, 08:09:01 pm »
Please.

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Talk Zone / Nice fans there in ATL
« on: October 07, 2005, 02:48:39 pm »
Most bizarre moment of last night's game - Francoeur single to right in 7th, Lane gets it in to 2B, and a BALL COMES FLYING FROM THE STANDS ONTO THE FIELD OF PLAY DURING THE ENSUING RUNDOWN???  What the fuck???  I've never seen anything like that before.

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Talk Zone / Stat of the Day
« on: October 05, 2005, 02:12:15 pm »
Andruw Jones is hitting .207 (38-184) with runners in scoring position.  The only Astro non-pitchers on the postseason roster with a lower RISP AVG than that are Scott (.190, 4-21) and Chavez (.176, 3-17).  Even Oswalt (.211, 4-19) and Backe (.385, 5-13) are hitting better than Jones with RISP.  Jones's RISP OBP of .335 is pretty pathetic, too.

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Talk Zone / Yanks angry at Showalter
« on: October 03, 2005, 12:47:08 pm »
"Showalter removed starters Michael Young, Mark Teixeira and Hank Blalock for pinch-runners in the third inning against the Angels on Sunday. The Texas Rangers led 4-1 after three innings, but the Angels rallied for a 7-4 victory and earned home-field advantage for the first round against the Yankees with the victory."

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Talk Zone / What am I looking at?
« on: October 03, 2005, 10:16:08 am »
Someone's gotta help me out here... what is the background image on  THIS SHIRT?  I can't make it out at all.

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Talk Zone / Quote of the year:
« on: October 02, 2005, 05:51:39 pm »
Brad Lidge on the field after the game: "Our offense had to come today, and it did - and that's fucking... frigging... huge for us... excuse me, excuse my language..."

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Talk Zone / Am I the only one who can't POSSIBLY get to sleep?
« on: October 02, 2005, 05:15:58 am »
Everytime I try to go to sleep, my mind starts racing relentlessly about tomorrow.  4:15AM and I'm too wired to sleep.  I can't begin to IMAGINE what it's like for a PLAYER.  Jeebus, I can't even get to sleep with a big SOFTBALL game on my mind, let alone a game of tomorrow's magnitude...

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Talk Zone / Will the BBGs hate me...
« on: October 02, 2005, 02:23:11 am »
...if I order tickets to the one-game playoff in Philly?  The Internet presale starts at 2PM tomorrow.  If I wait until it is KNOWN whether the game will take place, I won't be able to get a seat by the dugout.  I'm torn.

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Talk Zone / Someone watching the game pls. tell me...
« on: October 01, 2005, 05:26:37 pm »
...which jersey they are wearing today?

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Talk Zone / Hey, you know what makes all sorts of fucking sense?
« on: October 01, 2005, 02:46:01 pm »
The national live blackout.  Thanks, Fox!  Biggest baseball day of the year so far, and I can't watch HOU-CHC, NYY-BOS, or CWS-CLE.  What a fucking joke.   THIS ad is particularly ridiculous - the only people who CAN watch the game live on MLB.TV are people who live OUTSIDE of US, Japan, South Korea, Guam, and the US Virgin Islands.  MLB REALLY needs to change this absurd rule.

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