AL East

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    August 1, 2014

    CSN Houston Still Bankrupt, Still Not Coming To A TV Near You

    Presumably the bidder for CSN Houston was made to known to Comcast yesterday. Presumably, of course, because nobody will comment. An order was sought yesterday evening seeking to prevent Comcast from divulging any details regarding the potential bidder. The parties are supposed to have a status conf ... More >>

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    May 26, 2014

    You Don't Need a Fancy Ballpark to Be Competitive

    The Chicago Cubs are going to do some major renovations to Wrigley Field. The team's going to spend millions of dollars on attorneys to do so, because the renovations will affect the ability of the owners of the buildings across the street from Wrigley to sell access to rooftop seats. This cost is w ... More >>

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    May 13, 2014

    Astros Get Into Throwback Mode for Civil Rights Game

    Houston gets to play host to this year's Civil Rights Game, in a year that marks the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the 60th anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education. This is only the eighth time that Major League Baseball has held the throwback-style game, in which teams ... More >>

  • News

    April 17, 2014

    How Boston Is Taking Back Its Marathon

    Hall of Fame runner Bill Rodgers talks the magic of the marathon.

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    April 2, 2014

    Astros and Yankees Opening Day (Photos)

    Yesterday was the beginning of another baseball season. For lovers of the game, there are two words that jumpstart the heart and clean the slate for another long, hopefully successful year: Opening Day.

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    February 17, 2014

    With a Little Patience, Maybe the Astros Can Make Out Like Bandits on CSN Houston

    It's easy to say that Jim Crane and the Houston Astros should just agree to any deal that Comcast or the Rockets put in front of them regarding CSN Houston carriage. The only concern of most fans is that the games get on television. Nothing else matters. And the truth of the matter is, making sure t ... More >>

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    December 26, 2013

    Unveiling the King of Content 2013: The Honorable Mentions

    Relevance. It can be measured any number of ways, it just depends on the medium. In television, it's measured by viewership. In radio, it's measured by listenership. In stripping, it's measured in one dollar bills. Quantity might not necessarily mean quality (except in stripping), but typically it ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 3, 2013

    Watch Grown Men (Red Sox and Yankees) Scurry Like Children During a Clap of Thunder (w/ VIDEO)

    I am putting up this brief post and (in my opinion, hilarious) embedded video a bit cautiously this morning as, believe it or not, I've already been deemed "weather insensitive" by a few people on Twitter today. At about 6:00 a.m., I tweeted some comments about storm chasers and Darwinism, and a fe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 24, 2013

    Musicians, Music Offer Sweet Relief After a Terrible Week

    Life can get pretty dreary at points, and last week was, without a doubt, the dreariest week in a long time. From the massive fertilizer-plant explosion that devastated West, Texas to the Boston Marathon bombing and everything in between, our nation faced some pretty horrific tragedies in which many ... More >>

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    April 16, 2013

    Boston Bombing: Former New England Patriot Joe Andruzzi Was Rescuing People Yesterday

    As is tradition on the third Monday every April, thousands of Bostonians and Boston visitors took the day off to celebrate Patriot's Day. On paper, Patriot's Day serves as a tribute to the Battles of Lexington and Concord, the first two battles of the Revolutionary War, but above and beyond that t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 2, 2013

    One Man's (Idiotic?) 2013 Baseball Predictions

    The major league baseball season opened up on Sunday night with the Rangers traveling to Rangers Ballpark in Arlington South to face the Astros. Most of the teams started up yesterday, and the rest of the league will get underway today. With the season getting underway, it's time once again to make ... More >>

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    March 27, 2013

    Houston Astros 2013: Season Win Total Prediction (And Four Other MLB Season Win Total Predictions)

    Maybe it's because football keeps our attention year round (what up, Ed Reed?), maybe it's because we're right in the middle of March Madness, or maybe it's just because as a city we've been beaten down by a half a decade of mediocre to bad baseball, but goddamn, this baseball season snuck up on me! ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 15, 2013

    The Astros Will Suck, But They Do Have A Good Plan

    The Houston Astros are a subject of much derision. They're a bad team with very few, if any, names on the roster recognizable to the average fan. They'll probably struggle to win 60 games. And there are national writers who think that the Astros are an embarrassment to baseball. I'm often critical ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 1, 2012

    10 Totally Played Out Wedding Songs That Will Still Pack the Dance Floor at Your Reception

    Years ago, a wedding planner told me the basis of a successful wedding is remembering that primarily the ceremony is for the bride, the food is for the groom, the photos are for the family and the music is for the friends. While not 100 percent accurate, it does form the basis of a pretty successful ... More >>

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    August 17, 2012

    If You Boycotted The Astros, Would Anybody Notice? Would It Make Any Difference?

    Listening to sports talk radio yesterday afternoon, I heard a caller demanding that the fans boycott the Astros. First, it's pretty evident from the lack of attendance this season that many of you are already boycotting the ballclub, but secondly, just what it is that you want the Astros to do? Thi ... More >>

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    July 23, 2012

    The Astros Appear to Actually Have a Plan

    It was quite the busy weekend for Astros GM Jeff Luhnow. He unloaded pitchers J.A. Happ, Brandon Lyon and David Carpenter on the Toronto Blue Jays on Friday, and he sent closer/clubhouse cancer Brett Myers to the Chicago White Sox on Saturday. Frankly, I'm shocked that any team in the American Lea ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 21, 2012

    Bob Davidson: Wow, MLB Actually Suspended an Umpire for Being a Jerk

    I have a good friend who was a minor league umpire, so I tend to have a bit more of a sympathetic eye toward their foibles than do others. I see them as human, and I think they're doing the best job they can, most of the time. I don't think the umpires favor teams over other teams, and I think they ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 30, 2012

    Yankee Fan Mule-Kicks Drunk Red Sox Fan (w/ VIDEO)

    The Red Sox-Yankee rivalry is one of the fiercest in all of team sports, a true "throw out the won-loss record" hatred, if not between the teams then certainly between the respective fan bases. That acrimony was on full display this weekend. Strangely enough, the backdrop for what you're about to s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 13, 2012

    Dear Fox Sports Houston: Your Astros Broadcast Suck

    Dear Fox Sports Houston: I realize this is your last season with the cable rights to the Houston Astros. I realize that at this time next year you'll probably be losing cable systems while justifying that Little League game you're putting on in primetime. I also realize that you're tied into Fox S ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 5, 2012

    MLB: 4 Season Win Total Bets You Can Still Get Down on Before Friday Morning

    Happy Major League Baseball Opening Day! Oh, what's that? You say I missed Opening Day? It was actually last night when the St. Louis Cardinals helped christen the Miami Marlins' new ball park (and new name and new uniforms and new manager and...) with a 4-1 win? Oh, I'm sorry, that was the domesti ... More >>

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    April 2, 2012

    In Which John Royal Predicts the Winner of the 2012 World Series

    The major league baseball season officially started last week when the Oakland A's and Seattle Mariners played two games in Tokyo. Most of the other teams open on Thursday, and the Astros get started on Friday when they host the Colorado Rockies. Thus, here are my predictions for this season. NATI ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 2, 2012

    Former Astro Luke Scott Hates Boston and Is Not Afraid to Tell You

    Sometimes, it takes years to evaluate a trade and determine which side got the better of the deal. In 2007, when the Astros traded five players to Baltimore for shortstop Miguel Tejada, it was widely thought that the barometer for whether or not the Astros got the better of the deal would be the per ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 23, 2011

    The Year In Astros Baseball: Thank God That's Over

    ​So let's continue our look back at the sporting year that was 2011 by taking a look at the Top 25 events to happen to the Houston Astros. 1. They finished with the worst record in team history, which was quite the accomplishment seeing as how the Astros were pretty damn bad for most of the ... More >>

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    November 17, 2011

    The Astros Are Heading To The Promised Land -- The American League!

    Say hello to Yankee Fan​As a major league sport, baseball has always done a fairly good job of keeping itself relevant throughout the calendar year. (Football is the king of year-round relevancy. Basketball is the court jester. Baseball lies somewhere in between.) November is normally a fun b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 29, 2011

    Wednesday Was the Best Night of Baseball Ever, and We Have Dan Shaughnessy to Thank (w/ VIDEO)

    Well, they say that if you're playing in a game that matters on the final game of the season, that's all you can hope for. The Astros were playing in a game that mattered last night; unfortunately, it mattered only for the opposition. For the Astros, last night's two-hit shutout was the final kick ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 8, 2011

    Red Sox Fan Gets to Second Base (The Good Kind -- w/ VIDEO!)

    Fun at the old ballpark.​Last weekend, the Boston Red Sox came into Minute Maid Park and pretty much did everything to the Astros they possibly could short of making sweet love to all of their wives and girlfriends. If you're an Astros fan, it was just another lost weekend in a litany of lost ... More >>

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    July 7, 2011

    Comment of the Day: On Astros' Management Catering to Red Sox Fans

    ​We have some great commenters here on Hair Balls, and it's time we paid some damn attention to them. So we'll be highlighting a Comment of the Day each morning, from the previous day's work. Maybe two comments, even. This will all be determined by a highly rigorous scientific formula involv ... More >>

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    July 6, 2011

    Since When Is It Okay For Minute Maid Park To Be Fenway Park South?

    Back in the day, even celebrities like Janine Turner couldn't be shown at Astros games if they were pulling for the opposing team​I started working with the Astrodome DiamondVision crew on opening day of the 1988 season. And I worked on that video crew, either at the Dome or at Enron Field, t ... More >>

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    July 4, 2011

    Just Stop with the Astros to AL Talk Already

    Just say no to douchebag Red Sox fans.​My twitter feed over the weekend was full up of tweets from people talking about how electric Minute Maid Park was, and about how packed it was with people just dying to see the Boston Red Sox play the Astros. And most of these people were using their tw ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 30, 2011

    Top 5 Sporting Events in Memorial Day History

    Ernie Banks' immortal words used to mean something each Memorial Day.​A month from now (hell, even a second after it concludes), nobody is going to remember and/or care about the Houston Astros' Memorial Day clash with the Chicago Cubs in Wrigley Field. Overall, it's a pretty lame sports day ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 20, 2010

    Texas Tribune Gets A Hefty New York Times Correction

    The Texas Tribune: Mistakes were made​The Texas Tribune, the semi-new non-profit journalistic outfit, has been partnering with The New York Times. On Sundays, Times readers in the Lone Star State get two pages in their print edition with stories from Tribune writers. The partnership is relati ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 20, 2010

    Texas Rangers vs Yankees: Who The Hell Can You Root For?

    W vs. Rudy? That's no help​The American League Championship Series, also known as the Reminder That Some Texas MLB Teams Are Still Playing, continues on.We've tried, but we can't figure out who to root for in this thing. We know who to root against -- the Rangers, and the Yankees -- but that seems ... More >>

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    August 2, 2010

    Game Time: Roy Oswalt and Lance Berkman -- Five Thoughts

    Photo by groovehouseActually enjoying a game at Minute Maid?​I know it's only three games. I know they were playing the Brewers. I know my judgment may be clouded by the fact that they actually won all three games, getting great pitching in the process. But I actually enjoyed going to an Ast ... More >>

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    July 15, 2010

    Game Time: George Steinbrenner's Death Raises Anxiety of Billionaires

    You may be rich, but your heirs may be dangerous come December​If you're one of those people that has tried a thousand different ways to take off weight, somewhere along the way you've probably tried Bill Phillips "Body For Life" program. It's a pretty popular one because (a) it works and (b) it ... More >>

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    July 14, 2010

    George Steinbrenner: One More Eulogy

    Raise a calzone and pour out a 40 for The (Other) Boss​I hate the New York Yankees. I hate that they win all of the time. And I hate that everything that happens in baseball seems to revolve around the Yankees. I hate that the team has its own network. And that the Yankees have a seemingly endless ... More >>

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    July 13, 2010

    Game Time: George Steinbrenner, 1930-2010

    Jay Buhner for Ken Phelps?​I hated the Yankees growing up. No...I mean it, I HATED them. I hate them still now, but it's sort of a numb, latent, "I'm hating them because I'm just supposed to" kind of hate.When I was a teenager growing up in Connecticut worshiping Jim Rice, Dwight Evans, and Yaz, ... More >>

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    June 18, 2010

    Longhorn Network: Death Knell Of The Big 12?

    There was a rumor about a tumor...​Back in the 1950s, with the Dodgers relocated to Los Angeles and the Giants to San Francisco, New York City found itself with only one baseball team, the Yankees.And despite the so-called popularity of the sport, there were still only 16 major league teams. ... More >>

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    June 9, 2010

    Rice's Anthony Rendon: Start Sucking Even Worse, Astros, In Order To Get This Guy

    Photo courtesy RiceSoon to be a rich man​The Rice Owls were coasting to a pretty easy win Sunday afternoon, leading Louisiana-Lafayette 8-1 in the bottom of the eighth inning. But the Cajuns had two men on and two out when Matt Goulas sent a rocket down the third base line. Rice third baseman Anth ... More >>

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    June 1, 2010

    Chris Johnson: Time To Move Him Up From Round Rock

    A mistke...admit it. ADMIT IT​Before I go further, I first want to congratulate Houston Astros GM Ed Wade for ignoring Pat Burrell.Burrell was recently released by the Tampa Bay Rays, and over the weekend he signed a minor league contract with the San Francisco Giants. I want to congratulate Wade ... More >>

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    May 20, 2010

    Kaz Is Gone, But The Astros Pain Endures

    Photo by Aaron M. SprecherWhen the world is upside down, Kaz won't still be around​Kazuo Matsui is gone. He is no longer a Houston Astros. Things are well with the world. All of the Astros problems are solved. World Series, here they come.Okay, not really. The Astros still suck. They're goin ... More >>

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    May 5, 2010

    How The Hell Can The Astros Be Outdrawing The Rays?

    Good baseball, no trains in the ballpark​I saw the most amazing thing the other day. The Houston Astros, one of the worst teams in baseball, are outdrawing the Tampa Bay Rays, one of the best teams in baseball. And I just can't figure out why.I thought the purpose of baseball was winning baseball ... More >>

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    May 5, 2010

    Game Time: Cinco De Mayo...Frenchies, Bye Bye-Oh!!

    Mexico joins the not-so-exclusive "We kicked French ass" club​Go to any Cinco de Mayo celebration today and ask ten of the patrons what exactly they are celebrating and you're likely to get a range of answers that looks like this: -- Six drunks slurring that it's Mexico's Independence day -- Two ... More >>

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    April 20, 2010

    Game Time: The Caballo Chronicles, Volume 2: A Look at MLB's 20 Biggest Contracts Ever

    ​This is my second go round living in Houston. Prior to moving back here in the summer of 2007, the last time I was an H-town resident was between 1994 and 2001. As an Astro fan, that means I was here when the Bagwell/Biggio nucleus finally broke through in 1997 and made the playoffs, I was he ... More >>

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    April 5, 2010

    For Opening Day: Five Terrific Baseball Movies, None Of Which Star Kevin Costner

    Opening Day is finally here, and we can once again try to resolve our love/hate relationship with the Houston Astros.As of this writing, they are undefeated, so -- so far, so good.Baseball, for all its problems, has long had an unbreakable hold on Americans. So have movies. So here are five great ba ... More >>

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    April 2, 2010

    One Man's 2010 Baseball Predictions (Cover Your Eyes, Astro Fans)

    ​The major league baseball season officially starts this weekend with two so-called major league teams playing on Sunday night (New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox). I was going to try and do a little Astros preview for today, but they're still trying to figure out who exactly is healthy and who ... More >>

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    March 11, 2010

    Game Time: Nomar Retires And Heads To The Place Ballplayers Go to Die.....ESPN

    ​I've worked several places in my lifetime, most of them in the corporate world. Easily, my favorite place I've worked is with my current employer, 1560 The Game. After watching Nomar Garciaparra's feel-good press conference this week where he announced his retirement on the heels of a one-day c ... More >>

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    November 5, 2009

    Game Time: The Lost Speech Of Yankee GM Brian Cashman

    ​So the Yankees are World Champions. Yippee. Between watching Kobe tear out the Rockets' collective heart last night, and then having to flip over to Fox to watch Alex Rodriguez' post-game celebration (rehearsed in the mirror no fewer than 100 times, no doubt), November 4, 2009, will live in inf ... More >>

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    July 30, 2009

    Game 6

    Winning is easy; losing is complicated"

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    March 24, 2009

    Cecil Cooper, Standup Comic

    Thanks to Jose de Jesus Ortiz of the Chron, I'm able to bring you the comedy stylings of Houston Astros manager Cecil Cooper. Only problem is, according to Ortiz, Cecil Cooper wasn't joking. "We should win 90 games this year," Cooper told the press yesterday. The Astros are going to "go under ... More >>

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    December 31, 2008

    Top Ten Names in Sports for 2008

    Time for one more year-end top ten... 10. Kimbo Slice - he was supposed to be the man who brought Ultimate Fighting to the masses. Instead, in his second national fight on network television he ended up getting his ass kicked while the league he fought for went out of business. 9. Miguel Tejed ... More >>

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