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    August 20, 2012

    Houston Texans: Preseason Week Two, 4 Winners and 4 Losers

    When we last saw the Texans play football in our fair city, they were putting the finishing touches on a 31-10 beatdown of the Cincinnati Bengals in the NFL playoffs. A week later, the magical ride would come to an end in Baltimore. Since then, some things have gotten better (Arian Foster's income, ... More >>

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    August 20, 2012

    Astros Put Fans Out Of Their Misery And Fire Brad Mills

    So the Astros bloodletting continued this weekend. Manager Brad Mills, hitting coach Mike Barnett, and first base coach Bobby Meacham were fired after Saturday night's embarrassing lost to the Arizona Diamondbacks. The firing of Mills was expected (as was the firing of most of the coaching staff) th ... More >>

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    July 30, 2012

    6 Unsolicited Suggestions About the Astros Fan Experience

    The Houston Astros sent me a little fan survey last week, wanting my thoughts on the so-called fan experience at Minute Maid Park. There were some rather standard questions about where I usually sit, what price I usually pay for tickets and for parking. There weren't however, very many questions a ... More >>

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    July 16, 2012

    Ten Reasons to Keep Watching the Astros

    The Astros, post-All-Star break, have been much like the Astros pre-All-Star break. They're still losing -- they were swept by the San Francisco Giants over the weekend. The offense is still awful. They're decimated by injuries. And management is still making tons of head-scratching decisions. So yo ... More >>

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    June 15, 2012

    The Astros And The Brett Wallace Dilemma

    Matt Downs started at first base for the Houston Astros yesterday. Brett Wallace is on the team, and he's healthy, yet Matt Downs started at first base for the Houston Astros yesterday. Maybe it's just me, but Matt Downs should never be starting over Brett Wallace. But in the end, it's probably no ... More >>

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    May 11, 2012

    If MLB Really Wants To Speed Up The Game, Here's How To Do It

    As a baseball fan, I can freely admit that the game has a few faults that need to be fixed. For instance, games do tend to be a bit long, and it appears that Major League Baseball is figuring this out. They are supposedly going to be taking steps to speed things up a bit, starting next season. And t ... More >>

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    May 4, 2012

    The Astros Battle #MillsLogic

    It's hard not to get excited about the Houston Astros right now (well, not hard for those actually paying attention, and judging by the attendance, not many of you are). Sure the team has a losing record (11-14) and they're five games out of first place, but the team has won three straight and six o ... More >>

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    May 3, 2012

    Ex-Astro Screams at Former Teammates, Carlos Lee Screams Back But Doesn't Know Why

    I'll be the first to admit that I've been less than kind to Astros first baseman Carlos Lee over the last four years or so. On my radio show, privately joking with friends and at times in this space, most notably my open letter to him a couple of seasons ago which succinctly summed up the Carlos Lee ... More >>

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    April 6, 2012

    25 Random Thoughts on This Upcoming Astros Season

    The Astros season starts today, and since I'm always in search of a cheap and easy post, I thought I would throw out some random thoughts about the Astros heading into the season. 25. The first Astros pitcher to collect a loss will be Brett Myers when he blows a save -- that save will probably be ... More >>

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    March 16, 2012

    Forgive Ed Wade? Why?

    As the regular season start of Season One of the Jim Crane Era approaches, one can't help but finally get some sense of optimism when it comes to the Astros. A sense arising primarily from the feeling that the adults are back in control of the franchise, something that couldn't be said since the day ... More >>

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    February 17, 2012

    25 Positive Thoughts As The Astros Head off to Spring Training

    Jed Lowrie could be the Astros' best all-around shortstop since Dickie Thon, if he stays healthy​Spring training begins for Major League Baseball next week, and that means the Astros will be reporting to camp in Florida and prepping for the upcoming season -- yes, despite whatever happened las ... More >>

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    February 8, 2012

    Astros Media Day Kicks Off 2012 Season -- 5 Early Storylines

    In sandlot football growing up, we always had a saying after touchdowns that "losers walk," meaning the team that scored stays at that end of he field to kick off and the "losers" on defense have to march to the other end of the field to receive. So it's probably appropriate that, due to the NBA c ... More >>

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    January 9, 2012

    The Astros Lead the "Crazy Sounding Job Title" Standings; Six More to Consider

    Most of you have probably been paying attention to the Houston Texans, what with them actually making the playoffs for the first time in team history. But there are other professional sports teams in this city, and one of those teams made some front-office moves last week, moves that will hopefully ... More >>

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    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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    October 31, 2011

    So How Much Do You Really Know About the Astros and the DH?

    ​There has been a strange uproar over the Astros' possible move to the American League. There's been whining over start times, bitching about Bud Selig, and much, much discussion about the designated hitter not being real baseball. And while people are upset, it needs to be noted that the As ... More >>

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    October 19, 2011

    20 Ways the Astros Are Still Losing Even Though They're Not Playing

    Yep, Ed Wade's even a fool in the movies.​This past season was a painful one to watch and endure for Houston Astros fans. But even in the off-season the painful hits just keep on coming. 20. The owner of the Texas Rangers, Nolan Ryan, is getting plenty of airtime from Fox and TBS every nigh ... More >>

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    August 1, 2011

    Ed Wade: Burning Down The House

    Ed Wade's theme song​I was okay with the Astros trading Hunter Pence and Michael Bourn. This is the worst team in baseball, and changes needed to be made. Many changes needed to be made. I've been advocating the blowing up of this team for many years now. Many, many years. Yet coming in t ... More >>

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    July 27, 2011

    The Astros Curse: They Are The Damned

    The Astros have been damned​The following is based on true facts, but names have been redacted to protect the innocent, and not so innocent... The Houston Astros are a bad baseball team this season. They're beyond bad. They're beyond awful. They're closing in on worst team in MLB history b ... More >>

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    July 25, 2011

    15 Reasons To Keep Watching The Astros

    Watch Ed Wade try to line up another job with the Phillies​I know most of you have probably tuned out on the Astros by the now. Hell, most of you probably tuned out on the Astros back in March. But it's still over a month until the Texans start disappointing everybody again. The NBA may not ... More >>

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    July 20, 2011

    Is It Time to Fire Brad Mills? His Treatment of Jose Altuve Might Give the Answer

    Is it time to break out the #firebradmills hashtag?​The Houston Astros made some exciting news yesterday. The good kind of exciting news. Not their normal kind of exciting news, and not the kind of exciting news that comes from a war-profiteer-who-has-problems-with-women-and-minorities-purch ... More >>

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    July 11, 2011

    Free Brett Wallace

    Let Brett play.​The Astros enter the All Star break with a MLB-worst record of 30-62. No team, not even the Chicago Cubs, is close to matching the team's ineptitude at this point. And if the Astros keep up this pace, they'll finish the season with a record of 53-109. (Feel free to insert you ... 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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    June 15, 2011

    Astros Pitching Coach Brad Arnsberg Fired: Four Things to Watch

    You're outta here.​"It was philosophical differences between a manager and a general manager and a pitching coach. I don't want to get into the details. It's just been kind of rearing its ugly head the last two, three weeks, and I guess they felt like they had to make a move for the betterment ... More >>

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    June 13, 2011

    Astros' Pitching Musical Chairs -- Somehow Brandon Lyon Got A Seat

    Jeff Fulchino: The latest casualty​"Fulchie's got the stuff, and he's had some success here the last couple years and we wanted him to go down and work on command of his pitches and being able to throw the ball over the strike zone with consistency," manager Brad Mills said. Okay, first thing ... More >>

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    April 25, 2011

    The Houston Astros: As Bad As We Thought They Were

    John RoyalUpset with the Astros, well the Aeros give you a reason to cheer​Okay Houston sports fans. There's good news, and there's bad news. The bad news is that the Astros are 8-14 for the season and are, as expected, battling for the worst record in major league baseball. The good news i ... More >>

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    April 7, 2011

    Play Ball, Baby

    A new season for the Astros, and hopefully a new team.

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    January 11, 2011

    Carlos Lee, Team Leader? Well, the Astros Have Had 25 Worse Ideas

    Believe it or not, this guy's not actually running the Houston Astros​Astros Manager Brad Mills traveled to Panama last week to meet with his left fielder/first baseman/slacker Carlos Lee.  The trip was billed as a bonding mission.  And while there's nothing wrong with a manager an ... More >>

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    August 17, 2010

    Dear Drayton: Be Like Nolan Ryan And Lower Some Prices

    This could be you, Drayton​Dear Drayton,I know that you probably don't pay any attention to anything that I say. If you did, Ed Wade would be on the unemployment line, Carlos Lee would be playing rancher fulltime, and Pedro Feliz would be playing baseball in some independent league where he belong ... More >>

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    July 19, 2010

    Carlos Lee Goes AWOL: At Least Someone Noticed

    Carlos Lee: Bats right, throws right, jogs all the time​So the Astros were upset that Carlos Lee missed a voluntary workout in Pittsburgh on Thursday, and as a result, he was benched on Friday night.The puzzling thing is trying to figure out just why it is the Astros were upset. The workout ... More >>

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    July 6, 2010

    Astros' Mid-Season Report Card: It's Ugly Out There

    The Astros in 2010, symbolized​The Houston Astros passed the halfway mark in games played this weekend, and after losing three straight to the San Diego Padres, the team's record for the season is 32-51. There are only two teams in baseball with worse records than the Astros, the Pittsburgh ... More >>

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    June 29, 2010

    Dear Ed Wade: What Took So Long?

    It's fun to watch the Astros again​Dear Ed Wade,I'm really wondering if you can yet provide me with a legitimate answer for why you kept Chris Johnson stuck down in Round Rock for so long this season?Yes, his defense has been as bad as advertised, but it's really been no worse than the defense of ... More >>

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    June 21, 2010

    Astro Roster Changes Finally Come, As Reality Sets In

    The youth movement begins....​Maybe it was getting swept by the Texas Rangers, or maybe it was losing two of three games to the Kansas City Royals.Maybe it's that the Houston Astros are 2-8 for their last 10 games, or that through 70 games they are one of the worst teams in baseball with a r ... More >>

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    May 17, 2010

    Roy Oswalt Bitching About No Run Support: The Astros Fun Season Continues

    Roy-O, your ERA is doing more than enough talking for you​Today's big Houston Astros news comes by way of the Harris County Family Courts where sources are reporting that Astros ace, Roy Oswalt, has filed for divorce from the Houston Astros citing irreconcilable differences as the cause for the fa ... More >>

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    May 12, 2010

    Game Time: Houston Astros 2010 Silver Linings, Volume 1: Their Players Stay Awake All Nine Innings!

    Nap time for Mr. Griffey​Having spent about fifteen years in the corporate world prior to getting into radio three years ago, I always promised myself that I would never be the radio guy who complains about actually having to go cover games. There are fans who would gnaw off their right arm to ha ... More >>

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    May 10, 2010

    Sean Berry Is Failing The Astros

    The blame has to fall someplace​With J.R. Towles gone, the Astros needed a new scapegoat to blame for their rotten season. It kind of appeared that Hunter Pence was turning into the one that Brad Mills was looking at for that role, as it was Pence that Mills has been continuously benching because ... More >>

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    May 3, 2010

    Can Roy Oswalt Sue The Astros For Non-Support?

    The Astros: still playing the old, ineffective guys​It was just last week that the Astros were 8-10, had won six straight and eight of their last ten, and were no longer the worst team in the National League.Since that time, they've been swept by the Cincinnati Reds and the Atlanta Braves. T ... More >>

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    April 23, 2010

    Hey Astros, Here's a Thought: Bench Carlos Lee

    ​The Astros Twitter feed was rather shocked that Carlos Lee couldn't bend over and make a play on a ground ball in left field last night. It's as if the Astros writers thought there was either a legitimate outfielder in left field, or that Carlos Lee actually gave a damn about anything that ha ... More >>

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    April 20, 2010

    The Astros Win a Series! The Astros Win a Series!

    ​While sitting through the rain delay at Cougar Field on Sunday, I was following the Astros game on and on Twitter. One thing I couldn't miss, besides the Astros losing again, were the number of tweets coming from the Astros beat writers about what was happening with Lance Berkman on h ... More >>

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    April 16, 2010

    The Astros Will Not Be 0-162. 1-161, We're Not So Sure

    ​The good news? The Houston Astros won a baseball game yesterday, defeating the St. Louis Cardinals 5-1 to win get their first victory of the year (they lost 5-2 to St. Louis on Monday, and the Cards won 2-1 on Wednesday night). So those of you who picked the Astros to go 0-162 for the season j ... More >>

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    April 12, 2010

    Game Time: Watch Me Compare Astros GM Ed Wade To Jennifer Love Hewitt

    ​The mood in the Astros clubhouse yesterday after the 2-1 loss to the Phillies was about what you'd expect. Michael Bourn tried to stay upbeat, citing that the team is fighting hard and they know they have good players. (Fortunately, unlike many around Minute Maid Park, Bourn sounded like he act ... More >>

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    April 5, 2010

    The Official 2010 Astros Preview, And It Ain't Pretty

    ​So it's Opening Day today, a day generally reserved for baseball optimism. Unless you live in Pittsburgh or Kansas City, or...Houston. I know that Lance Berkman thinks  that this team can compete, but seeing as how the Big Puma is starting the season on the disabled list with a balky knee, ... More >>

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    April 5, 2010

    The Weirdest Astros Videos On The Net, Starring A Drunk Charlie Kerfield And Phil Garner Hawking Burger King

    As Houstonians, we have all grown accustomed to encountering each new Astros season with a slight cringe, all the while keeping our fingers crossed behind our back. There is always a chance that this could be "our" year, but we know better than to put all our chips in with the boys at this point. It ... More >>

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    March 17, 2010

    A (Somewhat Limited) List Of Reasons To Watch The Astros This Season

    Photo by Aaron M. Sprecher​So I had a friend the other day asking me why he should bother with watching the Houston Astros this season. I went with the because-you-love-baseball answer, and he went the-Astros-aren't-baseball answer. And I've got to confess, looking at Brian McTaggart's proposed ... More >>

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    February 19, 2010

    11 Things To Ponder As The Astros Open Spring Training

    ​Pitchers and catchers are reporting to Houston Astros camp today. The first workout is tomorrow. It's going to be a spring training full of questions for the Astros as management, the media, the players, and the fans try to figure out just what exactly this year's team is going to be like. As ... More >>

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    January 26, 2010

    Baseball Is Coming: 25 Things To Love About The Astros This Year

    Photo by Aaron M. Sprecher​Believe it or not, but pitchers and catchers are reporting for the Houston Astros on February 19, 2010. Yes, the Astros are going to suck this year, but it's baseball, and I love baseball. That said, I realize that some of you might want some more specific reasons to get ... More >>

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    October 29, 2009

    Game Time: Brad Mills Shows Bald Is Beautiful

    ​The biggest story locally this week has probably been the Astros hiring of Brad Mills. While some see it as the dawning of a new era for the Astros, I for one am sad to see the pageant that was Star Search 2009 end.So many memories...watching Drayton and Tal parade all ten candidates around...hea ... More >>

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    October 27, 2009

    Our Condolences To New Astro Manager Brad Mills

    ​Let me be the first to offer my condolences to Brad Mills. Now I'm sure Mills doesn't think he needs my condolences. After all, he just achieved his dream, which is becoming the manager of a major league baseball team.But that team is the Houston Astros.Mills, who accepted the job today, was ac ... More >>

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    October 23, 2009

    The Astros Have Problems Beyond Their Four Uninspiring Coaching Finalists

    ​Manny Acta. Brad Mills. Phil Garner. Dave Clark.  These four, uninspiring names are supposedly the Four. The Four out of which the Astros will choose a new manager. And I've got to admit. I'm pretty damn uninspired.Here's a brief rundown of why these guys probably won't be any good. Garner h ... More >>

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