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Houston Astros

  • Blogs

    April 18, 2014

    Astros Baseball: Player Name Mispellings, Team Misgivings

    Much hyped Astros super-phenom George Springer made his major league debut Wednesday night. His big league promotion became known Tuesday night, and Astros fans greeted Wednesday with the same glee Buddy the Elf greeted the fake Santa at Gimbels. Sure the Astros lost Springer's debut game, but final ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 14, 2014

    Does No Progress in CSN Houston Mediation Effort Really Mean No Progress?

    The Houston Astros, Houston Rockets, and Comcast gathered before federal district court judge Lynn Hughes on Friday. This wasn't a hearing, and no judicial orders were handed down. It was, instead, the third mediation session for the parties within the past several weeks. The dispute under mediation ... More >>

  • Music

    April 10, 2014

    The Astros Need New Music, Wu-Tang Clan Doesn't

    Baseball music, comeback albums, and local talent buyer says goodbye.

  • Blogs

    April 9, 2014

    This Week In Food Blogs: Make Czech Kolaches At Home

    Texas Monthly: Seriously, what kind of Texan doesn't love kolaches? While we have some awesome places to grab an authentic Czech kolache in Houston (think Revival Market), it's always fun to make your own. Texas Monthly shares a recipe from the Little Czech Bakery in West, Texas, complete with an ap ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 7, 2014

    Lance Berkman, Roy Oswalt Retirement Ceremony at Minute Maid Park

    It was more than just a game. At least that was the message emblazoned across the jumbotron at Minute Maid Park Saturday night as the Houston Astros hosted Albert Pujols and the rest of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. It was a game where two of the most beloved and successful baseball players thi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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.

  • Blogs

    April 1, 2014

    10 Songs We'd Like to Hear at Astros Games This Season

    Last year's Houston Astros were beyond bad, the second-worst season ever by a franchise n Major League Baseball's recorded history. That should give you this blog's frame of reference, which will be long on hope and short on snark. If you want to read a bunch of shitty comments about how bad the tea ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 31, 2014

    Welcome to the New Normal: Where Houston Sports Fans Can't Actually See Teams Play

    The Houston Astros host the New York Yankees tomorrow night. It's Opening Day, the team's second as a member of the American League. The game will be aired on CSN Houston for anybody unwilling to pay the exorbitant prices brought on by the Astros' dynamic pricing model. That means that most of the H ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 27, 2014

    For Sanity's Sake, Just Say No to the Astros

    The 2014 Houston Astros open up the regular season next week, and I don't give a damn. Seriously, that's a hard admission to make because I love baseball. But I can't even begin to muster any enthusiasm for the band of rejects (mostly) that will trot out onto the Minute Maid Park grass next week and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 13, 2014

    Despite the Astros Legal Claims, More Money's Not the Key to Competing With Texas

    I've read way too much of the legal documentation generated in the Astros/CSN Houston bankruptcy litigation. And I'm not much in the mood to rehash what I've read -- I also assume you're pretty tired of reading about it, too. But I did recently see a new argument generated by the Astros attorneys th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 10, 2014

    CSN Houston Owners Actually Agreed on Something

    The good news is that the Houston Astros, Houston Rockets, and Comcast finally found something on which to agree. The bad news is that the agreement's on how much the attorneys handling the bankruptcy of Comcast SportsNet Houston should be paid. The parties are still battling things out in court, t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 21, 2014

    Best Baseball at Minute Maid Park in 2014: Annual College Classic Next Week

    I want to take a pause from my usual Houston Astros bashing so that I might applaud an event they stage every year. It's time once again for the Houston College Classic, six college baseball teams invading Minute Maid Park for nine games in three days. For only the second time in its history, th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    February 13, 2014

    Judge Marvin Isgur Treated The Astros Like Nolan Ryan Treated Robin Ventura

    While most of the city's attention Tuesday afternoon (and that of the local sports media) was centered on Nolan Ryan's return to the Houston Astros, on the other side of downtown Houston the asses of the Houston Astros bankruptcy attorneys were being handed to them by Judge Marvin Isgur. And while t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 13, 2014

    The Next Great Winter Olympic Training Ground: The Astrodome

    When Judge Roy Hofeinz conceived of a indoor stadium, he was doing so as a true Houstonian. Despite pleadings from health care providers and forward-thinking politicians, Houston is not really an outdoorsy city. That has changed somewhat with the construction of hike and bike trails, the massive ren ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 12, 2014

    Nolan Ryan May Not Fix the 'Stros, But It's Something

    When Reid Ryan signed on as the CEO for the Astros last year, it seemed a foregone conclusion his father, Hall of Famer Nolan Ryan, who had held the same job as his son but for division rival Texas Rangers, would join the Houston ball club eventually. That day came on Tuesday as the elder Ryan agree ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 10, 2014

    Astros Bankruptcy Appeal Won't Get CSN Houston On TV Any Sooner

    Bankruptcy judge Marvin Isgur commands respect. Not because he's a judge, but because of his understanding of bankruptcy law. He's respected by attorneys who appear before him. He's respected by his fellow judges. This is important to know because the Houston Astros have appealed his ruling putting ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 7, 2014

    CSN Houston, Bankruptcy, and Why The Rockets Aren't Just Innocent Victims

    Odds are that if you've flown an airline in the past decade you've flown on an airline going through Chapter 11 bankruptcy. This is the popular bankruptcy, one that lets the airline stay in business and keep flying while attempting to come up with a profitable business plan. You're also probably wel ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 5, 2014

    CSN Houston Safe For Now, Deserves to Survive

    On Tuesday, the judge in the Comcast Sports Net bankruptcy case granted the flailing sports network the opportunity to reorganize under of Chapter 11, which gives them protection from creditors until they can work out what they are going to do next. This is a clear victory for the folks at Comcast a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 31, 2014

    Will Nolan Ryan Save The Astros From Themselves?

    Nolan Ryan met with Astros owner Jim Crane, Astros GM Jeff Luhnow, and his son, Astros president of business operations Reid Ryan, earlier this week. The parties, looking for a way to bring the Baseball Hall of Famer into the organization, announced the meeting as a success. Ryan, stating he wants t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 24, 2014

    The Astros Have A Plan (Kind Of) To Deal With This Whole CSN Houston Disaster

    It's a little more than a week until the CSN Houston parties return to the courtroom of judge Marvin Isgur. Things have been relatively quiet since the last hearing, and it can only be hoped by all involved that the Rockets are close to working out carriage deals that will get the network on air thr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 24, 2014

    Alternative Appearances and Destinations for the Astros Caravan

    In an effort to explain to fans throughout Texas, Oklahoma and Louisiana what an Asher Wojciechowski is, the team sent caravans of players and staff on a 31-city, seven-day road trip this month. With three straight 100-loss seasons under their belts and still no TV deal, just the act of players stan ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 13, 2014

    CSN Houston: Are the Rockets Making Progress with AEG?

    The Houston Astros, Houston Rockets, CSN Houston, and hundreds of thousands of attorneys collecting tons in billable hours met before bankruptcy judge Marvin Isgur last Tuesday. There wasn't a lot of real news made during the hearing which is why the hearing got buried in the news -- that and the wh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 9, 2014

    New Jersey Traffic Retribution Scandal Tough for Houstonians to Understand

    If you've never been to the northeast, particularly if you've never driven on their highways, it is probably tough for you to understand the scandal facing Governor Chris Christie and his staff right now in New Jersey. How could a pair of lane closures be that significant of a problem that it would ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 27, 2013

    One Fool's 2014 Houston Sports Predictions

    With 2013 giving way to 2014, it's time for a few predictions that will, more than likely, be way off the mark. But what the hell, that means I'll be just like the rest of my sportswriting brethren. So... PREDICTION ONE: CSN HOUSTON The next status conference in bankruptcy court before Judge Marv ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 23, 2013

    Texas Monthly Gives Astros Bum Steer Award, Puts Wrong Unis, Players on Cover

    As if the humiliation couldn't get any worse, Texas Monthly decided to pile on. The Astros and Texans have humiliated Houston this season and the Astrodome is likely being torn down. So, on the cover the annual Bum Steer Awards issue, TM decided to put all three, the Dome being crushed under the wei ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 15, 2013

    In Honor of Ed Reed: The Worst Free Agent Signings In Houston Sports History

    So Ed Reed's gone. It seems like just yesterday that Bob McNair was flying Reed around the country on McNair's private jet. But now, unwanted by the Texans, Reed finds himself playing for the Jets. Don't cry for Reed though, because while he barely played for the Texans, he collected nearly six mill ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 11, 2013

    So Long, Farewell, RIP to the Astrodome

    I have a memory of the Astrodome that I want to share. Of a Friday night in May of 1993, the Friday night before my law school graduation. I was working that night, handling the stats and graphics on the DiamondVision screen, something I did for most Astros games from 1989 through the end of the 199 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 8, 2013

    We Talk With Astros Owner Jim Crane About The CSN Houston Debacle

    There's been much written about the CSN Houston debacle. Some straight and sober articles. Some opinionated pieces. But truthfully, expect for the parties involved, nobody really knows why CSN Houston has yet to achieve carriage on Direct TV, Dish Network, U-Verse, TimeWarner Cable, or most other ca ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 6, 2013

    Memories Of Doomed Astrodome Flood Twitter

    The plan to renovate the Astrodome didn't pass muster with the voters last night, but that hasn't stopped people from being heard in another way. The rejection of the $217 million plan makes it more likely than ever that the Dome gets turned into a parking lot. And so Houstonians have taken to Twit ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 5, 2013

    Astrodome's Fate Decided Today? Good Lord, We Hope So

    The mayoral race hasn't generated much heat this year (which is fairly typical for Houston), but there are other reasons to hit the polls. Besides votes on saving water and building new jail facilities, there is a ballot question that we can only hope puts to bed one way or the other the seemingly ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 16, 2013

    Skeeters' Gaetti Named Manager of the Year, No Mention of Bo Porter

    One has to wonder if the Astros lined up for a three-game series against un-affiliated minor league team the Sugarland Skeeters, could they take two out of three. Before you answer with your, "But, the Astros are a major league ball club" response, keep in mind that they were barely major league th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 4, 2013

    The Astros And The Grand Experiment

    The Houston Astros are a grand academic exercise. Blow up the major league roster and start all over again. Stock the minor league system with as many talented players as possible. Dump aging, over-priced veterans. It's a noble gesture, destroying to rebuild, attempting to accelerate a project that ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 4, 2013

    Jim Crane's Letter To Astro Season Ticket Holders

    Correspondence matters. Not enough people tell other people how awesome they are these days in writing, mostly because it takes time and effort, and quite frankly a lot of you are really lazy. Jim Crane is a lot of things, but lazy isn't one of them. And after a 2013 season in which the last win o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 1, 2013

    Why Schaub's Latest Blunder Is His Brad Lidge Moment In Houston

    The beauty and tragedy of sports comes in transcendent, "Where were you?" moments. I remember the apartment and spot on the couch in December 2011 where I watched T.J. Yates find Kevin Walter for an improbable last-second touchdown in Cincinnati, clinching the Texans' first playoff berth. On a trip ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 12, 2013

    CSN Announces Rockets Broadcast Lineup...Assuming You Can See It

    Comcast SportsNet Houston, broadcast home to the Astros and Rockets, announced their schedule for the upcoming Rockets season on Wednesday. The network will carry 75 of the Rockets games during the regular season (the remaining six will be national broadcasts) as well as all preseason games. With th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 10, 2013

    Saving the Astrodome: From Perfectly Fine to Nearly Demolished, the History of the Dome's Demise and the Rise of New Stadiums in Houston

    As the referendum on the Astrodome gets closer, I thought it might be worth taking a look back at the last 20 years of stadium history in Houston. Thought 20 years isn't a lot of time in the grand scheme of things, a lot has happened. Would you believe that, at one point, there was a better-than-ave ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 5, 2013

    The NFL is Back. Thank God!

    It's back. The long, hard summer is finally over and real sports are back. Sure, you've tried watching the Astros -- if you could watch them at all given the CSN issues. But, let's be honestly, they are horrible. Awful. A travesty. The only thing that was going to salve the wounds you suffered durin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 26, 2013

    Astros Rake in the Cash While the Team Falters and Fans Can't Watch on TV

    One of the best ways to increase corporate profits is to layoff people. The cutting of salary increases profits by lowering expenses and is usually met with praise from investors who see such moves as a sign the company is streamlining and becoming more efficient. On the other hand, if you are one o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 23, 2013

    Why Aren't There Any Books About the Astros?

    Esquire recently published a list of the 20 best non-fiction baseball books. I have read most of these books, as well as lots of baseball books not listed. But the list got me to thinking. I've yet to come across a really good baseball devoted to the Houston Astros. There are libraries full of books ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 16, 2013

    Yes, There Are Still Some Reasons To Pay Attention To The Astros

    You might not realize this, but the Astros are still playing baseball. So before diverting all of your attention to the Texans and whether J.J. Watt is going to get some snaps at tight end this season, here are a few reasons for you to continue watching or listening or reading about the Astros. THE ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 13, 2013

    More is More: Texans Set to Unveil Gargantuan Video Board at Reliant Stadium

    Let's dispense with the "bigger in Texas" jokes right off the bat. Also, no "size matters" quips if you please. The Rockets installed a massive video board inside Toyota Center before last season. If you were wondering just how big it is, imagine installing a 60-inch flat screen in your bathroom t ... More >>

  • News

    August 8, 2013

    The Houston Bucket List: The 100 Things to Do Before You Kick It

    The list of the things you absolutely must do in the Bayou City.

  • Blogs

    July 23, 2013

    Houston Bucket List - 100 Things to Do in Houston Before You Die: The Short Porch

    The Houston Press is presenting a series of posts leading up to a feature story in the print edition of the 100 Things to Do in Houston Before You Die. Each blog post contains one of our top 10 bucket list items along with nine others in the top 100. To narrow our list, we chose only items unique to ... More >>

  • News

    July 4, 2013

    Not So Minor League: The Wild World of Minor League Baseball in Texas

    Cheap beer, affordable tickets, swanky surroundings -- what's not to like about minor and independent league baseball parks?

  • Blogs

    July 3, 2013

    Five Reasons Following the Astros This Season is Masochistic

    Maybe you like to hurt yourself. Maybe that's how you roll. If that is the case, besides perhaps seeking professional help, you might want to watch our Houston Astros this year because you would just about have to be a masochist to follow them. After a surprising run of wins last month, the 'Stros b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 28, 2013

    Dance Music and DJ's: Meet the Pride Festival Performers

    It's officially Pride Weekend in Houston, which means it's time for some of the most fabulous parties, music, and dancing that will happen all year. It also means it's time for the Pride Festival, which will only be better thanks to the awesome folks at the Supreme Court and the whole, oh, obliterat ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 17, 2013

    Is the Atlantic League Expanding to The Woodlands? Maybe

    The Atlantic League exists because the New York Mets didn't want the New York Yankees to have a minor league team in Long Island. Bud Selig had yet to become Major League Baseball commissioner for life and Fay Vincent had been forced out by the major league owners. So with nobody around to block the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 13, 2013

    Top 5 Restaurants Near Minute Maid Park & BBVA Compass Stadium

    Sometimes you just don't want to eat ballpark or stadium food when attending a sporting event, and I don't blame you for not wanting to eat a mediocre hot dog piled with chili that will just make your heart burn by the middle of the game. BBVA Compass Stadium and Minute Maid Park are quite close to ... More >>

  • News

    June 6, 2013

    Tear-Down

    Plans to turn the Astrodome into a parking lot are just wrong.

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