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    April 10, 2013

    The Most Valuable Player At Minute Maid Is....Astro Mascot Orbit?

    We all know things have been pretty grim at Minute Maid Park this year. (Well, actually the past six or so seasons, to be honest.) Winning, of any sort, has been thin on the ground. Until now. Today we learned that one member of the Astros organization is willing to put in the time to make himself ... More >>

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    September 27, 2012

    We Dared To Go: The Astros Last Home Game Of A Godawful 2012, And the End Of Several Eras

    Check out our slideshow of Milo Hamilton saying goodbye and more during the Astros' final 2012 home game. Astros fans probably knew back in April that they would have a hard row to hoe this year, but even still, every April brings out a sense of optimism in fans, and the unspoken concept that maybe ... More >>

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    September 14, 2012

    What, Larry Dierker Wants To Come Back? Then What Are The Astros Waiting For?

    You've probably checked out on the Astros already, at least you have judging by the attendance. But the Astros are busy making preparations for next season in hopes that they'll be able to grab your attention and get you back out to the ballpark. They've fired most of the front office staff, and th ... More >>

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    August 24, 2012

    Houston Chronicle Sports Goes Bleacher Report

    The Houston Chronicle sports page is a sad shadow of what it used to be. Tons of talented writers have been laid off the past several years, or they have departed on their own because they just couldn't take it anymore. Many of the reporters left are having to double up on beats, like Joseph Duarte ... More >>

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    June 15, 2011

    20 Things the Astros Can Do Now to Save the Season

    And today's scapegoat is...​When you're the worst team in the major leagues, and when attendance is falling off, and when the only thing people want to talk about is you switching leagues so they can see the Yankees and Red Sox more often, then you're a team that has problems. Serious problem ... More >>

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    May 19, 2011

    Houston Astros & Minute Maid Park Begin Process for Covert Name Change

    Craig Hlavaty​Yesterday while filming segments for KIAH's "Newsfix" in the monument park at Minute Maid Park, my camera crew and I came across this sign, defaced for your pleasure. It looked as if the sign had been modified for some time, as there were no pieces of the departed "M" near the sc ... More >>

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    April 12, 2011

    Dear Astros: Try The Old Rainbow Unis, Then You'd At Least Be Interesting To Look At

    Dear Astros, if you're going to be bad, could you at least wear the rainbows?​Hey Astros fans, here's some news for you. The Astros have the same record as the Boston Red Sox. And the Red Sox are supposed to be playing in the World Series at the end of the season, if you believe the experts ... More >>

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    August 16, 2010

    Mascot School: How To Entertain, And What About Having To Pee?

    Photos by GROOVEHOUSEHeads up, people​See a slideshow from mascot camp. Saturday morning around eight, merely a handful of hours after my Friday night had ended, I was standing next to the administration entrance at the Toyota Center with a group of high school and college mascots, their parents, ... More >>

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    June 22, 2010

    5 Ways Lady Gaga Could Spice Up The Astros' Season

    Photo illustration by John Seaborn Gray​Last Friday night, Rocks Off's favorite pop star, Lady Gaga, bum-rushed her way around Yankee Stadium during the opening game of the New York Yankees three-game homestand against crosstown rivals the New York Mets. Somehow she talked her way past secur ... More >>

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    April 5, 2010

    The Opening Day Street Festival Is in Full Swing

    Photo by Marco Torres​It's not just a nice day out -- it's a nice Opening Day. And the street festival in front of Minute Maid Park is already in full swing.A ton of Clear Channel radio stations are on hand, there are interactive games, Junction Jack is walking around, and later this afterno ... More >>

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    October 8, 2009

    10 Candidates For The Job Of Astros Manager

    Photo by Aaron M. Sprecher​Drayton McLane and his so-called brain trust are supposed to start meeting this week to discuss names for the next manager of the Houston Astros.Brian McTaggart over at throws out some of the usual names we would expect to hear -- Jim Fregosi (friend of Ed Wa ... More >>

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    September 16, 2009

    Watching The Dynamo On The Road: Rating The Viewing Parties

    Photo by Danny Lopez​Soccer fans in Houston have three main choices for watching the Dynamo play on the road -- the official watch party or one of the viewing parties held by the two fan clubs: the Texian Army or El Battallon.What's a fan to do? We're here to help. We're going to rate and re ... More >>

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    July 3, 2009

    Despite What ESPN Says, Here Are 25 Things To (Sorta) Like About Minute Maid Park

    Photo by astromark2007ESPN doesn't think much of the fan experience in Houston, especially for the Astros fans, which ESPN ranks at number 68. This ranking is based on things like ownership, coaching, players, bang for the buck, fan relations, stadium experience, affordability, and something called ... More >>

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    December 20, 2001

    The Truth Is Out There...

    A rogue mascot reveals secrets of the trade