Houston is a rambling, gambling town and this year Best of Houston celebrates those in the community who are taking a chance. At baseball's major league level, the stadium boom of the 1990s was built on promises of economic stimulation and community pride, with cities investing hundreds of millions ... More >>
In the Seinfeld episode "The Burning" Jerry teaches the George the value of going out on a high note. "Showmanship, George. When you hit that high note, say goodnight and walk off," he explained. Apparently, former NBA star and Houston Rocket Tracy McGrady has been watching reruns because he pulled ... More >>
If you were constructing a list of former (or almost former) Major League Baseball players who would go on to have a career in coaching young players, the list would probably have your requisite number of try-hard catchers, hard-luck pitchers and respected franchise icons. Depending on how many hun ... More >>
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 >>
Several weeks ago, I wrote a cover story for the print edition of the Houston Press that focused on the marketing-centric, "color outside the lines" culture of minor league baseball. In a world that is as much, if not more about the events and effects surrounding the game as it is the game itself, ... More >>
The hist just keep on coming for Houston's minor league franchise. While the Astros struggle with attendance, ratings and wins, the Sugar Land Skeeters win, fill the building and now find out they will host the 2014 Atlantic League All-Star Game at their home park, Constellation Field. As Sean Pend ... More >>
Cheap beer, affordable tickets, swanky surroundings -- what's not to like about minor and independent league baseball parks?
While its Major League parents continue to struggle to maintain their place on the big league sports landscape, trailing at least perceptually behind the NBA and way behind the NFL, minor league baseball continues to be a solid, growing (albeit slowly in some places, but growing nonetheless) busines ... More >>
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 >>
Cheap tickets. Fun atmosphere. Professional baseball. Creative charitable endeavors. Remember when that used to describe the Astros? That was awhile back. Sure, you can still get $7 tickets to Astros games if you want to sit near the roof out in left field. The atmosphere is fun...when the Yankees a ... More >>
The Astros desperately want Nolan Ryan as part of their organization. Today it appears as if they might get as close as they have been in a while. Multiple sources are reporting the team will announce the hiring of Reid Ryan, son of the Hall of Fame pitcher, as their team president today after forme ... More >>
A few of you read that headline and thought, "Oh, dear God, no!" A few others of you read it and thought, "Oh, dear God, yes!" Either way, just like your thoughts, we're pretty sure Tim Tebow's visit to Corpus Christi will involve the big man upstairs. He will be speaking tonight at Whataburger Fiel ... More >>
Read it and weep.Around the trade deadline, there are typically three types of teams making moves: There are teams trading moderately to low-priced young players for solid veteran players. We call these teams "contenders." There are teams that are trading veteran players for moderately to l ... More >>
This generation's Ball FourIt's easy to become disillusioned about sports when night after night you watch the likes of Carlos Lee loafing around the outfield while making an insanely obscene amount of money. But you watch the guys like Michael Bourn and Hunter Pence going full speed every night, ... More >>
Photo courtesy Round Rock ExpressRojo Johnson, on the runMLB.com has a report on the newest reliever on the Astros' Triple-A affiliate, the Round Rock Express.He's Billy Ray "Rojo" Johnson, an American raised in Venezuela who recently got out of prison for the "illegal importation of countless sp ... More >>
Lance BroadwayTwo minor-league baseball players charged with assaulting a Woodlands man at a Dallas club on New Year's Eve turned themselves into authorities February 19, and quickly bonded out.Lance Broadway, a minor-league pitcher in the Toronto Blue Jays organization, and pal Cameron McGuire, ... More >>
Chances have improved that we'll be seeing Open Road, a movie that takes place at least partly in Houston. The film picked up a distributor yesterday.And why shouldn't it? The cast includes noted motherlover Justin Timberlake, Jeff Bridges, Mary Steenbergen, Harry Dean Stanton and Lyle Lovett. Wim W ... More >>
Lost a bit in the election coverage -- although it's every bit as important as a black man getting elected president, dammit -- was the news that Sugar Land voters approved a series of proposals to create a cultural and entertainment district. The four linked proposals passed rather easily. They al ... More >>
It’s a prominent national trend: sterile but affluent suburbs all over strip-mall and cul-de-sac America scramble to retro-fit with culture, fun, a municipal center. You know, one of them-there “downtown” thingies. The Woodlands has already done so. Lisa Gray at the Chronicle wrote about the ... More >>
See the surreal side of the Texas Panhandle in Dugout III: Warboy (and the backyard blues)
Minor leaguers toil away, hoping for a shot at the majors. One of them, Round Rock's Jason Green, got a call from the Astros, giving him a chance to live the dream. Others labor on.
Reid Ryan embarked on a new career as a team owner facing one big obstacle: voter approval of a new stadium. Then he called in a campaigner with the perfect pitch: a father named Nolan.