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    January 3, 2013

    Crystal Ball Part Deux: Looking Ahead to 2013 Houston Sports, Astros/Dynamo/UH/Rice Edition

    Yesterday, we took a look at the futures of the Texans and Rockets. Predictions were made. Accusations were tossed about. But no one is Carnac the Magnificent. All we can really do is guess...except when it comes to the Astros.

  • Blogs

    December 14, 2012

    Looking Forward To The Astros In 2013

    With 2012 coming to an end, let's kiss this lost year of the Astros goodbye and take a look at what's coming in 2013. The key word is "new," as in new uniforms, new logos, new TV network, new broadcasters, new players, new manager and coaches, and on, and on, and on. 5. Welcome to the American Lea ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 12, 2012

    [PHOTOS] Light Rail Expansion Moving Faster Than You Might Think

    Since 2004, anyone living or visiting the areas near Main Street, the Medical Center, the Museum District or Reliant Park has probably gotten to experience METRO Rail, for better or worse. Some ride it daily. Some get in accidents with it. Some just gawk. But, one of the busiest stretches of commute ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 7, 2012

    25 Ways to Replace Jim Deshaies; You're Welcome, Astros!

    As you know by now, Jim Deshaies has left the Astros, and is joining the Chicago Cubs broadcasting crew. In many ways, that's like making the jump from AAA to the majors since WGN is seen nationally while Comcast Sports Net Houston is seen just about nowhere. Now with Deshaies gone, the Astros are h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 4, 2012

    Astros Dismantling Continues As Color Man Deshaies Leaves for Chicago

    Since 1997, the television voices of the Houston Astros, Bill Brown and Jim Deshaies, have been about as good as you can possibly get in baseball, or any sport, for that matter. Brown's dry delivery made the perfect set-up man for Deshaies's wit and insight. They pair was a match made in broadcast h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 29, 2012

    Houston's Bearded, Bald, Vegan, Hipster Athletes Getting National Attention

    It ain't easy being a Houston athlete. Despite being the fourth largest city in America, we haven't exactly had a tradition of winning sports teams. The Rockets made big runs in the early and mid '80s before breaking through and winning back-to-back titles in the early '90s. Still, they haven't been ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 14, 2012

    McCartney In Houston Update: 99 Percenters, Rail It Don't Park It

    I just came back from snooping around the Minute Maid Park grounds to see what was shaking at the ballpark before tonight's Paul McCartney gig. I even got to sneak in a trip to the Astros team store. All the Altuve jerseys you can handle! There were already a few diehards milling around with signs ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 12, 2012

    A Collection Of Taxidermied Bears On The Occasion Of A Texans Windy City Win

    Yes, it's immature. Yes, it's kinda wrong, considering Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler was hit so hard his moustache flew off and he suffered a concussion and had to leave the game. And yes, it wasn't a high-scoring game at all and looked for more like a losing Astros score. But our bulls ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 2, 2012

    Hey Astros Fans, It's Free Agency Time

    Tonight's the night Astros fans. Tonight's the night the Astros can start snapping up free agents from throughout baseball. Tonight's the night Jim Crane, with all of the money he's saved by dumping the team's high-priced veterans last season and with all of the money's he's going to make off the te ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 30, 2012

    (UPDATED) New Astros Logo & Uniforms Leaked Early by MLB!

    Word was, VIP ticketholders were going to get the first look at the Astros' new uniforms, logos and mascot attire. Friday was supposed to be the day. But Major League Baseball beat the home team to it, pretty much well undermining at least the planned unveiling at Minute Maid Park on November 2. U ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 26, 2012

    The Best Managers in Astros History

    With the Washington Nationals out of the playoffs, their former third base coach Bo Porter is now in the field manager of the Houston Astros. He's busy assembling staff - retaining Doug Brocail and Dave Clark as coaches doesn't exactly fill me with confidence however. As of now, Porter's just anoth ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 19, 2012

    20 Reasons To Buy 2013 Astros Season Tickets (No, Really)

    You've probably forgotten about baseball by now. The Astros season ended a long time ago, and unless you live in St. Louis or New York, the odds are that nobody really gives a damn about the Cardinals and Yankees. It might be nice if the Detroit Tigers make the World Series if Kate Upton shows up to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    September 27, 2012

    Comment of the Day: On the End of an Astros Era

    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 or afternoon from the previous day's work. Maybe two comments, even. This will all be determined by a highly rigorous scientific formula i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 26, 2012

    Tonight: The End Of An Astros Era (Last Chance To See National League, Old Uniforms, Bill Brown, Etc.)

    For many, the end of this year's Houston Astro season -- much like last year's Astro season -- could not come soon enough. There are only so many 100-loss campaigns even the most diehard fans can be expected to endure, after all. (In case you are keeping score at home, the Astros are 42 and a half ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 21, 2012

    Surely Bill Brown Will Still Broadcast Astros Games Next Season. Right? Right?

    Last week the Houston Astros attempted to give us Weekend at Bernie's involving Joe Niekro. Then they misspelled Jim Deshaies' name in the post about Niekro. And in wake of the erector-set billboards blocking the views in left field, one can only wonder what the Astros are going to botch next. What ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    September 13, 2012

    9 Ways To Get Astros Fans In The Seats

    I admit that I have only seen two Houston Astros baseball games at Minute Maid Park this year. It's not as if their losing and heartbreaking ways are keeping me away though. It's always been an evening option for me, but I rarely take the 'Stros up on the offer of a night of Kiss Cams and stale nach ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 7, 2012

    The Roger Clemens Comeback Tour Continues

    Roger Clemens claims he's not coming back to major league baseball this season. I don't think anybody really believes Clemens when he says he's not coming back to the majors, otherwise, this whole thing doesn't make sense. If he's not coming back, then why else go through the motions of getting ba ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 27, 2012

    The Return of Roger Clemens and Some Other Dumb Ideas for Jim Crane

    I've been onboard with most of what the Houston Astros have done this season. The team needed to be blown up. New blood was needed in the front office, the dugout, and on the roster. All that has happened, and though the team has been bad, the promise of the future has kept me invested in this team. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    August 21, 2012

    Know Your Local Media: Adam Wexler of Sportstalk 790's the Big Show Dishes on Bad Callers, On-Air Chemistry

    It's been a long time coming for Adam Wexler, co-host of the Big Show mornings on 790 AM. Always one of the smartest guys in Houston sports talk, he bounced around to various stations and time slots, from morning to evening and back again. But, the magical on-air chemistry he had with Matt Jackson e ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 20, 2012

    Pro Football's Birthday: The Oh-So-Manly Hupmobile, A Star Named "Pudge" And Drafting Off Baseball's Heat

    For an incredibly high-profile operation like the NFL, the league's beginnings are somewhat murky. A loose collection of teams, players, schedules and shifting alliances, the early days of the league bear almost no resemblance to the streamlined corporate machine that dominates the current sports l ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    August 13, 2012

    The Astrodome Will Live Another Year, If You Call What It's Doing Living

    So another year's going to pass with nothing being done about the Astrodome. Another year where the citizens of Harris County will be paying three to four million dollars in maintenance fees for a place that's being so poorly maintained that it's not safe to enter and has just become a useless bulk ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 9, 2012

    Comment of the Day: Oh, These Astros Suck

    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 or afternoon from the previous day's work. Maybe two comments, even. This will all be determined by a highly rigorous scientific formula i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    July 27, 2012

    Dear Astros Fans, Repeat After Me: Rebuilding Is A Good Thing

    There are some Astros fans who are kind of upset about the veteran purge going on with the team at the moment. These fans profess to understand the team's need to rebuild, finally. But they don't want this rebuild to come at the expense of the big league club. What has to be understood is the Astr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 26, 2012

    Six Houston LINdmarks That LINd Themselves to Further LINsanity

    When being interviewed over the last week, newly acquired Rockets guard Jeremy Lin admitted that the use of his last name for Lin-based puns got a little old in New York. In fact, he banned the use of them among friends, but he did admit that of all the ones he had seen, his favorite was probably Su ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 20, 2012

    The Best Ever Houston Free Agent Signings

    So the Houston Rockets have signed turnover machine/point guard/free agent Jeremy Lin to a contract, and apparently, the city of Houston is going nuts. I'm not quite ready to buy into the hype, and I'm not going to be doing any stupid puns on his name. That said, good luck to the kid and the Rockets ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    July 9, 2012

    Cesar Cedeno And The Astros Career That Could Have Been

    I've written in the past that I loved watching Jeff Bagwell play baseball. He's the best all-around player the Astros have ever had; a superb hitter, base runner and a fantastic defensive player. I've never seen anybody who was better at turning the 3-6-3 double play and he was fearless when it came ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 4, 2012

    The Astros And The Fourth of July: 10 Moments to Remember

    This is the Astros final season in the National League. And since I was asked to provide a Fourth of July holiday post, I thought I would like back at some of the Astros games played on the holiday. There have been some memorable games, and some not so memorable. And on at least one instance, there ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 21, 2012

    Heat Index: The 10 Summer Album Releases We're Sweatin' the Most

    Most places in the world, summertime is easy living: No school, no snow and no real responsibilities beyond mowing the lawn every couple of weeks. Here in Houston, summer is a little more intense. Triple-digit temperatures, hurricane warnings and Astros baseball present an annual threat to our city' ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 18, 2012

    Remembering Bill Wood: The Astros' Best-Ever General Manager

    There have been a lot of nice things written about new Astros GM Jeff Luhnow. And with good reason. He's restored a sense of sanity to the front office. There's a feeling that an adult's now running things, and with the work he's done so far this season, i.e. the Jed Lowrie trade and what is lookin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 15, 2012

    Suggested Baseball Fan Behavior: An Ode to Detroit's Comerica Park

    Last week, the Press' Margaret Downing, in Detroit for the Association of Alternative Newsmedia convention, took in a Tigers game at Comerica Park. She brought a souvenir back to the office: A full-color, 60-page "A-Z Guest Guide," which basically breaks down how to be a fan in verbose and silly l ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    June 14, 2012

    Is It A Perfect Game If It's Against These Astros?

    As you might have heard, San Francisco Giant Matt Cain threw a perfect game against the Astros last night on the west coast, retiring all 27 hitters with no hits, no walks, no errors. To which we say, eh. Against these Astros? We'd say it was more of an accomplishment that the Giants, who struggle ... More >>

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    June 7, 2012

    Five Ways the Rockets Season And The MLB Draft Are Alike

    I'll be the first to admit that while I like the game of baseball and generally keep up with it and the Astros during the season, I'm not an avid fan. I'm certainly not enough of a fan or baseball nerd to understand what the 40-round major league draft means or who is being drafted or even where the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 6, 2012

    The Mets Impostor "No Hitter Celebrator" Is Awesome, But He's Kind of a Crappy Dad (w/ VIDEO)

    It hasn't been easy being a Mets fan these last few years. Since moving into their new home (Citi Field) in 2009, they have yet to crack the 80-win barrier. Also, mired in the throes of a Ponzi scheme, their ownership group has become a punch line. But things are looking up so far in 2012! In a se ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 1, 2012

    Do The Right Thing, Astros. Retire J.R. Richard's Number

    Let's stipulate that the Houston Astros have retired too many numbers, especially for a franchise that's been to just one World Series. Let's also stipulate that most of the retired numbers are for players who, while fan favorites, really didn't do anything to deserve having their numbers retired. L ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 31, 2012

    Celebrate Good Times, C'mon: Astros Breaking Out the Rainbow Jerseys Tomorrow

    Tomorrow brings a rare chance to see awful-jersey awesomeness, as the Astros will be wearing their love-'em-or-hate-'em rainbow jerseys. Each month this season brings a different throwback jersey for Friday night home games, and it's the rainbow's turn. The first two months featured the smoking-gu ... More >>

  • News

    May 17, 2012

    Houston's Babies Play Vintage Baseball

    There's no gloves or batting helmets when Larry Joe Miggins and the rest of the Houston Babies regularly travel back in time to play the game by its 1860 rules.

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    May 17, 2012

    The Nine Dirtiest Baseball Terms

    Face it, major league baseball isn't exactly lighting Houston on fire these days. Still, the weather's getting warmer, and that means it's baseball time whether you like it or not. So if the on-field action at Minute Maid doesn't keep your attention, keep yourself amused by considering the filthy ... More >>

  • Culture

    May 3, 2012

    Where to Party This Cinco de Mayo

    Salt, tequila and lime

  • Blogs

    April 27, 2012

    Astros Rebuilding: Going Back to the Future Can Be Fun

    The 1991 Houston Astros finished the season with a record of 65-97. They were last in the old NL West, and they were one of the worst teams in the majors. But the fans who watched the team that season had reasons to be excited about the future. Jeff Bagwell had been converted from third to first ba ... More >>

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