Promise by Houston Astros owner costs $4.2 million

HOUSTON (AP) The Houston Astros' improvement this year from baseball's worst team cost its owner, Houston furniture mogul Jim McIngvale, more than $4 million to make good on a promise to fans. The man known in Houston as ''Mattress Mack'' last spring offered to reimburse the first 500 customers who spent more than $6,300 on furniture at his stores if the...
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8 days ago  |  Discuss

Friday 5: Fathers and Sons

With Father’s Day right around the corner and scores of second (and third!) generation players getting selected in the recent MLB Draft…it’s safe to say baseball has Dads on the mind. Courtesy of Sean Forman from Baseball-Reference, here are your Top Five father-son combos. 5.  Mel  (43.05 WAR)  and T odd Stottlemyre (23.22) – 66.27  Like father, like sons...
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June 15, 2013  |  Discuss

Louisville Cardinals baseball uniforms inspired by Houston Astros

Not many people look back at the 1970s and 1980s Houston Astros “rainbow stripe” uniforms and think “wow, that look is sharp, we need to be more like those!”  But at least one college team has.  The Louisville Cardinals burst into the Nashville, Tennessee, Superregional  against Vanderbilt with a “shades of red” style uniform that hearkened back to the Nolan Ryan,...
Via Reading Between The Seams
June 09, 2013  |  Discuss

Houston Astros Selling Tickets To Eat Lunch With Dead Player

The Houston Astros can't seem to do anything right. On the official Facebook page for the Houston Astros, the team is advertising their Legends Weekend and a chance to buy tickets to a luncheon with former 'Stros Jose Cruz and Joe Niekro. Sounds good, right? One problem, however. Joe Niekro has been dead for almost six years. The knuckleballer for Houston died in October...
Via The Mark Graham Sports Blog
September 16, 2012  |  Discuss

Astros apologize for not being able to produce the deceased Joe Niekro at their 'Legends Weekend'

The Houston Astros Facebook page read "Both Jose Cruz and Joe Niekro will be at next weekend's LEGENDS WEEKEND! It's not too late to purchase your tickets to eat lunch with the legends." yesterday.... Full story at Bob's Blitz ~
Via Bob's Blitz
September 16, 2012  |  Discuss

HOVG Heroes: Eddie Yost

JEFF POLMAN on EDDIE YOSTWalks are a funny thing. Sitting in the stands at a ball park, is there anything less exciting than a base on balls? Yet over time, we’ve come to realize that drawing walks is not only the subtlest baseball art form, but are invaluable at the top of your lineup if you’re serious about creating runs. With this in mind, how about a big Hall of Very Good...
Via Hall of Very Good
June 27, 2012  |  Discuss

Ron Paul stars in Astros rainbow uniform at ’76 Congressional ballgame

Almost nobody likes Congress. The polls say so. But I'll say this for the federal legislature: Republicans and Democrats play each other in a baseball game every year, and that partly makes up for whatever it is they do the rest of the time. Back in December, Summer Anne Burton of NotGraphs published a wonderful post called "GOP Presidential Candidates and Baseball"...
Via Big League Stew
January 23, 2012  |  Discuss
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