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After 56 seasons, they did it. THE ASTROS ARE WORLD SERIES CHAMPIONS!!!!!!  Now, they can redesign the Crawford St wall once more to include a place of honor for the World Series banner.

since I was on a self imposed world series watch ban, I snapped this last night around the 7th inning.  

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To the OP, as far as the title and description of this thread,

1. By definition all teams only have one Ace pitcher.

2. Roy Oswalt has been our worst pitcher on the staff. He has given up 21 hits in 12 innings and has a 6.00 era. But it's early.

the bright side is the rest of the starting staff has looked good and are exceeding most peoples expectations. Though this has not translated into wins yet, as we have faced some tough starting pitching to start the season especially in San Diego thus they have not scored enough runs to make the game easy. Lets see how they do at home. I hope Oswalt is not injured

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To the OP, as far as the title and description of this thread, 1. By definition all teams only have one Ace pitcher. 2. Roy Oswalt has been our worst pitcher on the staff. He has given up 21 hits in 12 innings and has a 6.00 era. But it's early. the bright side is the rest of the starting staff has looked good and are exceeding most peoples expectations. Though this has not translated into wins yet, as we have faced some tough starting pitching to start the season especially in San Diego thus they have not scored enough runs to make the game easy. Lets see how they do at home. I hope Oswalt is not injured

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It's here!

I already got tickets for tonight, tomorrow, Saturday and 19 other games.

I LOVE Baseball season. I'm so hyped, I'm so excited. I'm going to have SOOO many unproductive days and I wish I still had my camera (lost the latest EBAY bid, damnit)....:(

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It's going to be a long season. At least the new hot dog grill cart is one section over from my seats.

Not feeling the love yet, but they finally pulled Woody, so reason is prevailing somewhere. Did anyone happen to read the Houston Press story last week? The rules for their drinking game were a hoot. I'm encouraged by Towles and Bourn. Tejada and Lee, not yet. And of course we have the distinction of probably being the only team with a star out on DL for something called "anal fissures". I also have a bad, creeping intuition that Pence will be on the DL a lot. It's funny watching his fans. A group of about 6 pre-teen girls were in front of us for the Indians pre-season game, carrying on like he was on American Idol or something. My BF has a total man-crush on him.

That said, I'm glad it's finally baseball season. Go 'Stros!

edit. Tigers, not Indians. As if it mattered. We lost 10-0.

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You mean you're not sold on Lee for this season? Didn't he tear it up last year?

Yea, for this season. Just not too impresive so far, but we're only a few games in to the season. And in baseball, like investing, past performance is no guarantee of future results. The Astros seem to attract expensive stars on the verge of a non-productive season.

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I was kinda' "eh" on Towles until I saw him at Chicago. I'm okay with Lee and Tejada, but I don't know jack about Bourn.

I'm not sure about the season overall, I'm just glad it's baseball season again. As you guys know, I'm all about the event.

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It's going to be a long season. At least the new hot dog grill cart is one section over from my seats. Not feeling the love yet, but they finally pulled Woody, so reason is prevailing somewhere. Did anyone happen to read the Houston Press story last week? The rules for their drinking game were a hoot. I'm encouraged by Towles and Bourn. Tejada and Lee, not yet. And of course we have the distinction of probably being the only team with a star out on DL for something called "anal fissures". I also have a bad, creeping intuition that Pence will be on the DL a lot. It's funny watching his fans. A group of about 6 pre-teen girls were in front of us for the Indians pre-season game, carrying on like he was on American Idol or something. My BF has a total man-crush on him. That said, I'm glad it's finally baseball season. Go 'Stros! edit. Tigers, not Indians. As if it mattered. We lost 10-0.

Well alrighty then!

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Oh yeh! There are a few teams I wanna see. Those don't include the games me and the IF (idiot friend) will randomly get.

So I can count on at least 30 days off this baseball season.

I only got the 13 game pack this year. You have any Friday games, Ricco? I'll be in the beer line at section 109.

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The home opener was sweet! Those were some bombs for home runs.

Maybe it's cliche to complain about concession prices at the game, but I went to the game tonight and it is just ridiculous. As far as I remember 4 years ago the 16oz beer was $5.75, and now it is $7.25. That's a 26% increase over 4 years, and it was still overpriced back then. The inflation standard is what, 4%? Anyway, the food prices are just insane too. I can't imagine bringing a family of four there and eating or drinking for less than $50. Throw tickets on top of that and one night at the ballpark is easily over $100. How do people go to every game? Do they just sneak in a flask and some jerky? I'm not poor, but damn. When is a reasonable person going to step in and LOWER prices for once? A damn coke will be 10 bucks by the time my kid understands what's going on at the game.

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I only got the 13 game pack this year. You have any Friday games, Ricco? I'll be in the beer line at section 109.

Oh, I probably do have some friday games, haven't looked that closely at the schedule. We went, but only for a little while, we stayed over at Slainte's (Soon to be "Molly's Pub") Flirting with the bartenders and waitresses.

How often do you get beer that I can catch you at the beer line? LOL.

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The home opener was sweet! Those were some bombs for home runs.

Maybe it's cliche to complain about concession prices at the game, but I went to the game tonight and it is just ridiculous. As far as I remember 4 years ago the 16oz beer was $5.75, and now it is $7.25. That's a 26% increase over 4 years, and it was still overpriced back then. The inflation standard is what, 4%? Anyway, the food prices are just insane too. I can't imagine bringing a family of four there and eating or drinking for less than $50. Throw tickets on top of that and one night at the ballpark is easily over $100. How do people go to every game? Do they just sneak in a flask and some jerky? I'm not poor, but damn. When is a reasonable person going to step in and LOWER prices for once? A damn coke will be 10 bucks by the time my kid understands what's going on at the game.

I was reading recently how some MLB teams have started doing 'all you can eat' promos to sell the cheap seats. Houston does family specials (infrequently) for cokes, dogs and cheap seats. Prices are crazy. In the spirit of fiscal conservatism, I bought my seats this time around with the idea that I'd be taking one less vacation this year. Between the tix and concessions, it's about a $1,500 proposition, all told.

I wish now I had gone last night ......but the important thing is getting that home opener win. Psychs everyone up. Especially when one of new guys earns his money like Tejada did.

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The game really was awesome, you got to see a great pitching duel turn into a HR fest, and no better way to welcome a guy to the city than a bottom of the 9th walkoff job. Whoever was in charge of the scoreboard last night might be looking for a new job today, for the first 5 or 6 innings it was screwed up across the top several rows. You would think they would get all that worked out and tested by opening day.

I heard they let you bring food (maybe not drinks?) into Coors field, does anyone know if this is true? That would make a huge difference.

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I was reading recently how some MLB teams have started doing 'all you can eat' promos to sell the cheap seats. Houston does family specials (infrequently) for cokes, dogs and cheap seats. Prices are crazy. In the spirit of fiscal conservatism, I bought my seats this time around with the idea that I'd be taking one less vacation this year. Between the tix and concessions, it's about a $1,500 proposition, all told.

I wish now I had gone last night ......but the important thing is getting that home opener win. Psychs everyone up. Especially when one of new guys earns his money like Tejada did.

From what little I remember of the game last night, it was pretty good game (TIF thinks pitching duels are boring).

But as far as the "All You can eat" promos, I'm kinda' against it. The lines last forever. I'd rather have the line be relatively short, to be honest with ya'.

Going to a baseball game is still one of the cheapest things you can do around town as long as you keep a budget in mind.

My games are costly because there is a certain amount of drinking and golden Tee involved. Then there is the time lost from work of one or two days (depending how lazy/hungover I am).

Now, if I can only get off my butt, I can look at the Dynamo schedule....

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I hate eating at the stadium. It overpriced and it's too messy to try to eat in that environment. I always get the least messiest item: the (cold) $26 pretzel and a $15 Coke without a lid. If any place you need a lid on your drink, it's at a stadium. And sometimes popcorn or cotton candy. I wouldn't dare go into nacho or BBQ territory in stadium seating.

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But as far as the "All You can eat" promos, I'm kinda' against it. The lines last forever.

Not only do the lines last forever, but they run out of food. On dollar hot dog nights, you see pigs with trays of 30 dogs and other people turned away because they've run out.

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Not only do the lines last forever, but they run out of food. On dollar hot dog nights, you see pigs with trays of 30 dogs and other people turned away because they've run out.

Oh, I hear you, sister. :) I made a (drunken) remark about someone bumping into me with a stack of dogs on him. Aside from his being rude (he was a yankee) and non apologetic, he seemed upset that *I* wasn't watching where HE was going. So I casually commented that I hope he was planning on feeding his section of the stadium because HE didn't need it (me being the svelt, drunken gentlemen that I was). In turn, I apologized (i.e.flirted) with his (assumed) wife to any hurt feelings I may have caused, and future condolences of the future death of her husband due to a either a: choking on said dogs, of b: myocardial infarction. (That's "heart attack" to any mouth breathers in the audience) He didn't take it well but decided to head off with his precious cargo as his wife had a mixed expression annoyance, mirth, and the wifely "Look" that we men get when its the silent version of "I told you."

Overall, it was a good day at the ball park.

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I hate eating at the stadium. It overpriced and it's too messy to try to eat in that environment. I always get the least messiest item: the (cold) $26 pretzel and a $15 Coke without a lid. If any place you need a lid on your drink, it's at a stadium. And sometimes popcorn or cotton candy. I wouldn't dare go into nacho or BBQ territory in stadium seating.

I used to never eat either, except for peanuts. Now that I'm going on Friday nights I'm considering it 'dinner out.' Only one inconsequential spill so far. The problem I run into is getting food early and figuring out how to hold the chili dog during the national anthem.

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Man I wanted to go to last nites game so damn bad, I just KNEW it was gonna be a killer game. I was the loudest dude in my building watching it on fsnHD though, I guarantee you that. Man oh man, when Berks hit that first homer I was yellin but when Lee hit that second one I nearly spit my Bud Light out!

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the 'puma' is new this year.

Yay! We won tonight! As long as we relegate ourselves to dueling sloppy pitchers, our very expensive hitters will make it a fun game.

Good grief, it's going to be a long season.

P.S. Tonight was an extra treat: I got to sit in the dugout, and it's true. The people down there don't really care about baseball. They do care an awful lot about their upcoming trip to the Seychelles.

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do you know what a dugout is?

are you sure you weren't sitting behind/above the dugout?

Why is it that typical Houston sports fans can only complain after we win?

Do you know what it means when your MMP seats are in dugout level?

I was sitting behind home plate, in row 15. That seat section is referred to as 'dugout'. For people who go to MMP regularly, to say "I was in dugout" is interchangeable with "I was in section 114 (or 116). I left out the word 'section', my bad. And yes, I will generally complain about being surrounded by a-hole, non-fans around me when they impede my enjoyment of the game.

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Astros starting pitching team ERA minus Roy Oswalt = 2.59 just trying to be positive. Lidge must have been laughing in the Philly bullpen. Maybe Roy will turn it around tonight. And Hunter Pence will wake up from his struggles.
<br />Well Roy O obviously hasn't been Roy O so that's a plus. And yea, I'm pretty sure Hunters gonna snap out of it soon, he's too damn good. <br /><br /><br />As far as our bullpen? I think were screwed. <br /><br />When I started this thread I was being sarcastic about Roy O being our "ace" for those who didn't pick that up. We have no pitching. <img src="style_emoticons/default/sad.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":(" border="0" alt="sad.gif" />

Edit: I gotta give it up to Chacon for that brilliant 8 innings last nite. Unfortunately because of Valverde it was all for nothing.

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<br />Well Roy O obviously hasn't been Roy O so that's a plus. And yea, I'm pretty sure Hunters gonna snap out of it soon, he's too damn good. <br /><br /><br />As far as our bullpen? I think were screwed. <br /><br />When I started this thread I was being sarcastic about Roy O being our "ace" for those who didn't pick that up. We have no pitching. <img src="style_emoticons/default/sad.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":(" border="0" alt="sad.gif" />

Edit: I gotta give it up to Chacon for that brilliant 8 innings last nite. Unfortunately because of Valverde it was all for nothing.

I can't help but get the feeling that this is going to be one of those years were we just can't get all phases of our game clicking at the same time. In SD our bats were aspleep but our pitching was on...then our bats start to come around and our bullpen goes to hell, soon our bullpen will normalize and our starters will start to get tagged....sorry for the pessimism, I just don't see our starting pitching holding this level of performance through the rest of the season.

That is except Chacon...he was a highly touted prospect who may end up being a late bloomer...the potential has always been there for him to be a solid number 3 starter....Sampson and Bakke are a different story, though I love Bakke's toughness. Wandy is a wash because he can't pitch on the road, unless they schedule his starts all at home, I mean, why not???? Has a pitcher in history ever had such a steep home-road disparity for so long?

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I can't help but get the feeling that this is going to be one of those years were we just can't get all phases of our game clicking at the same time. In SD our bats were aspleep but our pitching was on...then our bats start to come around and our bullpen goes to hell, soon our bullpen will normalize and our starters will start to get tagged....sorry for the pessimism, I just don't see our starting pitching holding this level of performance through the rest of the season.

That is except Chacon...he was a highly touted prospect who may end up being a late bloomer...the potential has always been there for him to be a solid number 3 starter....Sampson and Bakke are a different story, though I love Bakke's toughness. Wandy is a wash because he can't pitch on the road, unless they schedule his starts all at home, I mean, why not???? Has a pitcher in history ever had such a steep home-road disparity for so long?

Truth be told, Wandy's first start of the season in San Diego was not that bad, so I have hope. As I remember there were a couple of balls that should have been caught to end innings. He gave up 4 runs in that game and struck out 6 in only 5 innings, by the way, we won that game.

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Truth be told, Wandy's first start of the season in San Diego was not that bad, so I have hope. As I remember there were a couple of balls that should have been caught to end innings. He gave up 4 runs in that game and struck out 6 in only 5 innings, by the way, we won that game.

Rodriguez is now 7-3 with a 2.54 ERA, 101/30 K/BB ratio, and nine home runs allowed in 109 1/3 innings at home since the start of last season. He's 3-10 with a 6.41 ERA, 76/34 K/BB, and 16 home runs allowed in 92 2/3 innings on the road.

His era in his start in San Diego was 7.2...and as for the balls that should have been caught, we don't really have a strong fielding team per se, though they have been okay so far this season.

So I agree, there is hope...if you pitch him at home...

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We're tied 1-1 in the fourth. Hunter's still swinging at anything. :angry:

grr. Do you think this Hunter no-hitty thing is short-term temporary, or longer. Like an after the Big Rookie Year slump? I'm hearing more naysaying lately, but I think it's short lived problem.

Just got home and stupid dish network is acting up. grrr....

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Excellent innings from Wright and Brocail. Yay! 2-1 win.

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grr. Do you think this Hunter no-hitty thing is short-term temporary, or longer. Like an after the Big Rookie Year slump? I'm hearing more naysaying lately, but I think it's short lived problem.

Just got home and stupid dish network is acting up. grrr....

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Excellent innings from Wright and Brocail. Yay! 2-1 win.

Its nothing, pence will catch fire soon. And whaddya know, coop didnt put Valverde in for the 9th tonite giving us the win. OKAY

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Raise your hand if you care if Tejada lied about his age?

I don't condone it, but that was years ago. ESPN-PD is getting old. I know journalism to a certain extent is to keep things in check, but to go snooping around looking for garbage just for a non-story is dumb and I don't think anybody cares. Actually, it's annoying.

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Great game last night (we had wonderful seats, right by third base, four rows back).

We were loving the offense -- it's been forever since I've watched an Astros team that could hit the ball. And the baserunning was excellent as well; they took risks that payed off, which is another thing I don't remember seeing in the past.

Looks like 2008 may be a fun year. I like what I'm seeing so far.

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Resting a sore groin.

nooooooo. ok. Thanks.

Does it seem weird to see Darin Erstad on a National League roster, much less the Astros? Glad he had a good game last night though.

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Raise your hand if you care if Tejada lied about his age?

I don't condone it, but that was years ago. ESPN-PD is getting old. I know journalism to a certain extent is to keep things in check, but to go snooping around looking for garbage just for a non-story is dumb and I don't think anybody cares. Actually, it's annoying.

<Raising Hand>

I do care because 17 maybe not differ much from 19, but 33 does differ from 35. Late in a baseball player's career, declining performance increases quickly. Luckily we don't have him on a long contract but if we did, you can bet Drayton would be miffed. I'd say that would be a breach of contract.

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Late in a baseball player's career, declining performance increases quickly.

Not necessarily. I hear they have performance-enhacing drugs to fix that. :lol: Wow, don't hear much about that Tejada story lately.

I try to focus on the positive. He can hit, and he actually knows how to play SS.

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I try to focus on the positive. He can hit, and he actually knows how to play SS.

Is that a knock on little Adam Everett?

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I do care because 17 maybe not differ much from 19, but 33 does differ from 35. Late in a baseball player's career, declining performance increases quickly. Luckily we don't have him on a long contract but if we did, you can bet Drayton would be miffed. I'd say that would be a breach of contract.

I can understand that. But I wonder if the Astros knew already? It wouldn't surprise me. It may be a little issue, but it's not a big deal, like ESPN has made it out to be.

I know age plays a factor when considering to sign a player, but if he can hit, he can hit. I guess the contract comes more into play when the lenght of it comes up.

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