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Archive for the month “May, 2012”

Ban Hammer Up?

After attempting to buy tickets online, it is apparent that the Thunder officials have banned patrons from Texas who order tickets online via Ticketmaster.com for games 3 and 4 of the Western Conference Finals, and will have their orders canceled without notice and given refunds. Here’s what the Ticketmaster.com website reads when you’re trying to buy tickets to the game: Read more…

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Pick Me a Winner!

The MLB June Amateur Draft is coming up in five days and after the Astros’ last place finish last season, both Astros personnel and fans alike are ready and excited for the draft on June 4th, and the first pick overall belonging to the Astros. Speculations are plentiful as everybody guesses who will be the Astros’ pick, but luckily, ‘Stros Bros extraordinaire, Richard Perez was able to speak with new Astros GM Jeff Luhnow about the upcoming draft back in April. Read more…

Minor League Report: Corpus Christi Hooks vs. Arkansas Travelers

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CORPUS CHRISTI — The Hooks, sitting in third place in the South Division of the Texas League, went into the match-up with the Arkansas Travelers with both clubs at a record of 19-25; the starter for the Hooks was Jake Buchanan, the same player whose last outing was an 11-4 loss against the San Antonio Missions. The Hooks started off hot from the very beginning, scoring five runs, the first two via two doubles from Austin Wates, and Jonathan Singleton, a Jose Martinez single and Jonathan Villar taking one for the team, getting hit by the pitch; offensive potency was capped off by a three run bomb from Brandon Barnes, a 416ft bomb to be exact, his fifth home run of the year. Read more…

Game Two Grades: Spurs 105 Clippers 88

Starting Five:

Kawhi Leonard: 5 Points, 6 Rebounds, 2 Steals, 0 Assists, 25:37 minutes.

Overall, our young Leonard went under the radar and didn’t stand out, only making a clutch bucket at one point, but other than that, his offensive presence was not all that great. Contrarily, on the defensive side of the ball, Leonard was all over Clippers guard Chris Paul, any other rookie having to face such an amazing veteran such as Paul, but Leonard held his own and for that, his grade will reflect it.

Overall: C+
I think Leonard is still trying to find his way, but I also may have too high expectations from him, but he has yet to let me down. Read more…

If ya Smell What the ‘Stros are Cookin’

No, the Astros did not sign WWE Superstar Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, and before I get my nostalgia going, lets dig right into what the Astros are doing right, it feels like there has not been many positive things to write about the Astros recently, but the blow out win over the Milwaukee Brewers. The Astros, in a rare flurry of offensive explosiveness, buried the Brewers early on, going up 7-1 in only the first four innings. Another rarity for the Astros squad is only leaving three runners on base, and going 3-7 with runners in scoring position. Read more…

Son, You Are The Support


I think it’s safe to say that the Astros’ offense is basically nonexistent when it is needed most, the Astros are getting their hits in, but when it comes to bringing in runners, the Astros manage to squander the perfect situation away. From having no outs, runner on second, the Astros will leave the man on, or either move him to third and then strand him there. No doubt frustrating Astros fans and players alike, while there is no exact formula or key to the offense, it seems to be the youth and inexperience coming into effect and plaguing the Astros,  also, the fact that we have been playing against solid defenses against the Pirates and Phillies.

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The Waiting Game

The San Antonio Spurs have vanquished the Jazz in four games, giving them the advantage of having rest before the Conference Semifinals, the Spurs are looking at either a match up between the Memphis Grizzlies or  the Los Angeles Clippers, every Spurs fan remembers the atrocity of the 2011 playoffs,and want revenge against the Grizzlies. The Grizzlies are currently down two games to three against the Clippers and will both will face off for game six in the Staples Center, in Los Angeles; Memphis has home-court advantage, and should they force game seven, they will be back in the Fed-Ex Forum. Read more…

Altuve the All-Star

Around this time last year, Jose Altuve was in AA Corpus Christi, silently climbing up the rank, yet nobody really knew who he was, but nonetheless, Altuve was lighting up the Texas League. Standing at only five feet five inches tall, Jose Altuve, hailing from Venezuela was denied after his first try-out, why? He was deemed to be too short to play, but the young 16 year old Altuve did not allow this set back to hold him down. He eventually worked hard enough to be looked at by the Astros and given an opportunity, and he took that opportunity and ran with it, Altuve wrecked shop during 2011, starting his season at Single A level Lancaster, batting .408, 13 doubles, seven triples, and five home runs. He also had an On-Base % of .451, Slugging %.606 and OPS of 1.057, earning him a midseason call up to Double A Corpus Christi of the Texas League, Altuve posted very similar numbers for the Hooks. Read more…

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