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Sunday, September 25, 2016

Astros and MLB React to Death of Jose Fernandez

Astros pitcher Lance McCullers, Jr. said of his friend, the late Jose Fernandez: "The epitome of kinda how to live life…" and "RIP my brother... I am absolutely heartbroken."
"RIP Jose," wrote Dallas Keuchel via Twitter. "May you forever have the best seat in the big house watching the game you loved."
Astros minor league manager Rodney Linares tweeted: "My condolences to the Fernandez Family. There are no words to describe the sickness and sadness I feel this morning."

Thursday, April 21, 2016

One of Those Moments

Brendan pitching for Ellison JV
I saw the look of exhilaration on his face. I was less than thirty feet away, and in perfect position to see it as he stomped on home plate with the winning run. He raised his arms, leaped high in the air, with his face erupting into the most astonishing display of emotion I have ever seen from him. While it was a fantastic thing for him, for me, it was one of those moments. It was a powerful event that will remain deeply embedded for life.

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Astros: Fringe Players Like Marisnick, Singleton Have Tough Task

The Astros have their share of what could be called fringe players. That is, men who have not found a spot as Major League regulars. They are men who may spend most of their summer in Triple-A, or if they do make the big league 25-man list, they spend a great deal of time on the bench. What do these guys have to do to become regulars?

Read this story at Climbing Tal's Hill.

Houston Astros Prospects: Where Will Alex Bregman Play?

Alex Bregman, the Houston Astros #1 prospect, began his second professional season this week, promoted to the Double-A Corpus Christi Hooks of the Texas League. A shortstop throughout his collegiate career at LSU, and through the 2015 minor league season, Bregman is expected to remain at shortstop for now. The problem is the Astros already have one of the best shortstops in the Major Leagues in Carlos Correa. Where will Bregman play if/when he is promoted to the Astros?

Read this story at Climbing Tal's Hill

Sunday, February 14, 2016


NASCAR has died. A once thriving sport where not an empty seat could be found at any race track, has finally bled out and expired. It should not have been a terminal condition, but neglect and poor decisions caused this once exciting, respectable American sport to hurl itself into a death spiral.

Saturday, January 16, 2016

What Is Your Gun Defense Plan?

From Craig "Sawman" Sawyer
Many gun owners are making it clear they are convinced that the Federal government is coming to take guns away from private citizens. They contend it will begin with laws making it illegal to own guns. They further assert that if it happens, they will refuse to give up their guns, and the Federal government will be forced to attack private citizens to forcibly remove their firearms. 

Do the gun defenders have the guts to fight force with force?

Sunday, July 26, 2015

One of OUR Guys

If you are a fan of the Houston Astros, Sunday, July 26, 2015,  is a day to celebrate. This is the day when one of OUR guys - the FIRST member of the team ever, is inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame.
The great Craig Biggio takes his place in Cooperstown among the greatest players of all time.
This may seem insignificant in this world rampant with turmoil, but this is a day to celebrate the good things. If you love baseball, and especially if you are an Astros fan, you understand, because success has been rare for OUR team.
This is one for the good guys, and Craig Biggio is truly one for the ages, and for Astros fans, he is OUR guy.
Larry Manch is an author, teacher, guitar player, freelance writer, and columnist. His books include: 'The Toughest Hundred Dollars & Other Rock & Roll Stories', 'A Sports Junkie', 'The Avery Appointment', 'Between the Fuzzy Parts'.

He also writes about baseball for Climbing Tal's Hill, food and travel on Miles & Meals, and music/guitars on The Backbeatand is a member of the Internet Baseball Writers Association of America.

He lives in Central Texas with his wife and family.