Saturday, July 7, 2018

A Highly Touted Prospect

Baseball fans love to speculate and anticipate the arrival of minor league prospects. Even for a team like the World Series Champion Houston Astros, highly touted rookies are a hot topic of discussion. The latest such man of interest is newly promoted Astros rookie Kyle Tucker, nicknamed by his teammates, 'Ted,' as his swing is reminiscent of that of Hall of Famer Ted Williams.

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

As Intense As It Gets

The Formula One Grand Prix of Monaco is the world's most intense car race. The annual event run at the end of May on the streets of Monte Carlo is a unique spectacle, and one of the most exciting shows in racing. This is true despite the fact that a Monaco race involves little passing for position, and lead changes on the track are rare.
How exciting can it be if there is hardly any passing?

Sunday, July 1, 2018

An Obvious All-Star

Astros fans have no problem voting for Alex Bregman for the 2018 All-Star game. Although the American League has several hot corner candidates worthy of consideration, the 24-year-old LSU alum is making a strong case for the honor. The third baseman who helped the Astros win the 2017 World Series Championship is on a torrid pace at the plate. 

Saturday, June 30, 2018

A Major League Success Story

Martinez goes yard in 2011 for Corpus
Christi. Photo by Tammy Tucker.
Like most people, J.D. Martinez' story is a mixture of failure and success. The 2018 Major League leader in home runs and RBI is enjoying a banner season in terms of statistics and money earned. It wasn't always that way for him, especially after being released by the Houston Astros in 2014. After nearly failing out of baseball, four years later, Martinez was one of the most sought after free agents and one of the top hitters in baseball.

Friday, June 29, 2018

A Game's 'Werth' of Baseball Memories

Jayson Werth retired this week from Major League Baseball. I have not met him, however, his name sparks a series of baseball memories that never fail to make me smile.

In August 2012, my then 12-year-old son Brendan and I went to Houston to catch an Astros game at Minute Maid Park. We arrived during batting practice, and watched in awe as Michael Morse hit a series of moon shots off the metal signs above the train tracks in left field. With few people in the stadium at that time, we could hear the loud echo as the balls clanged off of the signs.

Saturday, June 23, 2018

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.

Friday, June 22, 2018

Milo Hamilton's Feud With Harry Caray

For many Houston Astros fans, Milo Hamilton was the voice of the team. He called Astros games on radio for 28 years, and at his recent death, was lauded by many as one of the greatest of all time. Not everyone, though, thought Milo was the best. At least one iconic announcer and one newspaper reporter were not fans of Hamilton.