Reality TV, starring your Houston Astros.

The Astros are about to launch a new reality-based show starring their own players, to be aired locally on FS Houston.

“Here’s the Pitch,” hosted by Jennifer Vogel, is a 30-minute reality-style program that will focus on the lifestyles and personalities of Astros players.

Fans will get to meet Astros players and their families, visit their favorite hang outs and see what they do for their community. The series also will utilize social media tools like Twitter and Facebook to connect fans directly with their favorite players.

The first episode of “Here’s the pitch” will air Thursday (Aug. 27) at 5 p.m. CT. New episodes will air Fridays in September at 5:30 or 6:00 p.m. CT.

“We’re excited about this series because it humanizes the team,” said FOX Sports Houston Senior Vice President/General Manager Steve Tello. “We do a good job of presenting and televising the games, now Astros fans will find out how the players spend their lives outside of baseball.”


Calling all canines

As promised, here are the details for Dog Day at Minute Maid Park, presented by H-E-B. The deadline to register for tickets for the Sept. 7 game is Sept. 3.

For $20 (&10 of which will go to the Houston Humane Society), you and your dog can enjoy the Astros-Phillies game from the Barking Room only section along Conoco Alley and the H-E-B Dog Zone, featuring Hill Country Fare Dog Food, located in KBR Plaza.

An additional $20 “human ticket” can be purchased with the above package.


Submit recipes, win prizes.

Friendly reminder that the Astros are looking for recipe ideas that they could add to the Minute Maid Park menu in 2010. If you have a recipe that would do well in a ballpark setting, send your idea to Entries will be accepted through Sept. 5.

The winner will see his or her recipe sold at the ballpark next year and will win luxury suite tickets. The second and third place winners will win autographed Astros items.

Once we have all of the entries, a panel will select three fans that will be involved in a cook off on September 12.

From the Ask Alyson files:

Do the players have roommates on the road? If so, who determines what players room together? — Yvette M.

Players don’t have to room together on the road. I’m not sure when teams started giving players their own rooms — in the old days, it was standard for everyone to double up.


From the photo vault…batting practice at Busch Stadium Wednesday:

Michael Bourn, Humberto Quintero  


Television announcer Bill Brown chats with Cecil Cooper.


It’s always fun to pick the brain of general manager Ed Wade, who is both accesible and straightforward when talking about the team. It’s standard for reporters and broadcasters to engage the GM in casual conversation during BP. That’s PR rep Sally Gunter in between Wade and Jim Deshaies, having a “Where’s Waldo” moment.


Roy Oswalt, having a quiet moment on the bench a few hours before his start agains the Cardinals.


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