Does Hunter Pence like his eggs poached or scrambled? Tune in to find out answers to this, and other Astros mysteries.

0831_pence.jpgHunter Pence must have been paying attention when his mother taught him that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. He loves that big meal first thing in the morning, and one of his regular routines on the road is to find a really good breakfast spot and delve into the local fare.

Pence will be featured in the latest episode of the Astros’ new reality-based show titled “Here’s The Pitch!” on FS Houston. The crew documented one of his recent trips to breakfast eatery Le Peep in Houston, where he dined with the extended Pence clan — his older brother, Howie, his sister-in-law Allison, his niece Hayley and his nephew, Striker.

Also on the docket for “Here’s the Pitch!” Show #2, which will run Thursday at 12:30 p.m. CT and will re-air Friday at 5:30 p.m. CT:

Young Astros fans ask questions of their favorite players: Favorite baseball memory, how to hit a home run and what kind of cereal they like (I’m sensing a trend here). One segment will be devoted to rookie Bud Norris and strength and conditioning coach Gene Coleman during a workout, where they’ll explain what it takes for a big leaguer to stay in shape.

The show will also highlight Lance Berkman’s recent visit with Berkman’s Buddies, whom the Puma hosts at Minute Maid Park every Saturday home game.


I’m working on another pictorial blog documenting the Chicago leg of this three-city trip. In the meantime, here are some friendly reminders regarding what’s on tap when the Astros return from the trip this Friday…

Send in those recipes

The Astros are still accepting 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 Sept. 12. I have happily volunteered my taste buds to the cause and will serve as one of the judges….


300 home run giveaway

On Friday (Sept. 4), the Astros will celebrate the their three players who reached 300 home runs this season with a pregame ceremony and gift presentation. The first 20,000 fans will receive a 300 Home Run Art Card, courtesy of Minute Maid. Additionally, tickets in View Deck II will be sold for just $3 that day.

On Saturday (Sept. 5), the celebration continues as the first 10,000 fans will receive a 300 Home Run T-Shirt, courtesy of AT&T…


Dog Days of Summer

On Monday (Sept. 7), the Astros are hosting Dog Day, presented by H-E-B. 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. The deadline to register for tickets is Thursday.


College Night is Sept. 10…read details here.

Heroes Night is Sept. 11 and will honor all of those who serve in our local police forces, fire departments, and EMS teams along with those that protect our Nation as part of the United States Armed Forces. Details here.


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“Hunter Pence… one of his regular routines on the road is to find a really good breakfast spot and delve into the local fare.”

I realize this is his routine on the road, but if he (or anyone else) is looking for a great breakfast spot for local fare in Houston, I highly recommend The Breakfast Klub. I eat there every time I go to an Astros game.

Ms. Footer, I know this is completely off subject, but I had a few questions regarding the September call ups and their use in the postseason. I know if a player is called up for the first time in September he is uneligible to compete in postseason play, but what if he was with the club earlier and got sent down? I was also wondering about an article I read detailing the Dodger’s acquisition of Jon Garland, saying it was just in time for him to be eligible for postseason play. Are trades completely shut down from September until the World Series ends, or will the players traded simply not be able to compete in October? Thanks!

Jubbies…any player who is eligible to be on a postseason roster must be on the Major League 25-man roster by Aug. 31. The only exception to that is if a player is needed because of an injury. For the most part, it doesn’t matter who was up and down during the season…to be eligible for playoffs, they have to be on the roster by Aug. 31.

That’s why Garland is eligible for the playoffs; he was acquired a few hours before the clock struck midnight on Sept. 1.

Trades aren’t shut down, but from here on out, as of 12:01 a.m. ET Sept. 1, anyone not on the club’s 25-man roster cannot be on the postseason roster. If the Astros were, for argument’s sake, to make a miraculous run and win the division, Boone, Brocail and Wright, all of whom were activated Tuesday, would not qualify for the postseason.

Hi there! I am a diehard Rockies fan, but as a native Texan, a Rangers or Astros win (as long as it’s not against the Rox…) is always good in my book. I really like Hunter Pence, so it’s too bad I don’t get FS Houston! It’s always fun to see a different side of the players, even if it’s something like what they like for breakfast.

That reminds me: where are those videos of Hunter at the All-Star Game? Did I miss those somehow, or have they not been posted yet? I’d love to see those.


Thank you so much for your quick response, it’s great to have someone around who we can come to when the game we all love gets a little complicated!

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