Astros happenings: Baseball dinner, extra Spring Training games, and a sad loss for the Astros family.

The annual baseball Winter Meetings will be held in Indianapolis next week, and your friendly neighborhood blogger will be heading that way Sunday afternoon, armed with my camera, iphone and notepad. Please check my blog, as well as my Twitter account, for updates throughout the week, as I’ll be working diligently to capture the atmosphere (as well as news, notes and tidbits) during this annual baseball bonanza.

In the meantime, here are a few odds and ends to chew on as you head out for the weekend…

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Baseball dinner

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The annual Houston Baseball Dinner will be held on Jan. 21 at the Hilton Americas Hotel downtown. The honorees are Michael Bourn (MVP); Wandy Rodriguez (Pitcher of the Year); Jeff Fulchino (Rookie of the Year); Brian Moehler (Darryl Kile Award) and Lance Berkman (Russell Distinguished Achievement Award).

Tickets are $75, with tables of 10 available for $750. While this is in no way a cheap ticket, the baseball dinner is one of the more affordable off-the-field events involving the Astros, and it’s always a fun night. It’s especially enjoyable when Puma is involved, because he usually brings down the house with an address that’s more of stand-up comedy routine than an acceptance speech.

If you are interested in attending the baseball dinner, please call Jo Russell at 713-789-0626.

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Condolences

The Astros lost a longtime friend and employee when one of their scouts, Gerry Craft, suffered a stroke and passed away on Sunday. Craft, 58, served as an area, regional and professional scout for over 20 years.

During Craft’s time as the club’s East Coast supervisor from 1998-2007, the following players were drafted under his watch: Brad Lidge, Cory Doyne, Chris Burke, Charlton Jimerson, Brooks Conrad, Josh Anderson, Jimmy Barthmaier, Lou Santangelo, Evan Englebrook, Chad Reineke, Max Sapp, Sergio Perez and Chris Johnson.

Condolences to Gerry’s wife, Louise, and his daughters, Maizee and Mandee.

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Spring Training

It’s official…Astros pitchers and catchers will work out for the first time on Feb. 20, with the first full-squad workout taking place on Feb. 24. Additionally, the Astros have added three games to their Spring Training schedule: March 4 at home vs. Nats; March 16 at home vs. Boston (split squad); March 21 at Boston (split squad). For the full schedule, click here:
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End of year sale

There will be a two-day, ‘Blowout Sale’ at the Astros Team Store at Minute Maid Park December 15 and 16. As a special attraction, HOF broadcaster Milo Hamilton will be at the store on each day signing his newly released CD entitled “A Call For The Ages,” which features a collection of his most memorable calls. Hamilton will be at the store from 2 to 5 p.m. on December 15 and from Noon to 4 p.m. on December 16.

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Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow

And finally….enjoy these photos of Minute Maid Park, inundated by snow. Could be a while before we see this again (I hope!):

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1 Comment

I got stuck at work all day in Texas City and didn’t get to see a second of snow, even on the ground. That stunk.

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