Milo, Norris on Astroline together. But only one is the King of Baseball.
Bud Norris has been through a full Major League Spring Training with the Astros, but this year, things will be decidedly different for the 24-year-old right-hander.
A year ago, the California-born Norris, who recently bought a townhouse in Houston, was considered by the front office as a possible future closer. Heading into 2010, however, he’ll be looked at to fill a dire need in a rotation that has a few options but could certainly use a young arm.
He spent two months in the big leagues in 2009 and was shut down with only one or two starts remaining in the season, not because of injury, but because the club is looking for long-term preservation instead of short-term results.
“(General manager Ed (Wade) and (former manager Cecil Cooper) decided it was for the best,” Norris said during his recent appearance on Astroline, the club’s weekly radio show. “I dealt with my workload. My body was getting tired, but it was definitely for precautionary reasons. I wanted to be out there with my teammates and helping them, but at the same token, I knew that for the future, it was something that was needed.”
Norris was Milo Hamilton’s guest on Astroline, which airs every Wednesday on KTRH 740 a.m. and on astros.com and takes place live at Sherlock’s Baker St. Pub on West Gray in Houston. Little did we know, a fun sideshow unfolded at the same time, thanks to Hamilton’s recent honor at the Winter Meetings as the “King of Baseball.” He was given a trophy, in addition to the full King garb — cape, crown and scepter. Enjoy the imagery.
(Programming note — next week’s Astroline guest will be Geoff Blum, followed by Craig Biggio on Jan. 27 and Michael Bourn on Feb. 4)
King Milo and Bud Norris
Bud signed autographs during commercial breaks.
Getting ready to go on the air
On the air
Milo’s garb even attracted the local news…
…not to mention the fans!
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