Photos from Social Media day, and some musings on Brett Myers.

I’m glad we were able to host one final Social Media event before the end of the season, and it happened to fall on what was hands-down the most activity-filled day at Minute Maid Park this year. Between Dog Day, Faith and Family Day, the MercyMe concert and Social Media Day, the Astros were fortunate to actually be able to squeeze in a ballgame.

Or, as Tweeter @MyVidaLocal adequately put it, “I’m thinking if you’re a dog-loving Christian rock fan on Twitter, Sunday’s game is a must-go.”

It wasn’t a must-win, but the Astros took care of business anyway, beating the Reds 4-3 to take the series from the division leaders. All in all, it was a great game, one that more than 70 Tweeters/Facebookers watched from the Budweiser Patio as part of our second (and final) Social Media event of the 2010 season.

Judging from the positive response we’ve received, we’ll be hosting many more of these in ’11. In the meantime, thanks to everyone who attended and made it such a good time. And special thanks to Chris Johnson, who was gracious enough to stop by the Patio and hand out prizes during our Twitter trivia contest.

Come to think of it, Johnson went 2-for-3 with a double, a home run and two runs scored during Sunday’s game. After Hunter Pence made his Social Media appearance on Aug. 31, he was 2-for-4 with a triple and two RBIs later that night. And the Astros won both games (Just saying.)

Enjoy the pictures, congratulations to the winners, and hopefully we’ll see you out at these events next year.

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We also had a hot dog building station, and we picked out two photos from that activity. First up, our youngest participant:

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And the most creative decoration…I’ve never seen “Astros” spelled out in onions, so I’m compelled to post:

 

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During our Twitter question and answer session during our Social Media event, @mcrows asked who I thought the Astros’ team MVP is. I’m not sure there is a clear-cut favorite, but honestly, if I had to pick one today, I’d go the unconventional route and select a pitcher: Brett Myers.

When Ed Wade signed Myers last winter, we sensed he could be pretty good, considering he had previously pitched well for a good team (Philadelphia), in a good division (the NL East) and had thrived in some pretty high pressure situations (two World Series).

But no one could have predicted he’d be this good. Not only is he one of just six pitchers since 1920 to pitch at least six innings in their first 31 appearances of the season, but he’s also going to finish the season undefeated at his home ballpark.

Myers is currently 8-0 at with a 2.01 ERA over 14 starts at Minute Maid Park, which is pretty much in line with his career numbers in Houston: 8-1 with a 2.31 ERA over 19 games, including 17 starts. He is scheduled to start Friday in Pittsburgh and once in Cincinnati, which will mean he won’t pitch during the final three-game set against the Cubs Oct. 1-3.

I realize starting pitchers work only once every five days and position players are out there every single game (more or less), and with that in mind, Pence certainly merits consideration as the team MVP. But no one has been more consistent than Myers, and he’s spread it over a full six months. For that, I give him the edge.

What say you?

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2 Comments

Team MVP? It has to be Myers, he’s been the best player on the team, period. Certainly, he will regress some next season, but that doesn’t detract from what he’s accomplished THIS year.

However, if you insist on going the position player route for MVP, it has to be Michael Bourn. To vote for Pence would be to say that defense has no bearing on MVP status. Michael Bourn has played +14.3 defense this season (it was +9.9 last season, for reference) while Pence’s D has taken a hit this year (-0.2 for Hunter this season). Overall, Bourn has been worth 3.7 WAR (Wins Above Replacement) and Pence has been worth 2.8 WAR, and Hunter has even played in more games than Bourn. The choice is clear, in my opinion. Don’t let homers and batting average fool you, Michael Bourn has been the most valuable position player on the club this season.

Alyson,

Yes, pitchers are only out there every five days, but when they play, they are in on every play, so I think it more than evens out. Myers is an easy pick. What a great grab by Ed Wade!

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