Morning news and notes: Video board’s first images, ‘Grey’s’ mystery solved and what they’re writing about your Astros

The new video board at Minute Maid Park was installed a few weeks ago, and recently, the ballpark entertainment staff was finally able to test it out. We received this photo yesterday of the very first image to appear on the new gigantic scoreboard (thanks Steve Grande):

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Mystery solved

I received this message from an anonymous reader this morning:
“One of the writers for Grey’s Anatomy, Stacy McKee, is a Houston native. She wrote the episode with the Bagwell line. That’s probably the reason for the Bagwell shout out.”

Off the field fun

The Astros send out a sheet of notes after workouts every day, and I found this cluster of tidbits to be most interesting:

IN THE OFFSEASON:  LHP Ryan Rowland-Smith took mixed martial arts classes as part of his offseason regimen…RHP Nelson Figueroa and his family hosted a foreign exchange student…LHP Wesley Wright got married…RHP Mark Melancon conducted a baseball clinic for Major League Baseball in Australia in November…C Jason Castro took three classes at Stanford University, and now needs two more to earn his bachelor’s degree…GM Ed Wade ran in the Houston Marathon on Jan. 31…Hunter Pence opened a new baseball training facility in Houston, and conducted several instructional sessions with youngsters.

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On to today’s links…

MLB.com:

McTaggart: Despite falling a few spots on the depth chart, J.R. Towles has an upbeat attitude this spring

In this notes package, Tags touches on Pence’s arbitration hearing and Dave Clark’s managerial stint in Winter Ball.

Chronicle:

Richard Justice likes these Astros and he thinks you will, too.

Justice also explains why you can mark Brett Wallace down as the Opening Day first baseman.

Zachary Levine writes about a largely unheralded bullpen…

...and he dissects why nicknames in our game are so silly, and often, boring. (this is funny stuff)

We conclude with some photos from Friday’s workout:

Two catchers: Quintero and Castro

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Cage work: Tommy Manzella and hitting coach Mike Barnett

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Brian Bogusevic

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2009 first-round pick Jio Mier

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1 Comment

Having moved to Dallas last fall, I am starved for Astros news. The team does not exist up here! Thanks for keeping me in the loop! Go ‘Stros!

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