Offday roundup: notes, observations, bobbleheads and photos.
It’s pouring here today. In most cities, a downpour on an offday would be viewed as good timing. But in Houston, we have a roof, making when it rains and how long it rains irrelevant. Instead of good timing, I’m guessing some of the players are grumbling about their golf games getting washed out.
Nonetheless, offday or not, there’s always something going on. Here are a few notes and tidbits to whet your whistle while we wait for the Mets to arrive to town…
As expected, Jason Michaels will be activated from the disabled list prior to Friday’s game. Additionally, Joe Inglett cleared waivers and was outrighted to Triple-A Oklahoma City. Nelson Figueroa, who was designated for assignment earlier in the week, also cleared waivers. Both can elect free agency but nothing has been announced yet on that front.
Michaels played five games for Oklahoma City during his rehab stint, logging six hits in 20 at-bats (.300) with two doubles and two RBIs.
The Astros PR department passed along these interesting tidbits following the Astros’ 4-3 walk-off win over the Reds on Wednesday:
Hunter Pence has six career walk-off hits, but his double in the ninth inning Wednesday was his first walk-off in almost exactly a year. His last one was May 9, 2010.
Pence’s 15-game hitting streak is the longest active streak in the National League and the longest by an Astro since the 2009 season, when Miguel Tejada posted a 21-game streak to end the season.
In Wandy Rodriguez’s last five starts, he has posted a 2-1 record and a 2.50 ERA, allowing 10 earned runs over 36 innings. He has also not lost a decision in his last five home starts when pitching against the Reds, posting a 3-0 record and a 2.18 ERA in those games.
On Friday, the Astros will hand out pink tote bags to the first 10,000 fans, courtesy of The Methodist Cancer Center. The game will be followed by pink-themed Friday Night Fireworks, presented by Marathon Oil Corporation.
On Saturday, AT&T is sponsoring this Chris Johnson pink bat bobblehead giveaway to the first 10,000 fans:
CJ’s bobblehead is the second of a six-bobblehead set to be distributed throughout the 2011 season. Michael Bourn’s Gold Glove bobble was handed out during the first homestand of the season, followed by the Hunter Pence Play Green collectible. Here’s a preview of the remaining four. I definitely am most looking forward to the Brownie and JD bobblehead on June 11, but there’s something especially hilarious about the Brett Myers bobblehead, considering how, well, life-like it is. Agree? Disagree? Discuss.
June 11: JD, Brownie
On April 25, the Astros and Tommy Bahama hosted a golf tournament, with proceeds going to Montgomery County Special Olympics. Here are some images from the event:
And finally, let’s talk food. The Astros and ARAMARK introduced plenty of new concessions on Opening Day, that wasn’t the end of it. New and delicious items are an ongoing process at the ballpark this year, to be rolled out gradually throughout the season.
The two newest items on the docket give a unique twist to the standard hot dogs and nachos fare. Without further ado, we introduce you to…
Cactus League nachos:
Chorizo Sausage, Pinto Beans, Tomatillo Salsa, Shredded Pepper Jack Cheese and Sour Cream
(The plan is to introduce a new nacho dish every month, with the most popular making a reappearance in September.)
Diced Tomatoes, Garlic, Onions, Shredded Parmesan Cheese, Beef Bolognese Sauce