Michael Bourn is fast, and that’s no longer a Houston-only secret.
For those of you following closely on Twitter, you’re probably familiar with how much we talk about Michael Bourn’s lightning-fast speed on any given game day. It’s not often that Bourn does not do something spectacular, whether it’s how easy he makes stealing bases look or running down a fly ball that, at first glance, looks like it’s surely going to sail far over his head for extra bases.
Bourn is a bright spot in what has been a painful start to the season for your 2011 Astros. The offense is struggling. The bullpen has had problems practically from the get-go. The starting pitching has ranged from good to just OK to ineffective. We realize there are issues. Speed from the leadoff hitter isn’t one of them, thankfully, and no matter how this season shakes out,
Bourn is always going to be fun to watch.
It was nice to see MLB.com national columnist Terence Moore send some props Bourn’s way during the Astros’ recent trip to Atlanta. The entire column is worth the read, but I especially liked Bourn’s reaction when Moore tried to draw comparisons between him and a certain legendary base stealer, the best of all time:
“Rickey?” said Bourn, with a bewildered look this week in the visitors’ clubhouse at Turner Field before an Astros game with the Atlanta Braves. His reference was to Rickey, as in Henderson, baseball’s career stolen-base king with 1,406. After five seasons and counting, Bourn has 187. Which is why the 28-year-old outfielder laughed again, adding, “I’m a long ways from Rickey.”
Obviously, how much you get on base is directly related to how many bases you can steal. Can’t get to Point B before getting to Point A first. So in that respect, Bourn will have to be incredibly consistent over the course of his career. But from a pure speed and instinct standpoint, our young center fielder clearly gets it.
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Thanks to everyone who came out to our watch party last night at Lucky’s Pub. Wish the final result would have been better, but hopefully, the half-price appetizers and drink specials helped ease the pain of loss. Certainly, getting a mention from J.D. and Brownie during broadcast was a highlight!
We hope to have another party at some point this season. In the meantime, here are a few images from the Astros night out:
Had to chuckle the other night when Jim Deshaies said, “Buy one kid, get one free to anyone 21 or older” during a recent broadcast, giving his special spin on the Astros continuing promotion, “Kids Free All Summer.”
Interesting angle, J.D. — but not exactly what we’re going for. No, Kids Free All Summer means that beginning Monday, and through September 4, kids 14 and under can come to Astros games for free.
Here’s the deal: for each adult that purchases one full-price adult ticket in the View Deck I, View Deck II or Outfield Deck seating areas, two kids 14 and under get in for free. For a family of four — two adults, two children — the most expensive tickets available for this promotion would be $16 apiece for the adults, which means the entire family can go to the game for $32.
“Summer months mean family outings, and ‘Kids FREE All Summer’ provides the opportunity to spend time together in a healthy, friendly environment,” Astros President of Business Operations Pam Gardner said. “Kids FREE has been a huge success at Minute Maid Park the past two years, and we look forward to sharing the fun again this season.”
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