Midday notes: Michael Bourn’s slide, Bud Norris’ home numbers, and what should we serve for dinner on Saturday?
With Social Media Night, presented by Ford Focus, coming up this Saturday, we’ve opened up the voting to determine what we will serve for dinner at the event.
The process is simple — pick choice 1, 2 or 3 and tweet me your answer (or, you can simply post on this blog). Whatever receives the most votes, wins.
Option 1: Texas Tom Turkey Sandwich: Roasted Turkey Breast, Pepper Jack Cheese, Spicy Chipotle Aioli, Lettuce, Corn Salsa on a Jalapeno-Cheddar Kaiser with a hand cut fries and a pickle. (from our signature sandwich contest at the Astros Carvery section 156).
Option 2: Crispy Tempura Chicken Tenders, hand cut fries and FiveSeven Signature Horseradish Honey Mustard and Mesquite Bar-B-Que Sauces (From the FiveSeven Grill).
Option 3: Texas Sirloin Burger: hand packed three-way grind burger patty, pancetta, sauté mushrooms, pickle, lettuce, tomato, onion, tangy red and blonde Bar-B-Que sauces. (Arguably the best burger in Minute Maid Park as featured in the Club Grille section 232 on the club level).
Social Media Nights take place in the Budweiser Patio in center field and included in the $45 ticket price is a tour of Minute Maid Park, batting practice viewing, t-shirt, an appearance from 5-5:15 by a player (this Saturday will feature third baseman Chris Johnson), dinner, dessert and the game. We will also hold a Twitter trivia contest, where fans can win signed baseballs and bobbleheads by being the first to tweet the correct answer. Johnson will be on hand to hand out the prizes and pose for pictures with the winners.
If you haven’t yet signed up, there is still time. Simply click here and reserve your seats. The Budweiser Patio is located right behind center field, directly next to the bullpen. It’s a great vantage point, especially now that we have the video board above left field.
Hope to see you there!
If you haven’t watched the replay of Michael Bourn’s game-winning slide into home last night, do yourself a favor and give it a quick look. If it’s not the best slide into home we’ve seen, it has to at least rank up there among the all-time greats. There’s only one that comes to mind that might have been a little better — during a home game with the Rangers around 10 years ago, Jeff Bagwell jumped, head-first, over Pudge Rodriguez and tapped home plate just before belly-flopping on the other side. That was pretty cool.
While that one might have been slightly more impressive, just from an acrobatic standpoint, Bourn’s slide last night was simply flawless. The catcher had the plate completely blocked, and Bourn got his hand in perfectly as he slid in. Not that we need a reminder about just how gifted Bourn is as an athlete, but Monday’s win sure was a nice reminder.
Bud Norris is 2-0 with a 2.25 ERA over six starts at home this season. His run at Minute Maid Park dates back to last season’s All-Star break. Since then, he has posted a 7-1 record with a 2.54 ERA over 14 starts at home. His .875 winning percentage at home is the best in the National League over that frame.
Since the blown save and loss by the bullpen on May 17 at Atlanta, the Astros bullpen has combined to toss 15 innings, allowing only one earned run (0.60 ERA).
In their last 12 games, the Astros have played 10 games that were decided by three runs or less and eight games decided by two runs or less.
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