We added an extra player to attend Social Media Night on Sept. 24. Two for the price of one!

Tickets are currently on sale for our final Social Media soiree in the Budweiser Patio, scheduled for Sept. 24, the final Saturday game of the season.

We’ve already announced that J.D. Martinez is scheduled to make an appearance during our Twitter Trivia portion of the night. But we just added another player to the mix — pitcher Bud Norris, who will most definitely NOT be scheduled to pitch that day and has therefore graciously volunteered to hang out with us for a spell.

So, all told, 45 bucks will get you a game ticket on the Bud Patio, a ballpark tour, batting practice viewing, dinner, dessert, a t-shirt and an opportunity to win a slew of signed prizes by both Martinez and Norris during Twitter Trivia.

We’ll also be raffling off (for free) a visit to the television booth to hang out behind Brownie and J.D. for an inning and watch how that whole operation works.

Ticket sales have been steady but there is still a bunch left. You can purchase them here .  Hope to see you there!

(Please note that the player appearance is usually from 5-5:15, but to accommodate Martinez’s pregame preparation routine, we’ll begin the Twitter Trivia at 4:55 and conclude sharply at 5:10.)

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The Astros Player Development Department announced their 2011 Minor League Players of the Year on Thursday, naming infielder Jose Altuve as Player of the Year and right-handed pitcher Jake Buchanan as Pitcher of the Year. The club also named Charley Taylor, pitching coach of the Astros Gulf Coast League affiliate, as Player Development Man of the Year, and Luis Martinez, manager and coordinator of the Astros Dominican Summer League, as International Man of the Year.

All four will be recognized at a special pre-game ceremony at Minute Maid Park on Sept. 24, (which you’ll be able to view from the patio if you attend Social Media Night!). Martinez will be unable to make the ceremony due to previous commitments. Prior to the game, Altuve and Buchanan will be made available to fans for a free autograph session from 4:45-5:15 on the main concourse at Minute Maid Park.

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Random, but interesting stat from Elias Sports Bureau:

Roy Halladay threw a six-hit shutout in the Phillies’ 1-0 win at Minute Maid Park on Wednesday, becoming the first pitcher in 23 years to shut out the Astros in Houston in a 1-0 game. That had last been done by Orel Hershiser in September 1988 at the Astrodome, during his Major League record streak of 59.0 consecutive scoreless innings.

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Belated but big time congratulations to Jason Bourgeois for being named the Astros’ nominee for the Roberto Clemente Award. If there’s someone who embodies the spirit of selflessness and generosity, it’s Bourgeois, who does a ton for the community, all under the radar and away from the spotlight.

He mentors Houston area baseball and softball players through Jason Bourgeois Youth Sports. Started in 2009, his mission is to help inner city kids play baseball and to build life skills through the lessons that team sports offer. The organization is supporting a number of urban teams – East Houston Little League, South Central Sportz, North Forest Athletic Association and Junior RBI – by providing uniforms and equipment, resources Bourgeois did not always have as a kid.

(Bourgeois also stepped up in a big way when Michael Bourn was traded. That trade put the community department in a major bind given the slew of activities Bourn was slated to attend at the Astros Urban Youth Academy. That’s not why Bourgeois earned the Clemente nomination, but it’s worth noting that he was more than happy to fill in for Bourn and did so literally at a moment’s notice).

And, Bourgeois is just a good dude, the kind of guy you root for and the kind of professional you’d like to be playing for your team. So kudos to the Astros outfielder.

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3 Comments

Good to know about Jason. Congratulations to you, Jason – we are proud to have you! Houston is blessed with teams with some outstanding players and staff. I hope our owners continue to value character and integrity in their selection of players.

Jake Buchanon as pitcher of the year? He was 5-10 with a 3.80 ERA this year, which isn’t bad but certainly not stellar. Our system that barren I suppose…thought maybe Keuchel had a shot at this one.

Jason is a class act, hope does well in voting.

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