Astros to unveil anniversary logo and plans for 2012. Celebrating 50 years of baseball in Houston.

The Astros are unveiling their new 50th anniversary logo and plans for the big celebration on Thursday, and they’re utilizing the help of several stars from yesteryear to ring in what is sure to be a year-long soiree.

The press conference will be hosted by two of my favorite people – Bill Brown and Jim Deshaies — and attended by some of your favorite players: Craig Biggio, Larry Dierker, Jimmy Wynn and Jose Cruuuuuz. The group and the team will reveal the logo that you’ll see everywhere next year.

You’ll also see it on several promotional items the Astros are giving away this weekend when they begin their final homestand of 2011.

The logo is really sharp. It represents all of the eras of Astros baseball and includes the color schemes from the past that are still so popular among fans today. It’s one of those designs that even if you just see it for a split-second out of the corner of your eye, you know it’s the Astros.

The club is in full planning mode for 2012 and while we’ll be able to say more after Thursday’s big reveal, here’s one thing I can tell you for sure: Minute Maid Park will be teeming with former players, from every era and every decade, throughout next season. Should be a fun year.

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Thanks to all of you who will be part of our final Social Media Night this Saturday (Sept. 24) in the Budweiser Patio. We’re currently voting on what we serve for dinner, so take a look at the choices and send along your vote before the end of the game on Tuesday. You can tweet me your vote, or you can simply post on this blog in the comments section.

Vote A, B or C:

A. 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.

B. Fajita Nachos – Crisp Tortilla Chips, Queso Blanco, Jalapenos, Avocado, Sour Cream, Pico De Gallo

C. Foot Long Angus Steak Dog – served with Fresh Cut Fries. There will be an expanded topping bar to be put on the upper tier for guests to dress their own hot dogs.

(For our vegetarian guests, we will also have veggie wraps available.)

As a reminder, Social Media Night includes a ballpark tour, batting practice viewing, dinner, dessert, a t-shirt and an opportunity to win autographed prizes through our Twitter Trivia contest, attended by both outfielder J.D. Martinez and Bud Norris. We’ll also be raffling off (for free) a one-inning visit to the TV booth to watch Brownie and J.D. work their magic.

Tickets are $45 and can be purchased here.

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The season is over on Sept. 28, but several Astros players are sticking around a bit longer to help raise money for a charity near and dear to the Astros.

Mark Melancon, Norris and Brian Bogusevic will be participating in a Texas Hold ‘em Poker Tournament on Friday, Sept. 30 at DelFrisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse. All proceeds will benefit the Astros Wives Gala and Houston Area Women’s Center.

Buy-in for the game is $250. You will also have the opportunity to purchase more chips if you desire, the night of the event. A complimentary wine reception will be held at 6 p.m. and the game will begin promptly at 7.

In addition to the Astros players, Katie Stone, a professional poker player who grew up in Houston, will also play. She has played all over the world with the European Poker Tour, the World Poker Tour and the World Series of Poker.

Prizes will be awarded to the top four and bottom four “winners.” The tournament consists of a total of 80 players.

The poker tournament prizes include:

A signed and framed Biggio Houston Astros jersey
A two hour Wine and Hors d’ oeuvres reception for you and 9 guests hosted by 51fifteen restaurant and lounge
A Chris Johnson signed Houston Astros jersey
A signed and framed Nolan Ryan 8 x 10 photo.
Alabama Crimson Tide’s Shaun Alexander signed 11 x 14 photo
A silk tie and custom–made shirt by Britton Sudduth Clothiers. (A business card must accompany tie to redeem the custom shirt).
A golf foursome with Phil Garner at the Houstonian Golf & Country Club.

For more information or to purchase tickets, contact Judy Nichols at judynichols1@sbcglobal.net

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4 Comments

Are uniform designs going to be changed for next year?

I hope so let bring back the Rainbow ones

Love me some Brownie & JD too – and you can never go wrong with Bigge, Cruz et al.

bring back the Rainbow uniforms of 1979
the logo we have now is stupid

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