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Bob Boooooone offers up good news.

I don’t know about you, but I sure do feel better about Aaron Boone’s recent health scare after seeing this expression on his dad’s face:


It’s not that I didn’t believe the Astros when they put out a release Thursday that said Aaron Boone’s heart surgery was a success. But it’s always good to hear it from a family member, and according to Bob Boone (who, as Assistant GM for the Nationals, was at batting practice before the Astros-Nats game Saturday morning), Aaron is out of ICU and resting comfortably.

You can read about it here:

Bob also said he tried to check out the incision on Aaron’s chest, but the younger Boone wasn’t giving any sneak peeks.

“He clutched a pillow the whole time,” Bob said.


Wandy Rodriguez threw six innings in a Triple-A game against Washington Saturday, allowing three hits and no runs while striking out six. Pudge Rodriguez caught that game, going 2-for-4 with a double, an RBI and one walk. He also stole a base. Geoff Blum played in a Double-A game and went 0-for-4.

Today’s assortment of pictures are from batting practice Saturday morning on a windy, warm day at Space Coast Stadium in Viera, Fla.:

Radio announcer Dave Raymond interviews hitting coach Sean Berry for the pregame show.


Darin Erstad and Jason Michaels, waiting for batting practice to start.



Chris Johnson, future third baseman. Don’t forget about this guy — even if he doesn’t make the team out of Spring Training, we’ll be hearing from him soon.


Kazuo Matsui takes batting practice.


A look at Quintero hitting, from behind the cage.


Miguel Tejada, warming up from his knees (not sure why).


Surgery complete, and a success.

Aaron Boone underwent open heart surgery Thursday at the Stanford University Medical Center, and early indications are that the procedure was successful.

“I spoke to Aaron’s father Bob and he indicated that things went well,” Astros General Manager Ed Wade said in a statement released by the Astros. “Certainly our prayers are with Aaron and the entire Boone family in hopes of a full recovery.”

Dr. D. Craig Miller was scheduled to perform the surgery, which was to include the replacement of an aortic valve. In medical terms, the procedure that Boone was scheduled to undergo is called bicuspid aortic valve aneurysm surgery, which included an aortic valve replacement.

The 36-year-old Boone revealed last week that he has had the heart condition since he was in college and categorized the surgery as “not an emergency situation.”

Boone said he would like to play baseball again but was not sure he would. It is highly unlikely he will play again this year. Boone described the recovery time for the surgery to be “several months.”

Still waiting.

Havent heard anything yet on Aaron Boones surgery…should be getting something soon.

Update: Tejada sentenced, Boone in surgery.

Miguel Tejada was sentenced to one year of probation and 100 hours of community service, in addition to a $5,000 fine, for lying to Congress about performancing-enhancing drugs.

Aaron Boone went into surgery at approximately 11:30 am ET and results from the heart procedure are expected to be conveyed to the Astros by 2:30 ET.

When I know, you’ll know.


After talking with Miguel Tejada today, I can see how important the World Baseball Classic is to him and how relieved he is to be back on the roster. He has tremendous pride in himself, and his country, and I cannot imagine how hard it would have been for him to watch his fellow countrymen representing the Dominican Republic during the Classic while he sat home, in a manner of speaking.

I think it also bothered Tejada, a tremendous “team guy,” to be portrayed as someone who turned his back on his team after being asked to step into a role he was unfamiliar with. I don’t blame him at all for not wanting to play first base, a position he’s never played for as long as he’s been in the big leagues, but I’m sure to some outsiders it made him look a bit selfish. Now that it has been established that he’ll play a little shortstop, a little third base and also DH here and there, this appears to be a win-win situation for both sides.


Seeing Aaron Boone reminds me of a funny incident that happened during the 2003 World Series. As you probably remember, Boone hit the pennant-clinching walk-off home run in Game 7 of the ALCS that year, and instantly, it was the “in” thing for fans to yell “Booooooooooooone” every time he stepped into view.

So it’s either Game 1 or 2 of the World Series at Yankee Stadium, and my pregame assignment was to write about the anthem singer. On this particular night, the featured performer was “American Idol” runner-up clay Aiken. After the PA announcer introduced him, I heard a small chorus of boos, and I included that little nugget in my story.

Aiken had a strong, strong fan base at the time. What I did not know is that this group had a name — the “Claymates.” When I woke up the next morning and checked my email, I had about 50 messages, sent in the middle of the night, from these “Claymates,” who were furious — FURIOUS — that I had suggested Aiken had been booed prior to singing the anthem. According to the Mates, the fans weren’t saying “boo.” they were saying “Boone.” As in Aaron Booooooooone.

So let me get this straight. The PA announcer says, “and now, to honor America with the singing of the national anthem is American Idol’s Clay Aiken” and everyone responds with “Booooooooone?” Riiiiight.



For those of you wondering if the Astros are interested in the recently-released Adam Eaton: no. We didn’t even have to ask; Ed Wade volunteered the information unprovoked. “We have no interest in Adam Eaton.” So, there we have it.

Here and there:
Proud papa Cecil Cooper was brimming with pride Saturday morning as he talked about his 15-year-old daughter, Tori, singing the national anthem prior to the Rice-Texas A&M game at the College Classic at Minute Maid Park that night. Although Cooper couldn’t be there, the Astros set up a live stream on his computer so that he could get the in-house feed from Minute Maid Park. If all goes well, Tori will have an opportunity to sing prior to an Astros game this summer.

Continuing an Astros tradition, Wesley Wright threw out the ceremonial first pitch at the Kissimmee Little League Opening Day ceremonies Saturday morning at Oak Field.


From the Inbox:

Drayton McLane has shown willingness to spend money if the team is in contention around June. With Ben Sheets saying he might not pitch until June, what are the chances that if we are in contention that Drayton pulls out the check book, providing Sheets proves he is healthy? — Taylor, Blackwell

It depends on what Sheets will command on the open market at that time, given he’s healthy and ready to contribute on a Major League level. I have my doubts that Sheets would be back to form before the season is over. But if he is, I’m sure he’ll be expensive. Knowing what we know about the economy and the hard line the Astros have taken with their now $107 million payroll, I wouldn’t count on seeing Sheets here mid-season.