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MMQB: It’s Springer’s World, we’re just living in it


The danger of beginning to write a post on Friday for a Monday delivery is that the world can turn over in 3 days in the majors. Like George Springer going 0 for 4 with 2 strikeouts on Friday night. But even if George goes hitless (he avoided this with 2 hits on Sunday) for the weekend it does not diminish the type of May he has had and the impact he has had on this team.

Let’s face it – George Springer has:

  1. Brought hope to the hopeless
  2. Made ESPN and local sports highlights relevant for Astros’ fans
  3. Made his every at bat “must-see” TV in a cable deal-less world where it is really “might-be-able-to-see”
  4. Brought (as Becky pointed out) to the dugout and the team “Springer Time” fun like the late Jose Lima brought back in the late 90’s
  5. Made Bo Porter look like a genius (or at least less dumb) for moving him into the 2nd spot behind Jose Altuve
  6. Cured cancer, hair loss and bad breath
  7. Done at least 5 of the 6 items above in about 40 games time

Springer’s Impact

There has been much discussion lately about how Chris Carter‘s 8 HRs and 21 RBIs feel totally non-impactful (Don’t wince at that made up word Chip). I think there are two places that hitting has the biggest impact.

  • In late and close situations and second or
  • In scoring first and taking the pressure off the whole team especially the pitching.

Let’s take a quick look at Springer’s impact in some of the wins in this fun month of May

May 2 – Springer was 0 for 5 and continuing his poor hitting from April, when he came up in the 11th and won the game 5-4 with a walk off infield single against the Mariners.

May 8 –  He was 1 for 3 with a walk and a solo HR in a 6-2 win against Detroit. His dinger brought them back to within one run in the 5th and after his walk he scored the 5th run in the 9th inning.

May 14 – In a 5-4 win over the Rangers he was  only 1 for 5, but his 2 run homer in the 7th tied the game at 4-4 and helped fire up the team and the home crowd.

May 17 – Astros beat the W’Sox 6-5 and Springer was 2 for 4 including a triple and a walk with 2 runs scored and an RBI. He knocked in the Astros first run and scored the 2nd in the first inning and then he scored the 6th  and eventual winning run in the 7th inning.

May 19 Springer was 1 for 3 with a walk in a 5-2 win over the Angels and scored the 1st run for the Astros in the 1st inning.

May 24 – The Astros beat the Mariners 9-4 – as Springer went 2 for 5 with 5 RBIs. He hit a 2 run dinger to start the scoring in the 1st and another in the 5th to extend a 4-2 lead to 6-2.

May 25 – In a 4-1 win over the Mariners – George was only 1 for 4 but that one – a 2 Run homer flipped a 1-0 deficit to a 2-1 lead in the 6th and provided the winning run.

May 26 – Springer went bat-chip crazy in a 9-2 win over the Royals as he went 4 for 4 with a walk, 5 Runs scored and 3 RBIs. He scored or drove in 5 of the first 6 runs and ended up with a homer and 2 doubles off the wall at KC.

May 28 – The Astros won 9-3 to sweep the Royals – Springer started them off with a 2 run homer in the 1st and ended up 1 for 3 with 2 walks and 2 runs scored.

May 29 – Springer had a huge 2 run homer in the 7th to take the lead in a 3-1 victory over the Orioles.

More George

  • Springer was the first rookie to hit 7 HR in 7 games since 7 time all star Rudy York in 1937. Even Chip, Dan and Brian did not witness those dingers.
  • George Springer is the third UConn Huskie to play for the Astros. Both reliever Jeff Fulchino and catcher Brian Esposito came from that program.
  • Springer was drafted 11th in the first round back in 2011. Four players drafted ahead of him that round have played in the majors with Gerrit Cole of the Pirates and local boy Anthony Rendon of the Nats being the most successful to date.
  • Springer has 10 HR and 25 RBIs in May. In his Rookie of the Year performance in 1991 – Jeff Bagwell had 3 homers in his most productive months (May, July and Sept) and 20 RBIs in August.
  • On most lists, Springer would be running third in the ROY running so far – the injured Jose Abreu (15 HR and 42 RBI) and the 7-1 Masahiro Tanaka with a low- 2 ERA would be considered ahead of King George.

So….

  • When the end of the season rolls around – what do you think his home run and RBI totals will be?
  • What % chance would you give him to win the Rookie of the Year award?
  • What position do you think he will be playing at the end of the season?
  • What position in the lineup do you think he will be filling at the end of the season?
  • Was settling on Altuve / Springer / Fowler into the 1st, 2nd and 3rd spot in the order the move that saved Bo Porter’s job this season?

 

 

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About Dan P

Dan Peschong is a full time engineer and a long time Astros lover from the days of Joe Morgan to the days of Jose Altuve.

76 comments on “MMQB: It’s Springer’s World, we’re just living in it

  1. Tim
    June 2, 2014

    Ideally, I would like to see the first 3 in the lineup be Fowler, Altuve and Springer, in that order. Altuve is the ideal #2 hitter with his high contact rate and Fowler is perfect at top with his high OBP, but I get that Porter does not want to mess with what is working.

    I think Springer has a decent shot at ROY. I would put the % at about 30.

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    • Dan P
      June 2, 2014

      I basically agree with your proposed top of the lineup – but again the current configuration was the alignment when Springer’s light came on so they are not going to fiddle with it until it does not work anymore.

      Tanaka being on a NY team will trump Springer if he continues to pitch well – but it is a long time to October.

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    • drbill14
      June 2, 2014

      Ditto on this lineup. If he is in the third spot and IF Singleton gets here soon I think a 100 RBI season is very doable. I think his biggest competition for ROY will ultimately be Tanaka who I can see maintaining this level of performance through the season. Springer has many more tools than Abreu and while he may not have Abreu’s slugging numbers he will certainly be respectable and I’m looking for him to start stealing some bases soon as well. Bear in mind also that Tanaka and Abreu did not come to the big leagues through the normal channels so some ROY voters might consider Springer a more traditional candidate.

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      • Dan P
        June 2, 2014

        Interesting comment on how the voters look at these different types of rookies – the ones who due to circumstances – like defecting from Cuba at 27 (Abreu) or a 7 year veteran of the Japanese major leagues (Tanaka) vs a traditional rookie like Springer. I think Ichiro was the last non-traditional rookie to win the ROY.

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  2. 1oldpro
    June 2, 2014

    George Reeves Springer is faster than a speeding Bullet/Wizard.
    More powerful than Robin Ventura approaching the mound.
    Able to leap tall Altuves in a single bound.
    He is, simply, the most interesting player in the world.
    His most famous quote is ” I don’t always homer, but when I do, It’s Dos Homers.
    Do not stand between Springer and the phone booth when it is crisis time.
    George Springer is the entertainment at next year’s Superbowl halftime.
    George Springer is the headliner at Go Tejano Day at the Rodeo.
    The Astros will take George Springer’s firstborn with this Thurdsay’s 1.1
    George Springer will replace Jay Leno.
    George Springer ate all of his vegetables.
    George Springer will win Dancing With The Stars when he retires.
    George Springer has, not one, but two moons in his Orbit.
    George Springer will not date Tony Romo or Kim K.
    George Springer will keep Ingrid Bergman at the airport.

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    • Dan P
      June 2, 2014

      Old pro – that is just great and so funny. 5 stars and 2 thumbs up from me.

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    • Devin
      June 2, 2014

      +1 for referencing a movie that predates the franchise!

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    • Dan P
      June 2, 2014

      True Devin and I also appreciated his Washington Bullet / Wizard politically correct franchise name change.

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  3. BrianT
    June 2, 2014

    If he averages just five homers a month for the rest of the season, he’ll hit 30 total. I think that’s doable. I don’t think he gets 100 RBIs, but that’s more a product of the team he’s on. So 90-95 sounds more like it.

    He’ll finish the season where he started, in right field.

    I think Tanaka has to start piling up the loses if Springer has a chance at ROY, but he’ll end up the better candidate among every day players because his suite of tools vs. one-dimensional Abreu.

    All that said, May was a special month, and I don’t think he’ll be repeating it this season. The good news is, he won’t repeat April either.

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    • Dan P
      June 2, 2014

      Totally agree Brian T – note Bagwell won the ROY with a .294 BA .824 OPS 15 HR and 82 RBIs – I think Springer could beat all those numbers ( maybe fall short on BA).

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    • tedf1948
      June 2, 2014

      I would look for Tanaka to fade some in the latter stages of the season. He will not be used to such a long grind. We’ll see.

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      • Dan P
        June 2, 2014

        Good point Ted

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  4. 1oldpro
    June 2, 2014

    Astros released Andy Simunic and moved Sclafani from CC to OKC.

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    • Dan P
      June 2, 2014

      Kind of ironic since Siminuc has a batting line of .263/ .333 / .347 / .681 whereas Sclafani has a very similar line of .285 / .333 / .361 / .694.
      The numbers that matter are 28 and 24 – their respective ages – and the fact that Sclafani after a terrible start is on an upward arc.

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      • daveb
        June 2, 2014

        Bit of a surprise with Sclafani. I’ve always liked him, but that .694 OPS does not impress. Maybe he’ll get a chance to play more. And maybe they’re making room in CC for that kid in California.

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      • Dan P
        June 2, 2014

        I don’t have the numbers dave – but I know that Sclafani was just awful early – so maybe he has a .800+ OPS in May.

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    • 1oldpro
      June 2, 2014

      Daveb, you notice I said Scafani moved to OKC. I don’t see this as a promotion. I think he needs to be there because there is going to be some moves up and down the line in the minors and he can play a number of positions filling in for people. He can play anywhere in the IF and I bet he could play COF in a pinch, and there may be some pinches coming up.. Ruben Sosa was in AAA late last year and is in High a right now. The Astros have a few guys they can plug in while the prospects get repositioned and the draftees hit the minors. Simunic used to be one of those guys, do you see what I’m sayin’ heah?

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      • Dan P
        June 2, 2014

        Interesting writeup old pro – you could well be nailing what the intent is – just using Sclafani to stop gap where they need it.

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      • daveb
        June 2, 2014

        oldpro, Sclafani has been playing some left lately, along with DH, 4, 5 and a bit of 6. He might well be making room for Correa to go to CC. I hope so. If a guy is not a top prospect in the system at this point, you will get moved out of the way, especially with so many guys with talent in the system. I fully understand where you are coming from.

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  5. rj
    June 2, 2014

    lets not fix it if it aint broke, but eventually i agree that fowler, altuve, springer is the better alignment. i hope at the end of the year springer is in center because santana is in right and fowler is moved to left.

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    • Dan P
      June 2, 2014

      rj – I think that is the philosophy they are following.
      It sure would be sweet to have Fowler, Springer and Santana in the OF by the end of the year.

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  6. Devin
    June 2, 2014

    I’m content with Altuve – Springer – Fowler. Because Altuve is going to worry defenses with SB attempts, Springer will hopefully get more fastballs or sliders to hit from a distracted pitcher. Nothing goes further in MLB than a hanging slider. On the flip side, I think Springer has more speed and will benefit from Fowler’s batting eye. Altuve puts the ball in place too quickly for any SB attempts.

    I think Tanaka has ROY sealed unless he hits an injury. The only hope for Springer is to duplicate May a couple times or get the Astros to market his bid as a ‘real’ rookie.

    Last tangent – last night the ticker had a NEWS item for HOU, but I missed it. I saw Singleton hadn’t played and have been following the Tucker speculation and thought perhaps bopert’s favorite first baseman had been replaced, but apparently it was just the Astros sending Obie down so we can get more Paul Clemens in our lives. Sorry to Paul, but that really let the wind out of my sails.

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    • Dan P
      June 2, 2014

      I imagine Oberholtzer was a bit disappointed – comes back up and gets 2 wins and gives up 3 ER in 13 IP.
      Tough call and it will only get tougher – maybe they will bring tandem pitching to the majors (this was just a joke).

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      • 1oldpro
        June 2, 2014

        Oh, Be Still, My Pounding Black Heart!

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      • Dan P
        June 2, 2014

        Yes old pro – they will either go to tandem pitching or they will use 9 pitchers for 1 inning every day and forfeit all extra inning games.

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  7. Becky
    June 2, 2014

    *B I G* rumor…………Singelton is being brought up for tomorrow’s game against the Angels!!!!!!!!!
    1oldpro…….be still MY pounding heart TOO!!

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    • Dan P
      June 2, 2014

      So I guess Krauss will be heading down.

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      • daveb
        June 2, 2014

        I was thinking last night that we’ve seen enough of Krauss.

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      • Dan P
        June 2, 2014

        Our buddy bopert saw enough of him before the season.

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      • daveb
        June 2, 2014

        bopert was correct Dan. I didn’t think he’d be the answer either, but I did not think he’d be as bad as he was.

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      • Dan P
        June 2, 2014

        Bopert also said that Qualls was a waste of a signing – but yes he was right Krauss was very bad.

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  8. Becky
    June 2, 2014

    Singelton has signed a contract……..who wants to go to the airport and greet him
    when he get’s off the airplane!!!??

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    • Dan P
      June 2, 2014

      I would think that Springer and Fowler should pick him up – they would love to have someone who might be feared behind them in the lineup.

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      • Devin
        June 2, 2014

        Just so long as we don’t let Jered Weaver drive the car.

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      • Dan P
        June 2, 2014

        Well we know he would drive it very slowly- but not straight.

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    • Mr. Bill
      June 2, 2014

      Becky, he can now officially afford to call a cab. And a limo. And go on a Magic Carpet Ride. No, no, no – scratch the latter! That was John Kay, not Jon Singleton!

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      • Dan P
        June 2, 2014

        Yeah – but no Puff the Magic Dragon for Mr Singleton.

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      • rj
        June 2, 2014

        alright! a reference to steppenwolf

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      • Dan P
        June 2, 2014

        Maybe Sungleton was born to be wild

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  9. Mr. Bill
    June 2, 2014

    Gorgeous George and Joltin’ Jon?
    Is the premier of the young ASSaSSins?

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    • Dan P
      June 2, 2014

      As the little girl said in Poltergeist – “They’re here.”

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  10. 1oldpro
    June 2, 2014

    Thank goodness. One less rookie we have to break in next year. I love him getting 2014 to get used to the majors. Ok. we have a 1B, who’s next?

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    • Dan P
      June 2, 2014

      I sure would like a 3rd and maybe 4th OF from Santana and Wates.
      Don’t think that is happening soon but I’d like to see it happen.

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      • daveb
        June 2, 2014

        Dan, I give Grossman until the break, and if Wates is still doing what he’s doing now, then we see him after the All Star game. But if something Luhnowish happens and Fowler gets moved, then we see Santana too. I’d give him more time though.

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      • Dan P
        June 2, 2014

        Do you think it makes any difference that Santana is on the 40 man and Wates is not – or do you think they will give the younger Santana more time?

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      • daveb
        June 2, 2014

        Yes, I think the young guy gets more time, and Wates, well he’s getting long in the tooth. Time to give him his shot.

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  11. Becky
    June 2, 2014

    Now we can call Springer and Singelton “the killer S’s” we need another s to go with them……..oh I know…..SANTANA!!!!!!!!

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    • Dan P
      June 2, 2014

      That would make a snaky middle of the batting order…

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    • 1oldpro
      June 2, 2014

      If you add an S to the front of Hoes you get Shoes! Of course, you also get a guy who hasn’t been hitting.
      My vote goes to Austin Swates.
      Dear Jon: Please loan me a few bucks.
      If we keep Krauss, Carter, Singleton and Guzman we could have two tandems at 1B so they don’t get tired by September and aren’t playing so many innings.

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      • Dan P
        June 2, 2014

        Lol – need to keep these youngsters fresh.

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  12. Becky
    June 2, 2014

    How ’bout the “Stinging S’s”?????

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    • Dan P
      June 2, 2014

      Don’t care about the name as long as they earn a nickname.

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  13. Mr. Bill
    June 2, 2014

    So, until he gets his feet under him, where do you slot the newest young assassin [a for Altuve, S for Springer, S for Singleton] into the batting order. Do you immediately slot him in at clean-up? Or do you give him some time to get his bearings by breaking him in at #5, #6, or #7? Also, is it confirmed that Krauss is the odd man out?

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    • Dan P
      June 2, 2014

      Krauss is not confirmed – I guess they could send Grossman back down (and have a rotten backup OF) or boot Guzman to the curb…. but I think Krauss makes sense.

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    • Devin
      June 2, 2014

      I say behind Dominguez. My pref is fifth.

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    • Dan P
      June 2, 2014

      Makes sense Devin – that or 6th

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  14. daveb
    June 2, 2014

    I think before we anoint Singleton with a catchy name, we see if he hits first.

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    • Dan P
      June 2, 2014

      Agreed – but as we saw with Springer – don’t jump to quick conclusions on him.

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  15. Dan P
    June 2, 2014

    And it is Krauss being sent down to OKC.

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  16. Becky
    June 2, 2014

    It’s gonna be a fun summer! AND….next year it will be AWESOME!!

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    • Dan P
      June 2, 2014

      Been waiting a long time for the top prospects to roil to the top.

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    • rj
      June 2, 2014

      im with you becky. looks like this team is taking shape. lots more work to go but looking like it will start getting alot more fun. hows your grandson doing?

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      • Becky
        June 2, 2014

        Doing well THANK YOU! He’s allergic to the metal bar they put under his rib cage
        and they will do other blood tests, but all in all he’s back! We only give him Motrin for pain now. Tyank you so much for your prayers and concern, rj !!!

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      • Dan P
        June 3, 2014

        Great news!

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  17. BrianT
    June 2, 2014

    Singleton has has trouble getting hits to fall the last three weeks or so, but his eye has still gotten him on base via the walk. Plus, during this time his BABiP has been down, so it’s more bad luck than anything else.

    I’d bet he has a few weeks of growing pains in June then starts really hitting. Honestly, if he hits .260, knocks 20 HRs and drives in 65 or better, we’ve upgraded over Guzman/Krauss.

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    • Dan P
      June 2, 2014

      Man I would take that in a New York (spit!) minute.

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    • Devin
      June 2, 2014

      If he hits .210 with 8 HR and 30 RBI for the remainder of the season we have upgraded over Guzman and Krauss.

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      • Dan P
        June 3, 2014

        Funny one Devin

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  18. BrianT
    June 2, 2014

    Oh, and I have field level seats to Fridays game in Minneapolis!!!

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    • Dan P
      June 2, 2014

      Sounds great Brian!

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  19. rj
    June 2, 2014

    enjoy brian, wish i could see on tv….

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  20. Devin
    June 2, 2014

    On the nickname thing, can we avoid the temptation to force a play on B’s or bees? To me, Springer reminds me more of Benny ‘the jet’ Rodriguez more than any of our infielders whose names began with the letter B.

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    • Dan P
      June 3, 2014

      Nice baseball movie Sandlot reference

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  21. Tim
    June 2, 2014

    I want to thank Jim Crane for giving me 4 free tickets to tomorrow’s game (Singleton’s first) and all I had to do was go online and demand CSNH be carried on Directv. I will be in section 106 cheering on the newest Astro and all on Jim’s dime (except for parking and the cold ones I will be knocking down).

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    • Dan P
      June 3, 2014

      Did they give that to everyone who did that or were you eligible and won a drawing?

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  22. Tim
    June 3, 2014

    I think everyone who did that got the option for free tickets, but not all for the same game. I saw on Twitter that some got free tickets to Thursday’s game. I am guessing some got tickets to Wednesday’s game as well.

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