Archive for March 25th, 2011

SPECTACULAR!  WOW!  EL GRANDE!  “El Grande” is the name given to the new HD scoreboard last night at the official unveiling.  It is about as HD as you can get.  Commentary was there last night at a VIP gathering at The Yard. 

Pam-In-Charge spoke and so did my pal Drayton.  Brownie and JD also were on hand and part of the program.  They welcomed the new scoreboard, err “El Grande” with the THX tune – cool.  Milo narrated the video and a number of ‘Stros were in the video including Numero 45, Pence, Bourn, and Wandy.

Here is from the ‘Stros website:

On Thursday, the Astros unveiled to the media and VIP guests, Minute Maid Park’s new state-of-the-art high-definition scoreboard in right field. The scoreboard is 54 feet high and 124 feet wide, along with ribbon boards. It’s the largest video board in the Major Leagues to feature a 1080i display format.

As part of the $13 million in upgrades, a new secondary LED HD video board was installed in left field. Both boards are made by Daktronics. The ribbon boards are above the Club Level, spanning foul pole to foul pole and the outfield mezzanine area.

"This is revolutionary," said Astros chairman and CEO Drayton McLane. "It will make a big difference for our fans. It will make coming to the ballpark a lot more fun."

"Technology changes every year. We got the latest version," said McLane. "I think it’s one of the best ballparks in America. It takes a lot of planning. It was a three-year effort and planning to get here."

Drayton gave Pam-In-Charge and VP Bobby Forrest all the credit.   It is a sight for sure.

We also got to tour the new Insperity Club premium seating – nice.  Oh, and the grub was delicious and scrumptious.   Everybody there also received a cool replica scoreboard photo frame – very cool.  I like that Pam-In-Charge and her crew named it “El Grande.”  They certainly paid attention to the latest census numbers.

BTW:  Pam-In-Charge definitely don’t need touching up.  Later on this morning, you can see photos from last night on Commentary’s website.

When was the last time a southpaw was a starting pitcher for the ‘Stros on Opening Day.

Bonus:  How many times have southpaws started on the mound for the ‘Stros on Opening Day?

The state’s Legislative Budget Board (LBB) came out with a report yesterday saying that if the proposed House budget passes and becomes law, the state will lose a few hundreds of thousands of jobs over the next two years.  The fellas that run the LBB, the Lite Guv and the Texas House Speaker, said yesterday that the LBB doesn’t know what it is talking about.  Why don’t we just axe the LBB?

The Chron’s E-Board put a spanking on the Dem State Senator from SD 6. 
Check it out.    Ouch!

Kuffer says today that the City of H-Town has the recycling center land up for sale.  It is the one the Commentary frequently uses over by Star Pizza.  Kuffer says the City needs the money.  Kuffer says he’s OK with the sale because he has the fancy green bin-on-wheels.  Commentary doesn’t have one of those.

In 1974 of course, lefty Dave Roberts was the starting pitcher for the ‘Stros on Opening Day in San Francisco against the Giants.

Roberts of course also started Opening Day in 1973 against The ATL and lefties Bobby Shantz of course started in 1962 against the Cubbies and lefty Mike Cuellar of course started in 1967 against the Dodgers.  That’s it – four times.

Roberts and Cuellar are no longer with us.

The tickets arrived yesterday and they feature Hunter Pence, Chris Johnson, Numero 45, Brett Myers, Michael Bourn, and Wandy.

There are 6 weekday day games this season.

On Sunday, September 11, the tenth anniversary of the horrible tragedy, the ‘Stros are in D.C. to play the Nationals. 

That’s all I have from The Yard!


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