Super Sunday Astros Crawfish Boil - March 30, 2014

Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Opening Day stateside is happening today, let's talk some Astros baseball before that happens.

Good morning boys and girls, it's baaaaaaacccckkkkkk. Baseball in the city of Houston is back. The Juice Box will be filled with blue and orange once again. Let's get to the links.

First off, if you have already read the 2014 SBNation MLB Preview - do it. Do it now.

SB Nation's 2014 MLB Preview

Back to the Astros and baseball in general.

Houston Astros | News, Scores & Schedules | HoustonChronicle.com - Houston Chronicle
Houston Chronicle's Preview for the 2014 Astros

2014 ironclad, surefire predictions - SBNation.com
There is no way any of these predictions will be incorrect, so come learn the secrets of 2014.

World Series odds: Dodgers favored to win - SBNation.com
Your kid is going to a community college unless you do something to speed up that college fund. Just sayin'.

Which AL teams will escape the basement? - SBNation.com
Will any of the AL's disappointments change course this season?

In Oakland, A's concerned with runs, hits, errors, plumbing | FOX Sports on MSN
At Coliseum, potential sewage problems crop up again.

Morosi: Major League Baseball returns to Montreal | FOX Sports on MSN
La Ligue majeure de baseball returned Friday to a place the sport tried to forget. A paroxysm of emotion pinballed among 46,121 souls beneath Olympic Stadium’s Kevlar roof: nostalgia, pride, heartbreak, hope, joy — all of it raw. And it was loud. Very, very loud.

Vin Scully Call Of 5.1 Quake Proves He Can Get Us Through Any Disaster
A 5.1 magnitude earthquake shook Los Angeles tonight during the late innings of an Angels-Dodgers spring training game at Chavez Ravine. Vin Scully, on the call as always, took it in stride and reminded us we'd really prefer to get all our natural disaster news from the baseball legend.

2014 Houston Astros preview | FOX Sports on MSN
Houston finished a major-league worst 51-11 last season, but with young talent and highly touted prospects waiting in the pipeline, the future is bright as the 'Stros are set begin their second year in the AL.

03/30/2014 - First Steps Or False Hopes? - Astros Daily
After three straight years of 100-loss seasons, each worse than the previous one, the Houston Astros will try to reverse course in 2014 and begin toward what they hope will someday be a Worlds Championship and sustained excellence.

Prospect Mier looks to rebound in '14 | astros.com: News
This is a big year for former first-round Draft pick Jiovanni Mier, who played in only 51 games in 2012 because of a serious injury and struggled last year at Double-A Corpus Christi, hitting .194 with five homers and 28 RBIs.

Nolan Ryan to Craig Biggio will kick off Opening Day for Houston Astros | astros.com: News
Astros legends Nolan Ryan and Craig Biggio will form the Opening Day battery for Houston's pregame festivities Tuesday at Minute Maid Park.

For Sanity's Sake, Just Say No to the Astros
The 2014 Houston Astros open up the regular season next week, and I don't give a damn. Seriously, that's a...

Opening Day at Buff Stadium, 1947-61 | The Pecan Park Eagle
These are little, but very personal memories, parts of the whole that on other levels, are way whole in themselves. They move across the visceral connections of my brain that takes in the sights, sounds, smells, feels, and tastes of being at my ballpark during my growing-up years on that grandest day of all baseball…

Ravel Santana, Astros’ top pick in Rule 5, not in camp because of visa issue
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — Outfielder Ravel Santana, the Astros’ selection with the top pick in the Class AAA phase of the December Rule 5 draft, has not reported to camp and remains in the Dominican Republic because of visa issues

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