The 2014 Astros Futures Game: A photo essay

Hooks starter Mike Hauschild delivers a pitch in the top of the second inning of the 2014 Astros Futures Game. - Edward S. Garza-The Crawfish Boxes

Edward S. Garza photographs the inaugural Astros Futures Game.

I have seen The Future. Well, at least part of it.

The first-ever Astros Futures Game was a thrilling contest between the Corpus Christi Hooks and the San Antonio Missions. Though the Missions prevailed 15-14, the Hooks' prospects gave Astros fans plenty to celebrate and look forward to.

As one of those fans, and as a Crawfish Boxes writer, I was glad to capture several of the evening's moments on camera. Here are some images from before and during the game. Enjoy!

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(All photos and captions by Edward S. Garza.)

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Hooks players stretch before the game as interim pitching coach Doug Brocail carries on a conversation in the foreground.

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Fans gather for autographs and conversation.

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Relief pitcher Tyson Perez stops by to speak with Jayne Hansen, the creator and sole writer of What the Heck, Bobby?, a blog devoted to the Astros' farm system.

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Starting pitcher Luis Cruz speaks with a fan after signing an autograph.

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Reliever Michael Dimock shows off his 80-grade 'stache.

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Prospects Nolan Fontana (left, #4) and Delino DeShields, Jr. (right, #1) warm up their arms.

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Several Hooks move toward the outfield as part of their warmup.

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Players stand in the home dugout as the managers exchange their lineups at home plate.

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Rusty Hook takes a relaxing breath during the early stages of the game.

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The out-of-town scoreboard displays the day's major-league contests, including, near the bottom left, the Astros' 4-1 loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks. One wonders when Houston's name will grace the out-of-town scoreboard again.

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Dusk draws to a close as the slugfest continues.

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