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HOUSTON - APRIL 25:  Fans watch the game from the roof of Union Station as the Pittsburgh Pirates play the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park on April 25, 2010 in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
HOUSTON - APRIL 25: Fans watch the game from the roof of Union Station as the Pittsburgh Pirates play the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park on April 25, 2010 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
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I know I've been behind on the Comment of the Day and Leaderboard posts. Don't think I've forgotten about you, though. You readers and commenters of TCB are what make this site so special. I can write all day long but still would be shouting out in the wilderness without such excellent Astros fans. The discussion that you generate make us all strive to put out the highest quality content. So, let's look back on the best comments and most frequent commenters of the past two weeks:

My favorite comments:

Look at Hunter

got that BA up to an Ichiro like .231. Sad part is thats a huge improvement

by Astrofan on May 11, 2010 7:44 PM CDT reply actions  


If only

the astros knew of such a thing as an extrabase hit…

by linkxmalon on May 11, 2010 8:45 PM CDT up reply actions  


you can get more than one base?

by Astrofan on May 11, 2010 8:47 PM CDT up reply actions  

"Hey guys...sorry I'm late to the party"

ughhh Kaz is here. Partys over.

by Astrofan on May 11, 2010 9:14 PM CDT reply actions  


Carlos' first hack indicates he wants to follow in Berkman's footsteps

The Crawfishboxes 
A good friend of mine used to say, "This is a very simple game. You throw the ball, you catch the ball, you hit the ball. Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose, sometimes it rains." Think about that for a while.

by Stephen Higdon on May 11, 2010 9:35 PM CDT reply actions  

If wishes were Caballos…

by OremLK on May 11, 2010 9:35 PM CDT up reply actions  

Berkman two-run homer!

We have an offense! Holy crap, we have an offense!

by OremLK on May 12, 2010 8:12 PM CDT reply actions  

This deserves an ice cream sandwich

by timmy_ on May 12, 2010 8:12 PM CDT up reply actions  

Cards announcers just talking about how competitive Carpenter is and its just his personality.

by Subber10 on May 13, 2010 1:14 PM CDT up reply actions  

Translation: you can be an a-hole if you’re really good

by ol Pete on May 13, 2010 1:14 PM CDT up reply actions  

Even more so if you play in STL

by Subber10 on May 13, 2010 1:15 PM CDT up reply actions  

Albert Pujols+in play out(s)=

A good thing

by Astrofan on May 13, 2010 2:15 PM CDT reply actions  

Bud Norris Facts

Yogi Bera said “Its not over til its over,” then Bud Norris said “its over”

Bud Norris once charge the batter’s box

When called on to bunt, Bud Norris doesn’t need a bat, he uses his forearm

Bud Norris doesn’t use grips, he thinks where the ball goes, and the ball obliges.

by Subber10 on May 13, 2010 3:23 PM CDT reply actions   1 recs

Willie Mays started his career with the Giants going 0 for 21

Maybe Kevin Cash is the second coming of Willie Mays?

or maybe not

Astros fan for life

by Joe in Birmingham on May 14, 2010 10:04 PM CDT reply actions  

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That should have been 2 home runs!!!!

by entropic soul on May 14, 2010 10:57 PM CDT reply actions  

Heres a bold prediction from Astrofan

Lou Pinella is fired midseason and replaced on an interim basis for the season or doesn’t return after his contract expires this year. My prediction on his replacement….Bobby V. Haha I said it was bold

by Astrofan on May 14, 2010 11:22 PM CDT reply actions  

This should be a quick game

Probably. Which is good. I’d like a nap.

by OremLK on May 15, 2010 3:09 PM CDT reply actions  

Lee looks svelte in comparison. I was noticing how much thinner and in shape he looks than Sandoval yesterday. I don’t know if the gray unis help his appearance, but Lee did look to be in better shape than last year.

by clack on May 15, 2010 3:43 PM CDT up reply actions  

And yet he is doing worse..

Maybe the fat was the source of his power

by entropic soul on May 15, 2010 3:44 PM CDT up reply actions  

Okay, time to give Lee the coupons for double bacon double cheeseburgers at Whataburger.

by clack on May 15, 2010 3:47 PM CDT up reply actions  

Picture of folks grilling burgers on a boat in McCovey Cove

People enjoying life more than I am today

Astros fan for life

by Joe in Birmingham on May 16, 2010 3:38 PM CDT reply actions  

oh, that’s mean. 85 year old man ball guy without helmet…JD wonders why they don’t make him wear a helmet. “Maybe they figure he is playing with house money.”

by clack on May 16, 2010 3:56 PM CDT reply actions  

I'd expect him not to K

on a ball 4. Occasionaly. Please?

by RocketsAstros on May 16, 2010 4:10 PM CDT up reply actions  

It's insanely frustrating.

On some days we are bringing out a lineup with as many as 4 complete dead spots, and there is nobody to replace them with. Plus there are a few other positions that could be right at or a little below replacement level.

by MadMartygan on May 16, 2010 4:16 PM CDT via mobile reply actions  

Cecil Cooper, er, Bruce Bochy sends out Brian Wilson again.

by clack on May 16, 2010 5:04 PM CDT reply actions  

Call me crazy, but after you defeat a team isn’t the time to be doing ancestor rituals. Their pitching coach, Righetti (sp?) was one of the people who was soooooo upset that the Brewers did their bowling pin thing after a game was over. I say what’s good for one is good for the other.

by ol Pete on May 16, 2010 9:38 PM CDT up reply actions  

damn it el buffalo

nothing frusturates me more than the ol’ GIDP

by EveryHoustonTeamRox! on May 17, 2010 9:18 PM CDT reply actions  

Q is the Man Without Fear

He stood at home plate totally defenseless ready to get blasted by Manny Ramirez.

Fortunately Ramirez virtually stopped running and let Q tag him.

Astros fan for life

by Joe in Birmingham on May 17, 2010 10:31 PM CDT reply actions  

Vin Scullly
Maybe the Astros will put the right fielder in right field tomorrow

by timmy_ on May 17, 2010 11:27 PM CDT reply actions  


I can't stand watching Cash

Another ball skipped by, another WP

He is not adjusting properly to a small strike zone by the HP umpire, keeps setting up pitches too far outside or inside. Paulino is hitting the target, but the target is not within the ump’s strike zone

by OremLK on May 19, 2010 7:14 PM CDT reply actions  

I'm with you

I may start drinking

by timmy_ on May 19, 2010 7:16 PM CDT up reply actions  


No fun o

by ol Pete on May 20, 2010 7:24 PM CDT reply actions  


sort of like Bond’s Q. He provides the tools. Mills is “M.” Not sure who gets to be Bond, Roy maybe.

by ol Pete on May 20, 2010 9:40 PM CDT up reply actions  


Michael Bourn

Astros fan for life

by Joe in Birmingham on May 20, 2010 9:41 PM CDT up reply actions  

Pence and ball boys…apparently not a good combination.

by clack on May 21, 2010 11:12 PM CDT up reply actions  

JD just mentioned how effective Myers slider has been this year…seems very familiar from something I read on this site this morning that David wrote.

by Subber10 on May 21, 2010 7:28 PM CDT reply actions  

(Shameless plug, I know...My list, my rules)

Bourn bunts for a hit!

by Subber10 on May 21, 2010 9:10 PM CDT reply actions  

And the MLB At Bat thingy shows the ball finishing in the shallow OF behind 2nd.

by ol Pete on May 21, 2010 9:12 PM CDT up reply actions  

May 11 vs. St. Louis

Name # of Posts
Joe in Birmingham 73
OremLK 50
clack 29
Stephen Higdon 23
ol Pete 16

May 12 vs. St. Louis

Name # of Posts
Joe in Birmingham 60
OremLK 50
clack 45
entropic soul 32
Subber10 19

May 13 vs. St. Louis

Name # of Posts
Subber10 45
clack 32
Joe in Birmingham 23
Astrofan 15
RocketsAstros 14

May 14 vs. San Francisco

Name # of Posts
Joe in Birmingham 47
Astrofan 42
clack 37
OremLK 34
entropic soul 33

May 15 vs. San Francisco

Name # of Posts
Astrofan 76
entropic soul 71
clack 63
Joe in Birmingham 54
OremLK 43

May 16 vs. San Francisco

Name # of Posts
Joe in Birmingham 48
clack 39
entropic soul 35
Subber10 27
Astrofan 19

May 17 vs. Los Angeles

Name # of Posts
clack 49
Joe in Birmingham 18
timmy_ 13
OremLK 13
Subber10 9

May 18 vs. Los Angeles

Name # of Posts
Joe in Birmingham 70
clack 25
timmy_ 9
Subber10 4


May 19 vs. Colorado

Name # of Posts
Joe in Birmingham 48
OremLK 41
clack 35
ol Pete 16
Astrofan 8

May 20 vs. Colorado

Name # of Posts
Joe in Birmingham 45
ol Pete 12
timmy_ 9
entropic soul 3
jmike 1

May 21 vs. Tampa Bay

Name # of Posts
Joe in Birmingham 68
Subber10 59
OremLK 32
timmy_ 13
Astrofan 12

May 22 vs. Tampa Bay

Name # of Posts
Joe in Birmingham 77
OremLK 11
clack 4
Astrofan 4
Silentjay 3