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While the Astros were crossing the border to my homeland, I was putting together these excellent links for your viewing pleasure.

The Finer Things In Life

Joust!!!!!!! " Morgan Ensberg's Baseball IQ
One reason rain delays are awesome.

Illustrator Summer Anne Burton takes on big project in Every Hall of Famer blog - ESPN
Artist illustrating every baseball Hall of Famer in a year. She's an Astro fan to boot.

AT&T Park Tops PeTA's Top 10 Vegetarian-Friendly Ballparks List
Thursday, PeTA released its 10th annual list of the best vegi-friendly ballparks around Major League Baseball. Here’s the top ten list. Each club on the Top 10 Vegetarian-Friendly Ballparks list will receive a framed certificate from PETA. Here's the complete listing

The New Owner

Ultimate Astros " Smooth sailing eyed for Crane’s purchase of Astros
Smooth sailing eyed for Crane’s purchase of Astros. David Barron gives an overview at the inner workings of this deal.

Colleagues Come to Jim Crane's Defense
Crane has some people come to his defense in regards to the discrimination issue.

Solomon: Will new Astros owner put money where mouth is? | Baseball | - Houston Chronicle
Jerome Solomon takes a wait and see approach, but wants to avoid mediocrity and will hold Crane accountable for the product on the field.

The Astros

What went wrong with the Astros - SweetSpot Blog - ESPN
From 1979 through 2006, the Houston Astros were one of baseball's best and most consistent franchises. Dave Schoenfield takes a look at the missteps the Astros made to get to where we are now.

Interleague play fixes; Jo-Jo Reyes can't win; Wandy vs.Cliff Lee - Tom Verducci -
Verducci discusses Interleague play, the Astros series in Toronto and compares Wandy Rogriguez to a high profile pitcher.

Terence Moore: Michael Bourn peerless when it comes to basestealing | News
The key is to swipe bases efficiently. With apologies to Jose Reyes, Juan Pierre and others, nobody does it better than the Astros' Michael Bourn. You may of already read this, but it's a nice profile on Bourn.