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Super Sunday Astros Crawfish Boil - April 6, 2014

Opening day has come and gone, the Astros head full force into another season of baseball.

Rob Carr

Good morning boys and girls, the seasons have changed. Be it physically or be it an event on the calendar set by humans. Spring has become summer, and Spring Training has become the regular season. We move on from major league previews to stories around Opening Day and stories around the team. We get the start of minor league baseball which has become an entrical part of being a Astros fan more than any other team in the majors. Let's get to it.

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