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Super Sunday Astros Crawfish Boil: August 10, 2014

Some light reading between games with the Arlington Rangers.

Bob Levey

It has been a weird week for the Astros to say the least. Swept by the Phillies, but then take two of the first three from the Rangers. Oh well, here are some links for your reading pleasure to hold you over until Dallas Keuchel starts pitching.

Houston Astros' Jose Altuve has a real zest for the game - ESPN
While the Astros continue to be miles away from being a contender, their best and most uplifting story is a tiny second baseman who has a flair for collecting hits.

Allen: Astros crazy to raise ticket prices
The Houston Astros are totally justified raising their ticket prices. You know, because they put such a scintillating product on the field.

Did the Mets miss something with Collin McHugh? - Amazin' Avenue
Last June, the Mets traded Collin McHugh to the Rockies for Eric Young. The Rockies subsequently waived McHugh, who was snagged by the Astros and is now pitching splendidly in Houston.

Houston baseball icon Larry Dierker has his ideas about what's best for the game - Elkhart Truth
The pitcher spent 14 seasons in the big leagues and struck out Willie Mays in his first inning. Now the old school lifer has some new ideas for

Luhnow has eye on waiver wire for possible trades | News
Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow is keeping a close eye on the waiver wire these days, and won't rule out any further trades. The Astros traded left-hander Wesley Wright to the Rays last August in exchange for cash considerations after he was claimed off waivers.

R.A. Dickey can empathize with Brady Aiken - Ultimate Astros
R.A. Dickey, the Blue Jays’ knuckleballer, has some understanding of the disappointment the Astros’ 2014 first overall draft pick, Brady Aiken, has gone through.

08/03/2014 - Are Astros Trying To Leave Houston?
Most baseball fans know the farcical 1989 comedy Major League which portrays a woeful group of cast-offs who, in true Hollywood fashion, stun the baseball world by becoming champions. In the film, the female owner (played to evil excellence by Margaret Whitton) is trying to build an intentionally bad ballclub in order to break her lease and move the club from fugly Cleveland to sunny Florida for presumed riches. Note that this was filmed before the Marlins and Rays came to Florida and proved that theory flawed.

Singleton makes debut in Philly -- with Astros | News
Jon Singleton finally realized his dream of playing at Citizens Bank Park, even if it did come with some unforeseen circumstances.