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Super Astros Crawfish Boil: February 1, 2015

Astros news and notes from the past week.

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Good morning boys and girls. Today is the biggest game on football's calendar, and it's another yard marker on the slow trek to baseball returning.  Here are some stories to get you through.

Astros legend Craig Biggio gets first tour of Baseball Hall of Fame - Ultimate Astros
Craig Biggio joyfully giggled and shook his head in disbelief as he gently caressed Babe Ruth’s bat. The Astros’ first Hall of Famer grabbed the icon’s bat and gripped it tightly, locking his hands on a handle that he quickly realized was much thicker than today’s models.

Jeff Bagwell is rejoining the Astros organization, at least temporarily | HardballTalk
He hasn't worked with the Astros since 2010.

Houston Astros Top 20 Prospects for 2015 - Minor League Ball
Although the Astros don’t have as many impact talents as the Cubs, this is still a very strong farm system well positioned for the future, the near future.

Astros reach out to San Antonio fan base
Fans old and new lined-up to meet the Astros, as they stopped in San Antonio on their annual winter caravan before spring training in late-February.

Wayne Graham: Lance Berkman 'steps back' from Rice baseball - FOX 26 News | MyFoxHouston
Former Houston Astros and Rice star Lance Berkman informed Owls baseball coach Wayne Graham on Monday that he had to leave his role as student assistant because of time constraints related to his f...

One-on-one with Baseball Hall of Fame inductee Craig Biggio | Sports -
Astros great Craig Biggio, a 2015 Baseball Hall of Fame inductee, was the main attraction at Monday's Meet the Team dinner for the Notre Dame baseball team.Before Monday's event, Biggio sat down with WSBT 22's Carl Deffenbaugh for a one-on-one interview.

Lowrie helps grow game with trip to Colombia |
HOUSTON -- When the head of the Sports Diplomacy Program in Washington, D.C., wanted to get in touch with Astros shortstop Jed Lowrie to gauge his interest in serving as a sports envoy, he knew exactly who to call. Lowrie's wife, Milessa Muchmore Lowrie, is a former Foreign Service Officer who served the Department of State as a diplomat based in Toronto and Mexico City.

Biggio thinking of ill friend during HOF process |
HOUSTON -- A young Craig Biggio burst into the Major League clubhouse at Spring Training for the first time in his career in 1988 in search of Astros coach Yogi Berra. Before he could get too far, a gruff voice with a thick New England accent stopped Biggio in his tracks by asking,

Houstonian finds way to nurture passion for baseball artifacts - Ultimate Astros
The biggest display of Astros memorabilia in this tiny hamlet is not far from the wing where Craig Biggio’s plaque will eventually join Nolan Ryan’s among the sport’s immortals at the National Baseball Hall of Fame. The artifacts share an interesting tale of baseball in Houston, from 1909 all the way to the intricate details of preparing the Astros’ first Hall of Famer for his induction this summer.