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Friday, April 30, 2010

Who is Ro Jo Johnson?



I tweeted a link to some video about Ro Jo Johnson Thursday night. My source just forwarded me another link to the above video of Johnson's workout video with Montreal, apparently several years ago. I'm just curious if any of you have heard of him?

Thursday, April 29, 2010

2010 Farmstros Five- Week Three

All four Astros' affiliates posted losing records this week: Lancaster was 3 & 4 (6-13, over-all); Lexington, 3-4 (11-10); Corpus Christi, 2-5 (9-10); Round Rock, 2-3 (6-13).

The Farmstros Five for the week of April 22-28, 2010:

The Top Performer:

Jose Cisnero, 21, RHP, Lexington. In Cisnero's one start this week, he allowed only one hit and struck out five in scoreless innings for the Legends.

The Other Four:

J.D. Martinez, 22, OF, Lexington. Martinez continued a hot April going 12 for 31 with five doubles, one home run and eight RBI.

Albert Cartwright, 22, 2B, Lancaster. Cartwright was also 12 for 31 on the week. He had four doubles, one triple, four stolen bases and one RBI for the JetHawks.

Kody Hinze, 22, 1B, Lexington. Hinze went 9 for 29 on the week with two doubles, two home runs and 11 RBI.

Gustavo Chacin, 29, LHP, Round Rock. Chacin went 7 1/3 IP in his start this week allowing five hits and one run. The lefty seems to be first in line if/when the Astros need a spot start.

Three of this week's honorees play in Lexington. Mark Maloney covers the Legends for Kentucky.com.

More Cowbell Needed at Dell Diamond next Thursday



Bring your cowbell to Dell Diamond next Thursday, May 6. Will Ferrell is scheduled to make an appearance at the Express game against Nashville

Tuesday Afternoon With... Stu?

I am still planning to have a baseball listening/Twitter experience during next Tuesday's Round Rock game vs. Nashville; however, there are a few changes to the event. First of all, Round Rock's afternoon games are not avaialable online, so I will be listening to Stu Paul's call of the game for the Nashville Sounds.

Secondly, according to the Express and Sounds websites the game is scheduled for 12:05 p.m. I had read 11:05 numerous places previously. With the new time in mind, I can't call it a morning game anymore.

Given this two facts, a new name and hashtag notation for the event are now in order: Tuesday Afternoon With Stu (#TAWStu).

I am still planning a trivia contest, the 500th Syllable of THE QUEST and more, although if the game goes past 2:50, I will have to go pick up my kids from school. Please join the experience, whether you are at home or at Dell Diamond.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Legends' Game Report

Thanks to Bryan in Greenville, South Carolina. He went to Lexington's game in Greenville last night and files this report:

"To get the most important part of this report out of the way first, Lexington got the W to avoid getting swept by the Greenville Drive.

Cold, windy conditions and a slow game pace seemed to contribute to sloppy play and an apparent lack of focus in the field on the part of both teams, as the two teams combined for 6 errors, despite an official scorekeeper who was being generous towards the batters all game. (The scorekeeper also seems to have changed a few of his decisions after the game, as the box score does not match my scorecard.) That said, the Legends looked very impressive with the bats, sending at least eight batters to the plate in each of the first three innings to jump out to a 10-0 lead. Drive starter Ryan Pressly was tossing extended BP as he peppered the strike zone with hittable pitches and got chased after just one inning, allowing the Legends to get into a groove at the plate that lasted all game.

Legends starter Brandt Walker tried to make the game interesting, though, as he lived on the razor's edge for three innings before giving up 4 runs in the 4th. While Walker seems to have an electric fastball, his location was off all game, causing him to constantly work from behind the count and depend on his outfield to battle the swirling winds as they tracked down hard hit flies and liners being shot out by the Drive hitters. In the fourth it all caught up to Walker as he gave up three doubles and a walk, though the damage would have been limited if not for an error on a pop up to Bray with two outs that allowed two runs to score. Bray seemed to have the biggest problem with the wind last night, as he misplayed three pop-ups during the game before being pulled in the eight for Simunic.

Following Walker's inability to stick it out for the easy W, Wander Alvino came in and looked very impressive, despite allowing two runs through 2 2/3 innings. He was staying ahead of hitters and only faced one three ball count-the first batter he faced-before giving way to soft-tossing lefty Colton Pitkin with two outs and a runner on second. Pitkin would give up double, resulting in Alvino's second earned run, before settling down, and the Drive never threatened to score again.

At the plate, J.D. Martinez looks like a stud, going oppo in the first for a two run homer, sending another shot just foul down the left field line later in the game that cleared the five story condos just behind the wall. Martinez would finish five for six with four runs scored. In the second, Kody Hinze hit a three run shot to right center, going four for six with five rbi on the night. In the third inning, diminutive second baseman Jose Altuve (he looks so tiny!) hit a slicing liner down the right field line that just cleared the fence 302 feet away(approximately 56 Altuves) for a solo home run. In all, the Legends lineup did a good job of working the count, fouling off pitches, battling, and waiting for good pitches to hit. Despite going 0 for 5, Jio Mier in particular seemed very patient, including drawing a two out walk on a full count after fouling off two, two strike pitches in the first inning. Additionally, Martinez, Jacob Goebbert, Hinze, and Jonathan Fixler showed good discipline at the plate.

On a personal note, it was strange rooting for a visiting minor league team, as I live in Greenville and have attended several Drive games before as a home fan. As is expected in a minor league stadium, despite sitting on the visitor's side this game my wife and I were surrounded by Drive fans, including a group of drunk Clemson students "celebrating" their upcoming graduation by mercilessly heckling the Legends (they conveniently ignored the scoreboard.) Despite the rush to get back to the bus for their trip to Savannah for tonight's game, several Lexington players made it a point to wave, smile, and nod towards their seemingly lone fans as they crossed the field back to the locker room following their well earned victory.

BryanTSC"

Monday, April 26, 2010

Farmstros in a Minute



Matt Thomas who hosts a talk show noon-2 weekdays on Sports Talk 790 in Houston has unveiled a promotion called "Call Your Shot". Each week one listener will win one free minute of air time on the show to talk about whatever they want. I have my one minute of audio ready, now I just need to win the contest.

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Pellegrini in Lancaster

Outfielder Brian Pellegrini is reportedly in California with the Lancaster JetHawks. Pellegrini had been recovering from a groin injury at the Astros' extended spring training in Florida. There is no word on a roster move to make room for Pellegrini on the Lancaster roster.

Friday, April 23, 2010

Tuesday Morning With Capps

On May 4 at 11 a.m. (Houston time) fans of the Astros of the Future can spend TUESDAY MORNING WITH CAPPS (#TMWC on Twitter). Farmstros will be hosting its second game listening/Twitter Experience of the season during the Round Rock Express' Tuesday morning contest against Nashville at Dell Diamond. Listen in with your fellow fans, as Matt Capps makes the call, another Farmstros magnet is given away, and THE QUEST FOR 3000 SYLLABLES passes the 500 mark.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

2010 Farmstros Five- Week Two

April rolls on in the Houston organization. Once again this week Lexington came through with a winning record of 4 and 3 (8-6 over-all). Corpus Christi, 3-3 (7-5); Lancaster, 2-4 (3-9); Round Rock, 2-5 (4-10)

The Farmstros Five for the week of April 15-21, 2010:

THE TOP PERFORMER:

Jordan Lyles, 19, RHP, Corus Christi. Lyles made an impression in his first regular season game at Whataburger Field. He allowed two hits and struck out five in six scoreless innings. He is slated to start again Thursday night. Listen to Farmstros interview with the Farmstros' Pre-Season Pitcher of the Year

The Other Four:

Doug Arguello, 25, LHP, Corpus Christi. Arguelllo made two starts for the Hooks pitched 11 innings and allowed only one earned run. Arguello, who missed much of 2009 with injury, allowed nine hits and struck out seven.

Robert Donovan, 21, RHP, Lexington. Donovan started twice for the Legends. He gave up one earned run and eight hits in 11 innings.

Kyle Greenwalt, 21, RHP, Lancaster. Greenwalt pitched six scoreless innings for the JetHawks allowing four hits and striking out six.

Jonathan Meyer, 19, 3B, Lexington. Meyer has at least one hit in all 14 Legends games this season. For the week, he was 13 for 27 with three doubles and five RBI.

Take Me Out to the Green Game



With Earth Day being observed today, here's a Farmstros Song in the spirit of the day. Feel free to sing it during the 7th inning stretch.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Jennie Finch to Pitch at Dell Diamond

The Round Rock Express benefited greatly from having Casey Daigle on the mound during the 2009 season. The experience was apparently positive as the club is now planning to have another member of the Daigle family take the mound at Dell Diamond this season. Jennie Finch, Daigle's wife, will be taking part in the Ryan Sanders Showdown National Pro Fastpitch Softball Series August 12-15. Finch, who is the most well-known woman in softball today will be joined on the field by numerous Olympic medalists. The series will include five games in four days at the home of the Express

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Lexington's Sleeper Pick- J.D. Martinez

I'm not including this link because Zach Levine of Chron.com joined in on the LISTEN WITH LASKY festivities last night, but it didn't hurt. Levine has posted his latest minor league report, which includes a look at J.D. Martinez, who was drafted late last summer, but hasn't let that stop him from being a top prospect.

Listen Live with Lasky- the day after

#LWLASKY #LWLASKY...I was typing that code in my sleep last night. Thanks to those who joined the baseball listening Twitter experience Monday night. I hope to be able to do that every once in a while throughout the season.

Friday, April 16, 2010

Listen Live with Lancaster's Lasky on Monday night

I am planning to try a Twitter/baseball listening experiment Monday night at 9:05 p.m. (Houston time). Lancaster is playing at High Desert at that time and I am planning to tweet regularly throughout the contest while listening to Jeff Lasky's play-by-play call. This is the first time I've tried this, so it's not finalized, but I will definitely give away a free homemade Farmstros magnet to one lucky Tweeter. In addition, I will post three Twitter-ku on THE QUEST FOR 3000 SYLLABLES live during the game.
Follow the Astros of the Future (in the California League) with us
(on Twitter) Monday night.

NOTE: Every tweet related to this event will be labeled #LWLASKY in Twitter. You can find the real time feed of tweets with this label here.

Video from Clear Channel Field

Here's a link to a feature on Game Day at Lancaster's Clear Channel Field. The video includes an interview with Brandon Barnes.

A few Roster Updates

Baseball America had the following information about injured/inactive Farmstros...

Restricted List
Mitch Einertson, OF (supsended for recreational drug usage)
James MacDonald, RHP (reportedly pursuing a journalism degree)

7-day Disabled
Chris Hicks, RHP
Brad James, RHP
Chris Blazek, LHP

60-day Disabled
Max Sapp, C

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Meet the Legends

Lexington opens their home schedule Friday night. Mark Maloney at Kentucky.com has a thorough introduction to the club.

2010 Farmstros Five- Week One

The first week of the season wrapped up last night, so it is time for the first Farmstros Five of the year.

Corpus Christi led Houston's affiliates out of the gate with a 4 and 2 record. Lexington also posted a winning ledger at 4 and 3. Round Rock went 2 and 5, and Lancaster picked up their first win of the season Wednesday night going 1 and 5 for the week.

THE FARMSTROS FIVE for the week of April 8-14, 2010:

THE TOP PERFORMER:

Koby Clemens, 23, 1B, Corpus Christi. Clemens apparently kept his bats warm over the off-season. He went 8 for 27 in the first week with two doubles, three home runs and eight RBI.

The Other Four:

J.D. Martinez, 22, OF, Lexington. Martinez went 13 for 30 with one double, one home run and five RBI.

Jason Bourgeois, 28, OF, Round Rock. Bourgeois was one of the last cuts during Spring Training, however that didn't affect his first week back at AAA. He went 11 for 30 with one double, three RBI and five stolen bases.

Arcenio Leon, 23, RHP, Lexington. Leon pitched seven scoreless innings over three relief appearances. He picked up a win and struck out seven.

Brandon Barnes, 23, OF, Lancaster. Barnes' week was not that spectacular, 6 for 23 with one double, two home runs and two RBI. However, he did get the organization's first home run of the season on Thursday. Further, he followed that round-tripper up with a walk-off home run Wednesday night allowing the JetHawks to end the week with their first win of the season.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Marketing by Farmstros

The fact that you are reading this blog post is evidence of the effectiveness of Marketing by Farmstros. In 2.5 years I have created and marketed this niche blog to the point that it is read by an average of 1500 unique visitors a week. Using my creativity, persistence and an ever-increasing knowledge of Internet resources, I have spread the Farmstros brand to game programs in Lancaster, television newscasts in Houston, sports blog pages in Lexington and throughout the globe. I have used music, poetry, interviews and a relentless diligence in covering my subject matter to make Farmstros the place where players, fans, and everyone involved in the Astros' minor league system goes when they want to FOLLOW THE ASTROS OF THE FUTURE.

Marketing by Farmstros can get your organization, business, charitable organization, personal blog or any other endeavor the attention it needs to grow and flourish. The numerous features of this blog testify to the creative methods I will employ to consistently build your name recongnition. If you are looking to spread your brand name online or through other more traditional means, consider Marketing by Farmstros.

For a free, no obligation consultation please forward a little bit about your endeavor and what you are looking to accomplish to farmstros@yahoo.com.

Sincerely,
Mike Tauser
Follow the Astros of the Future with us

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Farmstros 2010 Game Plan

Now that Opening week is over, here's a look at what to expect from Farmstros this season. (I realized I couldn't maintain the Opening Week pace for long and needed to set my plan)

The Farmstros Five: this feature will continue for a third season (I believe it will be on Thursdays.)
Roster and transaction page updates: If you want to know where Daniel Meszaros is playing Farmstros is your source.
THE FIXLER FILES: I have left the door open for Jonathon Fixler to keep telling us about life in the minors.
The Farmstros player of the Month:At the end of each month, Farmstros' readers will have a chance to vote from a list of nominees on the month's top performer. I will attempt to interview that player.
THE QUEST FOR 3000 SYLLABLES: The haikus will continue on Twitter until September.

There will be more, but these seem to be the core of the site and will be at the top of my list.

Farmstros Goes Green

 

Over the weekend, I was on television in Houston promoting some "Green Songs" I wrote as part of a project called SONGSFROMBOOKS.

Monday, April 12, 2010

Interview with Jio Mier



Thanks to Jio Mier, the Farmstros Pre-Season Position Player of the Year. He was available to interview this afternoon from Kannapolis, NC. I have to admit he was more relaxed than the interviewer.

Be a Minor League GM for a Weekend

I never realized one of the benefits of my overnight stocking job at the local grocery store would be that I'd come across breaking minor league baseball news. However, this morning, I did. Fritos and MiLB.com are hosting a contest where fans can win a chance to "Be a Minor League GM for a Weekend." The trip includes travel for two to one of seven cities, tickets to a game, and the chance to sit in on the club's business meetings according to the Fritos bag I was putting on the shelf.
The contest begins April 19 and this news is coming to you so early that the link included above (which was also on the bag) is not even active yet.

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Lyles makes First Start Sunday

Jordan Lyles, the Farmstros Pre-season Pitcher of the year, makes his first regular season start for Corpus Christi Sunday afternoon. Lyles, who spent last season in Lexington, takes the hill for the Hooks in a game at the Royals AA affiliate, the Northwest Arkansas Naturals. The game begins at 2 p.m. Houston time

Link to Daily Minor League Recap

Thanks to Zach Levine for the following information This link sends you to a daily recap of Houston's minor league games. I will include the link in the favorites page as it is useful throughout the season.

Friday, April 9, 2010

A Correction about Jose Lopez

I need to make a correction to what I posted about Jose Lopez yesterday. I misheard what Jeff Lasky, the JetHawk announcer said. Lopez DID go to the hospital with a seizure during Wednesday's practice. However, Lasky said that Lopez is fine and traveled with the team to Thursday's contest in Bakersfield.
I apologize for the error and any consternation it may have caused for Lopez's friends, family or fans and for misrepresenting Mr. Lasky.

Thanks for getting me closer to excellence, Jeff.

Farmstros on TV again this Weekend

Thanks to everyone who spent OPENING DAY with Farmstros.

I will be wrapping up a busy week with another appearance on Houston television this weekend. My guitar and I will be featured on GOING GREEN WITH YOLANDA GREEN on Houston's Channel 39. I will be singing two "Green" songs that I have written as part of a project called SONGSFROMBOOKS. If (you or) anyone you know is an educator, librarian or lover of books and music in the Houston area invite them to check out my blog and/or watch me on television. The show airs two times this weekend on Channel 39: Saturday at noon and Sunday at 10 a.m.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Lopez Suffers a seizure

Catcher Jose Lopez begins the season on the Lancaster disabled list after suffering a seizure during Wednesday's practice session. Lopez missed almost all of 2009 after suffering a brain aneurysm during spring training. According to Jeff Lasky the JetHawks announcer, Lopez is recovering in the hospital.

Farmstros Opening Day Thread

Thanks for Following the Astros of the Future with us...

Four games are on tap today from Kentucky to Califoria:

6:05 (Houston Time) Tanner Bushue takes the hill for Lexington at Charleston, South Carolina. The Legends take on the Yankees affiliate to start the season. Last year's first round pick and Farmstros Pre-Season Player of the year Jio Mier should be at Shortstop for Lexington. Keith Elkins makes the call for the Legends here.

7:00 Jason Castro continues his climb to Minute Maid Park when the Round Rock Express takes the field in New Orleans. Josh Banks is slated to start. Mike Capps makes the call for Round Rock.

7:05 The Hooks outfield of Jack Shuck, Jon Gaston, and T.J. Steele helps Tulsa open a brand new stadium. Sergio Perez will start for the Hooks. Matt Hicks makes the call for Corpus Christi.

9:15 Lancaster wraps up the night with a game in Bakersfield against the Rangers affiliate. How will Jay Austin do in High A. Will balls keep flying in California.
Jeff Lasky makes the call for the JetHawks.

The Astros are off Thursday, so it's all about the Farmstros on Opening Day. Pick your game or two. Listen in and talk to other Farmstros Fans about it.

NOTE: Due to family activities, I won't join the conversation until around 9:30. Sometime after 10:00, I will be posting a Farmstros Twitter-ku, officially launching THE QUEST FOR 3000 SYLLABLES.

Interview with Jordan Lyles Friday

I am scheduled to interview Farmstros Pre-Season Pitcher of the Year from Tulsa Friday morning. If you have any questions for the right-hander let me know. If all goes as planned, I should have the audio up by Friday afternoon.

13 Cuts

Baseball America reported that 13 Farmstros were released at or near the end of Spring Training...

Steve Brown, OF
Phil Disher, 1B
Russell Dixon, OF
Matt Ginter, RHP
Mike Hacker, LHP
Chris Jackson, SS
Scott Migl, RHP
Reinaldo Pestana, C
Philip Rummel, RHP
Chris Salamida, LHP
John Switzer, LHP
Jack Tilghman, RHP
Matt Weston, 1B

The Opponents

For your added listening enjoyment this evening, here's a look at some of the top prospects facing the Farmstros on Opening Day:

Charleston vs. Lexington (6:05)

The two top pitchers on the Charleston roster are Jose Ramirez (#20 in the Yankees system acocording to Baseball America ) and Graham Stoneburner (#21). However, neither of these pitchers are starting the opener.

New Orleans vs. Round Rock (7:00)

Two of Florida's top ten prospects are in New Orleans: Logan Morrison, 1B (#2) and Scott Cousins, OF (#9). Also, former Astro outfielder Jason Lane is on the New Orleans roster.

Tulsa vs. Corpus Christi (7:05)

Tulsa's starting pitcher Christian Friedrich is the #2 prospect in the Colorado organization.

Bakersfield vs. Lancaster (9:15)

Bakersfield's starter Wilfredo Boscan is ranked #27 in the powerful Rangers' minor league system.

Opening Day Starters

Lexington- Tanner Bushue
Lancaster- Kyle Greenwalt
Corpus Christi- Sergio Perez
Round Rock- Josh Banks

Who's Still in Florida?

While the Astros' top four affiliates start playing this evening, 39 Farmstros are still in Florida. These players are preparing for the short season which begins in mid-June or a call-up necessitated by injuries in Lexington or elsewhere.

98 Players - A Farmstros Song



Opening Day has arrived and 98 Farmstros start playing with their eyes on Minute Maid Park.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Opening Day with Farmstros

Opening Day is coming on Thursday. Spend part of the day with Farmstros

6:05 a.m.- "98 Players" (a new Farmstros Song) drops
6 pm- ???... Opening Day Game Thread...Listen to the Legends, Express, Hooks and JetHawks and talk about it
Sometime after 10:00 p.m.- THE QUEST FOR 3000 SYLLABLES begins during the JetHawks contest.

The Legends' game kicks off the day's baseball at 6:05 p.m.

Lopez Called up to Houston

The minor league season hasn't even started and Wilton Lopez has been called up by the Astros. Lopez who took the loss in Round Rock's exhibition with Corpus Christi on Thursday will fill the spot vacated by the injured Sammy Gervacio.

Hooks win Finale

Koby Clemens drove in two runs with a single in the 6th inning to give Corpus Christi a 2-1 victory over Round Rock in the second game of the two teams two game series Thursday afternoon at Dell Diamond. Round Rock won Tuesday's game.

I received an email about the Jeremy Johnson, the game's winning pitcher. Johnson spent a good portion of last season in the Houston organization. However, he was released during the summer to play for two months in Korea. His invitation to Houston's camp this spring was extended at the time of his release. Reportedly, Johnson received six figures for his two-month stay in the Far East, and he's not even a left-hander!

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Lyles Solid, but Express wins

Jordan Lyles gave up only one run in 5 2/3 IP in his first appearance at Whataburger Field Tuesday night. However, the Express knocked off the Hooks 2-0 in the first game of a two-game series between the two affiliates. The teams meet Thursday afternoon in Round Rock at 2 p.m.

Jordan Lyles Farmstros Pre-season Pitcher of the Year

Jordan Lyles, who will start the season in Corpus Christi has been voted the Farmtsros pre-season Pitcher of the Year. 40 of 97 readers voted for Lyles. 20 votes went for other.

In case you haven't heard THE LEGEND OF JORDANY LYLES, You can hear the FARMSTROS SONG here.

The rest of the vote results:
Tanner Bushue-11
Ross Seaton-8
Chia-jen Lo-7
Brad Dydalewicz-6
Fernando Abad-5
Dan Meszaros-4
Henry Villar-4
Dallas Keuchel-3
Matt Nevarez-2

Monday, April 5, 2010

Farmstros Street Festival Update

Farmstros goes Hollywood! My time at today's street festival landed me on the opening segment of Channel 11's 6 o'clock news.

Here's a link to the video from Channel 11.

Farmstros at the Street Festival

I just got home from the street festival at Minute Maid Park. I did not see any Astros of the future, but my shirt generated some buzz...

First of all, I was interviewed by one of the anchors for Channel 11 (the CBS affiliate). I might see the news tonight, so if you see me let me know, please.

Talked to Mike from the Zydeco Dots.

Also, met several media types. By the way, Dylan Gwinn, Daniel Meszaros is starting the season in Corpus Christi.

I thought I heard the band singing WHEN WILL CASTRO BE AN ASTRO?, but I was mistaken.

What Should I ask Jio Mier?

I am working on setting up an interview with Jio Mier, the Farmstros pre-season position player of the year. Let me know any question suggestions.

A New Song Coming...Rosters Here

I am working on a new FARMSTROS SONG, "98 Players". It is an opening day tune, and I will release at least 12 hours before Lexington's first pitch Thursday at 6:05 p.m. Houston time.

Also, kudos to Zach Levine at chron.com for getting the word out on the minor league rosters. I will get all the roster pages updated with links before Opening Day Wednesday, but for now, visit his post on the "98 Players who will be starting play on Thursday in Lexington, Lancaster, Corpus Christi, and Round Rock.

A few notes on the rosters:

Chia-jen Lo will stay in Corpus to work on his curve ball.

Brian Pellegrini is in Florida recovering from an injury. He is heading to Lancaster once he can play.

Two major drops in level for Mark Ori (Lancaster) and Jonathon Fixler (Lexington)

A few names aren't anyway on the rosters, which makes me wonder if they have been cut. A few of the more notable missing players:

Chris Blazek, LHP
Phil Disher, IF
Mitch Einertson, OF
Brad James, RHP
Chris Salamida, LHP

Sunday, April 4, 2010

If Alyson Footer were Following me



As I tweet THE QUEST FOR 3000 SYLLABLES, one of my goals is to get as much exposure for it as possible in hopes of turning it into a book, a writing job or something to help me earn a living. In light of this, I set my sights on Astros.com social networker Alyson Footer and her nearly 4000 followers. I wrote this song while stocking shelves at Kroger, recorded it and sent it to Ms. Footer. Was it effective? Only my list of followers can answer that question.

Saturday, April 3, 2010

May Transactions

Erick Abreu, RHP promoted from Corpus Christi to Round Rock; placed on Round Rock's Inactive List; activated from Round Rock's Inactive List

Jean Batista, SS signed

Jonah Bayliss, RHP placed on Round Rock's Inactive List

Yorman Bazardo, RHP activated from Round Rock's Inactive List

Barry Butera, IF promoted from Lancaster to Corpus Christi

Marcos Cabral, IF promoted from Corpus Christi to Round Rock

Kevin Cash, C contract purchased and promoted from Round Rock to Houston

Gustavo Chacin, LHP contract purchased and promoted from Round Rock to Houston; optioned from Houston to Round Rock; recalled from Round Rock to Houston

Jose Cisnero, RHP activated from Lexington's Inactive List

Jordan Comadena, C placed on Lancaster's Inactive List; activated and sent from Lancaster to Lexington

Luis Cruz, LHP promoted from Extended Spring Training to Lexington

John Curtis, C assigned to Lancaster

Collin DeLome, OF placed on Round Rock's Disabled List

David Duncan, LHP activated from Lexington's Disabled List

Mitch Einertson, OF released

Brian Esposito, C promoted from Corpus Christi to Round Rock

Michael Feliz, RHP signed

Jonathon Fixler, C promoted form Lexington to Corpus Christi

Michael Garciaparra, IF placed on Corpus Christi's Disabled List; activated from Corpus Christi's Disabled List and promoted to Round Rock

Sam Gervacio, RHP optioned from Houston to Round Rock; placed on Round Rock's Disabled List

Kyle Greenwalt, RHP placed on Lancaster's Disabled List; activated from Lancaster's Disabled List

Billy Ray "Rojo" Johnson, RHP acquired by Round Rock

Chris Johnson, 3B optioned from Houston to Round Rock

Brian Kemp, OF activated from Lexington's Disables List

Chia-jen Lo, RHP placed on Corpus Christi's Disabled List

Jose Lopez, C released

Wilton Lopez, RHP promoted from Round Rock to Houston

Shane Loux, RHP activated from Round Rock's Disabled List

Rafael Luna, LHP released

Gary Majewski, RHP placed on Round Rock's Disabled List

Edwin Maysonet, IF placed on Round Rock's Disabled List

Drew Meyer, IF placed on Round Rock's Disabled List; activated from Round Rock's Disabled List; placed on Round Rock's Disabled List

Juan Minaya, RHP placed on Lexington's Inactive List; activated from Lexington's Inactive List

Mike Modica, LHP promoted from Lexington to Lancaster

Jose Montero, RHP signed

Oswaldo Navarro, IF contract purchased and promoted from Round Rock to Houston; optioned from Houston to Round Rock

Matt Nevarez, RHP placed on Corpus Christi's Disabled List; activated from Corpus Christi's Disabled List

German Perez, LHP released

Sergio Perez, promoted from Corpus Christi to Round Rock

Rafael Pio, RHP released

Carlos Reyes, OF released

Nestor Santana, OF released

Max Sapp, C released

Daniel Sarisky, RHP placed on Lexington's Disabled List

Michael Schurz, RHP promoted from Lexington to Lancaster

Erik Stiller, RHP picked up on waivers from Cleveland and assigned to Corpus Christi

Wladimir Sutil, IF activated from Corpus Christi's Disabled List

J.R. Towles, C optioned from Houston to Corpus Christi; placed on Corpus Christi's Disabled List

Brandt Walker, RHP placed on Lexington's Disabled List

Brian Wabick, RHP promoted from Lancaster to Corpus Christi

Edwin Walker, LHP promoted from Lancaster to Corpus Christi

Wesley Wright, LHP promoted from Round Rock to Houston

Friday, April 2, 2010

Extended Spring Training Roster

Pitchers
Ruben Alaniz
Ricardo Batista
Garrett Bullock
John Frawley
Angel Gonzalez
BJ Hagen
Mark Jones
Andrea Lucati
Euris Quezada
Philip Rorabaugh
Travis Smink

Catchers
Luis Alvarez
Ernesto Genoves
Carlos Mojica
Jose Vargas
David "Bubby" Williams

Infielders
Ricardo Bonfante
Erik Castro
Enrique Hernandez
Jhonny Medrano
Ronald Sanchez

Outfielders
Emilio King
Telvin Nash
Garen Wright

The Second Baseman Rides into the Sunset

The Second Baseman Rides into the Sunset

The TVs in the locker room were all turned off that day
The Dukes shut out the world for
They had a game to play

The crowd showed up quite early, buzzing, ready for the show
The drama was intense two hours before the ump said “GO!”

The first pitch was a slider in the dirt. The batter chased
But no fan saw the swing, all eyes were fixed on second base.

Out there in the 4 spot with his cap slightly askew
Stood the Duke whose Hall of Fame career would all too soon be through.
At this game’s conclusion, the Dukes’ season would be done
And then the second baseman would ride off into the sun.

When he came up to lead off in the bottom of the frame,
The crowd stood and applauded and began to chant his name
He struck out badly in three straight, but no one seemed to care
This day was not about the score as much as being there.
The game went quickly as young hurlers had a scoreless bout
The veteran second baseman three times to the plate, struck out
The 7th inning stretch flew past and then the 8th did too
The 9th arrived with no runs scored, anticipation grew.

In the ninth’s top half, the Hall of Famer missed a routine one
His error, quite uncommon, soon led to the game’s first run
With just three outs remaining in the season, his career
The fans were quiet knowing that an era’s end was near.

The bottoms’s first two batters were retired in no time flat
A pop up to the catcher and a strike out, that was that.
To the plate there strode a rookie
A pinch-hitter in hole nine.
Without a big league hit in two at bats up to this time.
The Dukes’ fans cheered the new guy who’d just come up from the farm
“Perhaps, it is not over. Maybe his third time’s a charm.”
Perhaps it WAS “A Charm,” the rookie swung and made his case
A grounder in the hole between shortstop and second base.
The shortstop ranged and gloved it, but his throw to first was late.
Just by an eyelash, one more at bat bartered for the great.

As you’d expect, the fans arose as he stepped toward the dish
Would they be here to see an ending better than they wished?
The fathers there with daughters
The mothers with their sons
The uncles there alone and
Everyman with Everyone
All felt their heart beats racing as the first pitch neared the plate
The pitcher grimaced, seeing that he’d hung his curve,
TOO LATE!

The bat connected squarely and the ball flew with a puff
It didn’t go 500 feet
It DID go just enough

The second baseman rounded third and scored the winning run
Then rode into the sunset as his final game was done

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The Second Baseman Rides into the Sunset

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Take Me Out to the Ball Game

Fixler Files Post #3

April 1, 2010 8:42 P.M. from Kissimmee, Florida


Read the entire collection here

First of all I would like to apologize for the delay in my posts. The last couple weeks have been insanely frantic between having visitors in town, close friends getting released, and rosters being set. Last week, my sister Andi and her friends spent the week in Orlando. Even though they only came to the complex once we had a tremendous time and it's always gratifying to see friendly faces during this hectic stage of spring training.
Rosters were set yesterday after practice for where we will begin the 2010 season. One would have a better chance of overturning the recent health care bill than entering the locker room when those rosters go up on the bulletin board. Undoubtedly there will be a lot of mixed emotions floating through the locker room as guys slowly skim the names on the list until they pinpoint theirs. Some people are beaming with excitement, some are dispirited, and some are indifferent, but everyone is enthusiastic to get the season underway. I myself was in a state of shock when I saw my name once again in the Lexington Legends column. I knew that there was a chance I could end up on that team, but considering my line of work over the last two years and what the Astros have asked of me, I did not actually presume it was going to come to fruition. However, saying that, I am excited about what going to Lexington will entail. Hopefully, it means that I will see an increase in playing time and a chance to prove that I can play the game on a consistent basis. Also, Lexington is a place in which I am comfortable. Spending the majority of the 2008 season there I will not be facing any surprises in the South Atlantic League. Nevertheless, most importantly the Lexington team is full of outstanding young ballplayers and has a coaching staff that will 100% equal a successful season. Players such as David Duncan, Jiovanni Mier, Jake Goebbert, Jonathan Meyer, Rene Garcia, the list goes on for a total of 25 guys.
I know there were only 3 posts during spring training. With the crazy schedule and me wanting to put out a quality product it was difficult to find ample time to write. During the season I am going to continue writing the blogs, with more regularity, as it is much easier to find time. Thanks so much for all of your support and hopefully the Astros, both in the major leagues and in the farm system, will have a remarkable season.

Here are a few clips about the guys you might like (without getting too personal):
Drew Locke has played in more major league spring training games than minor league games
Danny Meszaros cut my hair 29 minutes ago in the hotel
Sergio Perez could probably eat 9 breakfast taquitos from La Bahia in under 20 minutes
Mark Ori's nickname is Moose, just ask Delome
Jordan Comadena spends more time each day rearranging his nicknacks and putting tape on his body than it would take him to finish a 5,000 piece puzzle
T.J. Steele has already torn 17 pairs of batting gloves off his hands and mutilated 6 helmets against the dugout railing
J.B. Shuck's car apparently looks like it was "set on fire" and is "missing the glaze"
John Gaston took his shirt off at dinner to show my sister and her friends his tattoos... this actually happened in real life

Farmstros at Opening Day Street Festival

For those of you in the Houston area, I plan to be in the Minute Maid Park area around lunch time on Monday, April 5 for the Opening Day Street Festival. I still need to prepare my attire, I'll have handmade Farmstros magnets for the first TWO people to find me (I think my shirt will make me easy to pick out) and tell me how many home runs Chris Johnson will have by the end of April. Hope to see you there.

A few Legends Revealed on Facebook

Over on the Farmstros Facebook page, a guy who works with Grant Hogue's uncle indicates that Jio Mier, J.D. Martinez, Jose Altuve, and Grant Hogue are heading for Lexington to start the season.

Also, I just got a new email from Jonathon Fixler with his wrap of spring training and the revelation of his assignment. I will try to get that up tonight.

Farmstros Song Page

The Legend of Jordan Lyles

Altuve was a Wee Little Man

Dallas is Aiming for Houston

The Ballad of JB Shuck

Here Comes J.D.

I, Farmstros- The Man of Minute Maid Park

Hello, Oklahoma City

44 is Here No More

When Will Castro be an Astro?

If Alyson Footer were Following me

Tags 2000

98 Players

El Tira La Pelota (Venezuelan song about "Rojo" Johnson)

So Long to You, Mark Saccomanno

Take Me Out to the Green Game

Farmstros Interviews

Jio Mier, April 12, 2010

Jordan Lyles, April 9, 2010

Video of Jordan Lyles pitching August 16, 2010

StreetJL interviews J.B. Shuck

Shuck and Lyles Talk maybe Barret Loux should Listen

StreetJL interviews Jordan Lyles- Part I

StreetJL interviews Jordan Lyles- Part II

A Few Roster Tidbits

It's not much but here's where a few Farmstros are starting the season:

Round Rock
Chia-jen Lo, RHP

Corpus Christi
David Flores, IF

Lancaster
Jordan Comadena, C
Ebert Rosario, IF