Sports Illustrated recently had an article about the 2013 Houston Astros, the most inexperienced team in the Majors. We decided to test our own knowledge of the hometown nine with a game of "Name An Astro." The rules were simple, name as many Astros as possible in a round robin format. For each round, name one and advance, miss and you're out.
Sure Bud: "Here are the rules, we start with Kyle, then Killer, then Derek, then G. When it's your turn hit reply all and write the name of a current Astro. If you can't name one or name one who's not currently on the roster (I guess we'll except minor league assigned players) you're out."
10killertweets: "Since Kyle is MIA, I'll start. Jose Altuve. Layup! Suck on that!"
thisiskyco: "Bud Norris. The only reason I know him is because I met him at Bubbas sports bar. Awesome guy and yes I have a creepy picture of him when he wasn't looking."
derekphi: "Justin Maxwell. When Bo Porter was interviewed right after the hire he
was asked about players he was excited about coaching, He said there
was a young center fielder that looks good but he couldn't remember his
name. Well I remember his name, It's Justin Maxwell. It might be bad
for Astros Fans that I know the team better tthen the new Manager."
therealgardale: " Ok, this may be my only move in this game but Jason Castro?.?!?... He's a catcher right. Right. Stanford. I'm surprised no one has named a killer B yet."
10killertweets: "Brett Wallace, our husky, non hitting 1B guy who actually can't hit."
thisiskyco: "Lucas Harrell. This is one of those I remember Palillo saying his name, but don't remember a thing about him. My gut is telling me he is a pitcher. But if you said a DH, I would not be surprised."
derekphi: "JD Martinez. This is the last easy one. Nothing really interesting about him. He was supposed to be good last year but he wasn't. True for most of the team."
therealgardale: " Ok, no idea but not discounting for spelling, Ryan Bogasevick?"
Sure Bud: " Ok, Just googled Brian Bogusevic he's a Cub. G is now out."
therealgardale: " Since I'm out I just looked at the Astros roster. Wow. I have no idea."
thisiskyco: "Jordan Lyles. Again, couldn't pick him out of a line-up of him and 23 girls, but I know his name."
10killertweets: "I think Cordell skipped me, but I am going with that little left, Wesley Wright. Sadly he might be our best pitcher, a lefty specialist is our best pitcher?"
Sure Bud: " Cordell is docked 25 buddy bucks for his indiscretion. Wesley Wright? Is he now the longest tenured Astro?"
thisiskyco: "I did skip you because I only know 4, and I am trying to get them all in. Carlos Pena. Not sure if I really know him, if he plays for us, or if I am combining a mixture of other names I know, like Carlos Rogers, Al Pena, and Carlos Lee. But I am sticking with it. Killer is going to win."
10killertweets: "I'm betting on Derek. I only know like 2 more, and just because i read about the Astros last week."
thisiskyco: "Tap out, I have no one else. Unless you count Geoff Blum, our new color guy. That has to be worth at least 3.5 buddy bucks."
10killertweets: "It's Derek's turn but there's been a gap of time so I'm going again. Rick ankiel. Yep, that Rick ankiel is penciled in as one of our starting outfielders. I have 1 more 40 man roster guy but he's not a major leaguer. So to win Derek needs to name 3 guys, or 2 to tie."
therealgardale: "I'm at lunch with Derek he's stumped"
thisiskyco: "Thanks for the invite to the Surebud lunch, now we know where Killer and I are on the chain of command. Still don't know anymore Astros."
derekphi: "Wow what a lunch! Ok, 3 to win. I was going to name Ankiel next because I read last night that he was at Spring Training as a non roster invite but Killer was all over that. Erick Bedard was also in that story but he also in a non roster invitee. He is a guy who was a pretty good prospect a couple of years ago but now I can throw harder then him. There is a guy named Jared Cossart who pitches. oh well that's it. Man we had a good lunch! Congrats to Killer! You still got it."