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Hampton Interested In Return To Houston

Mike Hampton, who started for the Braves on Sunday afternoon and gave up a two-run homer to his good friend Brad Ausmus in the third inning, will be a free agent in a few weeks, and he confirmed after the game that he would be interested in signing with the Astros.

"I've always loved this place," Hampton said after the Astros beat the Braves, 3-1. "Definitely. I'm sure there will be interest on both sides. We'll see if we can work something out. I've always loved it here."

Via MLB.com

Report: Astros Lash Out About Games In Milwaukee

The Astros are still upset about having to play the Chicago Cubs in Milwaukee following Hurricane Ike, according to ESPN.com.

"Major League Baseball has always valued the dollar more than they do the individual, the players, and their families," Houston first baseman Lance Berkman said. "That's illustrated in things like playing through a lightning storm in Chicago [on Aug. 4]."

"The most important thing is getting the game in so you don't lose the gate and you don't lose the revenue. That's A-No. 1. And then if in the course of that you can work it around where players aren't affected, that's a distant second. That's one reason why players try to exploit the system to the max because they know they're being treated the same way. That's a sad part of the game."


Selig Takes Out Ad To Explain Moving Astros Games

MLB Commissioner Bud Selig has taken out an advertisement in the Houston Chronicle to explain why he moved Astros' games to Milwaukee's Miller Park last week, according to Chronicle.

The Astros lost both games to the Chicago Cubs, who had been set to visit Minute Maid Park.

"I recognized the advantage the Cubs would have in playing in such close proximity to Chicago, and had there been a better option, I would have taken it," Selig wrote in the ad.

"All of us involved in the decision regret the frustration the Astros and their fans felt about playing two games in Milwaukee."

Via Houston Chronicle

Astros T-Shirts: We Survived Ike, Bud Killed Us

Several players and even one coach of the Houston Astros wore custom-made black t-shirts that knocked how Bud Selig handled the situation where home games against the Cubs were moved to Milwaukee.

?We survived Ike,? the back of the shirt read in red lettering atop a drawing of the radar impression of the eye of the storm.

On the front, it read, ?Bud killed us,? over a red drawing of the commissioner?s bust.

LaTroy Hawkins ordered and paid for the initial batch of 50 shirts, which were hanging in the locker of every player, coach, and even Manager Cecil Cooper when they arrived at Dolphin Stadium for the series finale against the Florida Marlins.

?Enough said,? Hawkins, who had 60 shirts made, said.

Via Houston Chronicle

Astros' Cooper Vents Frustration To Selig

Astros' Manager Cecil Cooper called Commissioner Bud Selig on Monday morning to express his displeasure about the selection of Miller Park as a neutral site for two games against the Cubs, according to Houston Chronicle.

"He and I are good friends," Cooper said. "We talked about it. He vented. I vented. We?re done with it. He did what he thought was the best thing to do. I disagreed. That?s where it lies."

The Astros were forced to play two important games; they lost both, in front of crowds that appeared to be 99 percent Cub fans.

"Was it perfect? No," Selig told the Chronicle. "I went through every option. I finally looked at it and realized I didn?t have another option. I?m always sensitive about the Brewers, but I feel in my heart this was the best option."

Via Houston Chronicle

Astros Sep 2008 Archive

  • Zambrano No-Hits Astros

    Cubs starter Carlos Zambrano threw a no-hitter against the Astros on Sunday night, striking out ten batters and walking just one.

  • Cubs-Astros Games Moved to Milwaukee

    Two of this weekend?s scheduled games between the Chicago Cubs and the Houston Astros have been moved to Milwaukee?s Miller Park due to the effects of Hurricane Ike.

  • Astros Say Minute Maid Park Survived Ike

    The Astros claim that Minute Maid Park survived the worst of Hurricane Ike, and the team will be able to return to play there.

  • Cubs-Astros Expected To Be Postponed

    The Cubs' weekend series against the Astros in Houston is expected to be postponed in order to avoid issues with Hurricane Ike.