One of the many things I discovered while researching Bob Feller’s Opening Day no-hitter in 1940 is that paranoia surrounding a no-hitter goes back longer than any of us have been alive. The story of how Feller tried to jinx Randy Johnson’s no-no in 1994 is pretty awesome, considering he was pacing the press box […]
This is pretty awesome. On Sundays, the Indians open the clubhouse to the players’ kids after the game. ALL kids — sons and daughters. Apparently, the “no girls allowed” mantra that has infiltrated clubhouses for generations is slowly dissipating. Kids’ presence in the clubhouse, before and after games, is nothing new. Sons of players have […]
If you have been a follower of the Astros, Padres or Reds, you may remember Ricky Stone, a right-handed relief pitcher who pitched in the Majors from 2001-07. He quietly put together a pitching career that didn’t grab many headlines, but what he and his family have been through lately could fill a 300-page book, […]
Most of what we know about Lou Gehrig and the disease that ended his life at age 37 centers around a few basic facts that have been well-documented in history books and through story-telling. There was the noticeable decline in his performance on the field that led to an abrupt retirement at age 35. […]
Many years ago, I titled this photo “Puma being Puma.” It was a combination of a nod to who Lance Berkman was as a professional and a person — affable, fun, kind and a free spirit — and a slight jab at the phrase being thrown about in the media ad nauseam to describe the […]
After eight great years as the Astros beat reporter for MLB.com, Alyson returned to the club's front office. In her post, as Senior Director of Digital Media, Alyson will help to advance the Astros further into the interactive age, providing behind-the-scenes access to the wide variety of personalities that comprise the Astros family, from players to coaches, front office and fans. Supplementing the news coverage, game stories, features, analysis and editorial social networking supplied by MLB.com's Brian McTaggart, as well as all the real-time information you've come to expect round the clock, Alyson will expand our community voice through multimedia, blogging, Twitter and Facebook. Adding to the exciting mix of multi-platform, cutting-edge content at Astros.com, the team is promising an unprecedented approach that the competition cannot duplicate. Now more than ever, fans have an open invitation to peek into all things Astros, at home and on the go: If we're there, you will be, too, with Alyson as an official guide.