Bayou City Links And Tweets: October 29th

Travis Ballew inteview | Dwight Howard | Jake Byrne’s battle with diabetes


Houston Astros

Travis Ballew was drafted by the Astros in the 23rd round in 2012 out of Texas State. In his first full season of pro ball, he took over the closer’s role for the Lancaster JetHawks, recording 21 saves this year. He showed vast improvement this season, specifically in his strikeout rate, which was a ridiculous 13 per 9 innings.

  • Brian McTaggart ( writes that the Astros now have some interesting new technology to keep track of their workouts.
  • Here’s an video on the Astros players at the Arizona Fall League
  • Astros tweet of the day…


Houston Rockets

I am tired of reading about Dwight Howard. It’s a fair bet that you are, too, but it’s also a fair bet that we’re tired for different reasons. Very likely you’re tired of his relentless boorishness, tone-deaf self-aggrandizement, and constant waffling. That’s your prerogative. But me, I’m tired of reading about Dwight Howard because it seems like every person I read complaining about Howard has forgotten that he is awesome.


Houston Texans

Houston Texans tight end Jake Byrne pulled his pads out of his locker to show a contraption built into them that holds his insulin pump when he plays or practices. Since he was 15 years old, he’s been learning how to handle his Type 1 diabetes and keep playing football despite it. Experimentation has helped, as has the support of teams for which he’s played.


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