Though the Astros have made a
big solid-sized splash in the offseason so far, there was still one name that fans were hoping the Astros would sign. Unfortunately, those dreams were broken this weekend when the Texas Rangers signed Shin-Soo Choo (hence the train reference in the title). Choo signed a 7-year $130 million contract with the Rangers, a deal the Astros would likely not have agreed upon, especially having to let go of a draft pick. Check out the rest of the links for more!
- Alyson Footer (MLB.com) on Jason Castro working to get his degree at Stanford.
But for Astros catcher Jason Castro, paying attention in class wasn’t a problem. As soon as the 2013 season was over, Castro headed to Northern California, in order to finish his coursework at Stanford. He turned in his final term paper a couple of weeks ago, took one last final exam, and became a college graduate.
- Greg Thurston (Climbing Tal’s Hill) on the Rangers signing potential Astros target Shin-Soo Choo.
- CSN Houston on why you should follow Dexter Fowler on twitter.
- Astros tweet of the weekend…
Astros fans yesterday: Sign Choo for any price, we NEED him. Astros fans today: Ha! You fools! You’ll be stuck with him for way too long!
— Jeff Blogwell (@JeffBlogwell) December 21, 2013
- Jonathan Feigen (Houston Chronicle) on the Rockets looking like a pretender after their loss to the Pacers.
For all the times the contender label had been tossed in the Rockets’ direction since Dwight Howard came onboard, the Indiana Pacers on Friday night offered a reminder of what a real contender looks like.
The Rockets might find their way into that club with time and much improved health. There have been nights they have even knocked off members. The Rockets’ terrible shooting Friday made everything look worse.
- Ben Dubose (Clutchfans) on what we learned from the Omer Asik trade that wasn’t.
- Jonathan Feigen (Houston Chronicle) with some Rockets updates.
- Rockets tweet of the weekend…
Dwight Howard with his best game as a Rocket with 35 points, 19 rebounds and five assists in #Rockets‘ 114-97 win over Detroit.
— Nick Mathews (@Nick_Mathews) December 22, 2013
- Dale Robertson (Houston Chronicle) on Peyton Manning facing the Texans.
It makes a meaningless game – for the Texans anyway – matter, because each game Manning plays these days matters. The Texans had one of their best practices of the season Wednesday, according to Phillips. That’s not a coincidence. Manning makes everyone better, opponents included. With every pass, he bites off a chunk of history. With every victory, he moves a step closer to narrowing the gap between himself and the likes of Montana, as well as his current boss, John Elway.
- Amy Palcic (Houston Texans) on the Texans training staff winning an award.
- Tania Ganguli (ESPN) with some good bits from her weekly mailbag.
- Texans tweet of the weekend…
Wade Phillips said 1 of best things bout being interim coach is coaching Andre Johnson.
— John McClain (@McClain_on_NFL) December 20, 2013