Blasting Off: Call To The Pen

On this edition of Blasting Off Andy Pondillo and Ray Kuhn discuss Lucas Harrell‘s demotion to the bullpen. They also talk all things 2013 All Star Game.

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Lucas Harrel’s up and down season has continued with his demotion to the bullpen. Andy and Ray discuss what that can mean for the future of the rotation in the second half?




Some of the other highlights include:

-Jason Castro is an All Star and he definitely deserves it.

-A report on the Astros newest youngsters.

-Our likes and dislikes about the 2013 All Star selections.

Listen to all of this and more on the player below, fellow Hill Climbers! Stay tuned for our new episode next week, and feel free to tweet us questions or comments at @astrosCTH.

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  • astrosince1975

    I’m with you Andy. As for my All-Star Game prediction… WHO CARES!!!! Just because it determines home field advantage for the World Series doesn’t make it anything more than an exhibition game.

    Go back and look at the video of ASGs from 30 years ago. Even though the game meant nothing back then the players played hard strictly due to pride. Somewhere along the way these guys started making way too much money and worrying more about avoiding injury than putting on a good game for the fans. I haven’t watched the ASG in over 20 years and have no intention to watch it or the HR Derby ever again.

    • Andy Pondillo

      It definitely has lost some luster! I think it’s indicative of all the major All Star Games. They just aren’t a whole lot of fun for the people who really enjoy the pureness of the sport. It seems like it’s glamorized by superstars we’re all supposed to love, rather than guys with the best production. It’s more of a show than a game, and it serves its purpose for the young fan. I just personally don’t enjoy it like I once did.