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After a nail-biting delay between MLB and MLBPA (the players’ union, who one does not trifle with), baseball has returned to stadiums across the country. And more importantly, to fans! Yes, now we can all watch our favorite teams on the field again. 

If you aren’t able to catch a game at Minute Maid Stadium (also known as the Juice Box), or are just curious about our home team, the World Series caliber Astros—check these items out. 

hurricane season book coverHurricane Season: The Unforgettable Story of the 2017 Houston Astros and the Resilience of a City by Joe Holley 

Houston’s first World Series win came in the wake of Hurricane Harvey. To the casual observer, the Astros’ rise to a premier team in MLB might seem sudden. In truth, it was the result of years of work. Holley details everything from the data driven methodology, the 100+ loss seasons leading up to better years, to the prospects who blossomed and the players who thrived. And of course, what it meant to be a team playing for a city still reeling from a natural disaster. 2017 was one heck of a season. You should read about it.

killer Bs book coverHouston to Cooperstown: the Houston Astros Biggio & Bagwell Years by Greg Lucas 

Before the Astros permanently moved into the MLB spotlight, there were, well, a few 100+ loss seasons, but also some shining moments. And none of the players shone quite as bright as Craig Biggio and Jeff Bagwell. The “Killer Bs” brought the Astros as close as they had ever come to a World Series title, pre-2017. They were a joy to watch, and their legacy remains an important part of Astros history. If you love the current ‘Stros, check out their roots—they're pretty strong ones. 

astros WS dvd setWorld Series Champions 2017 Houston Astrosastros doc

2022 is shaping up to be a promising season for the Astros. Verlander, a powerful workhorse pitcher, is back on the field, joining a pitching crew brimming with young talent. Altuve, Bregman, Brantley—are all still in the mix, as well as some dynamic newer names. But no one could blame you for wanting to look back at 2017, the year we won the World Series. This DVD set features every inning played in the 7 game series, which is admittedly a rather long watch. If you want something a bit more streamlined, there’s also the 2017 World Series Champions: Houston Astros documentary which clocks in at about 1 hour, 30 minutes. Either one is a great time. 

If your baseball thirst still isn’t quenched, check out some of these other titles. Moneyball is a fascinating look at how a team strapped for cash changed the way they played the game, and then changed the league as a whole. And what human doesn’t love A League of Their Own, a solid film about a period of baseball, and players, that got the short rift in terms of history? It’s a great time to check it out, since Amazon is adapting a new series that will debut later this year. And speaking of baseball adaptations, there's Stephen King’s The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon, a psychological thriller, survival story. There are plans to make it a film, so you’ll be ahead of the curve(ball), if you check it out.

Happy baseball everyone!

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