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Shelby's Social Diary

Lance Berkman and a horde of sports stars bring home the bacon in Houston: How about a $600,000 breakfast?

By Shelby Hodge

Baseball and breakfast wouldn't be the first combo to come to mind when thinking fundraising for under-served children. But the fourth annual SpringSpirit Baseball's "Breakfast of ...


Shelby's Social Diary

Lance Berkman springs into action in Houston, drawing a who's who of sports and TV news stars

By Shelby Hodge

It's fast becoming a popular tradition in Houston — the SpringSpirit Baseball Breakfast of Champions. Only in its third year of kicking off the baseball season, the annual fundraiser brin ...


Swinging in DH waters

No Lance Berkman and that's fine: Astros new "big bat" is a manager in waiting, Disney nut

By Chris Baldwin

The Houston Astros new designated hitter is not Lance Berkman. Which didn't stop general manager Jeff Luhnow from getting asked about Berkman again and again Monday afternoon at Minute Mai ...


Nothing less than spectacular

1,000 guests, a 25,000 sq.ft. party tent & 10-tier birthday cake: Rice celebrates 100 years in high style

By Shelby Hodge

An influential flock of black-tie-attired guests dined in silvery blue splendor Thursday night as Rice University formally celebrated its 100th anniversary with a grand birthday gala, an evening gl ...


Beyond the Boxscore

Lance Berkman tweaks loser Texas Rangers, defends Tim Tebow and flashes the Rice attitude

By Chris Baldwin

Lance Berkman is just as much of a Christian Warrior as Tim Tebow with his kneeling prayers on the sideline and Jeremy Lin with his Lakewood Church wristbands and name dropping of Jesus in every in ...


Starting Over

Houston Astro Chris Johnson comes clean on his disappointing 2011 season, reveals what players really think of Jim Crane

By Jayme Lamm

If you’ve ever wondered what a professional baseball player does in his offseason, it’s probably a whole lot more than you think. Especially for someone like Chris Johnson, who struggle ...


Beyond the Boxscore

Best World Series celebration ever: David Freese is stripped in St. Louis, but the Rangers are the ones stunned

By Chris Baldwin

How do you celebrate winning one of the most unbelievable World Series games ever — in the most dramatic way possible? Well, if you're the never-give-in St. Louis Cardinals, you rip the u ...


Deadline Sense

Please don't trade Hunter Pence: A plea to whoever the hell is running the Houston Astros

By Sarah Byerley

I have a bad habit of getting unnecessarily attached to things.  I was near tears when my first car (a hand-me-down tan Volvo S70) was carted off to make room for my newer, age-appropriate ...


A Prince of a Time

Hunter Pence is a better player than a tweeter: And other lessons from the All-Star Game festivities

By Sarah Byerley

The Major League All-Star Game has come and gone, the National League won home-field advantage in the World Series (again), Prince Fielder went yard (MVP style) and Houston's own Hunter Pe ...


The Sports Bros.

From Berkman to Kemp to Pujols, the surprising state of baseball as the All-Star break beckons

By Barry Stagg, David Stagg

Kind of like in business, you can't judge how well you're doing in a baseball season week-to-week or even month-to-month. But now that we're more than a third of the way through the 162 ...


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