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Astros Go Throwback Saturday Night

By John Ekdahl

The Houston Astros honored their 1986 team last night.

Thirty years after one of the best seasons in club history, the Astros honored their 1986 team by donning throwback uniforms and having Astros legend Mike Scott throw out the ceremonial first pitch before Saturday’s game against the Rangers at Minute Maid Park.

“It brings back great memories,” Scott said. “It’s almost better to not come back as often. Some of it makes it more special when you do come back.”
In addition to the throwback uniforms and Scott’s first pitch, 10,000 fans were given 1986 Mike Scott replica rainbow jerseys before the game, when Scott, Glenn Davis, Phil Garner and other Astros legends were available for autographs.

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The U.S. Military is looking to develop “smart uniforms”.

In the next decade, U.S. soldiers could get new smart uniforms that are breathable but also designed to shield them from hazards like viruses and chemical weapons, the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California announced on Wednesday.

The uniforms could be made of fabric that contains tiny carbon nanotubes that function as channels to let water vapor out, but at the same time block biological agents like viruses from entering. Each tube is tiny in diameter: a human hair is roughly 5,000 times wider. The lab said that that’s small enough to keep out biological hazards like the dengue virus.

According to the lab, the fabric”” a technology they call “second skin”– is more breathable than Gore-Tex.

They’re also exploring new ways to use the fabric to protect soldiers from chemical agents, which actually could fit through the carbon nanotubes. One strategy involves having the tubes seal when they contact a threat”” so the agent can’t get in”” and another is based on the idea of a layer on the top of the fabric that can neutralize the agent, and then peel away.

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Player 91, reminds me of the days of video games not signing player association licenses.

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Pink Night for the OKC Dodgers.

17 comments to Astros Go Throwback Saturday Night

  • taxman | August 7, 2016 at 10:50 am |

    Obvious question is if Scott scuffed the first pitch ball.

  • Wade Heidt | August 7, 2016 at 11:06 am |

    Cubs and Athletics wore 1981 throwback last night. Great looking throwback game.

    I like and miss the Athletics wearing the kelly green that they used to wear compared to the darker green they have adopted.

  • Tim | August 7, 2016 at 11:20 am |

    Griffey’s #24 was retired last night. First number the Mariners have retired. All players wore #24 during BP.

  • Brian | August 7, 2016 at 11:29 am |

    CSN Bay Area had 1980s graphics for the Cubs-A’s game, as well.

  • Dave Murray | August 7, 2016 at 11:37 am |

    Why was Clemens made to change jerseys?

    • Wenile | August 7, 2016 at 12:07 pm |

      He had too much pine tar on his jersey.

  • KT | August 7, 2016 at 12:23 pm |

    Astros’ throwbacks look silly with pajama pants.

    Everything looks silly with pajama pants.

    • Matches | August 7, 2016 at 2:18 pm |

      Astros throwbacks look silly.

      Fixed that for you.

    • Will S | August 7, 2016 at 3:17 pm |

      Astros regular uniform should be the throwbacks.

      Eventually the pajama pant trend will end; the sooner the better but I’m not holding my breath.

  • Mark in Shiga | August 7, 2016 at 2:06 pm |

    Why was there a meaningless NOB on Paul Clemens’ number 91 jersey? I’ve seen other “emergency jerseys” like that and they typically have NNOB and no space for one (though the number usually hangs too low even then). You often see them in spring training when NOB-wearing teams have unexpected people playing.

    • Jo | August 7, 2016 at 2:22 pm |

      I wondered the same thing. I think there are at least a couple teams that have a mannequin in the clubhouse displaying that day’s uniform combination…maybe he had to borrow it from that?

      • Mark in Shiga | August 8, 2016 at 4:57 am |

        This has to be the answer. I hadn’t noticed that the Padres were wearing ’90s throwback uniforms, for which they might not have any emergency jerseys around except for prototypes and samples.

        In fact, the Padres began wearing that jersey in 1991, so I’m betting that this was a sample, not a genuine emergency/blood jersey, with a generic NOB plus the year.

        If they had been wearing regular uniforms, there would probably have been a few extras with weird numbers on them around for such occasions.

        Come to think of it, why couldn’t he have just borrowed a coach’s jersey?

  • Chris Tletski | August 7, 2016 at 3:26 pm |

    If you as a major leaguer can’t afford a pair of white shoes to go with the throwback shame on you.

  • Tyler Propst | August 7, 2016 at 7:14 pm |

    Wow site is lame without Paul & Phil guess I will be back once they return Seattle had amazing throwbacks for once and not a whisper