Happy Birthday to ~
RHP Jack Armstrong (23)
Originally from Florida, Armstrong was drafted in the third round in 2011 out of Vanderbilt. He signed late and did not play in 2011 and then had Tommy John surgery prior to the 2012 season. I'm looking forward to finally seeing his stuff in 2013.
Former Astros with birthdays today
2B Craig Biggio (47)
A first round pick by Houston in 1987, Biggio played his entire career for the Astros from 1988 to 2007. He played in 2850 games and had 3060 hits, 668 doubles, 55 triples, 291 home runs, 1175 RBI, 414 stolen bases, and 285 HBP. His lifetime batting line was .281/.363/.433. He won five Silver Slugger awards, four Gold Glove awards and appeared in seven All-Star games. If he doesn't go in to Cooperstown on the first ballot, there is no justice in the world.
RHP Rodrigo Rosario (35)
Signed as an amateur free agent out of the Dominican Republic in 1996, Rosario pitched in two starts in 2003 with an ERA of 1.13 and a WHIP of 1.000. He suffered a major injury in his second major league start and never pitched again professionally.
Also, a belated Happy Birthday to friend of the blog, Lee Street, the one attorney I know who would defend me pro bono (or at least provide me with an alibi) if I ever happened to be accused (unjustly of course) of leaving a flaming bag of dog poo on the doorstep of a certain baseball commissioner. Sorry I missed it, Lee.