Friday, March 6, 2015

Reason #10 To Buy My Book: Instant Hipster Cred

Reason #10 in the Top 10 Reasons to buy the 2015 Houston Farm System Handbook: Instant Hipster Cred! John Burgess explains in his foreword to the book.

by John Burgess

As I walk around city streets and flip through 120 worthless television channels, I've noticed a certain trend with America's youth. Bow ties, suspenders, thick plastic-framed glasses, and Chuck Taylors are all in style. Basically, the same style that would have gotten you an atomic wedgie while I was in school, is now being worn by the "cool kids!" It is actually cool to be a nerd these days.

I say all of this because there is no nerdier franchise in professional sports than the Houston Astros. It's only a matter of time before Minute Maid Park changes its name to Books-A-Million Park and adds an Internet cafe and book nook just beyond Tal's Hill in centerfield. Since taking over as the General Manager of the Houston Astros in December of 2011, mega dork Jeff Luhnow has surrounded himself with like-minded geniuses in the front office, and fully stocked the minor league system with prospects that we can all nerd-out to.

Some of the best prospects in all of baseball are shooting up through the Astros system, and are nearing the time they'll be called to join the major league roster. When that happens, you can bet that all of those trendy wonks will be filling the seats of Minute Maid Park. Astros fans will no longer be the victims of wedgies, swirlies, and name-calling. We will be the "cool kids." The Screech Powerses will become the Zach Morrises!

If you'd like to be ahead of the curve so that you can consider yourself an Astros Hipster, or if you are already an avid Astros fan that's just looking for a great minor league resource, then you are starting in the right place. No one knows the Houston Astros farm system better than the "Mother of the Minors," Jayne Hansen. Jayne is the Creator, Editor, and Senior Staff Writer for the popular "What the Heck, Bobby?" blogsite. Her blog is the go-to source for keeping fans up-to-date on all of the happenings on the Astros' farm.

There is not a single member of the dweeby, Houston Front Office that doesn't know Jayne personally (which makes her a pretty nice person to run around with at the ballpark). In fact, a majority of the Astros bigwigs will admit to visiting "What The Heck, Bobby?" on a regular basis. You can find Jayne roaming the Club area at Minute Maid Park on most game nights. If she's not there, it's likely because she's traveling around the country, watching the minor league guys and recording outstanding interviews with them between games.

I originally "met" Jayne through Twitter. I was a huge fan of her blog and an even bigger fan of her Twitter personality, so when I had the opportunity to start blogging myself I made sure to reach out to her for advice. Since then, we have met several times at Astros games and have struck up a genuine friendship (though she may still rather call it more of an acquaintanceship). Jayne is one of the most quick-witted and intelligent people that I have ever met, and her passion for baseball runs beyond that of even the most devoted fans.

I am honored to know Jayne, and even more honored to write this Foreword for her. I look forward to the day that I can buy her and every other geeky 'stros fan a celebratory beer following Houston's first baseball World Championship. Judging from this book, it'll happen much more quickly that you'd think!


Please consider purchasing my new e-book, the 2015 Houston Farm System Handbook. The book can be read immediately on your kindle, and can also be read on virtually any computer, tablet or phone by downloading the Free Kindle Reading App from Amazon or from the iTunes store. And if you have an Amazon account, no need to download anything ... just read it on the Kindle Cloud Reader at

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