The Astros bring an organist back to the ballpark

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The Astros may be in last place, but they’re doing something first rate: bringing back an organist to the ballpark. At least for Sunday home games anyway:

Connors might play the Adam’s Family theme song, a Mexican Hat dance,
the Pink Panther theme song, or even the YMCA.

“Who would have thought we could do the YMCA and have a crowd doing
the motions?” Connors said. “It’s great when 50,000 people unconsciously
set down their hot dogs and drinks and start clapping.”

Um, we’ll let the facts that he (a) plays “YMCA”; and (b) thinks that 50,000 people go to Astros game slide. Because organ music at the ballpark is cool, dadgummit, and we’re all very very happy about this, right?

(link via Ballpark Digest)

Giants sign Austin Jackson to two-year, $6 million contract

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The Giants announced on Monday night the signing of outfielder Austin Jackson. According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, it’s a two-year, $6 million deal with performance incentives that allow Jackson to earn up to an additional $2.5 million for a total of $8.5 million.

Jackson, who soon turns 31 years old, spent last season with the Indians. In 318 plate appearances, he hit .318/.387/.482 with seven home runs, 35 RBI, and 46 runs scored.

The Giants have been on the hunt for a center fielder and Jackson addresses that need relatively cheaply. Jackson will join Hunter Pence and newcomer Andrew McCutchen in the outfield.