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The Astros are installing a gigantic new video board

Oct 8, 2010, 9:46 AM EDT

Coming soon to Minute Maid Park: kiss cams in even larger, higher-definition!

The new primary video board will be located in right field and will
measure 54 feet high and 124 feet wide, making it the second-largest
board of its kind in the Major Leagues. The Astros current video board
is 26 feet high and 45 feet wide.

Click through to Maury’s post to see the size comparison between the new board and the old. It’s pretty shocking, actually.

But, as these things tend to go, size isn’t all that important — it’s what you do with it that matters. Advertisements and kiss cams and awkward public service announcements by players aren’t really any more useful just because they’re big. Indeed, I’ve yet to go to a ballpark where the video screens are really optimized.

More replays — not just of good plays by the home team — would be helpful.  I’d actually love to see a team use the board for the center field camera shot we’re accustomed to seeing on TV so I can follow the balls and strikes better when I’m not blessed with great seats.

  1. imabigdog - Oct 8, 2010 at 9:54 AM

    And the nice thing is that in 2 years they will trade it the Phillies for a used bag of balls, and the Astros will pay for it to be installed in CBP.

  2. Trevor B - Oct 8, 2010 at 9:55 AM

    Now you can watch the Astros lose in even higher quality!

    In all honesty, the ‘stros probably didn’t even pay a nickel for the board as I’m sure advertisors and the tax payers picked up the tab. Good addition for them!

  3. Levi Stahl - Oct 8, 2010 at 9:59 AM

    Last night in the Twins/Yankees game, I noticed that after Granderson wasn’t able to quite catch up to a fly ball (by . . . can’t remember now), one that just caught the edge of his mitt, when they showed him right after the play, he had turned and was watching the replay on the video board to see how close he’d gotten.

  4. Simon DelMonte - Oct 8, 2010 at 10:24 AM

    Cowboys envy.

  5. Jonny5 - Oct 8, 2010 at 10:38 AM

    Lol! Well they do say, “everything is bigger in Texas” don’t they?

  6. birdmancometh - Oct 8, 2010 at 10:53 AM

    Dynamite. Absolute genious. Well stated.

  7. Utley's hair - Oct 8, 2010 at 11:07 AM

    Like douches–just look at Jerrah Jones.

  8. Detroit Michael - Oct 8, 2010 at 11:16 AM

    Big scoreboards usually are mostly used as big electronic advertising billboards. Astro fans should be skeptical about whether it’ll really enhance their ballpark experience.

  9. Utley's hair - Oct 8, 2010 at 11:40 AM


  10. Utley's hair - Oct 8, 2010 at 11:41 AM

    Will the new board make it easier to explain why two men are kissing?

  11. Jonny5 - Oct 8, 2010 at 11:48 AM

    Zing!! loved it!

  12. Woe is Mets - Oct 8, 2010 at 12:30 PM

    Is this why they “had to” trade Berkman and Oswalt for pennies (nickels?) on the dollar? why doesn’t Drayton spend some money on a competent GM and decent drafts first, then blow a fistful of dollars on shiny, useless crap? teams should be fined by MLB for dumb s–t like this.

  13. The Steve Jeltz Experiment - Oct 8, 2010 at 1:49 PM

    It may include space for a written explanation, drafted by Craig.
    Astros, take note — if you do show two men kissing, all of us will be offended, until you opt to show two attractive women kissing.

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