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Space Cowboy hosts Houston Astros Opening Day party with Apollo Media

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Celebrate Opening Day at Space Cowboy! Composite image by Jack Brame.
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Space Cowboy at the Heights House Hotel will begin the first of many Astros-themed events, with an Opening Day party in collaboration with Apollo Media featuring a 17-foot big screen, tacos inspired by Astros players, an Astros ticket raffle (win tickets to Astros vs. Toronto Blue Jays on April 23) and drink specials.

The event takes place at Space Cowboy on Thursday, April 7, 2022, 6 p.m. - midnight and is located at 100 W. Cavalcade St., Houston, TX 77009.

Here's what to expect: Astros fans celebrating the start of MLB season; Astros-inspired tacos including the “Altuve” (named after Jose Altuve; featuring Venezuelan pulled beef, black refried beans, red bell pepper pico de gallo, sweet plantain), “Breggy Bomb” (Alex Bregman; New Mexican green chile chicken, tempura fried avocado, shredded red cabbage, queso) and “La Piña” (Yuli Gurriel; roasted citrus pork, black refried beans, shredded red cabbage, pineapple pico de gallo); 17-foot TV screen on a pool-adjacent 6,000-square-foot patio at the tropical hotel bar.

About Space Cowboy: Located at 100 W. Cavalcade St. in the recently renovated Heights House Hotel, Space Cowboy was the first concept by owner and beverage director Greg Perez as part of the Night Moves Hospitality collective. A tropical take on the classic hotel bar, the concept serves fruit-forward boozy cocktails led by Bar Manager Sam Ruiz and Mexican-American fare by Chef Adriana Maldonado. Featuring a pool-adjacent 6,000-square-foot patio, Space Cowboy is part staycation getaway, part local watering hole. The bar is open from noon to 2 a.m., seven days a week. For more information, visit https://www.instagram.com/spacecowboyhou/.

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Cristian Javier is in better shape this season. Photo by Carmen Mandato/Getty Images.

As the Astros prepare to play their first game of spring training against the Nationals this Saturday, we're starting to see reports about how the players approached the offseason, and what tweaks they made to improve in the 2024 season.

Cristian Javier is a player Astros fans are hoping bounces back this year, as his ERA jumped from 2.54 in 2022 to 4.56 in 2023. Workload was thought to be one of the main factors causing his regression, he dealt with a dead arm last season and threw more innings than ever before (162).

Another explanation could be the pitch clock. This was another new element all pitchers had to deal with last year, and that also likely played a role in his struggles.

But according to The Athletic's Chandler Rome, Javier believes he was carrying some extra weight last season. Add that to some mechanical issues he was experiencing, and his struggles in 2023 make a lot more sense. And to be fair, he wouldn't be the first person to get a little fat and happy after winning a World Series.

In an effort to get back on track in 2024, Javier said he lost around 15 pounds this offseason. With the pitch clock not going anywhere, pitchers need to be in better cardiac shape than ever before.

Hopefully this modification helps Javier return to form and put up jaw-dropping numbers like he did in 2022. This rotation needs Javier to be the dominate pitcher we all know he's capable of being. With Justin Verlander behind schedule and Framber Valdez trying to bounce back from his own down year, Houston will depend on Javier like never before.

The Astros are certainly counting on it after giving him a 5-year, $64 million contract last season. Javier will definitely be a player to watch this spring.

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