HOUSTON, TX - Former Astros pitcher and eight-year Major League veteran Brandon Backe will be the guest on Astroline tomorrow, Wednesday, Feb. 8, at 7 p.m. CT at Pluckers Wing Bar for the 11th installment of the offseason radio program. Astros radio play-by-play commentator Robert Ford will serve as the host. Ford and fellow radio broadcaster Steve Sparks will alternate hosting duties throughout the offseason.
Tomorrow night's Astroline, which is presented by Karbach Brewing Co., will air on the Astros Radio Network, the Astros flagship station KBME SportsTalk 790 AM and will stream online at Astros.com/Astroline. All shows are scheduled to broadcast on KBME SportsTalk 790, but are subject to change due to scheduling conflicts. Astroline broadcasts live, weekly from 7-8 p.m. CT during the offseason.
For the fourth consecutive season, Astroline airs from Pluckers Wing Bar (1400 Shepherd Dr., Houston, Texas, 77007). Astroline runs through March (7 remaining segments), and is open to all Astros fans with no admission charge. On Feb. 22, the location of the final five Astroline shows will move to West Palm Beach, which is the Astros new Spring Training home.
Fans can submit questions to the show via Twitter using the hashtag #Astroline, before and during the show. As always, fans will also have the option to call the show with questions at 713-212-5790.
Backe spent six of his eight Major League seasons with Houston from 2004-09, and pitched in some of the biggest games in franchise history. In 108 regular season games with the Astros (79 starts), he posted a 30-28 record, which included a 10-win season in 2005. Backe made seven postseason appearances (6 starts) with Houston from 2004-05, posting a 2.95 ERA (12ER/36.2IP) with a .188 opponent batting average and 32 strikeouts. During the Astros 2005 World Series run, Backe was the starting pitcher in Houston's NLDS Game 4 win over the Braves and NLCS Game 4 win over the Cardinals. In Game 4 of the World Series, he threw 7.0 scoreless innings.
Ford enters his fifth season as the Astros radio play-by-play commentator after being named to the post prior to the 2013 season. Before joining the Astros, Ford spent four seasons as the pre-and postgame host for the Kansas City Royals radio broadcasts on 610 AM KCSP, the Royals flagship station. The 2001 graduate of Syracuse University spent seven years broadcasting minor league baseball, calling more than 800 games during his stints with the Binghamton Mets, Kalamazoo Kings and Yakima Bears. Ford was twice named Frontier League Broadcaster of the Year (2003, 2004).