HOUSTON – Houston Baseball Great and current Houston Astros reliever Jesse Crain celebrated his 10-year anniversary in the Big Leagues this August after he made his MLB debut on Aug. 5, 2004 with the Minnesota Twins.
Crain, a second-round selection in 2002, drafted and signed with the Minnesota Twins. He is just one of six Cougars all-time to have played at least 10 years in the Major Leagues and one of seven named to an All-Star game during his tenure.
Crain transferred in for one season with the Cougars and quickly made a statement as both a shortstop and pitcher.
He finished the 2002 season with a .309 batting average and added 11 home runs and 47 RBI. However, he was equally effective on the mound where he compiled a 4-0 record with 10 saves and a 0.23 ERA.
The Boulder, Colo., native allowed only one earned run to score all season - in his final appearance at the NCAA Super Regional at Austin - and threw 35.2 consecutive scoreless innings, the second longest streak in UH history.
Crain was named a First-Team All-America by Baseball America and Baseball Weekly and was a Second-Team honoree by American Baseball Coaches Association/Rawlings and the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association.
After entering professional ball in 2002, by 2003, Crain had played at three different levels and was called up in early Aug. 2004 to make his Major League debut. To conclude the 2004 season, Crain went 3-0 with a 2.00 ERA as a reliever. In 2005, Crain made the Major League roster and opened the year 8-0 to set a record for the most consecutive wins in relief to start a career.
Crain played for Minnesota from 2004-10 before being traded to the Chicago White Sox, eventually becoming a franchise record holder. From 2011-13, Crain pitched in relief and by 2013, he was named the set-up man for the White Sox. From April 17 to June 22, Crain pitched 29 straight scoreless appearances to set a franchise record. 2013 was shortened due to injury, but Crain logged 19 holds and a 0.74 ERA, striking out 46 in 36.2 innings and for that was elected to the All-Star Game, but since he was injured, he was replaced by Justin Masterson.
After a stellar short stint with Chicago, Crain was traded to the Tampa Bay Rays on July 29, 2013. Crain was part of the 2013 playoff team, but didn’t compete due to injury.
On December 31, 2013, Crain agreed to terms for a one-year contract with the Houston Astros.
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With the 2014 Houston Baseball season in the books and the 2015 season nearing, enjoy the fall by celebrating the opening of our new football stadium, TDECU Stadium and support the Houston Football team by purchasing season/group tickets.
2014 FOOTBALL SEASON TICKETS
Houston fans can guarantee a place in history by purchasing season tickets for the first season in the new TDECU Stadium. Season tickets are currently on sale starting at just $140 as are Memorial Hermann Family Plan four-pack season tickets, two adult and two youth, for just $299. Lower-level reserved season tickets start at just $200.
Fans interested in purchasing Houston Football season tickets for as low as $140 for seven games can contact the Ticket Sales department online or by calling 713-GO-COOGS (462-6647).
Houston opens the 2014 season at 8 p.m., Friday, Aug. 29, when it hosts UTSA in the first game in TDECU Stadium.
2014 FOOTBALL MINI PLANS
For those Houston fans who are unable to make it to TDECU Stadium all season, three-game mini plans are available for purchase for $99.
The three-game mini plans give Houston Football fans two options - the opening game of TDECU Stadium vs. UTSA on Friday, Aug. 29, and any other two games this season, except for the Oct. 2 game vs. UCF, or the aforementioned Oct. 2 game vs. UCF, the 2014 Fiesta Bowl champion, and any other two games this season with exception of the TDECU Stadium opener on Aug. 29. The remaining five games for UH fans to pick from consist of 2013 bowl game participants UNLV and Tulane along with Temple, Tulsa and Grambling State. Fans can purchase mini plans here or by calling 713-GO-COOGS (462-6647).
YOUNG ALUMNI TICKET INFORMATION
University of Houston alumni from the last five years (2010-14) can purchase season tickets for just $125 (upper levels) and $175 (lower level) in specially designated Young Alumni sections with a multiplier of four times donations to Cougar Pride giving levels for the first five years after graduation. Each ticket consists of a $25 Cougar Pride donation with the four times Young Alumni multiplier, resulting in a $100 donation credit and a Cougar Pride parking pass in the TDECU Stadium Garage. Young Alumni can purchase tickets here or by calling 713-GO-COOGS (462-6647).
GROUP TICKET INFORMATION
Single-game group ticket sales for the inaugural season in TDECU Stadium are now on sale via the Houston Athletics Ticket Office. Groups of at least 10 or more can purchase tickets starting at just $21 per person to any of Houston’s seven home games, including 2014 Fiesta Bowl champion UCF, by calling the Houston Athletics Ticket Office at 713-GO-COOGS (462-6647) or by clicking here.
SINGLE GAME TICKET INFORMATION
Single-game ticket sales for the inaugural season in TDECU Stadium go on sale on Tuesday, Aug. 5, via the Houston Athletics Ticket Office. Reserved seats start at $36 per person to any of Houston’s seven home games, including 2014 Fiesta Bowl champion UCF, and can be purchased by calling the Houston Athletics Ticket Office at 713-GO-COOGS (462-6647) or by clicking here.