Ausmus farewell video available online

Ausmus farewell video available online

HOUSTON -- A nearly packed house at Minute Maid Park laughed along with Brad Ausmus during the tribute video prior to the catcher's final game on Sunday, and now, due to popular demand, fans who weren't at the game can join in the fun as well.

The Ausmus video, packed with commentary from Jeff Bagwell, Craig Biggio and others that both pays tribute to the longtime Astros favorite while poking fun at everything from his surfing hobby and a career batting average that barely scraped the .250 mark, is now posted on

The video, created by Astros assistant director of ballpark entertainment Brock Jessel and production coordinator Joey Graham, can be found in the upper right-hand side of the homepage, in the "video corner" section (or in this article).

Also posted are the messages from select players thanking fans for their support this season. Those ran Sunday as well.

Ausmus has yet to decide if he'll retire from baseball, but he ended his 10-year Houston career after the final game of the season Sunday. The Southern California native, citing a desire to be closer to home, could continue his career if the Padres, Angels or Dodgers express interest, but if not, he'll likely retire.

Ausmus played for the Astros in 1997-98 and again from 2001-08.

Alyson Footer is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.