Blum gets feet wet in Astros' broadcast booth

KISSIMMEE, Fla. -- His mother thought he did a great job, and his brother didn't think he was too bad. Geoff Blum was his toughest critic after his first game as the Astros' television analyst, which was Thursday. The former Astros infielder joined the broadcast team this year and will do about 80 games on TV.

"I was a little nervous," said Blum, who will work games with Alan Ashby when Bill Brown is taking time off. "Ashby does such a great job up there. Part of the time I was listening and enjoying what he had to offer, but I know it's a job and I have to contribute a little bit. So talking about what I know, which is baseball, it should come easy. It's a work in progress to figure out how to translate that and deliver it to the people."

Blum, whose 14th-inning homer in Game 3 of the 2005 World Series for the White Sox sank the Astros, is less than a year removed from playing. He retired after playing in 17 games for the D-backs last year, and played five seasons (2002-03, 2008-10) with the Astros.

"It's interesting, but at the same time, it's such a big change to go from on-field stuff to sitting back in a booth and having time to think about stuff going on down on the field," Blum said. "I miss being on the field, but I'm happy to be with the Astros because it's going to be an interesting year. They've got a good group of talent, and it's one of those wait-and-see type situations."

Brian McTaggart is a reporter for and writes an MLBlog, Tag's Lines. Follow @brianmctaggart on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.