The password of a high-ranking Astros executive that Chris Correa used to access Astros’ systems was based on the name of a player “who was scrawny and who would not have been thought of to succeed in the major leagues, but through effort and determination he succeeded anyway,” assistant U.S. Attorney Michael Chu said on Jan. 8 when Correa pleaded guilty to hacking the Astros in federal court.

“So this user of the password just liked that name, so he just kept on using that name over the years,” Chu said in response to questioning from U.S. District Judge Lynn Hughes.

Sprinkling wit throughout the hearing, Hughes called that choice of password admirable, according to the transcript of the re-arraignment, which the Chronicle obtained via a records request.

Correa’s attorney, David Adler, said the password was similar to “Magidson123,”referencing Ken Magidson, the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Texas who prosecuted the case.