Tonight: The End of an Astros Era (Last Chance to See National League, Old Uniforms, Bill Brown, Etc.)

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Thanks a bunch, here's a bobblehead
For many, the end of this year's Houston Astro season -- much like last year's Astro season -- could not come soon enough.

There are only so many 100-loss campaigns even the most diehard fans can be expected to endure, after all. (In case you are keeping score at home, the Astros are 42 and a half games out of first place in the NL Central.)

But every season must come to an end, and the final home game of the 2012 year is tonight, against the St. Louis Cardinals.

The Astros are thanking their dedicated fans to the utmost of their ability, by giving out a) a team poster (complete with "Who are these guys?" index, we hope), b) a J.R. Richard bobblehead to the first 10,000 fans (Better get there early...in the fifth inning) and something called "Price Matters Days Presented By H-E-B," which means some cheap tickets and food.

In other words, meh.

To be sure, though, there are some reasons to head out to Minute Maid tonight. In many ways it will mark the end of an Astros era.

5. Goodbye to the National League
The closer this gets to reality, the more the suckiness of it all sinks in.

In order to bargain his way down to the cheapest sale price available, new Astros owner Jim Crane agreed to throw 50 years or more of Houston baseball tradition down the toilet and move the team to the American League.

A lot of people have been minimizing the move, saying interleague play and endless player movement have lessened the uniqueness of MLB's two leagues. But Houston has always, since its minor-league days, been an NL town. The rivalries -- and yeah, they're not rivalries that rank with Yanks-Sox or Bears-Packers -- are in the NL. The AL brings with it the designated hitter, as if the Astros needed yet another reason to hire out-of-shape over-the-hill players hanging on for one more paycheck.

The National League is where the hearts of Astro fans belong. After tonight, it will be no more.

4. The old uniforms
Crane, like many a new owner, is determined to put his stamp on things. That could mean hiring an exciting on-the-way-up manager to inject some life into the listless Astro corpse, or it could mean trying to cover up the cadaver stink by changing outfits.

So far, we're pretty sure Crane is going with Plan B.

The current Astro uniforms aren't bad -- they're better than some monstrosities of the past; they're not as good as some of the classics the team has seemingly stumbled onto by accident -- but change for the sake of change seldom results in greatness.

So we'll just hold our breath and see what they eventually unveil for the Great Inaugural AL Season. Until then, it's your last chance to see the current unis, until some throwback moneymaking day comes around.


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15 comments
kittyringo
kittyringo

I divorced them this year to get a head start on their entry into the dh league. Never agian, will I support the Alstros.................

LisaKCarter
LisaKCarter

@TheMontresor The deeper depressing reality is knowing the Astros probably won't be moving forward for a decade.

kplo
kplo moderator communitymanager

I still don't understand why they had to change leagues. 

Ed8astro
Ed8astro

@AGirlintheSouth - This sucks

habeas_dorkus
habeas_dorkus

@AstrosCounty Agree. Wish I hadn’t given him the page click.

johnnybench
johnnybench topcommenter

You keep flogging this Bill Brown thing without any actual evidence.  Any statement has indicated that Brown might retire, there is nothing to support the notion that the Astros are "letting go" of him. 

ryanscott81
ryanscott81

@AstrosCounty you should have given more of a warning. That just put me in a foul mood.

ItsAllAboutDe
ItsAllAboutDe

@AGirlintheSouth @AstrosCounty I read that shit. Then I used it for my dogs to crap on...it wasn't paper, tho and now my monitor is a mess.

RedRaiderPD
RedRaiderPD

@AstrosCounty Is the Bill Brown part true?

The_Ponce
The_Ponce

Today is an historic day in Houston, Texas. After fifty years the Houston Astros will play their final home game in the National League. Starting next year they will be an American League team in Major League Baseball. Before the Houston Dynamo, Houston Aeros, Houston Texans, or Houston Rockets ever played a single game in this great city, people went to see the Colt 45s play at Colt Stadium, later they moved to Reliant Astrodome and with that came the name we all learned to love. Recent history dictates that the Astros haven't been championship contenders for around 6 years, but everybody in Houston is secretly an Astros supporter. Even if you've never been to a baseball, you probably wear merchandise with that iconic star with the H in the middle. That's how deep this city's culture has been engraved with the Astros. If you can try to make your way to Minute Maid Park try to catch this game, because no matter how you feel about them, if you love this city, you'll be witnessing the end of a magical era in the City of Houston.

RHODEB
RHODEB

@ItsAllAboutDe @AGirlintheSouth Where you guys sitting, tonight? Debby & I are in 108 R27 1&2. Had to go to last game of yr, at home.

Wyatt
Wyatt

 @The_Ponce I'm not sure switching leagues denotes the end of a magical era. It's not like the team is moving or even changing venues.

 

Unless you mean the end of the era in which we very rarely had to deal with Red Sox fans. In that case, i weep for the soon-to-be-old days.

ItsAllAboutDe
ItsAllAboutDe

@RHODEB @AGirlintheSouth I'm not sure but I think it's 124

The_Ponce
The_Ponce

 @Wyatt I despise Yankees' fans more, if you can even count them as fans. Unless you live in New York, Yankees' fans are usually just hipsters or people following fads. 

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