For Sanity's Sake, Just Say No to the Astros

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I admire what Jeff Luhnow and his crew are doing. It's just that I want the success in the minors in the minors to finally start showing up here in Houston. I want to go to MMP to watch a major league baseball team play a competitive game against a worthy opponent. And I want the ballpark to again be full of Astros fans, not people wearing Rangers jerseys or those coming out to pay homage to Derek Jeter.

In all honesty, I just can't think of any reason for anybody to waste their money by attending a game at Minute Maid Park this season. Just invest that money into MLB.TV and watch some legitimate major league teams play while sitting in the comfort of your own house. It'll be a much more pleasant experience (and speaking of which, perhaps we should all just be thankful that CSN Houston is such a mess that most of us can't even watch the games on TV even if we wanted). And if you must watch baseball in a real live ballpark, then head out to UH or Rice where two of the nation's best college baseball teams are playing.

The Astros are doing what must be done. Maybe if Drayton McLane wouldn't have ignored the minors for so long and wasted so much on big contracts for the likes of Carlos Lee the current regime would not be taking such drastic measures. But what's happening is ugly, and no, it doesn't in any way make you a bad fan if you don't want to watch this year. Just make sure to come back in 2015.

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wordlover
wordlover

I have been an Astros fan all of my life.  I don't care that they suck or not.  Do I get discouraged and frustrated? Of course.  But I will always be an Astros fan and I will be there on Opening Day, just as I have been for the past twenty years or so.  GO 'STROS!  

kejo66
kejo66

Jim Crane has run off a huge percentage of otherwise extremely loyal fans.  Then he wonders why his franchise lost value?  This might be the dumbest sports owner of all time.

Until this so called owner cares about the major league team on the field, the fans won't....He thinks he has the perfect blueprint to rebuild but he didn't account for the fact that this WAS a baseball town and now it's not.  He clearly has the attitude "Ahh they'll be back"....but this town will need a decade of competitiveness before it builds back up to what it was.  Remember when women thought the Astros were cool??  

Dear Mr. Crane :  please please please sell to a billionaire that can afford it...this has been a failure on every level, give up, cut your losses, nobody likes you.


Chris Dougherty
Chris Dougherty

why would the HP say not to follow something Houston. very disappointing

Puller58
Puller58

The Astros need a deep pocketed owner willing to spend.  This ownership group ain't it.

gossamersixteen
gossamersixteen topcommenter

Smoking pot doesn't make one a drug addict; it's not like he's shooting up.

stevek77536
stevek77536

"And if you must watch baseball in a real live ballpark, then head out to UH or Rice where two of the nation's best college baseball teams are playing."  My wife & I did just that this week when Rice played at UH.  Our first time in that park which is a little smaller than Reckling at Rice, but very nice.  $10 General Admission tickets gave us a great view, and the concession line was very short, even with a nice sized crowd including quite a few people in blue.  Good athletes on the field on both teams.  We'll go back.

jeeterbug
jeeterbug

I moved here 18yrs ago & I have attended games every season from 2000 up til 2012.  I only attended ONE game in 2012 & NO games in 2013.  I'm only going to 1 game this season & that's the april 5th game where they're going to have oswalt & berkman there in a pregame/retirement ceremony.  when I went online I couldn't believe the jump in ticket prices either.  I coughed up $34 for a 300 section ticket that used to cost only $22 the last time I attended in 2012.  I wish my employer raised my salary at the same rate the LASTROS raised ticket prices.   I too am stuck in this non-crapcast subscriber bs and can't even watch if I wanted to.  sadly, I don't feel like missed out on much by only being able to watch 8 or so games that broadcast in our market last season.

gevalien1
gevalien1

I am life long 'Stros fan and I will always be and yes it is very difficult to watch your team get slaughtered day in and day out but I keep thinking about how horrible the Cubs have been all these years and their fans still following and adore them.  Houston has a lot of fair-weather fans for all of our sports teams and that truly saddens me because I truly believe that this is why the national sports media refuse to take our us and our sports teams seriously.  The Rockets pack Toyota Center night after night because they win and because Les Alexander wants to win and will do whatever it takes.  Baseball is a very different animal, baseball players are molded from a very young age and owners and front offices rarely know what they are getting until many years down the road. I believe the Astros organization is making strides to field a quality product and I want to believe this.  I will be patient and who knows the boys might very well surprise us this year. Go 'Stros!!

DeathBreath
DeathBreath

I thought the Astros would improve once Drayton left.  But, I was wrong.  I can surely see why Houston has difficulty attracting franchises.  Texas needs to give up on the World Series.  After Nolan was railroaded in Dallas, there is not much left.  It will take years to reverse the Astros.  In the mean time, the fans can continue to piss & moan.  

txjboy
txjboy

We got the MLB TV package last year and have really enjoyed watching good baseball in the comfort of our home.  The Astros won't get a dime from me.  I don't care about $1 hotdogs or any other promotion.  I'm a native Houstonian...Buffs, Colt .45, and former Astros fan.

Quintin Outland
Quintin Outland

Let me guess, when the Astros have a good season Houston Press will encourage support and attendance. Smh.

rat618
rat618

For oldsters raised in Houston on the Buffs, Colt 45's, and Astros the inability to see the Cardinals is also a reason to stay away from MinuteMaid.

Nate
Nate

@gossamersixteen  Shooting up doesn't make one a drug addict; it's not like he's smoking meth.

wheremyhoesat
wheremyhoesat

@jeeterbug  They are also shooting themselves in the foot with the variable pricing. Tickets for my beloved Red Sox are marked up double of regular teams. I have gone to all games in a Red Sox series in the past but at these prices I'll pick one and probable in the (relatively) cheap seats. 

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