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