So What Happens to the Astros if They Lose Their Fans?
So I wonder if the fans will return in 2022 when maybe the Astros are once again competitive. I wonder if they'll come back despite being called idiots for questioning the excessive defensive shifts, or being derided for thinking management and the fanboys might believe having the best farm system is more important than winning the World Series. And combine that with the ticket prices and the belief that they can't watch Rockets games because the Astros vetoed CSN Houston carriage deals, and I begin to believe the Astros will never recover those disaffected bandwagon fans.
Does anyone still give a damn about these guys?
The Astros still have fans, though that dwindling number appears to be just diehard baseball fans, and the science experiment fanboys who seem to prefer discussing the success or lack thereof of the tandem rotation while belittling anyone they feel isn't properly deferential to the team's front office. But the rest of the city's angrily tuning out the club, and with CSN Houston crashing and burning, the lack of TV money means the Astros are in real trouble with nobody attending the team's games and paying lots of dollars for concessions and merchandise.
Yes, the Rockets had a playoff game Wednesday. Yes, there were two other NBA playoff games, and there were three NHL game sevens being played (game sevens in the Stanley Cup playoffs are the most intense games played in any North American sport). But the Astros, and baseball fans, should be very troubled that a packed sports bar could not find one screen to display the home team playing a baseball game hours before the basketball game begins.
Maybe it's nothing. Maybe things will return to normal when/if CSN Houston pops up everywhere and/or the team ever starts to win again. But as a baseball fan, I'm worried about the health of the Houston Astros. It's nice the minors are so good and that there's a plan in place. Let's just hope that enough people who actually give a damn are left when the team starts winning again. If the team ever starts winning again, that is.