I'm a bad fan. I used to watch every pitch of every game and bemoan the occasional day there was no TV. Now I watch a few innings at a time, just to see how the Astros will lose a tight game or marvel at a blowout.
I really can't enjoy the live atmosphere anymore due to failing eyesight. I need the angles and electronic help afforded by the media to see the action. But a young person could enjoy this time of affordable live baseball just as I did in the late 70s.
This too shall pass. The Astro will improve. But it will be a while. Now is the time to say, "This is my team, win or lose." This is when you get credit for going through the losing seasons. It will make the eventual Championship Runs all the more sweet.
I have seen the Promised Land. I may not get there with you, but I have seen it.
"I watch them because Nolan Ryan and company have built a quality, winning team"
Uh, you know Nolan Ryan had little to nothing to do with the team they are currently fielding? The regime prior to him is the one that built that foundation.
I must admit it has been tougher to care to watch them lately but I do because I love baseball and I'm a life long Astros fan, win or lose.
The recent lengthy road trip out west, coupled with the losing, made it difficult to keep track of them (it's even worse for me as I'm in the eastern time zone). My interest did start waning at that time although I know I will always be a fan. At times I'm tempted to just go watch a local A ball game, despite the fact that the home team is in the Brewers organization!
If I make it over to Houston this summer I will definitely go and see them live if at all possible. I miss MMP, the fans, etc.
"Let's me know that deep down this is very much a baseball town."
Let's be honest; it's a winning baseball town. Just like a winning basketball town (look at what happened with Rockets' attendance last year).
No offense, but you talking about attendance is like someone who didn't vote talking about who won the presidential election.
I am about town a lot, and I see lots of Astros gear still. Shirts, hats, jerseys and whatnot. And the last couple games at home when it looked like we might win, the crowd was really into it and showing their support.
"Jon Daniels is the main reason all of these players are there now and he worked for both owners. The big deals that brought in the talent were when they traded Mark Texiexra(sp) to Atlanta and got Elvis Andrus, Neptali Feliz, and Matt Harrison. Then, they dealt Edison Vosquez to the Reds for Josh Hamilton."
Those moves all happened BEFORE Ryan got there. Check your facts before you go checking mine.
Ernest I have been an Astros fan since before they were named the Astros. I may get disappointed at times, I will admit that, but I would never turn my back on the team I have followed since my youth.
These games against the Nationals have been lots of fun. I not only get to watch all the new players being brought up or in some of their cases back up but I am seeing the future. Sure they have lost the games but I smile that we are in the games until the last out with the team with the best win record in MLB.
Since I just turned 68, I just hope they don't delay winning the WS before I either don't understand or can't see major league baseball anymore. ha ha ha
As Linda use to say, I HEART THE ASTROS!
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Who the heck is Lot?
"Who the heck is Lot?"
Shut it, grouch.
The last God Fearing Man in Sodom (Though hardly righteous).