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No matter how bad the Astros sucked yesterday, at least they weren't 1-7, like last year.

Seriously, I think they already have more wins this early in April than they did all of last season.

It appears that they are trying to win fans with, wins!

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After 56 seasons, they did it. THE ASTROS ARE WORLD SERIES CHAMPIONS!!!!!!  Now, they can redesign the Crawford St wall once more to include a place of honor for the World Series banner.

since I was on a self imposed world series watch ban, I snapped this last night around the 7th inning.  

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Slash the ticket prices. More fans = more concessions sold even if the prices for those don't change.

Exactly, I was in a discussion with a friend of mine on the subject. I was saying Crane and Co. should find an organization each week and give away as many upper deck seats as they can. Say 2000 soldiers and their families that kind of thing. It makes the crowd look somewhat more full and if 1 person buys 1 concession out of the 2000 then that was money you otherwise wouldn't have had!

Again this is all in theory and I'm sure if people would find out that 1000s of tickets were given away they wouldn't be trying to pay for them, but it was a nice thought!

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Red, since when did you become a baseball fan???

I am always supportive of my Astros. But the Nationals, ugh. Now Cap'n Crunch, who spent some formative years in the DC area and misses the olden days of the Senators, is giving me endless shit about the Nats. I guess that means we're going to tomorrow night's game.

But hey, the Aeros squeaked into playoffs. Good thing there may be some action in Toyota Center this spring after all.

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But hey, the Aeros squeaked into playoffs. Good thing there may be some action in Toyota Center this spring after all.

not to change the subject, but isn't the league they are in comprised of 18 teams, 16 of which make the playoffs?

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Slash the ticket prices. More fans = more concessions sold even if the prices for those don't change.

Eh, hard to go much lower. Tickets could be had for as cheap as $5 last year. I like this better, keeping the ticket prices where they are (cheap) and letting people bring in their own food.

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As you all probably know already, the Astros are getting a new logo. You've also probably seen all the "leaks" of the logo, uniforms and "new" team mascot this week. Honestly, it is now getting to the point of pure embarrassment.

First the logo was leaked and the MLB submitted an apology to the Astors.. Then another leak happened and they blamed it on Sandy. Now the mascot leak?

My comment in yesterday's leak Chron story that they would accidentally leak the apology leak before the next leak. By now, I'd rather that just fess up to the intentional leaks, because now they just look incompetent, whoever "they" are, whether MLB or the Astros.

In the grand scheme of things, who cares, right? This is a good time to discuss their logo, move to the AL etc anyway, if anyone cares during the Texans season.

http://blog.chron.com/ultimateastros/2012/10/31/another-web-leak-will-mascot-orbit-soon-return-to-astro-land/

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bring back Orbit!!!!!!!!!!!!

I certainly prefer the nod to the original logo, it was a good simple team logo, and I was always disappointed by the 'open star' logo they changed to.

If it's a choice of keeping the 'open star' or old school, I pick old school, if it's a choice of old school, or unknown, I pick old school, I'm a pessimist and do believe that they would have made something even worse.

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He is sounding like a certified prick. The team may be privately owned but the stadium that you play in isn't. Now I want to pull down those stupid banners he added in the left field view more.

I am fine with the strategy of getting younger, but Crane is handling it like a D-Bag.

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In the wsj article says people may complain about it, they have a right to complain about it, but they're going to stick with the plan.

I suggest reading the wsj article. It actually made me excited about their strategy and makes me believe they are doing it the right way. Yahoo I think simply took the most offensive quote they could and ran with it solely for clicks and website visits.

As fans these days we can be quite impatient. But I'd rather be patient now and have a winner down the line than rush into it just to be eternally average.

I think this strategy irks the casual fan because they don't see W's. For those who simply like the game and appreciates skill and talent, even on an opposing team, I think they'll be fine with this strategy.

But sure, crane probably should have said that differently, but he right. It sounds like he wants to win and is willing to spend money, he just wants to effectively and at the right time.

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Crane wasn't the one that ran the Astros into the ground. Hopefully he's on the right track to making them a respectful franchise again. I'm not mad at him for rebuilding but I am mad at this whole exclusive Comcast TV network that won't let me watch Rockets or Astro games. Talk about alienating fans.

 

I had Comcast once and I wouldn't have them again even if they paid me. Worse company in the world. 

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At the least he needs to have someone advise him that when dealing with people who have been beaten into not caring, and are wanting really hard to start caring, he can't treat this like a market trade by saying 'shut up, I'm driving' and not piss people off. He may eventually get the team to a successful position, but he will need fans to make it an overall success.

 

He should start by maybe explaining why someone is going to pay over the average price for a ticket to the game to watch not only the worst paid team in the league, but the worst performing team in the league (based on 2012 standings).

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I give him credit for having the cajones to scrap everything. That being said, he could have stated things a little more PC. Also it sucks that he is basically keeping 60% of the area from seeing a fun rockets season.

Is the product of a 70 win team that much better than a 50? In terms of not being the worst 3 season team ever, yes. But in terms of fan appreciation I am sure that it makes no difference and crane and co obviously agree since the are confident in not making any bandaid signings.

I will reserve judgement until the team is in a position to compete...then we can see if he is willing to throw around cash.

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Sickening......Sounds like Donald Sterling of the Clippers.  Complete A-hole.  Sure they won the Pacific this year but it's their first ever.  They'll go back to cellar dwellers soon.  The Astros best player is 5 foot tall...this team is going to smell for awhile.

 

 

 

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I'm hoping we surprise ourselves a little bit this year. I really don't know much about the team, I just don't have much time anymore and sports radio barely talks about anything else but football.

So I guess we have new radio announcers this year huh? All the ones we have had since Milo sound so generic and I can't tell them apart. Hopefully the new guys stick around and they grow on us. They seem ok so far.

Fowler looks like he has a nice swing and looks like a natural athlete. Hoping Springer gets called up soon since it sounds like he is our stud.

For those who keep up better, who are our top fielders and pitchers, including the pen, besides Castro and Altuve?

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As a Houston homer, it kind of hurts a little bit that one of our best players first name is Dallas. But I think I'll get over it ;)

The Astros are silently and slowly getting better. Springer is starting to tear it up, which it's finally fun to see some success at the plate from the Astros too.

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This is pretty cool. When I first heard it on the radio I thought it was in the Majors, but still very cool nonetheless:

A 22-year-old Houston Astros prospect’s first home run of the season was caught by a familiar fan: his father.

 

http://houston.cbslocal.com/2014/05/27/astros-prospects-first-home-run-of-season-caught-by-his-dad/

 

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And Altuve is quietly having an All Star season. As of this post his bonafides include:

 

1. 4th in AL Batting Average

2. 1st in AL in Stolen Bases

3. 1st in Major leagues in hits (also #1 in At Bats)

4. 6th in AL in doubles

 

All this without a commiting a single error at second base.

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It would be so nice to be able to see this on TV.  But I'm not going to switch my service to Concast (not a typo) in order to do it.

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All this without a commiting a single error at second base.

 

Well sadly that just ended.

 

It would be so nice to be able to see this on TV.  But I'm not going to switch my service to Concast (not a typo) in order to do it.

 

Hey Mollusk, I don't have Comcast but I watch the games online through a portal. If you want the address just DM me

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Springer's home run last night was ridiculous. On tv I thought it was a lazy fly out. I was shocked to see how far over the fence it went. The Espn article said it was over 400 ft, dang!

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