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Astros Listen: Moving "Community Leaders" Billboards From Left Field

The Astros’ front office continue their policy of “ask and you shall receive”, as the well intended but aesthetically displeasing Community Leaders signs will be moved from the left field lights of Minute Maid Park. Orbit and Clutch rejoice!


Brian McTaggart, who covers the Astros for, broke the news with this tweet earlier.


Since then Reid Ryan has addressed the media and McTaggart has released his article giving the details of the relocation.

Ryan said the signs would be lowered to a spot below the railroad tracks and above the left-field wall and left-center-field walls. The signs will be moved by Opening Day.

And he also gives a nice quote from Mr. Ryan about how the relocation is a win-win:

“We’ve listened to the fans,” he said. “This is a great program, and it’s unlike any program that’s ever been launched in professional sports that we know of, and what we wanted to do is respect everybody. These corporate partners we have are doing some unbelievable things in the city.

“Fans appreciate the program, but what they want is to be able to see the train, see the fireworks, be able to see the skyline at night. Where the signs are located, it sort of took away from what are some of the best attributes of the stadium and the things that people have come to love over the years.”

McTaggart gives some background on the program as well as a few more quotes from Ryan so check it out.

Red Hot Take Warning!

So yeah, I didn’t like the signs either.

Signage is part of sporting landscape these days so to a certain extent you have to accept it. One of the most historic franchises, the Red Sox, have even covered the Green Monster in an array of advertisements and signage, as well as putting two big Volvo and Sports Authority billboards in-between their left field lights. I don’t like them, but for the most part you don’t even notice it. However the amount of air space that these Community Leader signs were taking was impossible to ignore. Put something like that up in Wrigley Field and I’m pretty sure you would start a riot.

Maybe it’s because Houston doesn’t get to experience outdoor baseball all that often, and that piece of the Houston sky and skyline is the closest thing we can get to the feel of fresh air at the ballpark. Or maybe the fans are just pissed that the Astros have been terrible, so they carry the negativity over to the actual stadium.

Either way, it’s nice to know someone is listening.

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