Where are we at here, Houston?
It looks as though our organization has emerged from the darkness and it’s about time. We have the top farm system in the entirety of Major League Baseball.
Can’t get much more positive than that, right? Right?!… Hello?
We’re at a turning point in Houston, so let’s test the waters.
The Houston Astros have been disappointing (to say the least) these last few years and the fans haven’t been bashful about vocalizing their displeasure. Houston used to be a baseball town. In the early to mid 2000′s, the Texans were still struggling to find their identity, and the Rockets were in a period of good, but not great basketball.
The Astros were the big dogs in town. It seems almost strange to say that now. We had the likes of Biggio, Bagwell, Berkman, (B)Ausmus, and (B)Ensberg at bat, and Clemens, Oswalt, Pettitte, and Lidge throwing for W after W after W.
The Astros were a perennial playoff contender and the ballpark was constantly sold out. Those were the days.
And then? No and then.
We’re all aware of what happened after our World Series “appearance” (yes I’m still bitter).
We endured bad contract after bad contract. Woody Williams, Carlos Lee, trading for Jason Jennings. Attendance slowly started to drop, as did interest in our baseball team. This coincided with the steady rise from mediocrity to contention for the Texans and Rockets, so the Astros were largely forgotten.
I’m not saying that you guys have missed much. In a way, it’s probably best that you didn’t look. Since 2009, it’s been a tough go around Minute Maid.
But, as I said previously, the fog is lifting. You’re about to get a glimpse of the future of this franchise. Players will be called up this year that we’ve been waiting a very long time to meet.
Hopefully they’re ready to meet us.
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