Houston Astros: Four ways this team compares to the 93-95 Rockets

HOUSTON, TX - NOVEMBER 03: George Springer
HOUSTON, TX - NOVEMBER 03: George Springer /
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HOUSTON, TX – NOVEMBER 03: Houston Astros outfielder George Springer /

The Houston Astros winning the World Series was an emotional boost for the city still recovering from Hurricane Harvey. But in the midst of a run, it’s a reminder of why Houston thrives when the chips are down.

The Houston Astros have done their job and after 22 seasons without a championship since the Rockets, the city of Houston has a reason to celebrate.

It’s been 22 years since we last won a title. That is unless you decide to count the 2007 Houston Dynamo, which I think we should. But it sure felt like forever since the Houston Rockets had a championship parade.

It’s been a long time since the Houston Rockets last had a parade in downtown. We remember the images of confetti flowing down the city while the players were on firetrucks waving to the people. Who can forget the trophies being shown to the crowd as a sign that we own it for one year?

I watched the Houston Astros parade on TV and I started to see pictures of similar things happening in both parades. The Rockets and Houston Astros were on fire trucks wearing championship t-shirts. They even had the trophies with them and the confetti was there. The crowd was very big in both parades. More so for the Astros than the Rockets.

Then it hit me. This season was a reminder of what the Rockets went through during the 90’s’ era.


Here me out when I say this. We are never going to be the flashy city like New York or Los Angeles. I don’t think we’ll be as big of a sports market as maybe Dallas unless we go on this incredible binge in Houston where championships come easy. I’m sure there will be more in the years to come.

But at the end of the day, the only way Houston gets respect and sympathy is when either something bad happens or we do something incredible. It sucks to say that, especially since I’m a proud Houstonian. Yet, that’s the reality. Houston is just as great of a place to live in as Los Angeles or New York are great for tourists.

I like the cities mentioned above, but I couldn’t see myself living in them right now. That’s why I consider Houston my hometown even if I’m not always around.

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The thing with Houston and our sports is that no matter how much good our teams are, we probably won’t get the respect and praise from the national media unless we prove them wrong. That’s why the 1994-95 Rockets and the 2017 Houston Astros are tied down. We’re talking different sports, but there’s a mindset on both teams that when pushed to the corner, we come out swinging.

With that being said, it’s time to look into four reasons (you thought I would say three) why the similarities between the teams are there.