Jim Crane will accept the reigns of the organization and become the worst owner in Astros history all in a matter of minutes. He had an opportunity to stand up to Selig and say no to a proposed move to the AL and he lost his backbone (if he had one). It takes 75% of the owners to approve the sale to Crane not 100%. Selig doesn't get a vote. It has always made more sense for Arizona (already being in the Pacific time zone and being much further West geographically) to move to the AL West being that they are the team with the least amount of history in the NL. Moving the Astros to the West was inevitable and would not have bothered nearly as many fans as a move to the AL will. We have a long, rich history with the Dodgers and Giants and personally I would welcome a return to the NL West to renew those rivalries.
For most fans; it is not about time zones and games starting at 9:00pm during the West coast swings. It's the difference between AL and NL style play. Crane is not listening to the fans and he's already trying to see how much money he can line his pockets with. He has caved in to Selig and sold out the fans.
We are not even remotely ready to play AL style ball and we won't be ready by 2013. If Crane is not willing to spend huge money; and by cutting payroll and begging the league for money it doesn't appear that he is, we will be in a similar situation to the KC Royals very soon.
It was a great run during the 90's and into the 2000's....the "2000-teens" do not look to be much fun. If it is true that history repeats itself; we are heading back into the 60's-70's Astros eras.
Nice job Jim.