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A tribute to older fans

There is a lot of Houston baseball knowledge in here and we should tip our caps to all of the senior fans who have been around since the minor league days of Buff Stadium to the expansion days of Colt Stadium. Just a guess; but many of you probably have nightmares from the mosquitoes and shudder when you think about the heat and humidity which was not helped by the uncovered grandstands. I'm sure some of our elder statesmen of Astros "fandom" remember the ground breaking for the "Eighth Wonder of the World" being done by firing Colt 45's into the ground. Most fans have tremendous memories of the Astros in some way or another. My two greatest memories are; first, seeing my first game with my dad in 1973 and second, seeing Mike Scott's no-no in the dome. I can remember in '73 dad taking me down to the rail and getting my baseball signed by my two favorite players; Doug Rader and Roger Metzger. I still have that ball.

I am very thankful that my dad was able to see the Astros one World Series appearance. But now, with this team so far down and the forced move to the AL slowing the improvement process; will our older fans get to see this team prosper again? The tragedy is probably not. 

Thank you to the senior fans of the Astros for laying the groundwork for us and for future fans. If you hadn't supported the Astros for all of those lean years we may not even have a team today.

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