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If you build it....they won't come till it's built

 

Mr. Crane! Have you forgotten that this is Houston? This is the capitol of "Fair weather fan USA". If you win; the fans will come. If you don't....there won't be enough fans in Minute Maid to chase down a foul ball...or any that care to do so. Jim Crane must understand his fan base. Most fans will show no patients as this "new guy" attempts to build a team that will allegedly win for a long time. If improvements are seen; then the fans will come out. Not in large numbers but also not in "Florida" number either. The idea that the Astros can wait for the "children" to mature and the fans will come to see this process is laughable. There will be a significant need to bring in some veteran players to help this team along to keep them watchable. Prior to the recent road trip and trades; while attending a game, I sat in the upper part of the field boxes. Let me see…. in that section there was me, my glove in its seat, my cold beverage in its seat, my personal peanut and cotton candy vendor and my 50 best friends masquerading as seats. If Jim Crane thinks this will change if he "educates" us about his "plan" he’s goofy (my apologies to Goofy and the Disney Corp.). Many of us went through the lean years in the dome. Games during the week when after the 5th inning they would ask everyone to move as far down as possible so that the seats didn’t look so empty on TV (what little coverage there was). Games with so few in attendance you could hear someone belch in the next section over. This is what is coming the Astros way and to some extent is here now. Attendance is based in Houston sports on two things: 1) Winning; 2) Being the football team. Texans fans are far more forgiving and patient that Astros fans.  2011 by all accounts should yield approximately 53 wins. Meaning this is soon to officially be the worst team in team history. Unless Mr. Crane can convince fans that the 2012 Astros will be significantly better he won’t be able to sell season tickets to the players’ families. It would; in my humble opinion, behoove ownership to; at the very least, bring in a decent free agent at a position of need (3rd base comes to mind) so that there is some hope that a non-embarrassing season could be achieved. Otherwise; if the youngsters start off as that did this year, Minute Maid will be one beautiful, EMPTY stadium. At least I’ll always have a good seat. It’s your choice Jim….make it wisely.

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