TCB Daily Crawfish Boil: Map of Astros fandom pretty small

The last stand of a proud species. - Bob Levey

Facebook created a map just to make us all feel bad about how few Astros fans are left.

Back in 2004 and 2005, Astros fans were as plentiful as the buffalo. They roamed the plains of Texas in great herds, stretching as far as the eye can see.

Now, the Astros fan is in danger of going completely extinct. We'll never know the exact cause of the falling numbers. Some have speculated its habitat encroachment, as the rising cost of attending games squeezed the fan out. Some have said its the lack of food, as ever-present TV issues prevent most fans from watching the team every day.

Most likely is the over-hunting by the Texas Rangers that has gone on since the Rangers made the World Series in 2010 and 2011. That success, coupled with Houston's tumble, led to easy pickings for the greedy Rangers as they scoured Central Texas of Astros fans.

Whatever the reason, the Astros fan seems to be heading the way of the dodo. If we don't do something to save it, we may lose this majestic creature forever.

Don't believe me? Check out this map of the territories of all 30 MLB fan species. See how tiny the Astros fan section is? This is also data culled from Facebook, so you know its accurate.

What do you think? What's the best way to save the Astros fan? Will we find secret pockets of them in Louisiana some day? Will they roll off the plains in droves to see Carlos Correa? Or, have the Rangers and their repeating rifles ended them once and for all?

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