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After 51 years of rooting for the Houston Colt 45s or the Houston Astros, it was disappointing to hear that the Houston Astros will be playing in the AL in the year 2013. I'll have one more year, to enjoy National League baseball complete, with all the strategic moves and rivalries like the St. Louis Cardinals and the Chicago Cubs. That’s the way baseball was meant to be played.

I knew about the possible move months ago but when I heard that new owner Jim Crane was going to get a $70 million discount just to approve moving the Astros to the American League; I knew it was a done deal. Come on, if you were in his shoes without any ties to the Astros, you would've done the same thing. It was a business decision that was made without any fan input. Houston sportswriters, Richard Justice told the Houston sports fans to grow up and get over it because the move was a good thing. I like Richard Justice but I don't agree that there ever was a Ranger-Astro rivalry. There could be in the future but right now the Texas Ranger franchise is way ahead of the Houston Astros because the latter is in a rebuilding stage.

I'll have to set my DVR because the Astros will move to the American League West with the Texas Rangers, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Seattle Mariners, and the Oakland Athletics. It's not that the Astros didn't play West Coast teams under its current alignment, but now they will play them much more often. It'll be good to play the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox more regularly also but Seattle’s Ichiro Suzuki will be 40 years old in the year 2013, so he might not be as good when we get to see him regularly.

The Houston Astros have been a snake bitten team because just when we thought they were building a dynasty, something drastic would happen like Dickey Thon getting hit in the face by a Mike Torrez fastball ending his future Hall of Fame career. The Los Angeles Dodgers hitters would complain for days after facing the likes of J.R. Richards, Joe Niekro, and Nolan Ryan. The combination of blazing fast balls and a knuckleball pitcher in between would start many hitting slumps. J.R. Richard's career was shortened with a life-threatening blood clot in his neck in 1980. Five years earlier, Don Wilson who threw a no- hitter, struck out 235 batters in 225 innings in his last season of his brief career with the Astros, was found dead in his garage with his car still running. The death was ruled accidental. Even in the 2005 World Series, the Astro's premier home-run hitter, Jeff Bagwell, was playing with a career-ending shoulder injury. All teams have their injuries, but I think the Houston Astros had more than their share.

If I'm still around in 2013, I will make the trip to Minute Maid, but I might choose a date when the Chicago Cubs or St. Louis Cardinals are in town. I'm not a big fan of inter league play because of the designated hitter but with time I assume that will change. I don't mind it at the high school, college, or minor league level, so it shouldn't be that difficult. I'm a baseball purist, we don't need to shorten the game, have TV replays overriding an ump's call, a designated hitter, or elevated pitching mounds.

What do you think; was it a good move? Feel free to share your memory and thoughts.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone