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well, new owners always make big splashes in free agency within their first two years of ownership, so Astros fans can look to somebody big coming in, but there's still a long way to go before its a competitive team again.
Arizona makes more sense geographically, but it's Houston that's in a six-team division already, so Arizona moving would have meant an NL Central team then moving to Arizona's spot. no sense in shifting two teams around when you can just do it with one, especially when you have little resistance by saying "move to the AL or you won't be approved as owner."
Well H@ll, I guess my hopes of a all Texas World Series are over, unless next year the Astros... nah never mind.
I hear you.
How about Mike Scott's no- hitter against the San Francisco Giants to clinch the 1986 Championship? And if they would have won that 16 inning game against the Mets; they had Mike Scott ready for the deciding game.
Now if we can just get Nolan back on the mound! Ah, good times.
Bud blackmailed Crane into accepting the move, then paid him in blood money to make him like it. As with all transactions of this pedigree, a curse will follow.
Go Sugarland Skeeters!!
Well I'm glad that stupid "boot trophy" will finally die but the Rangers were losing a lot of TV revenue due to the late night West coast games...The Astros will follow the same faith for a while,perhaps that's why Crane got the $70 million discount.
The rivalry between the Rangers and the Astros may spark some interest,now that they will be in the same division but the inter league play didn't.
Arizona would have been a better fit.
the Brewers were already moved once; you can't just do that to them again. plus moving a team takes agreement from the team's owner, so Houston was the natural choice. Selig made the move to the AL a condition of approving the new owner. and the natural rivalry with the Rangers will add some interest.
That's true,our memories are not for sale.
Only about 100 of us were left at this game.
Dang,Riverboat,you have a great memory and thanks for jolting mine...I now remember the announcers reminding us how the teams were running out of players.
Unfortunately Selig might go into HOF because of tenure but not because he deserves it unless it's for being the weakest less effective commissioner of all time ,since Judge Landis.
I remember that game like it was yesterday. It disgusted me. The players acted like it was a schmooze-fest. The pitchers got used up because the managers allowed it to please fans from every team. There was no overall effort to take the game seriously and win the thing because it was less a sport than a beauty contest.
Oh, I could definitely go on about Selig. I detest him and Jerry Jones equally.
You're right about Selig,he wouldn't make a decision on the 2002 all-star game (tied because players were used up),the steroid era,realignment, or the reinstatement of Pete Rose making him eligible for HOF....Arizona was the other logical answer.
Why couldn't they just move the Brewers back where they came from? Honestly, that feckless baseball commissioner Bud Selig has ruined the only thing left that's sacred in America.