Dear Drayton McClane,
I am an Astros fan and would like to express to you some things that have been worrying myself and fellow Astros fans, in the hope you take some of our suggestions under advisement.
I am not a native Houstonian, like yourself, but a transplant via Detroit, Michigan, Binghampton, New York and Boca Raton, Florida. I grew up watching teams like the Darrell Evans era Tigers, Don Mattingly Yankees, the 1986 World Series Champ Mets, and even the inception of the . I moved to Houston in 1996, and was priviledged to see some great Astros teams, i.e. the 1998-1999 Astros.
What really endured me to the team was the 2005. I was a 23 year-old man/boy, still looking for an identity, when I found a team I could sympathize with. The 15-30 loveable losers. Guys like Bagwell, Biggio, Berkman, Ensberg, hell even . They were underachievers, much the same way I felt my whole life. I never really appreciated Astros Baseball until the 2005 season. Sure, call me a badwaggoner. I cried, bled, swore, hugged and rejoiced for that team. I even had a CD with the stupid Eminem '05 Astros remix of " " on it. These were guys that made me feel good. Like even I could do it. They did it.
The first Houston baseball game I went to was my Senior Year of High School, the 3rd game played at Minute Made Park (Enron back then, but you know how that went).
I was there for the crazy '08 run that was derailed by two guys named (Hurricane) Ike and Bud (Selig). I was there for Hunter (against the Cubs haha) and Lance's only grand slams (a game where Tim Lincecum started. I can retell the whole inninng play by play). I saw also-ran Brian Mohler outduel Cy-Fair gunslinger and World Series Champ Josh Beckett. I took my Dad to see the Astros play against my HOMETOWN Detroit Tigers, and cheered on the Good Guys. I am an Astros fan.
Fast forward 5 years. I now have a family of my own. My 7 month old daughter watches the games with her Dada. She loves herJunction Jack outfit and mini Astros hat. I have a swell Astros jersey, t-shirt, hat and bobblehead, as well as autograph, selection.
My concern is, we Houstonians and beyond love "your Astros" as our own. When are you gonna love us back? How long must this misery persist? It makes my heart swell when you say things like "root our boys on to another championship" and "this guy will add depth and punch to our roster". We can't lose! It also makes me ill when I wake up in the morning and see that 48 games into the season, we are 12 games back. We can be (I know the front office loves this term, Astros fans live and die by it) mathematically eliminated by All-Star Break.
I knew fully that at the onset of the '10 season, we would finish towards the bottom of the Central Division. But I kept telling myself that Roy-O has 1 more worthy year, Hunter and Bourn can repeat their great seasons, was the rotation answer!, Pedro Feliz will anchor great infield defense!
The point I want to make is this, Baseball is a business for you. Profit sharing, revenue, merchandise, brand recognition. For us, its personal. We adorn our garage and bedroom walls with pictures ofand . We watched 15-6 drubbing by the Reds (the REDS? WE OWN THEM!) like we expected a different outcome. We swept the Cardinals! We can pull it together!
I know you're in this to make money. But if you can't get attendance to break 26,000 people, selling 10 game plans for $20, can't give away Astros merch, how can you turn a profit? Its time to face the music Mr. McClane, the best solution to this team is to suck it up, push down the proverbial plunger, and blow up the team.
We love our Vets. We also want to see our boys WIN. I'd relish in watching Big Puma in brick reds until he can't walk, but we deserve the shot at a. I like to refer to Ed Wade as the little dutch boy with his finger in the dam. How long can you put band-aids on flesh wounds?
Trade Roy. He deserves it. Sit Carlos Lee down and tell him what he is doing to your franchise. I'll get the entire city of Houston, every citizen, to pitch in $20. Release or trade him. We will help defer the cost if it means we don't have to see him chase EVERYTHING.
We want to win. We want Our Guys to do it. They aren't getting it done. Do the right thing, Mr. McClane. It's time to rebuild, before it's too late. I am very close to trading my $45 New Era 59/Fifty On Field Official Astros Hat and Brick Red Home Majestic Lance Berkman jersey in for some Tigers gear. I'm from Detroit and at this dismal point in the season, no one would blame me.
Astros fan since 1997
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