It’s the time of year when Americans pause to give thanks. No matter how bad things may seem, we can always find something to be thankful for- a loved one, a kind gesture from a stranger, or simply being alive. It has been a tough year for Astros fans. But we too have reasons to be thankful.
The team is no longer in a state of limbo. We have a new owner who has proclaimed his resolve to building a winner. Things may not get better overnight, but I believe Jim Crane is on the right track to turning it around.
We have the first pick in the upcoming draft. We lost a shortstop but gained a draft pick. The Clint Barmes signing also gives us an extra pick at the end of the first round.
Yes the Astros are ticketed for the American League in 2013. But we should be thankful that they will still be playing in the big leagues, and in Houston. It’s not like they’re moving to Japan. Heck, we may even see ticket prices drop.
There are plenty of young and exciting players with the potential to be around for a long time. Recent trades have dramatically improved a once decimated farm system.
As we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the franchise we can reflect upon the outstanding teams and players of the past. As we embark upon our new journey into the American League we can look forward to new experiences, rivalries, and heroes.