Root Sports, Prospects, Hope
Jun 30, 2014; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Astros right fielder George Springer (4) hits a home run during the first inning against the Seattle Mariners at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports
We fast forward to the present day of Astros baseball. For the first time since 2008 the Astros now field a team that shows .500 capabilities. Even so, the 2008 team did not provide a chance for long-term success. The Astros find themselves in a place with key prospects on the spring roster currently in George Springer, Jon Singleton, Carlos Correa, Mark Appel, Colin Moran, and Asher Wojciechowski just to name a few. Not all of them are major league ready, obviously, but the faces are apparent and known by the hardcore fans.
With success on the way, will the mainstream fans come back just for simple improvement? Does a .500 team mean that they fill the stadium like the glory days of the mid 2000’s? It will take some time, but there are a few factors that fare well for Houston. The Astros being back on Root Sports Southwest is a start. To my knowledge, Root Sports still does not have the same range that Fox Sports Houston had, but it’s a start nonetheless. The majority of Houston can now see their team once again.
Second, the Astros will not be short on superstar power. George Springer, Carlos Correa, Jose Altuve, Mark Appel, Jon Singleton, and maybe Dallas Keuchel? These guys all have a chance to be beloved by the fans if things go right. The Astros are one of the most top-heavy teams in baseball and now it is all about depth.
Finally, fans love the long ball. In 2015 the Astros will feature the most powerful lineup they have boasted in several years. With the additions of Jed Lowrie, Evan Gattis, and Colby Rasmus the already powerful team should grow stronger. The instant offense of George Springer and Chris Carter is a spectacle for fans to see. It is worth the price of admission alone when these guys are hot!
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