The Community of Astros Fans
Oct 12, 2015; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Astros fans prior to game four of the ALDS against the Kansas City Royals at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Thomas B. Shea-USA TODAY Sports
Through thick and thin, the community of Astros fans has always been there. Even in the midst of disagreements, there is a camaraderie between all Astros fans that has withstood the test of time. From 1962 till now, the family has bonded together over their support of the blue-and-orange. Strangers turned into lifelong friends.
I have experienced all of this on a personal level. Many of my closest relationships started with a shared interest in the Astros, on some level. Even with people I yet to have the privilege of meeting face-to-face, there has been a meaningful sense of community established. My family also bonded greatly over the Astros over the years. My grandfather, uncle, brother and myself drew closer to one another because of this franchise.
Even with our grandfather gone now for almost three years, we always remember the meaningful time we shared rooting on our favorite baseball team through the good and bad. Whether that was dissecting the roster, complaining about bullpen usage, or watching nail biters of games, I have always treasured those memories. And for that I am thankful.