The first thing to be thankful for as a Houston Astros’ fan
Oct 11, 2015; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Astros left fielder Colby Rasmus (center), second baseman Jose Altuve (27), and shortstop Carlos Correa (1) celebrate after defeating the Kansas City Royals in game three of the ALDS at Minute Maid Park. Astros won 4-2. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports
On this Thanksgiving Eve, as Houston Astros’ players and fans alike prepare to celebrate family and all the things that they are thankful for. Following the 2015 playoff season, Astros fans have many things to be thankful for. While everyone has different things that they are thankful for, I wanted to give three personal reasons to be thankful. They will center around Astros things because you probably don’t wish to hear about all my personal stuff.
The was much to celebrate in 2015, as the Astros returned from a decade of not being in the playoffs. During that time, there has been a changing of guards from Jeff Bagwell and Craig Biggio to Jose Altuve, George Springer, and Carlos Correa. The pitching staff has changed from Roy Oswalt, Roger Clemens, and Andy Pettite to Dallas Keuchel, Collin McHugh, and Lance McCullers. The 2005 and 2015 teams may have played different style games, they both relied on timely hitting and decent pitching.
As a lifelong Astros fan, here are three things that I am thankful for this Thanksgiving.
1) The Astros are fun to watch and talk about
For the past 4-5 years, the Houston Astros have not been a fun team to watch before 2015. I have always supported the Astros, but there were times that I paid attention, but if they fell behind I would just change the channel. I always supported what Jeff Luhnow was doing during the process, but the losing attitude that the team adopted was draining. My ticket representative with the Astros would call me several times inquiring if I would like to purchase season tickets. I remember telling him several times that I would not buy season tickets again until Correa and Springer were on the team, I fulfilled my end of the bargain getting full-season tickets for 2016.
Now that those two are on the Astros team, they have brought back a winning attitude back to Houston. Even in 2014, when Springer was out for the rest of the season, it was not as exciting with him not in the lineup. As I walk through the hallways at school, people are always asking me what players the Astros are going after. Baseball in Houston was dormant for a few seasons, but the love of the game has been resurrected this season and fans started supporting the team towards the end of the season.
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