Idea #3: Win Against the Texas Rangers…in the Playoffs
For those wondering how the Astros besting the Rangers in a ballgame improves baseball, let me explain. You see, there has never been a true rivalry in Texas in terms of baseball between Houston and Dallas. Sure, you do have some recent history between the two as of late. But it is nothing of significance. Regular season match-ups can only accomplish so much.
One way to make this better: play and defeat the Rangers on national television in a playoff series.
Not only would the rivalry between the two franchises go to an all-time high, which is good for baseball, the state of Texas would become baseball crazy. Make no mistake as football will remain king in the state, even though I would like for that to change. But this would elevate the game to new heights in one of the most populated states in our fair Union.
Regardless of the marketing, free stuff or throwback uniforms, the act of winning is what truly drives interest in all sports. Some teams have a large enough following despite poor results, but not all are afforded the same luxury. See the 2010-2014 Astros as a prime example. And when baseball teams are winning and competing, then the game itself actually improves.
**Statistics courtesy of Fangraphs and MLB.com**