I know it has been a while since we have heard any promising news for the upcoming season. I know it has probably been as hard for you, as it has been for me. With stories like this, this, or even this, it’s always a blessing to come across something, anything that can provide a glimmer of hope for the immediate future. And because I know this feeling, because every day this spring has been filled with someone telling me to be miserable for the next five years, or someone reminding me about how great it used to be, I became an enlightened individual who realized something; THAT’S SOME BULLSHIT! As devoted of a fan as I am, I have a hard time accepting that stigma. And so should you, Astros Fans. Enough is enough. We don’t have to put up with believing that 2012 is not going to be an exciting, passion-filled, memorable season. Due to disgust I have decided to do something about it. I have decided to provide the light on the immediate future, and deliver some generally goodness in the process. I know it has been a while since we have heard any promising news for the 2012 season. So, this one, this one here is for ya’ll. I present to you, at least five reasons (who knows, ya’ll might figure out even more) why it’s better to be an Astros Fan, than any other MLB fan this summer.
At Least 5 Reasons Why It’s Better To Be An Astros Fan in 2012.
5. A chance at history
Let’s face it…there is no getting around the fact that 2012 might be rough. If there were ever a silver lining, it would be this- getting in the record books. Some might choose not to see it this way, but this really would be a great opportunity for the Houston Astros. The record book is made to hold the names of people who were the best of the best. No matter the craft, there is no room for second best. Even if what you might have been best at is losing. If you are going to be bad, then you might as well go out in record-setting fashion. No matter what, if the 2012 Houston Astros were to set the all time single season loss record, this team could never die. It will withstand the test of time for future generations to enjoy; albeit in a different way. And that is all we truly want as a sports fan. That one magical season where the stars align just right, and magic is made. Who cares what kind of magic it is.
4. Sig Mejdal
Taking on the role of Director of Decision Sciences can’t help but to get us started. He comes from the front office of the St. Louis Cardinals. With Minute Maid Park as his new office, expect him to bring a fresh take on evaluating, and changing habits in, evaluating the decisions being made. The draft this summer won’t be his first rodeo either. He has been a key contributor on Cardinals draft day since 2005. To help aide him in his efforst, Mejdal hired an assistant- Mike Fast of Baseball Prospectus. Another fantastic direction it appears the Astros are heading down.
3. Jeff Luhnow
Thank you, Mr. Crane. What a spectacular hire. Not only did we steal him away from our (soon to be no more) division rival Cardinals, we scored big time. With a history of strong drafts and embracing the numbers along with the talent to use as one universal scouting system, I’m really happy about the front office of the Astros. From what I have read and heard, so are a lot of other people. Bringing in this next man just adds to my giddiness.
2. Jim Crane
When we talk about a rebuilding process in Houston we ain’t messing around. We start at the top. New ownership truly does clear the slate. No better time than the present. Jim Crane brings with him an eye for the future- both as far as the team on the field, and the butts in the seats. Slashing prices and allowing you to bring in your own food is a great start. Plus, he understands that an analytic/scientific approach to the numbers of the game can help a franchise out. That explains the Jeff Luhnow hiring. And to top it off, he resisted the tyranny that is Bud Selig and got our guns back! (If that ain’t some Texas shit ya’ll, I don’t know what is.)
1. First overall pick in the draft
We could not ask for much more. Let’s be real with ourselves, Houston. This is as good as it gets for right now. We are allowed first dibs on a crop of great young talent. Remember, this is a long-term plan we are dealing with here. Everyone knows that to rebuild, you do it from with-in. With any luck, we might even most certainly will have the same pick for the next two years. This pick, followed by possibly a second number one pick and about five top five picks over the next five seasons is a foundation to get you out of the cellar and heading in the right direction. Aboard this gravy train of draft picks, along with the healthy market size of Houston, this franchise will be back at the top before you realize it. But until then, it’s all about the draft picks. So read up on prospects, and watch as they transform before our eyes, and remember- each pick is another potential for magic to happen.