Barring a late-season “collapse”, the Astros are on pace to lose an organization-worst 108 games and clinch an unprecedented third straight #1 pick in next June’s draft.
With 19 games remaining, neither Miami nor the White Sox have been able to keep pace with Houston’s continued slide over the past quarter of the season.
Houston’s lead over Miami (7 games) and Chicago (10 1/2) hasn’t budged in recent weeks and the Astros’ magic number to clinching is now 13. Any combination of Astros’ losses and Miami wins totaling 13 will give the Astros the #1 pick. Yahoo, right!?
With a third 100-loss season virtually in the bank, no promise of contention in 2014 and only glimpses of hope for the future with players like Jarred Cosart, Brett Oberholtzer, George Springer and a handful of others, many fans have abandoned the Astros.
Houston’s major newspaper has pulled its writers from covering Astros’ games. Meanwhile, the Texans are taking all the headlines.
Bungled public relations debacles like CSN, George Postolos’ missteps and owner Jim Crane’s “put up your $10 million” quote have disgusted many fans. Meanwhile, attendance appears to be headed for an eighth straight seasonal decrease.
Not only is Astros’ management working to rebuild the team on the field, they will now spend the next few years rebuilding relationships with Astros’ fans and the Houston community.
So, with such a bleak outlook and an organization that continues to scrape the bottom of the proverbial barrel, it begs the question: Do fans still care? Are fans paying attention at all?
It’s clear only the diehards remain. And those diehards are frustrated and ready to throw things. In fact, even some of those diehards are now watching football, working in their gardens or spending time elsewhere.
What about you? Why are you still paying attention? Why do you still care?
What gives you the staying power to watch, listen to or at least check the boxscores on a regular basis?