_____ Start major rebuild
_____ Announce move to American League
_____ Suggest a name change
_____ Erect hideously ugly sign that everyone hates
2012 Attendance - 1,607,733 (22% decline)
2012 FSN Houston Viewers, according to Neilsen - 1046 households on 9/9/12
_____ Fire radio team and allude to their fantastic replacements
(Two months later *crickets*)
_____ Start up a fancy new regional sports network that 60% of Houston doesn't get
_____ Don't re-sign Jim Deshaies to a long-term contract, again alluding to great replacement
_____ Continue rebuilding
_____ Move to the American League
_____ 9:00 West Coast games
2013 Estimated Attendance - 1,559,680 or lower (the lowest in 2012 was 1,559,681 - I think we can beat that easily)
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Seriously, I love what Luhnow is doing on the baseball side, but Crane needs to start getting some good PR and he needs to start getting it soon. Other than the uniforms, it's been the drip, drip, drip of Chinese water torture on Astros fans. Get a couple of former players in the radio and TV broadcast booth that people can get excited about and do it soon for the love of Milo and all that's holy!
I want to get excited about the Astros again, but frankly I'm just numb at this point. For the first time ever, I can honestly say that I don't care if I miss a bunch of games next year because they won't be available on my provider. I'll have more time to watch the minor leagues on my computer. And if I'm saying that, if I'm feeling that way, you have a serious PR problem.