added 10/05/2018 by Jared Bargas
Okay, I was wrong - DEAD wrong. I fully admit it.
Back in April of 2012, I wrote a guest column saying that I was cutting ties with my Astros because of their move to the American League. I tried. I mean TRIED hard to be a Rangers fan in 2012 and 2013. But yet, I still checked in on the Astros more than I felt I should.
It almost felt like I was cheating on the Astros. The Rangers were putting a good team on the field, while the Astros were losing 100+ games those seasons and I still felt drawn to my old flame. I couldn't do it. I am a Houstonian. The Astros are in my blood. It also didn't hurt that my childhood hero, Nolan Ryan, cut ties with the Rangers and came onboard to the Astros' front office.
To continue with my relationship analogy that I used in my original article, I came crawling back. It wasn't the 'Stros; it was me. Fortunately, I didn't have to beg for them to take me back. They welcomed me with open arms and forgave me for my mistakes and indiscretions.
That's not to say that I'm not still disappointed in the way that things happened when the team was sold in 2011. I still feel very strongly that they were coerced or even extorted into joining the American League by Bud Selig. I never doubted their ability to become a great team again. I was just angry at the tradition and history of the franchise – a part of Houston's own history as a National League city - being thrown out the window.
I still miss the rivalries with the Cubs and Cardinals. I miss pitchers batting. But I was wrong to shun the Astros. It wasn't their fault.
I still feel that the Astros, with Jim Crane, Jeff Luhnow, and A.J. Hinch at the helm would have won the Series in 2017 as an N.L. team. The decision scientists and staff that they have put together in the front office are smart people. They know how to build a baseball team. The proof is right in front of our eyes.
We earned it in 2017, and now we're not settling for anything less than another World's Championship in 2018. The Astros ARE my team. I love them and always will. GO 'STROS!
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