Astros fans gear up for Opening Day despite team's history

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by Jeremy Desel / KHOU 11 News

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Posted on March 29, 2013 at 6:50 PM

HOUSTON -- It has been dire times for Houston Astros fans. The team has gone through multiple losing seasons, and considering the fact that the team's entire payroll is the lowest in the nation, things may not get better anytime soon.

With Opening Day just around the corner, Astros fans are hoping the team can win at least 58 games this season. That will keep them from being named one of the 10 worst teams in history over a three-year period.

But many think the deck is stacked against them.

"I kinda lost interest in them for a few years really because of their record,” said Kingwood resident Keith Smallwood.

From the logo, to the colors, everything is new this year. Old rivals in the National League have been replaced by new ones in the American League.

"Go back ten years. That is the Astros that I want to see,” said Smallwood. “That is what I am looking for again."

On track for the worst three-year run in history, fans have other frustrations.

“We can't watch them on TV,” said Baytown resident Carlos Alanis. “You know that situation."

Comcast Sports Network is the channel that carries most Astros games, but it’s not available in a majority of homes.

The Astros’ payroll is less than what New York Yankee Alex Rodriguez makes by himself.

Despite that fact, there are the faithful.

“It's tradition,” said Astros fan Eva Laredo. ‘You come to opening night. It is the excitement and all that you know. You gotta be a fan. If you are a fan, you are a fan."

Opening Day is Sunday, March 31. Texans DE J.J. Watt will throw out the ceremonial first pitch at Minute Maid Park.

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