Houston Astros fan Andrew Dugan, 19, is staying faithful to his favorite team despite their overall last place finish last season to add to their list of recent disappointments.
After the Astros finished 55-107 in 2012, the team made some drastic changes. Not only did Houston join the American League West, but they also hired a new manager, added some young talent, created a new logo and are wearing new uniforms in 2013.
With the new season starting in less than a week, Astros fans will be looking for the team they saw in the early 2000s and lost after 2005. Dugan cheered for that successful team as a child.
“I played on the Astros in my first year of little league baseball,” said Dugan. “That’s really why they became my favorite team. They just happened to be good at the time.
Dugan fell in love with a consistently good Astros team in the late 90s. From 1997 to 2001, Houston won the National League Central division four years in a row. A few years later, they followed up with two consecutive wild card births and capitalized on the second by reaching their first and only World Series in 2005.
“It wasn’t really a big deal to me at the time,” said Dugan about the Astros’ World Series appearance. “I guess I was too young to appreciate it. I do remember watching a couple of their playoff games though.”
Dugan said that he wishes the team was better now that he is mature enough to follow them closely. He isn’t particularly excited for this year, but the changes with the new-look Astros and their move to a different division helped to keep him optimistic.
“I’ll probably buy one of their new hats and follow them closely until they start to lose consistently again,” chuckled Dugan. “I guess there’s no place to go but up.”