Archive for February 23rd, 2020

Dear Jim

Astros owner Jim Crane sent us season ticket holders the following letter on Friday:

To our Valued Season Ticket Holders,

As we get ready to play our first Spring Training game, I want to reach out to all of you and say thank you for your support through an extremely difficult offseason.

I know this has been hard on each of you, the City of Houston, and all baseball fans throughout the country. People in our organization broke the rules. We were wrong, and we let you down. I want to reiterate what I said to you on January 13th – I am very sorry.

Since I found out about the sign stealing issues, I have been focused on making changes within our organization to ensure that this type of thing never happens again. We will regain your trust, we will continue to give back to our community, and we will make Houston proud again.

I know how difficult it is for each of you to see so much negativity directed at our beloved Astros. Unfortunately, we deserve that criticism. Our actions have left an indelible mark on baseball. I want to assure you that I recognize the impact to our fans and to the game of baseball. I promise you that, as hard as I worked to rebuild the Astros into a championship caliber team, I will work even harder to repair our reputation.

As we begin this season, I am encouraged by the outpouring of support that we have received from our fans, the sponsors, and the entire Houston community. I am optimistic about our future. Dusty Baker and James Click are men of exceptional character who are committed to bringing another championship to Houston. They will be leading a great group of players who will be taking the field in search of redemption.

We ask that you forgive us and that you continue to support our players and this organization.

We greatly appreciate each of you. We look forward to seeing you in Houston for Opening Day.


Jim Crane

Here is Commentary’s response:

Dear Jim,

I’ve been a season ticket holder since 1994. I am a pretty good fan, spend a lot of dough at The Yard, and H-Town proud. I am not all bent out of shape over this cheating stuff. You don’t need to apologize to me, so there is no need for me to forgive.  I would,  however, appreciate you comping me a few Saint Arnold Ambers or Art Cars and hot dogs off and on throughout this season as a kind of goodwill gesture if you know what I mean.

We are the most hated professional sports team in the country. It is going to be a difficult season. The players and coaches you hired brought this on all of us. I get it. You’re always looking for an advantage. This time you got ratted out by a fella you paid $4 mil the two plus years he was here. For the rest of our lives, folks like Commentary are going to be defending the 2017 World Series Champion Astros. We are going to be that line of defense making sure that chicken s_it MLB Commissioner doesn’t come try to snatch away our trophy. The least you can do is throw some brews and dogs toward Section 132, Row 1.

For old time sake.


Foul Ball King, aka Commentary

PS:  I am still not cool with the netting right in front of my seats.


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