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  • Daily Photo: September 19, 2013

    Playing Out the String — Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park, September 2013

    I’m accustomed to rooting for bad sports franchises that show flickers of potential greatness every decade or so. That’s what you get when you are from the Houston area, and no team illustrates that better than the Astros.

    On Sept. 17, 2013, with 11 games to go, the minor league caliber major league franchise suffered its 100th loss of the season, by far the worst record in baseball. And it comes as no surprise, given that the team’s 2013 payroll is lower than nine members of the New York Yankees make in a year — each.

    Four nights earlier, my good friend Eric and I attended the team’s game against the Anaheim Angels (another disappointing franchise, albeit with a much higher payroll) at a three-quarters empty Minute Maid Park. It came as no surprise that the Astros lost, but we had a good time visiting, reminiscing, and hoping for better times ahead. (More…)