I could give you all the rundown on transactions this week. I could tell you what minor league contracts were signed. I could tell you that Jordan Schafer’s got some competition in the OF now, but heck, that’s old news. You can find that anywhere. Let’s talk about the epic week we’re in right now.
The MLB Owners are meeting. Thursday they’ll vote to see if Jim Crane is worthy of being the next owner of the Houston Astros. That’s a bit misleading since it’s really a group of MANY investors led by Crane, but hey – he’ll be the guy whose name we’ll hear and be the face and voice of the ownership, so yea, it’s him.
Hanging in the balance on this vote, as we all know is not just the ownership, but which league the team will play in for 2013 and beyond. It’s been rumored that deals are on the table for Crane to receive anywhere from $50 million to $80 million in exchange for a league move by the Astros. The latest report via Richard Justice of the Houston Chronicle have the number at $70 million although it appears the move to the American League may not be announced when the vote on Crane is announced.
So buckle up Astros fans. We’re going to the AL. I know that most don’t like it, but it is what it is. Nothing’s going to change now. The wheels are in motion, deals have been made, money’s about to change hands.
When push comes to shove, the Astros will still play ball in Houston. The helmet sundaes will still be filled with Blue Bell Ice Cream. Minute Maid Park will still be a great ballpark to watch a game. You’ll still have a hometown team to teach your son or daughter about your love of the game. The beer will be still be cold.
I’ll be waiting and watching with you this week as we await the final word. Let’s all just sit back, take a deep breath and see how this plays out….just like when your guys are down by 2 in the bottom of 9th at home – you never know what could come.
Terri Schlather (AGirlintheSouth) is the tortured Senior Houston Astros Writer for Aerys Sports. You can read her Astros blog at www.talesfromthejuicebox.com, email her at firstname.lastname@example.org, or follow her ridiculous ramblings on sports, vodka and the weeone on twitter @agirlinthesouth.