Part 1 0f 2 / This pictorial is a 2-part series due to loading limitations: The "Young Gun" 2012 Houston Astros showed up for their season home opener against the Colorado Rockies on April 6th. (See Part 2 of 2 for the rest.)
A 43,000 plus standing room only crowd arrived early. Some fans came for justice on the field that would help us all forget the crimes of defeat the Astros fell into during the 2011 season. Others just looked over at the nearby Harris County Criminal Courts Building as a symbol of life's other passage into equity and prayed for mercy.
The roof was rolled back wide open for Opening Day in Houston, 2012, the first under new ownership by the Jim Crane Group - and the club's last as a National League team prior to their departure in 2013 to the American League after 51 seasons in the senior circuit.
One close-to-home fan, my son, Neal McCurdy, came prepared to communicate his blues over the Astros' move to the American League next year in his own unique form as a visual statement. Neal assures me that, unlike tattoos, the case he's making is not a permanent feature, but one that will grow out and go away. Hopefully, that will all work itself out before Neal has his next job interview.
In spite of the facts about baseball rebuilding, some fans brought their spring hopes to Minute Maid Park in the form of great expectations.
Other fans simply transferred their spring hopes to the goal of running into the Budweiser Clydesdale Team before the evening ended. Based upon the fan behavior down the right field line, I'd say that many fans succeeded in finding Mr. Bud.
Bob Dorrill of SABR (sun glasses, dark shirt & white shorts, center) and wife Peggy (not shown here) helped present the colors prior to the game.
The state and national flags added a beautiful touch to Opening Day.
Astros Manager Brad Mills shakes hands with his future prior to the first pitch on Opening Day.
As old Dizzy Dean used to love saying, April 6, 2012, Good Friday and Passover, was also very much "a great day for baseball!"
See Part 2 of 2 in this pictorial review of Opening Day in Houston at the following link: