There’s nothin’ like a good old Texas bar-bee-cue, just ask the Houston Astros’ fans. Last July, Astros management gave away promotional BBQ tool sets to the first 10,000 fans. That’s a whole lot of grilling tools! Seems like they chose a great time for the promotion too, given that Independence Day was just two days later. Heck, some fans may have even high-tailed it right back to their vans to get the grilling started right there in the parking lot. But hopefully they stuck around to see the ‘Stros swing their bats.
With hurricane Ike threatening to really make things messy in Texas, it appeared Major League Baseball Commissione Bud Selig decided to create his own storm. According the a recent Yahoo! Sports article, Selig opted to move two crucial late-season Astros home games away from Minute Made Park in Houston to Milwaukee’s Miller Park. Chicago Cubs fans delighted! The two game Cubs-Astros series was moved practically next door.
After traveling overnight and arriving on little sleep, the Cubs handled the Astros easily in both games, thus pushing Houston’s playoff hopes further out of reach. The entire Astros organization was outraged. Players were baffled as to why these games could not have been rescheduled to later dates; Doug Brocail suspected that “if it was New York or Boston, it would have been played at the end of the season.”
At any rate, the fiasco quickly became a money-making opportunity for Astros fans, who printed promotional t-shirts (like the one pictured above), to help other disgruntled fans express their frustration with Selig loud and clear.