Dierker Says Astros Fans Will Get Used To New League

Many Houston Astros fans are up in arms about the team's impending move to the American League. But one person who isn't is a former player, manager and broadcaster.

As an Astro, Larry Dierker has seen it all. He debuted for the then Colt .45’s as an 18-year-old pitcher in 1964, spending
most of his 14-year career with the team. Later he managed the Astros and also spent a number of years calling games
from the broadcast booth. He doesn’t like the move to the American League that comes with the sale of the team, but
says fans will get over it quickly.

“Most of them just want to be at Minute Maid Park and most of them just want to watch a ballgame. I don’t think a high percentage of them are so knowledgeable about baseball and so avid in their fan participation that they’re really going to be affected that much. I think it’s mostly they just want to go to the ballpark and have a good time.”
Dierker says he doesn’t know much about new owner Jim Crane, but does say there’s at least one clear difference between him and Drayton McLane.

“Drayton was never really an athlete coming up through school and Jim Crane was. Jim not only was a baseball player and a pitcher, but he was pretty good. In one College World Series game, he struck out 18 guys and he’s a scratch golfer.”

Dierker says he’s also heard good things Crane’s management style. He says he hopes he hires good people and then lets them do their jobs. The team will officially transfer ownership next week.