"Dome games, when they do bad, business is good, and some games when they do good, business is bad. You never can tell with the Astros. It's just Houston sports period."
Back to those parking lots, Tim Kenslow runs a lot across the street from the stadium. I asked him if Astros lack of wins is having an impact on his business.
"Oh absolutely, until they win, a winning team that people come see but you still have fans that are going to come out. And those are the fans that we cater too. You gotta take of the people."
Bill: "What would be different if they were in first place?"
"We'd be 20 dollars and full."
Bill: "What are you now?"
"We're 15 dollars and doing the best we can."
Across the street at The Inn By the Ballpark, valet workers are busy parking cars for customers who are going inside for a drink before the game. Chris Ziadie is the manager.
"We've seen some decline, but we've got other business that's supplementing that. So we've got a lot of group business. A lot of companies do business with us, so they'll come here. They'll gather and then go across the street. So we're very fortunate to have the location we have, cause we're probably not feeling it like some hotels."
In recent years, the Astros have started slow and finished strong. Ziadie says that's when business starts picking up.
"Definitely the attendance is better, so my attendance is better. Because people are passing by here, and they'll come in and have a drink and they'll have something to eat. Again, location, location."
All the businesses say things would definitely be better if the team were winning. The final score of this game was 6 to 4 Astros.