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Astros Fans Ready For Tonight’s Playoff Matchup Against The Yankees

The Astros are in New York to play their first postseason game in a decade.

Astros mascot "Orbit" poses for pictures with fans at the team shop at Minute Maid Park.
Astros mascot “Orbit” poses for pictures with fans at the team shop at Minute Maid Park.

At the Astros team shop at Minute Maid Park, fans are stocking up on something they haven’t seen in a while. That’s postseason hats and T-shirts.

Fan Rigo Garcia says it’s been a long wait since the last time the Astros were in the postseason. That was 2005, when they were swept by the Chicago White Sox in the World Series.

“It’s been pretty dreadful,” says Garcia. “Especially in the rebuilding process.”

But Garcia says those rebuilding seasons are starting to pay off.

“Carlos Correa, Springer, all those young guys, mixed in with some veteran guys, Altuve, Rasmus. It’s a good nucleus of players, so they’re finally clicking on all cylinders,” adds Garcia.

Outside the ballpark we met up with another longtime fan. Armand Sanchez was headed back to Richmond with his new team gear. He says the Astros beat the Yankees four times this season and he believes they can do it again.

“We’re hitting the ball very well and our pitching’s doing fine,” says Sanchez. “I think our bullpen will come at the end and shut them down.”

Dallas Keuchel is on the mound for the Astros, with first pitch at 7:00 PM CDT. The winner will travel to Kansas City to play the Royals in the American League Division Series on Thursday.

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Gail Delaughter

Gail Delaughter

Transportation Reporter

From early-morning interviews with commuters to walks through muddy construction sites, Gail covers all aspects of getting around Houston. That includes walking, driving, cycling, taking the bus, and occasionally flying. Before she became transportation reporter in 2011, Gail hosted weekend programs for Houston Public Media. She's also covered courts in...

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