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Despite Monday’s Loss, Astros Fans Are Hopeful For The Future

The Astros fell to the Kansas City Royals 9-6 in game 4 of the American League Division Series Monday. But fans still had plenty to cheer about.

Picture of Carlos Correa outside Minute Maid Park.
21-year-old Astros shortstop Carlos Correa has become a fan favorite.

Astros fans have their favorite players. But there are two in particular who show up on most everyone’s list. 25-year-old Jose Altuve has already been tapped for three All-Star games. There’s also 21-year-old shortstop Carlos Correa, the youngest player in Astros history to hit a home run in the playoffs.

One of the fans enjoying the rare midday game was Anna Saenz. She was there with the whole family.

“The kids skipped school today to be here,” said Saenz. “So I hope we get the cool parents of the year award for that one.”

And Saenz says the game was worth a day off for the kids. She’s reminded of the last time the Astros were in the postseason. That’s when they were led by the famous Killer Bees of Craig Biggio, Jeff Bagwell and Lance Berkman. Saenz thinks this year’s team led by two young up and coming stars will thrill the crowds for seasons to come.

“Hopefully we’ll make it to the World Series this year,” said Saenz. “But in the event that we don’t, I think next year and the years to follow are going to be even better.”

We also talked to fan Kevin Braden, who has a bit of a different opinion. He likes this team a lot more.

“Bagwell, Biggio, Ausmus, and Oswalt were awesome, but there’s something different,” said Braden. “This is different.”

So what is the difference from that team that made the World Series in 2005?

“I see more heart than I did in ’05,” added Braden.

And fan Mark Vasquez says he’s also more excited for Altuve, Correa, and their teammates than the Killer Bees.

‘Because it seems like those were the veterans that were coming together as they reached their prime. Now we have a bunch of young guys who are getting really good,” said Vasquez. “And they’re still really young, so this could be a good team for a long time coming.”

Fans are now pinning their hopes on Wednesday night’s Game Five against the Royals in Kansas City. The winner advances to the American League Championship Series.

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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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