|The Houston Astros are a favorite team among those in their Texas home state. Since 1962, the Astros have been playing professional baseball in the MLB. As of 2012, the Astros have been playing in the American League after several decades competing in the NL Central division. Although the team has had a difficult time in the 2010s, their 2014 season marked a successful campaign, including finishing better than fellow Texan team, the Texas Rangers. If you want to see baseball that can best be described as Texas tough, buy Houston Astros tickets today.
The Houston Astros were originally known as the Houston Colt .45s. The name was spawned after a competition that was thrown when the MLB announced that they were looking for a new Texas team. The name is in reference to the Colt .45 pistol, which is known as, “the gun that won the west.” It is a symbol of Texas independence and self-reliance. They switched to the name, “Astros” in recognition of Houston being the city most central to the NASA program.
The years have not been kind to the Houston Astros, but they’ve had great players such as Jeff Bagwell, Craig Biggio and Nolan Ryan, and numerous playoff appearances. In fact, they have even improved on their records since. In 2005, the Astros made their first ever World Series appearance They went 70-92 over the course of their 2014 season in the American League, beating the Texas Rangers. They went up against the Chicago White Sox. However, Chicago was generally considered to be the slight favorite and wound up beating the Astros in four games.
Minute Maid Park
The Astros are known for their retractable-roof stadium. The park is a necessity during the boiling hot and humid Texas summers that roll through the desert state. The ballpark was first known as “Enron Field” in April 7th, 2000. However, in the wake of the financial scandal that caused the energy company to go bankrupt, the Houston Astros bought their name rights back and sold them to Minute Maid, a Coca-Cola subsidiary. It is also known as “The Juice Box,” in reference to its ability to close itself off and Minute Maid. The stadium’s highest attendance record is 43,836 tickets, and was set on April 5, 2010.
The Houston Astro mascot is Orbit, and he has represented the team from 1990 to 2000, and then again from 2012 onward. The Astros were represented by rabbit mascots Junction Jack, Jesse and Julie from 2000 to 2012 when they moved to Minute Maid Park from Enron Field. The switch to the rabbit mascots also coincided with a change in the team’s uniforms, but Orbit’s new appearance now wears the current Houston Astro uniform himself while he cheers from the sidelines.