One fan may be attuned to the kind of success the Astros have provided Houston, but Robert McGuire at Minute Maid Park had many fun-lovers wondering.
“Confident, but not overconfident,” said 60-year-old McGuire. “Definitely not cocky. Houston is not cocky.”
On the verge of another World Series win, after their sixth postseason and fourth chance at a title, fans say this is a team that can beat Houston by working hard and enjoying its success without letting it go to its head. can defeat. can beat. can beat. gives. At times, this city can be a slog – hot and hard to navigate – but with an optimistic outlook.
“Times have changed and this is America’s first baseball city,” said 66-year-old Glenn Garcia, as he stood outside Minute Maid Park at age 40, playing a rare Padron cigar chain on his way to victory. But he was. was suppressed.
First, though, there’s the matter of working as a fan. Jeremy Tillman, 45, of Angleton learned some tips during this World Series. A good standing room to grab space appears quickly. Avoid places where sitting fans can stand up and block the view.
Two hours before the first pitch, Tillman stood on the railing of the Center Field mezzanine at Minute Maid Park – the same he claimed during Game 2. Form.
“I got a few tubes of grease makeup and it worked so much better,” Tillman said. Off the field, Tillman said he is confident the Astros’ top order will lead the team to victory tonight.
However, history has been unkind to Houston. The Astros have never won Game 6 in the World Series. It didn’t matter to season ticket holder Jerry Sandoval, 47, of 11, who dyed his beard a bright orange to support the team.
“We got it tonight,” Sandoval said. “Like everyone was doubting Verlander, and he got the win, we’re going to win. We’re making history.”
Houston has been a force before, but in basketball. It felt different, fans outside Minute Maid said. Those Rocket teams were more about the long wait to win, and the relief of finally stamping out long-term success.
“We had Olajuwon and a team that you knew could happen,” said 65-year-old Reed Tinsley. “The vibe for the Rockets and all, it’s the same for the Astros now.”
However, this time in 2017, with fans cheating and banging the litter box, it seems like redemption.
“I just want to shut people up,” said Robert Torres, 46, of Houston. “So it’s more important than the first one. It’s going to set them off.”
However, it won’t shut them all down, he acknowledged. Don’t forget the fans.
“It will put them away to some extent,” he said.
Chris Knutson, 61, of Houston, said it would also mean a victory for Houston’s critics.
“They deserve what they got but it’s over,” Knutson said.
Meanwhile, Houston can prove them wrong from field to seats. Beverly Gill, 51, of Bytown, stood on the rail near the wall to the left, just to the right of the Crawford box. She wore a crown in the shape of a World Series trophy, which was lit with orange LED lights. An astronaut is surrounded by pennants while jumping on the moon. He made a hat for his fourth grader.
Gill said that she had to go to the secondary market to get into the sport and came with her colleague as her husband had to work.
Gill said, “We probably paid $900 each. Don’t tell my husband.” It would be better if the husband stays at home. It was in Game 1 when the Astros took a lead of five and made themselves sick on occasion.
“I think we should win it tonight,” Gill said. “It reminds me of a lot of crazy if we don’t. And I want to end it with tonight so I can just celebrate.”
In 2019, the Astros took a 3–2 lead in the World Series, losing Games 6 and 7 to the Washington Nationals.
Hubert Flores, 58, of Houston, had his face painted blue, white and orange, and was wearing a thick orange chain with the Astros medal on it. Flores previously had two World Series appearances, 2005, when the Astros lost to the White Sox, and 2017 when they eventually won their first championship. He said this year’s team felt it was on the verge of winning another—and hoped that a win would finally lift the stain from past championship scandals.
“Our organization today is different from the past few years,” Flores said. “We are completing it. Now no one can take it away from us.”