If you win, they’ll come: Astros add 2,000 new season ticket sales
The Houston Astros were the talk of baseball for much of the 2015 season, qualifying for their first postseason appearance since 2005.
They’re looking to build upon the experience and turn it into a deeper postseason run in 2016, and their fans are taking note.
As the Houston Chronicle’s Evan Drellich reported, the club has seen an increase of 2,000 season ticket sales since the end of this past season. Drellich points out that the term ‘season ticket sale’ here refers to Full Season Equivalents, which can count two separate half-season ticket plans as one full-year plan.
"Things have been progressing," Astros team president of business operations Reid Ryan is quoted by Drellich as saying this week. Ryan went on:
It’s been good. This has been a chicken-and-egg (situation), where obviously you got to have wins on the field for the fans to come back and so we’ve seen that this year. We know the more fans that come out, the more people that support the club, the more ability we have to go out and get players and get players.
“So I think we’ve proven this offseason by keeping Colby (Rasmus) and making the deals that we’ve made that we’re trying to improve the club. I think fans realize our core is strong and that we’re going to try to improve this core of players.”
Ryan continued to say, however, that the Astros are, "in the fifth inning of a nine-inning game," indicating that there is still room to grow. Ryan’s metaphors continued when he added, "We’re baking a cake. Just got to let it come together at the right time."
With their future pretty bright at the moment, that ‘right time’ for the organization should continue developing (or is it baking?) in 2016.