The Future of Minute Maid Park

 

MMP at Night

 

Today’s article is a brief follow-up to yesterday’s “Save Minute Maid Park” column.

https://bill37mccurdy.com/2016/06/24/save-minute-maid-park/

Here are the two points we hope were made clear in yesterday’s column, plus two more items that need to be added for the sake of full transparency. We want the Astros to leave the playing field alone, as is, and always has been – as the most fun baseball park in the big leagues:

  1. The Pecan Park Eagle is not trying to tell the Houston Astros how to run their business – as long as those decisions do not seriously and permanently impair or destroy our unique and dedicated ballpark – or the quality of baseball it affords us to watch in our unique home digs.
  2. We are saying that when the Astros make a decision to eliminate a unique feature of the ballpark – one that also has been respectfully dedicated from the start to someone who has been more important than any other front office person to the development of the Astrodome, the Astros, and our MLB history than any other individual – while, even more importantly, also consequentially converting the ball park fence distances to those of  a band box for commercial reasons – and taking away our pitchers’ home team advantage of learning how to get batters to retire themselves by hitting fly balls far away into the Polo Grounds quality abyss of space in center field – that it becomes our right and responsibility as fans and long-term supporters to protest a move that is both a slap at our park’s uniqueness and the man – Tal Smith – for whom Tal’s Hill is named – as well as a destruction of a home field advantage for some of our elite and savvy pitchers – and an invitation to boredom for the many of us who think that all those faraway fly ball chases and triples are more exciting than the increased redundancy of cheap distance home runs.
  3. We very much appreciate the vast improvement in the quality of the Astros’ competitiveness over the past three years and we do recognize that it takes money to place and keep that kind of result in motion. We simply believe that severely altering the way our ballpark plays is not justifiable or in service to that end. We think that the proposed changes are going to flatten out the field into a boring spectacle of “baseball pinball” as the major result – and we are not dissuaded from that opinion by club justification responses for bringing the fences in closer that amount to little more than statements of “it won’t be so bad.” To that position, we say, prove it. We don’t believe it. And we remain certain that the exciting Gonzalez triple Wednesday night,  in the final game of the Angels’ series, will forever be more fun to watch than the cheap home run it would have become had the new shorter distance wall already been in play this past week.
  4. Better yet, leave the field dimensions and Tal’s Hill alone. Find some other ways to enhance revenue streams on the property without destroying the way our unique park plays out as a thing of special beauty.

Make Your Opinion Known. If we do not stand together as a larger voice of protest, we have no basis remaining for complaint when the worst happens to what has been our beautifully unique Minute Maid Park. This two-column editorial at one modestly devoted-to-Houston  baseball site is not enough in itself without your strong voices of support.

Readers who agree with The Pecan Park Eagle are encouraged to contact the leadership of the Houston Astros at the following regular mail and e-mail addresses and make their own opinions known in this matter – One caution. – We know the e-mail address for Reid Ryan is correct at “astros.com” and we are presuming that our guesses on the e-mail addresses for Jim Crane and Nolan Ryan may also work. My apologies, but “The Eagle” doesn’t often fly into the social circles of any of these three good men. In fact, we only have Reid Ryan’s e-mail address because, as President, he’s the public face of the Astros. So, bear that in mind, and, if your e-mails to Mr. Crane and the elder Mr. Ryan should fail, please use the U.S. Mail addresses also provided. They still work, even in this digital age.

For what it’s worth, our transmissions to all three Astros leaders went out three hours ago and there was no notice of blocked, failed, returned, or erroneous address. And those are all good signs.

One More Perspective on the Issue of Speaking Up. We knew the risk when we decided to speak up on this issue. We know that, if no one else joins us in speaking up, and in large enough numbers, our considered pleas in this matter shall be easy to disregard as the mad ramblings of a lone, or small in numbers group of malcontents who haven’t yet learned not to get in the way of big business. How you respond is now up to you. You may choose to register your opinions with the powers-that-be, and spread the word to everyone else you know who feels the same as we do – to do the same. Or you may choose to sit back and not get involved and watch what happens and doesn’t happen. If you choose the latter route, then please don’t bother to complain once all the things we have been talking about here have taken place in reality.

Thank you for your time – and your attention. Now here’s the acid test of your resolve, You are all free to write – or not to write. By now, early Sunday morning, we are reasonably sure that all of the e-mail addresses are alive and in play. And we know for certain that the Crawford Street mailing address is totally good.

Please Go To Bat for MMP! ~ Then hand the bat to someone else who feels as we do!

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Mr. Jim Crane, Owner and Chairman

Houston Astros

501 Crawford Street

Houston, TX 77002

e-mail: jcrane@astros.com

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Mr. Reid Ryan, President, Business Operations

Houston Astros

501 Crawford Street

Houston, TX 77002

e-mail:  rryan@astros.com

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Mr. Nolan Ryan, Executive Advisor

Houston Astros

501 Crawford Street

Houston, TX 77002

e-mail:  nryan@astros.com

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Thank you.

Respectfully offered,

Bill McCurdy

The Pecan Park Eagle

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Go Astros in Kansas City! – We will take all the first round TKO wins you can dish out!

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Bill McCurdy

Publisher, Editor, Writer

The Pecan Park Eagle

Houston, Texas

 

 

 

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6 Responses to “The Future of Minute Maid Park”

  1. Bob Hulsey Says:

    Personally, I’d rather go back to the National League and drop the DH than worry about the outfield dimensions but that’s just me.

  2. Tom Hunter Says:

    Thanks for mounting this campaign, Bill. I will write to Mr. Crane and Messrs. Ryan and politely present reasons why razing Tal’s Hill and shortening the distance to the center field wall would change the dimensions from the deepest in Major League Baseball and add a larger problem for pitchers in what is already considered a band box.

    I assume Nolan Ryan would especially be receptive to helping our current pitchers as well as the prospect of landing quality pitching in the future.

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  4. Tom Trimble Says:

    From day 1 of Minute Maid Park — or at least the first day that I saw what was then Enron Field — I have complained, mostly to myself, that the field was too small and that the only saving graces were the big center field and the overall visual attractiveness of the park. Nearly a generation later I still feel the same way. Perhaps too many years of baseball in the Astrodome spoiled me. At any rate, the thought of further chipping away at the primary positive feature of the ballpark is most dismaying.

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