Astros send full-time staff to LA for World Series

Astros owner Jim Crane arranged to send every full-time employee based in Houston to Games 1 or 2 of the World Series presented by YouTube TV. Astros president of baseball operations Reid Ryan said about 250 employees will make the trip to Los Angeles, with half of the group coming to Game 1 on Tuesday and the other half for Game 2 on Wednesday.

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“I went out there and welcomed them when they came in,” Ryan said prior to Game 1. “We provided them with tickets and a plane flight. They have really good seats, and we wanted them to come and experience this because everybody in this organization has been a part of helping us get to where we are today.”

In a staff meeting on Monday morning, Ryan informed the employees they would be going to Dodger Stadium to cheer on the Astros.

“It was a quick turnaround,” Ryan said. “People had the afternoon to figure out if they were going to go in group one or group two. There are several employees that weren’t able to come at all because they were maintaining either the watch parties or getting ready for the home games, but if it goes six or seven [games], we’re going to make sure they come out with cheap MLB jerseys.” However, did Ryan really know something about cheap MLB jerseys?

Ryan, meanwhile, said he has been inundated with ticket requests from all corners, including former Astros. He said 1986 National League Cy Young Award winner Mike Scott, a southern California resident, would be in attendance for Cheap MLB Jerseys Game 1. Several of the Astros’ minority owners were also in attendance.

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Commissioner Rob Manfred attended the Play Ball event, along with other dignitaries including new Roberto Clemente Award winner Anthony Rizzo of the Cubs and Olympic gold medalist Jennie Finch, MLB’s youth programs ambassador. Manfred noted that both World Series cities have important storylines, and in this case, he said it was easy to understand how much this Fall Classic excitement means to Crane and the cheap MLB jerseys community.

“I think that what happened here after Harvey is a great example of what baseball is about,” Manfred said. “We made a million-dollar donation to hurricane relief here, but that was small support for what this club did here locally. Jim Crane and the Astros not only donated $4 million but also had very specific programs that the Astros would take responsibility for, in order to move the community forward.”

The Astros hold a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven series against the Dodgers heading into Saturday night’s Game 4 at Minute Maid Park. Crane expects it to get louder and louder.

“Having been on the road now in L.A., New York and Boston, I think the home-field advantage is significant now,” Crane said. “These guys have played tough all year. There’s two great teams in the World Series, so we’re taking it one game at a time. But they don’t give up. L.A. doesn’t, either. You saw thoseĀ  the other night [in Game 2] — it was whoever threw the last punch.”

Crane said he expected a hard-fought series, considering that it featured two teams with at least 100 wins apiece for the first time in 47 years. Though Crane was not getting too far ahead of himself, mayor Sylvester Turner, who also participated in the Play Ball clinic, would be coordinating parade contingencies just in case.

“This team has matured a lot,” Crane said. “There are a lot of young guys, but they’ve matured, and they’ve played a little bit a couple of years ago and got beat. I think they’re focused, and they’re kind of fearless right now. They can play well under pressure. So we’re happy with their performance, and we hope we can finish it off.

Another fan present Wednesday was Robert Wagner, a 26-year-old from Texas City. He has made the 45-mile trek to Houston for all seven watch parties so far — starting with the American League Division Series vs. Boston.

“The crowds have been amazing,” Wagner said. “I just love coming to Minute Maid. It’s my home away from home, it feels like. I don’t care if they win or lose — even in those 110-loss seasons, I loved their cheap Nike MLB authentic jerseys.”

Heading into Wednesday, the Astros were just 1-5 during those postseason road games. But true to classic baseball superstition, Wagner did his part to try to change their luck, wearing the same that he did during the Game 4 triumph in Boston — the only prior road win of Houston’s postseason.

Wagner finds it easy to be optimistic moving forward. After finishing up successful treatment for lymphoma this month, he’s sticking with his Series prediction of the Astros winning in five games — and based on his personal triumph, he says he might even splurge to take in a cheap MLB jerseys game in person.

“I’m hoping to treat myself to a World Series ticket,” Wagner said.

Brian McTaggart has covered the Astros cheap MLB jerseys since 2004, and for since 2009. Follow @brianmctaggart on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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