Dickinson residents Jose and Angel Perez will be wearing different colors at Minute Maid Park if they manage to snag much-coveted tickets to a World Series game.
A Los Angeles Dodgers fan for most of his life, Jose Perez said he only started supporting the Houston Astros in more recent years, after Jim Crane took over as owner of the ball club. Now he’s all in, even though his father is still rooting for the Dodgers, who will play the Astros in the World Series starting tonight.
“Later in life is when I became an Astros fan,” Jose Perez said. “We’re divided.”
Like many in the Greater Houston area, the Perezes have joined in the frenzy to find tickets to one of the three home games, on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Even the cheapest tickets are close to $600 on some resale websites.
“At the end of the day, we’ll end up going,” Jose Perez said. “We are still looking for tickets. They’re expensive. I’m just looking for the right one.”
Susan Seidensticker, a League City resident, got lucky in buying her tickets. She entered a raffle to be able to buy tickets presale from the Astros box office, and purchased two tickets for games 4 and 5, if needed, Saturday and Sunday.
“My seats aren’t great, but we’re in the building and that’s all that really matters,” Seidensticker said. “After all those years of going to those Astros games where they weren’t very good, it’s exciting to be able to go.”
Astros fans endured three straight 100-loss seasons from 2011 to 2013. Hanging in there through those down years has really paid off, Galveston resident Joseph Pellerin said.
“Really, I felt like I was suffering with them,” Pellerin said. “I stuck it out. I knew it was going to take some time to turn it around, and I knew they would.”
Resolute fans like Luci Minchew, a Santa Fe resident, can relate. She went to Game 4 of the World Series in 2005, the only other time the Astros made it to the Fall Classic. The team got swept that year by the Chicago White Sox.
“You don’t ever think you’ll ever see it again,” Minchew said. “I’m excited because the last time I went to game 4, it wasn’t so happy. I was literally crying the whole way home.”
Many people aren’t as fortunate to be able to go to any of the home games, however, and they will likely turn to bars to celebrate with fellow fans. Dennis Byrd, who owns several venues at The Spot in Galveston, said he has already seen Astros fever take over in the American League Championship Series, and he could only describe it in one word.
“Excitement,” Byrd said. “Houston really needed that win to get that shot in the arm after the storm. People are going to have an opportunity now to get out and enjoy it.”