The Houston Astros made their 2021 home opener Thursday night at Minute Maid Park with a 6-2 win over the Oakland Athletics, and even at half-capacity, the game was so much more enjoyable with the return of fans in attendance.

The silence of the empty ballpark was probably the most jarring aspect of the shortened 2020 season, so the fans brought some normality back to the game day experience.

James LaCombe: 409-683-5242, james.lacombe@galvnews.com or on Twitter @JamesAtGalvNews.

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(5) comments

Diane Turski

It's reassuring to know that not everyone agrees with Abbott's petty boycott of MLB.

Carlos Ponce

Did you notice the few in number wearing masks? The sign is there but lack of enforcement shows that they also consider it a joke.

Jim Forsythe

The one's not wearing a mask are the same people that do not wear one at the store, restaurants and such. Most mask wears stayed home, because they knew that the non wears would be out in full force. They know that only 30% of the people have had the shot and will wait until it is safer to be in large crowds..

Jim Crane has decided not to push the issue, so the Astros have let the non mask wearing, go.

Carlos Ponce

So Jim Forsythe is safe at home.

Jim Forsythe

I choose what actives that I go to. Most years I go to the Astros home opener, but this year I passed on the Astros home opener, because I knew that a lot of people would not be wearing mask.

I go to stores at off hours and where most customers wear mask. If at the store, people were not wearing mask, I would use curbside shopping or shop online.

Jim Crane may decide to stop having fans at the park, if he believes that people not wearing mask, is wrong.

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