By DEREK HENRY, Associated PressAssociated PressAUSTIN, Texas (AP) With their uniforms becoming more sophisticated with the arrival of the Astros, some fans are wearing them as a sign of defiance against what they see as the team’s slow, incremental progress.
When a new uniform comes out, it’s not just because of the team, said Michael Tuck, 49, of Fort Worth.
It’s because we don’t like the new look, and we want to make sure we’re not missing anything, he said.
In the past, the Astros would put a black jersey on with an orange visor on, said Chris O’Malley, 48, of Arlington.
But now, the uniform will be black with white stripes on the collar, like in the Yankees.
For some fans, it just means they don’t agree with the Astros.
If they get a bad game, they can get a good game, said Tim Henson, 44, of Houston.
The Astros are trying to find ways to be more relevant in the national conversation as they are facing a long, slow decline.
Last season, the team went 29-55, which was the worst mark in the American League.
But the Astros have bounced back with five consecutive winning seasons.
They won their first World Series title in a century in 2014, and are looking to do it again this season.
The Astros won a second consecutive AL West title last year, but the team has been without starting pitcher Chris Sale since April 25 with a sprained left elbow.
The Astros lost five of six games, including the Series opener in San Diego.
Sale said on Wednesday that he is likely out for six weeks with inflammation in his elbow, which will likely sideline him for several weeks.
On Thursday, the club announced that it would hold a “Take Back the Field” rally at Minute Maid Park on Friday to raise awareness about the team.
The rally will begin at 11 a.m. and will feature local Astros players, including Alex Bregman, Alex Bogaerts, Lance McCullers and Carlos Correa.
The club has also begun to distribute shirts with the team name and the team logo.
The shirts are available online at Astros.com and in store at MinuteMaid.com.