Astros-Rangers game was a sad Harvey afterthought
- Author: Eleanor Harrison Aug 31, 2017,
Aug 31, 2017, 1:07
Instead, the Lone Star State teams will travel to Florida and play their upcoming series at neutral Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg with Houston enduring historic flooding from now-Tropical Storm Harvey.
The Associated Press is reporting that the Houston Astros will play their next two home series away from Texas due to the flooding created by Hurricane Harvey. The Astros will play two more game with the Rangers in Tampa Bay, and likely will stay there for a series against the New York Mets.
The Astros-Rangers series scheduled to begin Tuesday at Minute Maid Park was moved to Tropicana Field in Tampa Bay. "They wanted the six games in their homes".
In a conference call on Monday afternoon, Rangers' General Manager Jon Daniels explained how the decision came to be made.
Another likely factor from the Rangers' perspective was that a home-series swap would have put them on the road for 12 consecutive games from September 15-27. It would set up a somber parallel to last season, when the Mets were the first team to play the Marlins after the death of Jose Fernandez.
The Mets are now in Cincinnati and will begin a three-game road trip Tuesday that concludes with a matinee Thursday. The Astros hoped to simply move this week's games to Arlington, and then move some Arlington-scheduled games in September to Houston.
The Wednesday game will have a national ESPN audience, bringing more attention to the awful tragedy still unfolding in Houston.
While they weren't able to agree on where to play, both teams see the bigger picture and have urged people to remain focused on what really matters - the victims of the storm.
LSU is refunding tickets and parking passes to the game at NRG Stadium in Houston - they will be processed and refunded by the outlet where it was purchased, including the schools, Lonestar Sports & Entertainment and Ticketmaster.
There is uncertainty about when the Astros will return home.
Both teams flew to Dallas-Fort Worth after their respective series in California to await a decision. The Rangers are very much in the mix for a wild card berth, and they might see that kind of adjustment as being not in their competitive interests.
Yesterday, the Houston Astros announced that Owner and Chairman Jim Crane, the Astros ownership group and the Astros Foundation will donate $4.0 million to Hurricane Harvey relief efforts. The Rangers could have agreed to host this week's 3-game series, then the September 25-27 series between the teams would be switched to Minute Maid Park.