Serves them right for moving to the American league. Although they wouldn't have had a chance this year if they stayed in the NL Central, what with the Cardinals, Pirates, and Cubs going 1-2-3 in that division. The AL West has three teams that have never won a World Series, and their most recent was the Angels squeaking by the Giants in 2002.
It's taken years, but I'm finally starting to get used to Houston playing in the American League. This year's All-Star Game and Postseason did a lot to cement that. But all these cards are from the Astros NL days, some even before there was such a thing as a Central division.
|1994 Triple Play #29 Darryl Kile|
Especially as a kid, I always thought the transparent block letters at the bottom made for an innovative touch.
|1994 Triple Play #22 Craig Biggio|
|1993 Donruss #504 Joe Boever|
Also, I can't recall seeing a 1993 Donruss card in better condition. The gloss and color reproduction are almost perfect. I'd even consider getting it graded if I knew who the heck Joe Boever was. His stats say he had a 4-11 record in 1989 for the Braves without ever starting a game. You have to blow an awful lot of saves to earn a record like that.
|1993 Pinnacle #423 Doug Drabek|
|1991 Bowman #563 Andujar Cedeno|
|1992 Topps #12 Luis Gonzalez|
1992 bridged the old and the new, but also included longtime trademarks like the Topps Rookie Cup. Gonzalez proved worthy of the award, driving in the winning run in the 2001 World Series.
Not sure that one will ever stop hurting. After 9/11 and the heroics of countless New Yorkers, the Yankees should have won that year, and came oh-so-close. Yankees fans can still know heartbreak, despite 27 World Series titles.
There, I said it.
|1993 Upper Deck #294 Casey Candaele|
|1992 Donruss Coke Ryan #14 Nolan Ryan/1980 HA|
One thing is sure, though it won't be the Cubs, one of the teams that made it to the Fall Classic will win their first World Series in many years. I was hoping to see a Cubs/Blue Jays World Series, but it turns out we got the opposite. A team that won because of the infamous Bill Buckner error versus a team that probably wouldn't have won if there were replay review in 1985.
Time will tell.
There is one fun fact, though. This World Series between the Mets and Royals marks the first-ever between two expansion teams.
Up next: The San Francisco Giants.