Crane Claims Fans’ AL Outrage Has “Died Down,” Asks “What’s the Difference?”
A: I think it’s calmed down considerably once people understand that was our destiny. That’s the way baseball had decided – whoever owned the Astros was going to be in the American League. You can argue anything I guess, but what they did does make some sense for baseball. When you look at the two Texas teams, it evens out that, keeps the Rangers from traveling more. Our TV partner Comcast feels it’s a stronger deal for us with the East Coast teams like Detroit and Cleveland and some of the old traditional teams – the Yankees and Boston – and we’re going to do better on the network because of that.
The downside that we’ll see is the DH and a little more travel, and we’ll try to get games scheduled so that when we get getaway games they’ll be in the afternoon so you’re not going to see that many late-night games.
I think it’s died down. People understand it, and we’re just going to do our best with it. What I tell everybody: to win the World Series you’ve got to beat everybody, so what’s the difference?
Interestingly… but not surprisingly… Levine doesn’t challenge Crane to explain his assertion in light of By-Law 2-b5, which clearly and completely contradicts Crane’s contention that whoever owned the Astros was going to have to put them in the AL.
To this fan, it remains the most astonishing thing about this whole episode.
Also, we get affirmation in this article that, indeed, we now have a St. Louis Cardinal fan as our team’s primary owner and chief decision-maker.
Ain’t that just great.