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Michael Bourn frustrated by Red Sox support in Houston

Jul 3, 2011, 4:09 PM EDT

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Here’s Astros outfielder Michael Bourn, venting on the large contingent of Red Sox fans that has overtaken Houston’s Minute Maid Park this weekend:

“Their fan base is huge. When we are playing the Red Sox, you hear ‘Let’s go Red Sox!’ loud. I’m like, ‘We’re in our home stands.’ I want to hear, ‘Let’s go Astros!’ I don’t want to hear a visiting team overtaking our team. We have to get our fans to come out and the only way we can do that is by winning.”

It’s a frustration that many losing teams know well, and the Astros don’t appear likely to climb out of the gutter anytime soon. They have an organization-wide lack of talent and a changing ownership situation. Attendance is not going to be strong at Minute Maid Park while the rebuilding effort is in full swing.

The ‘Stros drew 2.8 million fans in 2005, when they made it all the way to the World Series. In 2006, 3.02 million packed into Minute Maid. This season, it’s looking like they’ll have trouble topping 2.3 million.

  1. pisano - Jul 3, 2011 at 4:20 PM

    Bourn shouldn’t be upset with the amount of Boston fans in Texas, Boston fans are like fly sh#t there all over.

    • Ari Collins - Jul 3, 2011 at 4:28 PM

      … says a Yankee fan.

    • Ari Collins - Jul 3, 2011 at 4:29 PM

      Arg, you’re not a Yankee fan, are you. I think I’m getting my usernames confused.

      This is what an edit/delete button is for, darnit.

  2. dogsweat1 - Jul 3, 2011 at 4:36 PM

    Bourn shouldn’t be upset with the amount of Boston fans in Texas, Boston fans are like fly sh#t there all over

    That’s funny -that’s how the country deels about a “Texan!”

  3. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Jul 3, 2011 at 4:40 PM

    Wait, there are Astros fans?

  4. derpdederpdederp - Jul 3, 2011 at 4:54 PM

    at least hes got something legitimate to be complaining about, unlike carlos villanueva blasting jays fans for given halladay a bunch of standing ovations

  5. skerney - Jul 3, 2011 at 5:27 PM

    Of all the things that are on Bourns list of thing to be mad about, playing for the Astros come before sox fans.

  6. dogsweat1 - Jul 3, 2011 at 5:34 PM

    deels ……………..

    Check that……… Feels…

  7. gostros19 - Jul 3, 2011 at 5:53 PM

    I don’t quite understand why everybody hates on the Astros. Yes they are dogshit now but let’s not forget they used to have one of the best franchises of the past decade. Thats what rebuilding is. It hurts but it is something that has to be done.

    • Ari Collins - Jul 3, 2011 at 7:49 PM

      It’s because they also have very little on the farm. It’s going to be a very very long rebuild.

    • jhorton83 - Jul 3, 2011 at 9:54 PM

      They’ve been allegedly “rebuilding” since 2008 and they haven’t gotten better. They’ve gotten worse.

  8. aceshigh11 - Jul 3, 2011 at 9:05 PM

    Man, Boston must be, far and away, THE MOST HATED baseball team on HBT.

    What exactly is the reason for all the hate?

    • derpdederpdederp - Jul 4, 2011 at 2:42 AM

      too many yankees and phillies fans with too much time on their hands here?

  9. jhorton83 - Jul 3, 2011 at 9:50 PM

    What does he expect? The Astros are consistently awful and have been for many years and show no signs of improvement whatsoever. It’s difficult to make the fans care in that kind of depressing situation. The people that really should be blamed are Drayton McLane, Ed Wade, and the hapless coaching staff. Not the fans.

  10. watermelon1 - Jul 4, 2011 at 7:44 AM

    As an Orioles “fan,” Boston “fans” are much more annoying than Yankees fans. They’re much more annoying than Phillies fans. And they came out of NOWHERE. Seriously, I never saw anyone wearing a Boston Red Sox hat/jacket/anything until that first ring a few years back. Now all of a sudden they’re everywhere.

    As for cheering in visiting stadiums… I really don’t mind the cheering/yelling when Boston makes a great play. But when you
    Sawks fans try to start “chants” you’re really just asking for trouble. That’s when it just crosses a line that there’s really no reason to cross.

    • Paul Zummo - Jul 4, 2011 at 7:49 AM

      Not that I have any brief for Sox fans, but the first time I went to Camden Yards was in 2002 and the Orioles played the Sox, and more than half the crowd was rooting for the Sox. That was before the rings – heck it was a meaningless September game after the Sox had been eliminated from the post-season.

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