The 2011 campaign has been tough for the Houston Astros and their fans. However, most dispassionate observers agreed that this kind of year had to happen. It probably happened a few years to late, but it finally happened. The core of veterans before the Killer Bs ran its course in the late 1980s. There were a couple of awkward years in there, but when the club traded away some of those key veterans, they got back the young core that just finally ran its course a few years ago.
Ironically, exactly 20 years ago, the Astros had the worst record in baseball. Naturally, we don't need to be reminded of how they spent the No. 1 overall pick (Phil Nevin instead of Derek Jeter). Yet, 1992 and the next several years each saw growth. There are reasons to be believe in that growth again, even if watching the product on the field this season leaves a lot to be desired.