March 30, 2011
Richard Moore’s story is one the Houston Astros want to re-create in Oklahoma City with their new affiliation with the RedHawks.
Moore grew up in the Oklahoma City area when the then-Oklahoma City 89ers were the original Triple-A affiliate of the Houston Colt .45s and Astros from 1962-72.
“I was a Yankees fan — mainly a Mickey Mantle fan — before but once I started seeing players that I watched here in Oklahoma City go up and play for the Astros, I switched,” Moore said.
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Moore, who now lives in Noble, was among 5,755 in attendance at RedHawks Field at Bricktown for Tuesday night’s exhibition game between the Astros and RedHawks with his wife, Kathy.
Richard Moore wore an Astros pullover, although he has a more permanent mark of his Astros fandom on his right ankle in the form of an Astros star logo tattoo.
The Moores were among the fans who put up with the cold weather to watch the exhibition. The temperature was 49 degrees to open the game.
Many wore Astros gear, but Randall McDaniel, of Ada, stuck with his Rangers hat.
“I came to watch some baseball but I don’t care too much for the Astros,” McDaniel said. “I don’t come to many RedHawks games but probably won’t come at all now.”
After nearly 30 years of having Oklahoma City as its Triple-A franchise, Texas switched its affiliation to Round Rock after a group including Hall of Famer Nolan Ryan bought the team. Ryan owns a part of the Round Rock franchise as well.
Shortly afterward, the Astros and RedHawks signed a two-year player development contract.
While McDaniel said he won’t be coming as often — he said he’s more likely to head to Arlington to watch the Rangers — Tory Rogers said she’ll be out to the ballpark more.
Rogers is a longtime baseball fan who hasn’t made it out to the ballpark before Tuesday.
“I’ve never been to a game here but I’m sure I’ll be out more now that they’re with the Astros,” Rogers said.