Astros owner: Palm Beach County deserves some credit for championship


The Houston Astros are gearing up for a spring training marketing campaign around the franchises’ latest milestone – its first ever World Series championship since the team joined the major leagues in 1962.

Details are still being worked out but one possibility calls for displaying the team’s World Series trophy for a limited time at The Ballpark of the Palm Beaches in West Palm Beach during spring training, said Giles Kibbe, a team lawyer.

“I can assure you our marketing group is all over it. We’re proud of it and we are going to share it in West Palm for sure,’’ he said.

Astros owner Jim Crane has not forgotten how the Astros’ road to the championship started at the team’s new $150 million spring training facility, which opened in February after being financed in part with $113 million in local tourist tax revenue and built with local workers.

That’s why he said local residents and leaders should take pride and some credit in the championship that Houston clinched Wednesday night with a 5-1 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game Seven at Dodger Stadium.

“There have been a lot of factors that have contributed to our success this season. The new facillity in West Palm is definitely an important one,” Crane said in a statement to The Palm Beach Post.

“Having a state of the art spring training facility is an important part of our operation. It helps us with performance and it helps create the championship environment that we’re trying to establish.”

Kibbe added, “West Palm Beach and Palm Beach County definitely played a part in it. Spring training is the most important part of the baseball season. That facility was something our players were always excited about, moving in there. It helped our team get ready.’’

On Thursday morning, less than 12 hours after the World Series ended, the electronic marquees at the Ballpark of the Palm Beaches’ two entrances, at Haverhill Road and Military Trail, were updated to reflect the Astros’ championship.

The rotating images also include a nod to the Washington Nationals, who share the complex with the Astros, winning the National League division title.

The Ballpark of the Palm Beaches wasted no time today tweeting out reminders about sale dates for spring training tickets – season tickets Nov. 13, four-game flex packs (online only) Nov. 27, and single-game tickets Dec. 9.



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