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Dierker Leaves Astros After Broadcast Role Denied; Postolos Calls It "Sour Grapes"
Published March 25, 2013
PUBLIC ENEMY? In Houston, Randy Harvey penned a column to Astros fans and wrote the team “as recently as a year ago was yours.” But Crane in a recent interview with the Wall Street Journal said of the fans, "It's not their money. ... If they want to write a check for 10 million bucks, they can give me a call." Harvey wrote Crane "doesn’t want you to think he’s as cavalier toward you as he sounded.” Crane said that he “knows the team belongs to the public.” Crane: “It’s the fans’ team; it’s the city’s team. I am the custodian. I'm backing it with my money and my partners' money. I've got to be a good custodian of their money. But I'm also the custodian for the city and the fans." Crane “insisted that his plan is to win and win as soon as possible.” But Harvey wrote patience "will be required," as Crane is "attempting to build from the ground up, without shortcuts.” Crane said that he has “no other choice because the Astros aren't drowning in cash flow,” adding that the Astros “have lost money for five consecutive seasons.” Crane: “I will spend the money when I have the money. I'm not going to spend money I don't have.” Crane added, “I'm going to fix it. I'm going to make it fun for the town." Harvey wrote the process “may or may not be cold and humorless,” but it “definitely is calculated” (HOUSTON CHRONICLE, 3/24).