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Volume 26 No. 207
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New Astros Merch A Hot Seller In Houston After World Series Berth

Astros fans were "frantically swapping out their outdated gear" for brand new merchandise at Academy Sports + Outdoors after the team clinched its World Series berth over the weekend, according to a front-page piece by Gwendolyn Wu of the HOUSTON CHRONICLE. A long line was "no deterrent for hundreds of shoppers passing through the automated glass doors." Some shoppers "waited 10, then 20 and well past 30 minutes to get to the checkout stands." Astros fan Jamie Davis said that this was the "only way for many to get any official playoff merchandise in Houston before the World Series because Academy was not shipping out gear for another five days" (HOUSTON CHRONICLE, 10/21).