Fans attend Spring Training at the Osceola County Stadium to meet and greet with up and coming baseball players.
The Houston Astros won 51 games in 2013.
That's not so bad if the Astros were playing in the NBA. But the Astros play baseball - 162 games to be exact.For baseball fans, last season is ancient history. Spring Training wipes away the the missed opportunities and soul-crushing, end-of-season standings.
Take Ed Drexel, a snowbird from Concord, N.H. and an Astros' Spring Training season-ticket holder.
Under the sunny skies of the Astro's Spring Training home at Osceola County Stadium in Kissimmee earlier this week, Drexel cited a recent meet-and-greet with Astros' bench coach Dave Trembley.
The Astros are going to be "the most-improved team in the Majors", Trembley told Drexel and the others in attendance. Trembley added that the team should finish above .500 this year.
Smiling and wearing an Astros hat signed by several players, Drexel said, "That would be a great year."
Here's one other description of Drexel: An Astros optimist.
See how other Houston Astros fans are gearing up for the 2014 season and take a peak at the team's Spring Training stadium, the smallest stadium in Florida's Grapefruit League.
About the 'Spring Training 2014 Tour" series:
Each year around this time, thousands of fans flock to Florida to catch Spring Training games, see their favorite players and, for some, escape the sub-zero temperatures of their Northern homes.
To get a glimpse of Spring Training in the Grapefruit League, we took four days and visited four ballparks in Central Florida: Washington Nationals' Space Coast Stadium in Melbourne, Houston Astros' Osceola County Stadium in Kissimmee, Detroit Tigers' Joker Marchant Stadium in Lakeland and Atlanta Braves' Champion Stadium at Walt Disney World.
The project is meant to show Spring Training from the fan's perspective, because it's the fans that make baseball this country's most enduring sport.
If you missed the other stops in our series, see them here: