Road to relevance begins in Houston 

November, 28, 2011
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Jim CraneAP Photo/David J. PhillipThe Astros, moving to the AL West in 2013, begin a new era under owner Jim Crane.
You have to wonder if Thanksgiving bought Ed Wade and Tal Smith a few extra days with their respective titles. Jim Crane took over ownership of the Houston Astros last Monday, and it would've seemed ugly if he had executed his first firings right before a family holiday.