It has been a rough year so far for the Houston Astros on the field. The team has the worst record in baseball, some 20 games below .500. While the team has had its well- documented problems on the diamond, first-year owner Jim Crane has show his championship mettle in the community.
With the assistance of Mayor Annise Parker, Crane has personally developed the Community Leaders program. It partners Houston-based corporations with the City of Houston in an effort to build or refurbish youth baseball and softball fields in disadvantaged neighborhoods throughout the city.