Football is big in Texas. Really big.
And while the state does have two Major League Baseball teams, that sports takes a back seat to the obsession Texans have with the state’s pastime, football.
So when all-everything Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt decided to hold a celebrity softball game at Minute Maid Park, the home of the Houston Astros, most figured it would draw a huge crowd.
That it did.
“More than 30,000 people attended Saturday’s J.J. Watt Charity Softball classic at Minute Maid Park, according to Chellee Siewert, who handles the public relations for Watt’s Event. That’s a Major League Baseball number.”
Despite their surprising trek to the playoffs a season ago, attendance has been somewhat of an issue for the Astros in recent seasons.
In fact, Watt’s event drew a larger crowd than 13 of the Astros’ 20 home games thus far this season.
It could have had to do with Texans defensive tackle Vince Wilfork looking all sorts of sexy in his overalls:
Then again, it’s football players and other stars playing a game of softball in May. Why wouldn’t this draw more than a professional baseball game?
To put this into perspective, over half the teams around Major League baseball are averaging less than 30,000 in attendance per game this season.
If we needed another example of football being kind in the United States, this was it.
Speaking of being a king, Watt would literally draw thousands to watch him fold laundry. That’s how much he’s loved in the great state of Texas.