Despite objections from Houston Astros fans, Senator Ted Cruz of Texas intends to be present at Game 7 of the American League Championship Series (ALCS) between the Astros and their state rivals, the Texas Rangers. Astros supporters have taken to X, a social media platform formerly known as Twitter, to request that Cruz stay away from the pivotal game at Houston’s Minute Maid Park, citing concerns about bad luck.
The Astros, under the guidance of iconic manager Dusty Baker, are currently tied 3-3 in the best-of-seven series against the Rangers, who are managed by multiple World Series winner Bruce Bochy. The ALCS victor will go on to face either the Philadelphia Phillies or the Arizona Diamondbacks in the World Series.
One X user referred to Cruz as the “King of Jinxers,” urging him to avoid Game 7 to give the Astros a better shot at winning. Another fan acknowledged Cruz’s love for taking his children to Astros games but suggested, “For the love of all things Houston, let Heidi [Cruz’s wife] take them! Send them with friends! It’s Game 7, man. We can’t risk this.”
On the flip side, Rangers fans are encouraging Cruz to attend, with one user—whose feed is filled with support for Dallas-area teams, including the Rangers—calling him a “good luck charm.”
A spokesperson for Cruz confirmed to Rolling Stone Magazine that the senator will be at Monday’s game. The spokesperson noted Cruz’s long-standing support for the Houston-based MLB team, dating back to the 1980s, and highlighted that attending games is a tradition he enjoys with his daughter. The spokesperson also mentioned Cruz’s historical support for the team, recalling a game on June 3, 1989, which was one of the longest baseball games in history, where Cruz cheered the Astros to victory.