Astros’ fanbase well represented for ALCS at Fenway Park

BOSTON — John Prince knew he was flying into enemy territory, but he didn’t expect to see so many friendly faces.

“I’m actually surprised the amount of Houston fans who are here,” Prince said outside Fenway Park hours before the Houston Astros took on the Red Sox in Game 3 of the ALCS.

Prince, who grew up in Katy, Texas, is a lifelong Astros fan. He and his father-in-law flew in from Salt Lake City Sunday night shortly after another Texas team, the Dallas Cowboys, dispatched the New England Patriots, 35-29.

“We were wondering if any of these Dallas fans were going to stay for the Houston game, but usually Houston fans aren’t Cowboys fans. Not a ton of crossover there,” Prince said, wearing an Astros hat and a vintage Nolan Ryan jersey.

Houston-natives Ashley and Carrie Perry flew into Boston from their home in Virginia. Neither have been to a game at Fenway Park before.

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“This is a bucket list thing for me, you know? I’m excited,” Ashley said. “I told my friend at the beginning of the season, ‘if Boston and the Astros play in the ALCS, we’re going.’ And we’re here.”

Despite being decked out in Houston blue and orange, the couple said Red Sox fans have been friendly.

“The fans are awesome. We went to the Bleacher Bar, everybody was in there like, ‘Hey, how you doing? You having fun?’ It’s awesome,” Ashely said.

“I thought, I was wearing this around town all day thinking I was going to get some dirty looks, but they’re just like, ‘I hope you all lose,’ and laughed,” Carrie said.

Prince said he spent his first day in Boston visiting Quincy Market and checking out the city.

“It’s amazing. We’ve been walking around Boston all day,” Prince said. “Super cool, I love the city, I love the stadium, it’s amazing. I can’t wait to get in and see what it’s going to be like.”