TAMPA, Fla. -- New Astros owner Jim Crane took in his first Spring Training game on Monday at George M. Steinbrenner Field, arriving along with five of his partners to see Houston play the Yankees.
Crane brought along former pro golfer Butch Harmon and Harmon's son, Claude, on a "mixed" golf outing and Spring Training trip, taking an extensive tour of the Yankees' complex. Crane said he was studying the facilities as the Astros consider any potential changes they might make regarding their spring home.
The Astros are currently committed to a contract for their current facility in Kissimmee, Fla., for three more years after this Spring Training.
"We're definitely studying the facilities," Crane said. "We're going to take a walk around inside. Of course, the Yankees are at the top of the food chain, so we want to work our way up. This is a great facility. I think the facility we have up there is nice in Kissimmee. You've got to look at everything when you're doing that."
Crane confirmed that the Major League teams that spend their springs in Florida sent representatives to a meeting with Florida Gov. Rick Scott, adding that the state is working hard to encourage more clubs to stay rather than move to Arizona for Cactus League play.
Crane also acknowledged that the Astros are still discussing their uniforms for the 2013 season, bringing in a focus group next week to take a look before making a final decision by May 1.
"We'll have it ready to go and submit and see where we go from that," Crane said.