Aug. 16, 1993
(No paper Aug. 14, 1993)
Diane McNabb leans forward and considers a future without the Auburn Astros.
"I tell people this, and it's not a joke: I have to get a life," she laughs.
The boys of summer are a common obsession for McNabb, president of the Astros boosters, and William, her husband of 24 years.
For 2-1/2 months each year, baseball transcends mere sport and becomes a passion, a social imperative.
Dozens of the Astros players who have shared a roof with the McNabbs for a summer are displayed in photos throughout their Hulbert Street home. Each year, more wall and shelf space gets cluttered with photos and pennants.
The collection may die out at the end of this season, though. With the city nixing a financing plan that would have ensured a new $2.77 million stadium at Falcon Park, the future of the Astros in Auburn is in real jeopardy.