Legends Weekend to celebrate 2005 season

Legends Weekend to celebrate 2005 season

HOUSTON -- The Astros will celebrate the 10th anniversary of their 2005 National League pennant-winning team as part of Legends Weekend, in which several players from the club's past, including many from the '05 team, will return to Minute Maid Park.

Among those scheduled to appear throughout the weekend are Hall of Famer Craig Biggio, Jeff Bagwell, Brandon Backe, Lance Berkman, Jose Cruz, Glenn Davis, Larry Dierker, Morgan Ensberg, Adam Everett, Bob Knepper, Jason Lane, Roy Oswalt, J.R. Richard, Bob Watson, Jimmy Wynn, Eric Yelding and Gerald Young, plus Phil Garner, who was the manager of the 2005 team.

Following a sold-out Legends Luncheon on Saturday afternoon at the Union Station lobby, members of the 2005 World Series roster will participate in autograph sessions in the lobby from 4:15-5:15 p.m. CT. The autograph session is available only to those who claimed a free autograph voucher, but they're no longer available due to high demand. One item is allowed per player, per voucher.

Beginning at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, a ceremony will take place on the field prior to the game against the Tigers, featuring members of the 2005 team and coaching staff, as well as a video recapping that memorable season. Garner will throw out the ceremonial first pitch to Houston manager A.J. Hinch.

The Astros are expecting large crowds on Saturday, so the gates will open at 3:30 p.m. The first 10,000 fans Friday will receive a 2005 NL Championship Series T-shirt, and the first 10,000 fans Saturday will get a 2005 commemorative tumbler.

At the end of the homestand, the Astros will honor 2015 Hall of Fame inductee Biggio prior to the Aug. 22 game against the Dodgers. Biggio will address the Houston crowd for the first time since his Hall of Fame induction. Fans are encouraged to be in their seats by 5:15 p.m. in order to enjoy the entire ceremony, which will include special speakers Conor Biggio, Art Howe and MLB.com columnist Richard Justice, and it'll be emceed by Astros TV broadcaster Bill Brown.

Biggio's Hall of Fame plaque from Cooperstown, N.Y., will be on hand at Minute Maid Park. The plaque will be on display in the Union Station lobby after the first pitch for fans to view, and photo opportunities will be available with a $7 donation to the Astros Foundation.

The first 10,000 fans on Aug. 22 will receive a special Biggio Hall of Fame T-shirt, and several $7 food items will be available throughout the ballpark. These items can be found at Section 126 on the main concourse, Section 226 on the Mazda Club Level and Section 309 on the upper concourse.

The Astros will close the homestand on Aug. 23 with a 1:10 p.m. CT game against the Dodgers that will be nationally televised on TBS. It will be Houston's third national TV appearances of the season.

Brian McTaggart is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, Tag's Lines. Follow @brianmctaggart on Twitter and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.