Astros Upcoming Homestand to Feature Key Matchups with Playoff Contenders

Astros to face Blue Jays and Rangers who hold AL Wild Card and Division leads, respectively; Astros celebrate 30th anniversary of 1986 season with Legends Weekend

On Monday, the Astros will return home for an exciting, seven-game homestand against the Toronto Blue Jays (August 1-4) and Texas Rangers (August 5-7). Both matchups could have potential playoff implications, with the Blue Jays currently in possession of an AL Wild Card spot and the Rangers holding a slim, 3.0 game lead in the AL West Division over the Astros. Houston has been one of the hottest teams in baseball since May 1, with a Major League-best 48-29 (.623) record in that span. In recent weeks, the Astros have made up ground rapidly on the Rangers in the division, cutting the lead from 10.0 games to 3.0 games in the last month (since June 28). Additionally, the Astros currently sit just 0.5 of a game out of an AL Wild Card spot.

 

All three of the Houston Astros RBI teams, senior baseball, junior baseball, and softball, have advanced to the 2016 MLB RBI World Series in Cincinnati, OH, which will be held from August 3-16. Houston has a team in each division of the 2016 RBI World Series, which is the eighth time for the city and the second-most ever for any city in RBI World Series history. Congratulations to our young athletes on the accomplishment, and good luck in the upcoming series!

 

Come out and support the Astros Foundation by participating in our 50/50 Raffle, Share2Care. Fans can purchase tickets through fixed terminals and mobile devices throughout the ballpark during home games at Minute Maid Park. One lucky fan will win big every time! The one winning ticket will be selected each game with the winner receiving one half of that game's raffle proceeds and the Astros Foundation receiving the other half. The Astros Foundation seeks to harness the passion of baseball fans to support youth baseball and softball programs serving at risk children and teens.

 

Make sure your little Astros fan is signed up for the Coca-Cola Astros Buddies Club! Being a Coca-Cola Astros Buddies member has many benefits including premium items, exclusive Buddies-only experiences, tickets to an Astros game, newsletters and more. Coca-Cola Astros Buddies memberships are for kids 12 and under. For more information on the Coca-Cola Astros Buddies Club, please visit www.astros.com/buddies.

 

Monday, August 1 - 7:10 p.m. vs. Toronto Blue Jays

The Astros kick off their seven-game homestand on Monday with a 7:10 p.m. contest vs. the Toronto Blue Jays. In 2015, Houston swept Toronto in a four-game series at home from May 14-17. This game opens up a critical series against Toronto, as the Blue Jays currently sit 2.5 game ahead of the Astros in the Wild Card standings.

 

Tuesday, August 2 - 7:10 p.m. vs. Toronto Blue Jays

Astros fans can catch the deal of the season with Double Play Tuesdays, presented by Coca-Cola. Participating fans receive two View Deck II tickets for only $22. Present two (2) labels from any Coca-Cola product containers at the Minute Maid Park Box Office to receive two (2) View Deck II tickets for $22. This offer is good at every Tuesday home game. For more information, please visit www.astros.com/value.

 

Wednesday, August 3 - 7:10 p.m. vs. Toronto Blue Jays

On Wednesday, August 3, the Astros are helping fans catch 'em all at Astros Pokémon Night! The sold-out ticket special gives a limited number of fans the opportunity to collect Pokémon during exclusive pregame field access, visit all nine PokéStops around the ballpark and enjoy in-game activities and social media contests. For more information on Astros Pokémon Night, please visit www.astros.com/pokemon.

 

The Houston Astros are also proudly hosting Donald Bulay, a 17-year-old battling Hodgkin's Disease, on Wednesday with the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Donald is a life-long Astros fan and will be throwing out a ceremonial first pitch prior to Wednesday's 7:10 p.m. matchup.

 

As part of the Occidental Petroleum Military Appreciation in-game feature, World War II veteran Sgt. Guy Furgiuele will be celebrating his 90th birthday as our honoree. Sgt. Furgiuele served two years in the United States Army, Company A, 317 Infantry, 80th Division.

 

Every Wednesday night home game features $1 Hot Dogs, presented by Nolan Ryan Beef. Fans can purchase an unlimited number of Nolan Ryan Beef hot dogs at $1 each while supplies last (limit of four per person per concession visit).

 

Thursday, August 4 - 7:10 p.m. vs. Toronto Blue Jays

Prior to Thursday's 7:10 p.m. game, outfielder Jake Marisnick will be signing autographs at no charge and interacting with fans beginning at 11:00 a.m. at the 22710 Bellaire Blvd. Whataburger location in Richmond, TX.  He will be joined by Astros mascot Orbit and the Shooting Stars team. This autograph session is the fourth and final Whataburger Whatafan event of the summer, and the last opportunity for fans to register to win four tickets to an upcoming Astros game, a VIP tour of Minute Maid Park and an autographed item, and also become eligible for the Grand Prize of lunch with Astros President of Business Operations, Reid Ryan. Autographs will be limited to the first 225 guests to arrive.

 

On Thursday, August 4, the United States Coast Guard celebrates its 226th birthday. In honor of the Coast Guards birthday, both Occidental Military Appreciation honorees will be selected from the United States Coast Guard.

 

Friday, August 5 - 7:10 p.m. vs. Texas Rangers

Friday kicks off the Astros celebration of Legends Weekend, presented by Houston Methodist! This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Astros remarkable 1986 season which featured a postseason appearance and "The Greatest Game Ever Played" as well as the franchise's first Cy Young Award winner, Mike Scott.

 

In honor of both the 1986 NL Cy Young Award winner Mike Scott and the 2015 AL Cy Young Award winner Dallas Keuchel, 10,000 fans will receive a "How Do You Measure Up To A Cy Young Winner" Growth Chart, courtesy of Houston Methodist, prior to that night's 7:10 p.m. game vs. the AL division rival Texas Rangers. Fans are encouraged to arrive at the ballpark early to receive this weekend's promotional giveaways, as supplies are limited and not guaranteed.

 

Astros legend and former RHP J.R. Richard will be signing copies of his book Still Throwing Heat on Friday, August 5 from 6:00 - 7:00 p.m. at Season Ticket Holder Headquarters, located behind Home Plate. Books are available for purchase at the Astros Home Plate Team Store.

 

The Astros and the Astros Foundation are hosting approximately 1,300 soldiers and their families for a special uncasing ceremony celebrating the return of Texas Army National Guard's 136th Expeditionary Signal Battalion. Last July, the Astros held the deployment ceremony for this unit before they departed for training and deployed to Kuwait and six other countries. Prior to the on-field uncasing ceremony, the Houston-based signal battalion will process down Crawford Street and onto the field. Members of the 136th ESB will also sing the National Anthem and God Bless America. Friday night's game vs. the Texas Rangers will air overseas on the American Forces Network (AFN).

 

Additionally, Friday is Chevy Military Night at the ballpark. Approximately 100 volunteers from the USO comprised of uniformed military personnel as well as family members of active duty military will participate in a pregame ceremony featuring a giant American flag prior to Friday's 7:10 p.m. game.

 

Big and Bright Friday Night fireworks return postgame, featuring an 80's musical theme in honor of Legends Weekend and the celebration of the 1986 team. Fireworks will begin approximately 15 minutes following the conclusion of Friday's game vs. the Rangers.

 

Keuchel's Korner, presented by Houston Methodist, is back on Friday as well as Dallas Keuchel takes on the Texas Rangers at 7:10 p.m. Tickets for the dedicated fan section, located in sections 105 and 106, include a signature Dallas Keuchel beard giveaway and an exclusive Keuchel's Korner T-shirt. The T-shirt for Friday's Keuchel's Korner will feature a new design for fans to enjoy. For tickets and more information, please visit www.astros.com/keuchelskorner.

 

Continuing this Friday, the Astros Foundation will be raffling off a 2016 Harley Davidson motorcycle, donated by Crane Freight Services. Proceeds will benefit the Sunshine Kids Foundation, Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Family Alliance, Ronald McDonald House Houston and the Astros Foundation. Tickets will be sold during every Friday, Saturday and Sunday home game, now through September 11 on the main concourse behind home plate. Tickets are one (1) for $20 or six (6) for $100. The winner will be announced at the game on Monday, September 12 vs. the Texas Rangers (winner need not be present to win).

 

Saturday, August 6 - 6:10 p.m. vs. Texas Rangers

The Astros continue their celebration of Legends Weekend, presented by Houston Methodist, on Saturday with a 1986 Throwback Game. The 2016 Astros will wear throwback 1986 Astros uniforms as they take on the Rangers, who will also wear throwback uniforms. Fans are encouraged to join the fun by dressing up in their favorite 80's-inspired outfits!

 

Prior to that night's 6:10 p.m. game, 1986 Cy Young Award winner Mike Scott and 2015 Cy Young Award winner Dallas Keuchel will participate in a special pregame ceremony. The Cy Young Awards will then be on display and available to fans for a photo opportunity beginning when gates open through the end of the 5th inning in the Atrium. The photo opportunity is free and open to fans in attendance on Saturday.

 

Additionally, 10,000 fans will receive a Mike Scott 1986 Replica Rainbow Jersey, courtesy of Houston Methodist.

 

Fans are also invited to a special, FREE Legends Weekend Autograph Session, featuring members of the 1986 Astros club including Glenn Davis, Phil Garner and Mike Scott, as well as other Astros legends. The hour-long autograph session will take place in Union Station Lobby at 4:30 p.m. and is free to fans in attendance on Saturday. Fans are encouraged to arrive early as autographs are not guaranteed. All players and coaches subject to change.

 

The Astros will host the third and final Astros After Party, presented by Budweiser. The Astros After Parties take place in the FiveSeven Grille just beyond Center Field, and feature drink and appetizer specials starting in the 8th inning with trivia, prizes and live music immediately following the final out. This event is free to fans with a ticket to the game and will last for one hour after the conclusion of the game.

 

Sunday, August 7 - 1:10 p.m. vs. Texas Rangers

Bring the whole family out to Minute Maid Park on Sundays for Kroger Family Sunday. Kids ages 5-12 can run the bases and Astros Buddies get front-of-the-line access. For Kroger Family 4-Pack or Kroger Family Sunday tickets, please visit www.astros.com/family or by calling 1-877-9ASTROS.

 

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