Race for 2016 Postseason Reaches Fever Pitch in Astros Final Regular Season Homestand

Astros bid farewell to Tal's Hill, host Hispanic Heritage Celebration and Fan Appreciation Night in final homestand of 2016

With 11 games left in the 2016 regular season, the Astros are looking to secure their second consecutive postseason berth in what will be a critical seven-game homestand. Houston will return home Thursday after going 4-1 thus far on the roadtrip, which has pushed them within 2.0 games of an AL Wild Card spot. The upcoming homestand will have a major impact on Houston's playoff hopes as they take on the LA Angels of Anaheim (Sept. 22-25) and Seattle Mariners (Sept. 26-28). Houston currently owns an 11-1 record against the Angels, who they will face again in Anaheim to end the season, Sept. 30-Oct. 2. Houston is 10-6 vs. the Mariners thus far this season, with a 5-2 mark against Seattle at home.


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.


It's not too late to get your little Astros fan signed up for the Coca-Cola Astros Buddies Club! Being a Coca-Cola Astros Buddies member has many benefits including premium items, tickets to the upcoming games on Friday, Sept. 22 and Sunday, Sept. 22, 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.


Thursday, September 22 - 7:10 p.m. vs. LA Angels of Anaheim

Prior to Thursday's 7:10 p.m. contest, the Astros will recognize RHP Lance McCullers for being named the Astros 2016 nominee for the prestigious Roberto Clemente Award. The Roberto Clemente Award is the annual recognition of a player from each MLB club who best represents the game of baseball through extraordinary character, community involvement, philanthropy and positive contributions, both on and off the field. The Astros will also recognize Astros legend and Community Outreach Executive Jose Cruz during the pregame ceremony as part of MLB's SEAT 21 initiative, which seeks to honor individuals who embody the humanitarian spirit of Roberto Clemente in order to further extend the message of service and commitment.


Friday, September 23 - 7:10 p.m. vs. LA Angels of Anaheim

The final Big and Bright Friday Night postgame fireworks display of the season takes place this Friday, Sept. 23 following the conclusion of the 7:10 p.m. contest vs. the Angels. The fireworks show will feature the music of Selena in honor of the Astros Hispanic Heritage celebration, which kicks off on Saturday, Sept. 24. The fireworks will begin approximately 15 minutes following the conclusion of Friday's game.


The Astros and Houston Area Lexus Dealers are teaming up to bring a Virtual Reality Lounge to Minute Maid Park. Fans can take a 360-degree ride sitting shotgun with a race car driver or take part in the Lexus cycling experience, all without leaving the ballpark. This virtual reality experience will be available for a limited time, beginning on Friday, Sept. 23 from 5:00 - 8:30 p.m. and on Saturday, Sept. 24 from 4:00 - 7:30 p.m. in the atrium on the main concourse at Minute Maid Park.


Saturday, September 24 - 6:10 p.m. vs. LA Angels of Anaheim

The Astros are celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month with the Hispanic Heritage Street Fest this Saturday, Sept. 24, presented by Fiesta with special thanks to the Houston Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. The Hispanic Heritage Street Fest will take place from 3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. on Crawford Street and will include live Latin music, traditional Spanish dancers, cold beer and margaritas, local food trucks and games and activities for all ages. All fans must have a valid game ticket to Saturday's 6:10 p.m. contest vs. the Angels to enter. Astros players will also wear their Los Astros jerseys on the field for Saturday's game.


Sunday, September 25 - 1:10 p.m. vs. LA Angels of Anaheim

The Astros are inviting fans to bid a final farewell to Tal's Hill and be a part of Astros history! Following the games on Sunday, Sept. 25 and Wednesday, Sept. 28, fans will have the opportunity to have their own commemorative photo taken with Tal's Hill by purchasing a photo voucher while supplies last. All proceeds will benefit the Astros Foundation. This will serve as the last opportunity for Astros fans to visit Tal's Hill before the Center Field Renovation project begins following the completion of the 2016 season. For more information and to purchase a photo voucher, fans can visit www.astros.com/talshill. Fans can also purchase photo vouchers on the main concourse at the Community Clubhouse, located behind section 109.


Prior to Sunday's afternoon game, 20,000 fans will receive a Limited Edition Carlos Correa Topps Baseball Card, presented by Academy Sports + Outdoors. The special giveaway celebrates Academy Sports + Outdoor's commitment to the Houston community since 1938. As a special prize, one lucky fan will receive an autographed Limited Edition Carlos Correa Topps Baseball Card, which can be redeemed for a gift card worth $1,938 to any Academy Sports + Outdoors retail location. The winning fan can collect his or her Academy Sports + Outdoors gift card at Fan Accommodations located behind section 112 on the main concourse of Minute Maid Park.


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.


Monday, September 26 - 7:10 p.m. vs. Seattle Mariners

On Monday, Sept. 26, long-time sports director at KRIV-TV Mark Berman will be inducted into the Houston Baseball Media Wall of Honor during a pregame ceremony, where he will be presented a duplicate of the plaque that will be added to the Wall of Honor in the Milo Hamilton Press Box at Minute Maid Park. Berman is currently celebrating his 30th year at KRIV-TV in Houston, having joined the Houston FOX affiliate in 1986. Each season, a current or former Houston media member is selected by his or her peers for induction into the Houston Baseball Media Wall of Honor for significant and lasting contributions to the landscape of Houston baseball through their work in journalism or broadcasting. This year, Berman was recognized by his peers for his long, successful career in the industry.


Tuesday, September 27 - 7:10 p.m. vs. Seattle Mariners

The Houston Astros will host members of the Wounded Warrior Project during its annual "Astros Salute to Heroes" at Minute Maid Park. The Astros host members from the Wounded Warrior Project twice a month during the regular season.


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, September 28 - 1:10 p.m. vs. Seattle Mariners

Wednesday is the final home game of the 2016 regular season, and the Astros want to thank their incredible fans by hosting Fan Appreciation Day at the ballpark. Every half-inning, fans in attendance will be randomly selected to win a variety of prizes including gift cards, Astros experiences and more.


Prior to Wednesday's 1:10 p.m. contest, 10,000 fans will receive a 2016 Team Poster, presented by Baytown GMC, as well as a 2017 Schedule Pen, presented by Waste Management. Fans are encouraged to arrive at the ballpark early to receive these promotional giveaways, as supplies are limited and not guaranteed.


Wednesday is also the last opportunity for fans to bid farewell to Tal's Hill with a postgame photo opportunity. For more information and to purchase a photo voucher, fans can visit www.astros.com/talshill. Fans can also purchase photo vouchers on the main concourse at the Community Clubhouse, located behind section 109.


The Astros will host one final Astros After Party, presented by Budweiser, to celebrate the last regular season game of 2016. The Astros After Party will 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.