The Astros have had a former player throw out the first pitch prior to every Friday home game this year as part of the team's 50th anniversary. Kent played two years with Houston (2003-04) and lives with his family in Austin.
"This is neat," Kent said. "It's always neat to get on the field, but always nice to go home and know I don't have to put the uniform on anymore."
These days, Kent remains busy coaching a Little League baseball team, as well as continuing to race dirt bikes. He had an accident last month in which he broke four ribs and punctured a lung and wound up spending a week in the hospital.
Kent also recently spent seven weeks in the Philippines as a contestant on the reality TV show "Survivor," which debuts a new season next week. Kent isn't allowed to say if he won the competition, but he was glad for the opportunity.
"I'm a fan of TV shows and I'm a dad and a competitor, and I love to do things outside the game," he said. "An opportunity came for me to challenge myself and compete socially, which was a challenge in itself. I watch all the reality shows and they can be kind of cheesy, but 'Survivor' was done with some class."