HOUSTON, TX-- The Astros return home tonight after a three-city, 10-day road trip to Seattle, Los Angeles and Oakland. In the upcoming homestand, the Astros will face the Cleveland Indians April 19-21, and the Seattle Mariners April 22-24.
HONORING BOSTON AND WEST, TEXAS
The Astros will honor the victims of Boston and West, Texas with a moment of silence at the beginning of tonight's game.
In addition, the Houston Astros are encouraging fans attending games during this homestand against Cleveland and Seattle (April 19-24) to please bring donation items to assist with the relief efforts in the aftermath of the devastation caused by the explosion at the fertilizer plant this week in West, Texas. The team will be collecting the following items, which have been the most requested by the coordinated relief effort: new diapers/wipes, gift cards for grocery stores or home supply stores, travel size toiletries, powdered sports drinks, toilet paper, hand sanitizer, non-perishable canned or boxed food items, clean sheets and towels (new or gently used) and unopened boxed or bagged dog and cat food. Cash donations will also be accepted and will be directed to the ongoing relief efforts.
Collections will take place from the time gates open (90 minutes prior to game time) until the first pitch, at the following locations: Right Field Gate (off of Section 130, exterior Hamilton and Preston); Clock Tower (behind Home Plate, exterior Texas and Hamilton); Atrium (adjacent to Union Station, exterior Texas between Crawford and Jackson); and Center Field (far end of Home Run Alley, exterior Crawford and Preston). In the interest of safety, items will not be allowed inside the ballpark, so collection tables will be placed outside the entries and items will be stored at another location prior to delivery to West, Texas relief agencies.
The Astros thank our fans in advance for their kind consideration and generous support as we strive to assist the good, hardworking people of West with their community's recovery.
The 2013 home schedule is filled with a variety of promotions and events for fans of all ages to enjoy, and the games in the coming days feature a few highlights.
Big and Bright Friday Nights
Friday nights are back, and they're bigger and brighter than ever! On Friday, April 19, your Astros will be wearing the orange alternate home jersey, and the ever-popular Friday Night Fireworks, presented by Marathon Oil Corporation, will follow immediately after the game.
Altuve Bobblehead, Mini Bat Among Giveaways
There will be a different gate giveaway for every game throughout the series against the Cleveland Indians this upcoming weekend. On Friday, April 19, 10,000 fans will receive a mini-bat, courtesy of Coca-Cola, featuring the new Astros logo. On Saturday, April 20, the long-awaited Jose Altuve bobblehead makes its Minute Maid Park debut, thanks to Xfinity, for 10,000 fans. The bobblehead will feature the second baseman in our primary home uniform set, with the base of the doll highlighting his 2012 All-Star selection. The Astros and the Methodist J.C. Walter Jr. Transplant Center are also teaming up to bring 10,000 fans at MMP a green grocery tote on Sunday, April 21. In honor of Donate Life Month, the grocery tote will include a hangtag with important facts about organ donation.
All promotional items and special events are subject to change, and as the season proceeds, new items and events may be added to the schedule. Fans can visit www.astros.com for the most recently updated schedule.
Coca-Cola Value Days Are Back
You can get a hot dog, 20oz Coca Cola product, a 46oz popcorn and an Astros ticket, all for $16 with the presentation of the label from a specially marked two-liter Coca Cola bottle! You can redeem the coupon at the Texas Avenue Box Office or by calling 1-877-9ASTROS with your offer code.
Tickets can be purchased online at www.astros.com, at the Minute Maid Park Box Office on Texas Avenue or by phone toll free at 1-877-9ASTROS (1-877-927-8767). Tickets are also available at Ticketmaster retail centers in all Fiesta and select Macy's, H-E-B, F.Y.E., Wherehouse Music and Ritmo Latino stores during regular store hours.
SECURITY MEASURES AT MINUTE MAID PARK
The Houston Astros will increase security measures at Minute Maid Park beginning with Friday night's 7:10 p.m. game. Security at Minute Maid Park has been and will continue to be a top priority for the Houston Astros. As always, we will continue to work with the Houston Police Department as well as state and federal authorities to ensure the safety of our fans.
We ask that our fans arrive early to the ballpark to allow extra time for these increased security measures. Minute Maid Park has been and will continue to be a safe venue for our fans.