Astros' moms throw out first pitches

Astros' moms throw out first pitches

HOUSTON -- The mothers of Astros players Wesley Wright, Trevor Crowe, Paul Clemens and Robbie Grossman threw out the ceremonial first pitches prior to Sunday's Mother's Day game against the Rangers at Minute Maid Park.

Ruby Wright, Patti Grossman, Terryl Crowe and Patty Clemens wore their sons' jerseys and tossed pitches to their sons.

"Growing up, we weren't around Major League Baseball parks a lot, and the fact I'm a Major League Baseball player and she's going to have the opportunity to throw out the first pitch, it's something I think we'll both remember for a while," Wesley Wright said. "It's a moment she deserves. She's sacrificed a lot for myself and my older brothers. I'm happy to be able to have this opportunity for her to be able to get out on the field and throw a pitch to me."

Paul Clemens credited his mother with helping foster his love for baseball by playing catch with him when he was a kid.

"She's a big reason I'm here," he said. "She was the one in the backyard playing baseball with me before kindergarten. You never forget those days hitting the ball off the tee, running around with mom. It's going to be fun and we'll enjoy it."

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