Ticket special alert: 10 games for 20 bucks (and again, no fine print).
The Astros will ring in the second half of the season with one of their more popular ticket specials — 10 games for $20.
For a limited time, fans can buy Outfield Deck tickets to 10 Astros home games for only 20 bucks — a $50 savings per purchase. The special is available online only and the offer ends Wednesday, July 15 at 5:30 p.m. CT.
The 10 dates: July 20 and 22 vs. Cardinals; Aug. 3 and 5 vs. Giants; Aug. 19 and 20 vs. Marlins; Sept. 7 vs. Phillies; Sept. 9 vs. Braves; Sept. 21 and 23 vs. Cardinals.
I’m told this one sells out pretty quickly, so click here if you’re interested. And no, there’s no “with the purchase of 17 hot dogs” attached to the special (hey, I’m an ex-reporter. I’m skeptical by nature). Ten games. Twenty bucks. The end.
The Astros hosted their annual PLAY event at Minute Maid Park Tuesday, which involved the Astros athletic training staff, the Taylor Hooton Foundation, kids from the Boys and Girls Clubs of Houston and setup man LaTroy Hawkins.
The two-hour PLAY event, which stands for “Promoting a Lifetime of Activity for Youth,” is designed to educate children about nutrition, exercise and staying active.
PLAY was formed by the Professional Baseball Athletic Trainers Society (PBATS) in conjunction with the Taylor Hooton Foundation, which was formed by the parents of the 17-year old high school athlete from Plano, Texas, who took his own life in 2003 as a result of the abuse of anabolic steroids.
Young athletes are experimenting with anabolic androgenic steroids and other performance-enhancing drugs without knowledge of the associated dangers.
Working with the Taylor Hooton Foundation and Major League Baseball clubs, PBATS is incorporating anti-steroid education within the PLAY campaign to generate awareness of this problem.
Each participant at the PLAY event received a PLAY “Pledge Card” to sign, along with Hawkins, promising to remain active, make healthy decisions and avoid performance-enhancing drugs.
The PLAY program was created in 2004 to raise awareness about children’s health issues because obesity is a major concern in the United States. Since 2004, the PLAY campaign has conducted 60 events inside all 30 MLB ballparks reaching thousands of children with positive messages about making healthy decisions and living a more active and healthy lifestyle.
Lance Berkman’s favorite Minute Maid Park memory is now posted on the Astros Memories blog. All season, the Astros are posting favorite moments from past and present players as part of their 10-year Minute Maid celebration. Berkman’s answer is one of my favorites, because it’s one that few talk about now but that had a huge, huge impact on the team’s pursuit of the pennant in 2005.
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