Hunter Pence is tweeting, just in time for a long homestand.
A couple of months ago, Chris Sampson (@csampson43) jumped into the Twitter craze, and on Thursday, the Astros added one more tweeter to the list — outfielder and fan fave Hunter Pence.
You can follow Pence at @HunterPence9, and he also invites you to check out his Facebook fan page at http://www.facebook.com/hunterpence9.
Astros players pretty much fall three categories: 1) Those who don’t really understand social media and aren’t interested; 2) Those who do understand social media but still aren’t interested; and 3) Those who understand social media, like it, and want to participate. Pence definitely falls into the third category and I’m glad he’s on board. Not only is he one of the Astros’ most popular players, he’s also a fun guy and loves engaging the fans. So really, in that respect, Twitter and Facebook are tailor-made for people just like him.
Turn Back the Clock
The Astros have completed a 3-3 road trip and will open an extended homestand on Friday, beginning with a three-game set with the Reds. Saturday’s game will be another Throwback day, this one harkening back to the 1980′s. The Astros will wear the shoulder rainbow jerseys during the game, and the fans will receive a Throwback Jersey t-shirt, courtesy of ABC Pest Pool & Lawn.
Additionally, tickets will be cheap, cheap, cheap. View Deck II and Outfield Deck seats will be only $5.
I indicated in a past blog that there would be an autograph session with members of the ’89 team, but that was cancelled because of a low number of players who were available that day.
The Astros have teamed up with LIVESTRONG and the Methodist Cancer Center to host Cancer Survivors Day During the 1:05 p.m. game vs. the Reds on Sunday (July 25). Cancer Survivor Day, the first Astros game of its kind, will celebrate the lives of those affected by cancer while generating needed funds for cancer research.
A portion of the ticket sales purchased through the link www.astros.com/survivor will benefit LIVESTRONG and the Methodist Cancer Center. Groups of 20 or more that would like to attend the game and support the cause should contact Joe Schiavi at 713-259-8314 or email@example.com.
In addition, the first 10,000 fans at the game will receive a free LIVESTRONG bracelet courtesy of LIVESTRONG. All fans are encouraged to show their support by wearing yellow.
In America alone, there are over 11 million people living with a history of cancer. Individuals that have survived a cancer diagnosis are invited to share their victory story and by doing so have the chance to be selected to be part of this special day. Fans may e-mail their stories or those of their loved ones to Nicky Patriarca, one of the Astros Cancer Survivors Day coordinators, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Second baseman Jeff Keppinger will meet fans and sign autographs at the Whataburger restaurant located at 23540 Westheimer Parkway, Katy, TX 77494 from 11:00 a.m. to noon on July 27.
The appearance, part of the Whataburger Ultimate “Whatafan” promotion, gives fans the chance to register to win the title of Ultimate “Whatafan.” The Ultimate “Whatafan” will win suite tickets, autographed jerseys and caps from the Astros, Round Rock Express and Corpus Christi Hooks, an on-field batting practice visit, the chance to participate in a pre-game ceremony and an opportunity to throw out a ceremonial first pitch.