Social Media Day is Sept. 19. On another note, Michael Bourn made a new friend.

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We had so much fun at our first Social Media event a couple of weeks ago that we decided to schedule one more before the season is over. The next one will take place on Sunday, Sept. 19 and for the same all-inclusive price of $35, you’ll receive:

* A ticket for the game in the Budweiser Patio;
* A Social Media Day t-shirt (which will include a different design from the first event);
* Lunch, dessert and an optional hot dog building competition (see full explanation below);
* An appearance by Chris Johnson, who will hand out autographed baseballs to the winners of our Twitter trivia contest;
* A chance to win signed bobbleheads (also through Twitter trivia contest)
* An early-bird tour of Minute Maid Park.

Click here to order tickets…

A few notes:
* There are 108 tickets available for the event (there are 108 seats in the Patio behind Tal’s Hill, where the event will take place).

* The trivia contest will be held via Twitter, so bring your computer/iPhone/BlackBerry. The ballpark has free Wi-Fi, so connectivity should not be problem.

* Johnson will be there to hand out signed baseballs during the trivia contest and after he leaves, we’ll continue the session with signed bobbleheads as prizes.

* Kids are welcome to the event.

Here’s the food rundown:
Lunch: Slider Trio
1. C-N-W – “Chicken-N-Waffle” Slider – Buttermilk Battered Fried Chicken, Savory Waffles and Special Sauce.
2. Dry Rub Pork BBQ Slider with Blue Cheese Cole Slaw – Marinated Dry Rub Pork, Tangy BBQ Sauce and Blue Cheese Cole Slaw served on Brioche Roll.
3. Classic Ballpark Slider – All Beef Slider with Caramelized Onion Jam.

(Note: You will be able to adjust order before they serve the lunch.)

Dessert will again be Blue Bell Ice Cream, but with a twist: You get to vote on which flavor we’ll serve. Voting, conducted solely on Twitter, starts Tuesday. The choices: 
 
1. Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough - A rich, creamy ice cream with chunks of chocolate chip cookie dough and chips of dark chocolate.
 
2. The Great Divide – A great combination of our famous Homemade Vanilla ice cream and rich, creamy Dutch Chocolate ice cream in one unique carton.
 
3. Caramel Kettle Crunch – A tasty combination of creamy vanilla ice cream with crunchy caramel-coated popcorn and a smooth caramel sauce.

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During the event, social media fans can compete as to make the best EXTREME hot dog combination. The winner, judged by our own Executive Chef Jason Kohler, will be considered as an entry for our 2011 Season Extreme Hot Dog Carts located in the ballpark.
 
We will have 33 toppings for you to make your own combination from, and we invite you to bring your own secret ingredients for this unique competition.

Here’s the link again to buy tickets...the tour will start at 10:30 a.m. and participants are asked to meet in Union Station lobby by 10:15. (If you’re a little late, no problem.)

Thanks, and hope to see you there!

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Major Leaguers, Little Leaguers convene

On Sunday, the Astros honored the Pearland Little Leaguers for their fourth-place finish in this year’s Little League World Series. Before the pregame ceremony, the team was escorted into the home clubhouse for a meet-and-greet with Astros players, past and present.

Chris Leger, the one Pearland player who named a current Astro as his favorite player during the World Series, garnered the majority of the attention, especially from the player whom he said is his favorite — Michael Bourn.

Bourn gave the kid a big hug and whisked him off to his locker, where he gave Leger a signed bat and signed a slew of other items, including Leger’s cell phone.

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Other images from the meet and greet, and you’ll want to check out this behind the scenes video:

Bagwell, Biggio 

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Jose Cruz

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Team shot, in front of the giant mural of Minute Maid Park near the entrance of the clubhouse.

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Greg Lucas, Tim Byrdak and the Little Leaguers

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The kids checking out the collection of year-by-year team photos that hangs on the wall just outside of the locker room.

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The kids with Hunter Pence.

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