FanFest details, including player autograph schedule, posted here.

The Astros have finalized their schedule for FanFest, which will take place at Minute Maid Park April 9 and 10. Lots to cover, so let’s get started…

The basics:
* FanFest will take place primarily on the main concourse and admission is free with the purchase of a game ticket for April 9 (6:05 p.m. start time) and April 10 (1:05 p.m.).
* FanFest will include autograph sessions with current and former players, Talkin’ Baseball discussions with broadcasters and staff, silent auctions and a Garage Sale of Astros promotional merchandise and “memory lane” autographed items.
* Proceeds will benefit two entities this year: The MLB Urban Youth Academy at Sylvester Turner Park (FanFest), and UNICEF’s relief efforts in Japan (in stadium auctions).
* FanFest activities on April 9 begin at noon, with gates opening at 11 a.m. That day will feature four autograph sessions: two from noon to 12:50 p.m. and two from 1 to 1:50 p.m. Each session will include autographs from four current players for a donation of $20 per session. This will be the only day current players sign.
* FanFest acitivites on April 10 will begin at 11:30 a.m. Astros alumni will sign both days, free of charge.
* Tickets are available at astros.com, at the Minute Maid Park Box Office on Texas Ave. or by phone, toll free, at 877-9ASTROS (877-927-8767).

Autograph session guidelines:
* Current players will sign in two autograph sessions (A and B).  Each session will feature two groups of current players and/or coaches. Buying a group’s autograph ticket in either session entitles the purchaser one autograph from each player in that group.
* A third autograph session (session C) featuring Jeff Bagwell will take place on Saturday.
* Free former player autograph sessions will be held on Sunday from 1 – 3 p.m.

The schedule:
Saturday, April 9
Noon – 12:50 p.m.  Autograph Session A – $20 per session (Players subject to change)
Group #1–Club Level 207    Brad Mills, Bill Hall, Carlos Lee, Wandy Rodriguez
Group #2–Club Level 228    Clint Barmes, Michael Bourn, JA Happ, Chris Johnson

1 – 1:50 p.m.  Autograph Session B – $20 per session (Players subject to change)
Group #3– Club Level 207    Jason Michaels, Hunter Pence, Humberto Quintero, Brett Wallace
Group #4– Club Level 228    Brandon Lyon, Brett Myers, Nelson Figueroa, J.R. Towles
Free Session-Club Level 207    Drayton McLane

3:00 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.  Autograph Session C – $50 (Subject to change)
Group #5
Champion’s Pavilion     Jeff Bagwell

Sunday, April 10
1 – 3 p.m.  Autograph Session D – Alumni Free (*No autograph ticket required, players subject to change)
Union Station Atrium

Ryan Bowen, Enos Cabell, Jose Cruz, Danny Coombs, Jerry Da Vanon,  Larry Dierker,  Charlie Hayes, Bill Heath, Art Howe, Terry Puhl, Shane Reynolds, Carl Warwick,  Brian Williams, Jimmy Wynn, Gerald Young

Autograph Ticket Purchase Details
* Fans will need an April 9 or April 10, 2011 game ticket to purchase an autograph ticket.
* All current player autograph session tickets and Jeff Bagwell autograph session tickets will go on sale at the Minute Maid Park ticket windows at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 9.
* Fans are encouraged to review the autograph schedule, choose their priority groups and line up at the corresponding ticket windows for their preferred group.
Session A, Group 1 – Texas Avenue auxiliary ticket window No. 5
Session A, Group 2 – Texas Avenue auxiliary ticket window No. 6
Session B, Group 3 – Texas Avenue auxiliary ticket window No. 7
Session B, Group 4 – Texas Avenue auxiliary ticket window No. 8
Session C, Group 5 – Right Field ticket window No. 32

* A maximum of 200 autograph tickets will be sold for each current player group in sessions A and B.
* A maximum of 250 autograph tickets will be sold for Jeff Bagwell, session C.
* Autograph tickets for sessions A and B cost $20 each, and autograph tickets for session C cost $50 with all proceeds benefiting the Astros MLB Urban Youth Academy.
* Fans will be able to purchase one autograph ticket, per autograph group, per person.

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TALKIN’ BASEBALL DISCUSSIONS – Saturday and Sunday

LOCATION: Union Station Atrium
Fans can ask questions of Astros staff and broadcasters in interactive discussions on a variety of baseball topics.  This year’s Talkin’ Baseball discussions include:

Saturday, April 9
2:30 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.     The Astros in 2011– Drayton McLane, Tal Smith, Ed Wade and Milo Hamilton
3:30 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.     Larry Dierker’s Baseball Library

Sunday, April 10
11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Story Time with Milo Hamilton
Kids can enjoy a special reading of Dr. Seuss’ Cat In The Hat by Hall of Famer Milo Hamilton

ASTROS IN ACTION FOUNDATION GARAGE SALE – Saturday and Sunday
LOCATION: MAIN CONCOURSE, CONOCO ALLEY
Proceeds benefit the Astros MLB Urban Youth Academy
•    A fan favorite, the Astros Garage Sale will feature a wide variety of Astros promotional merchandise including bobbleheads, t-shirts and “memory lane” autographed items beginning at just $1.00.

ASTROS IN ACTION FOUNDATION SILENT AUCTION – Saturday and Sunday
LOCATION: MAIN CONCOURSE, COMMUNITY CLUBHOUSE BEHIND SECTION 107
Proceeds benefit the Astros MLB Urban Youth Academy
•    Fans can bid on unique autographed items during the silent auction.  Bidding begins when gates open and closes at the end of the sixth inning.  Items available for bid include game used and autographed memorabilia.

ASTROS IN ACTION FOUNDATION MYSTERY GRAB BAGS – Saturday and Sunday
LOCATION: MAIN CONCOURSE, CONOCO ALLEY AND COMMUNITY CLUBHOUSE BEHIND SECTION 107
Proceeds benefit the Astros MLB Urban Youth Academy
•    For a donation of $50, fans can select a mystery grab bag that is guaranteed to contain at least one current and/or former player autographed item.

FREE FUN ACTIVITIES FOR KIDS – Saturday and Sunday
LOCATION: SATURDAY – SQUEEZE PLAY
SUNDAY – UNION STATION LOBBY
•    The Kids Fun Zone will feature Astros mascots Junction Jack, Cousin Jessie and Junction Julie, interactive activities and entertainers for kids 14 and under beginning at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday and from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. on Sunday.

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I love going to FanFest, but honestly would enjoy it more if there were no game that day. For those of us living 1 hour or more away, being at MMP by 9 AM on Saturday to get in line for autograph tickets, and staying thru the end of the game makes for a VERY VERY long day.

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