Astros to honor heroes on Sept. 12.
The Astros will host an abbreviated homestand when they return from the current week-long jaunt through Pittsburgh and Washington, but it will likely be an eventful three days given who they’re playing.
The Phillies will be in town, which means Hunter Pence will visit Minute Maid Park for the first time since he was traded less than six weeks ago. Another former Astro, Roy Oswalt, is scheduled to start Monday’s game.
The brief visit home will also give the Astros an opportunity to honor our city’s finest, in conjunction with the 10-year anniversary of the tragic events of Sept. 11, 2001.
On Monday, Sept. 12, six players will visit their “adopted” firehouse and present the firefighters with a framed, autographed jersey. They will meet both on-duty and off-duty firefighters and their families. Astros personnel slated to participate: Jason Bourgeois, Clint Barmes, Matt Downs, Carlos Lee, Larry Dierker and Humberto Quintero.
Before the game on Sept. 12, the Astros will conduct a special ceremony honoring area heroes. Members of local police, fire, EMS and military may purchase half-price tickets to the game at www.astros.com/heroes. Those that attend the game in uniform are invited down to the field for the ceremony. All those wishing to participate should meet at the Right Field Gate by 6 p.m.
The Houston Fire Department Bagpipe Band will perform “America the Beautiful” as heroes take the field for the pregame ceremony. In addition, one representative from the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, Houston Police Department (HPD), Houston Fire Department (HFD) and Houston Emergency Medical Service (EMS) will throw out the game’s ceremonial first pitches. Other select heroes will present a giant American flag for the singing of the National Anthem.
Firefighters Foundation of Houston Silent Auction
The Astros In Action Foundation will also host a silent auction that night to benefit the Firefighters Foundation of Houston (FFFH). Items available for bid include:
* Astros rookie ball signed by Jose Altuve, Brian Bogusevic, David Carpenter, Jordan Lyles, J.D. Martinez, Jimmy Paredes and Henry Sosa.
* Pair of military boots autographed by Jeff Bagwell and Craig Biggio.
* Clint Barmes autographed and authenticated Stars and Stripes cap worn on Monday, May 30, 2011, Memorial Day, during the Astros-Cubs game.
* Carlos Lee autographed and authenticated Stars and Stripes cap worn on Monday, May 30, 2011, Memorial Day, during the Astros-Cubs game.
The auction will be conducted on the main concourse at the Community Clubhouse located behind the escalators at section 107. Bidding begins when gates open and closes at the end of the fifth inning.
Proceeds from the fundraiser will be donated to the FFFH. The FFFH is dedicated to providing Houston firefighters with the necessary funding, tools, technology, and equipment so that they may be able to best serve and protect the citizens of Houston. FFFH also provides financial assistance as needed to families of fallen fighters who have perished in the line of duty.
Home Sweet Home: The Astros will host a special edition of their Sunday Home Sweet Home activities. Home Sweet Home welcomes a small group of active, recently returned military personnel and their guests to a special Astros experience that includes a player meet and greet. They watch the game from a suite and are introduced to the crowd prior to the seventh inning singing of “God Bless America.”
Heroes Alley: The Astros are turning Conoco Alley into “Heroes Alley” and organizations and charities that support the military and first responders will have information available for fans interested in learning how they can support Houston’s heroes. Participating groups include Lone Star Veterans Association, Lone Survivor Foundation, Operation Lone Star-Texans Supporting Our Troops, Operation Salute Our Troops, USO-Houston, Vet Center and Vet Center 710.
Military Broadcast: Fox Sports Houston and the Armed Forces Network will broadcast the Astros-Phillies game to bases overseas.
Flag Giveaway: The first 10,000 fans at the game will receive a mini American flag courtesy of Arne’s Texas Size Party Store.
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