Astros players visit firefighters and borrow their clothes, too.
Fresh off a week-long road trip, several Astros personnel hit the road again to visit Firehouses around Houston in conjunction with the club’s “Adopt-A-Firehouse” program.
For the third year in a row, Astros players “adopted” the firehouse that corresponded with their uniform number. While visiting the fire stations, players presented each firehouse with a framed, autographed jersey as a thank you for the firefighters’ service to the Houston community. Players met both on-duty and off-duty firefighters and their families.
The visits took place prior to Astros Heroes Night, commemorating the 10th anniversary of the fatal attacks on September 11, 2011. Astros Heroes Night honors area first responders and military personnel and provides an opportunity for Astros players and fans to thank the community’s public servants for their dedication to protecting others.
Established in 2009, Astros players have “adopted” 19 total fire stations through the Adopt-A-Firehouse program. Former adopted firehouses include No. 2 – Brad Mills; No. 4 – Jason Michaels; No. 8 – Jeff Keppinger; No. 9 – Hunter Pence; No. 10 – Miguel Tejada; No. 12 – Pudge Rodriguez; No. 15 – Cecil Cooper; No. 20 – Bud Norris; No. 22 – LaTroy Hawkins; No. 23 – Russ Ortiz; No. 26 – Doug Brocail; No. 27 – Geoff Blum and No. 43 – Chris Sampson.
This year, the Astros adopted six more firehouses:
Firehouse No. 11 – Jason Bourgeois
Firehouse No. 16 – Matt Downs
Firehouse No. 45 – Carlos Lee
Firehouse No. 55 – Humberto Quintero
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