Flashback Friday and Social Media Night: a jam-packed weekend at Minute Maid Park.
The Astros are gearing up for another Flashback Friday, which will include a retro uniform, a replica jersey giveaway and a first pitch thrown by a popular player from our history.
This Friday (April 20), the team will again wear the Colt .45s uniforms first worn on April 10, the anniversary of the first Major League game played in Houston. Larry Dierker, who made his debut as a Colt .45 on his 18th birthday — Sept. 22, 1964 — will throw out the ceremonial first pitch and will also sign autographs from 6 to 6:30 p.m. CT near section 118.
Additionally, 10,000 fans attending Friday’s game will receive a replica Colt .45s jersey. The jersey has the Colt .45s logo on it, but since the jerseys had to be ordered months in advance of Friday’s game, they do not have the revolver on the front.
In March, after Astros fans voiced their opinions to include the revolver on the jersey that will be worn by the Astros players, Owner and Chairman Jim Crane made the decision to add it to the player’s jerseys. However, the 10,000 replica jerseys had to be ordered well in advance of Crane’s decision in order to arrive in time for Friday night’s game.
The Astros have come up with a plan that will still allow fans to receive the replica jersey in its authentic form. It will be added as a giveaway item for one of the games during Legends Weekend, scheduled for Sept. 21-23. The date of that game will be announced in the near future.
Tickets are still available for our first of four Social Media Nights, scheduled for this Saturday (April 21). One of our most active tweeters, pitcher Bud Norris (@budnorris20), will be the featured guest and will be on hand to hand out prizes to fans during the Twitter Trivia portion of the event.
The event will take place in the Budweiser Patio behind center field and includes batting practice viewing, dinner, a game ticket, a t-shirt and the opportunity to win prizes through Twitter trivia. The prizes will be signed by Norris, and he will present them, in person, to the winners. (NOTE: You must be on Twitter to participate in the trivia contest.)
Tickets for Social Media Night cost $45. The program begins at 3 p.m., in advance of the 6:05 game time. We’ll meet in the lobby of Union Station and the group will be escorted to the seats just behind the Astros dugout, where you’ll watch the Astros take batting practice. At 5 p.m., we’ll gather at the Budweiser Patio, and soon after, the Twitter trivia contest will begin. We’ll ask a question over the mic, and the first person to tweet me the correct answer will win a signed baseball.
Dinner (we’ll announce a set menu with a veggie option soon) will be served close to gametime. Everyone will receive a Social Media Night t-shirt, which includes the Twitter handles of all participating Astros.