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Astros Begin Final Regular Season Homestand Tomorrow with Potential to Clinch Postseason Berth

Final two Replica World Champions Ring giveaways, Hispanic Heritage Weekend and Fan Appreciation Day highlight final homestand

The red-hot Astros, who are 10-1 in the month of September on the heels of a successful 5-1 road trip, return home for the final homestand of the regular season tomorrow to face off against the Arizona Diamondbacks in a three-game set (Sept. 14-16). Following the D-backs, the Astros will host two division rivals in the Seattle Mariners (Sept. 17-19) and LA Angels of Anaheim (Sept. 21-23), marking the final divisional games of the regular season. The Astros enter play on Friday with a magic number of 6 to clinch a postseason berth and hold a 3.0-game lead over the Oakland A's for the top spot in the AL West.

 

The red-hot Astros, who are 10-1 in the month of September on the heels of a successful 5-1 road trip, return home for the final homestand of the regular season tomorrow to face off against the Arizona Diamondbacks in a three-game set (Sept. 14-16). Following the D-backs, the Astros will host two division rivals in the Seattle Mariners (Sept. 17-19) and LA Angels of Anaheim (Sept. 21-23), marking the final divisional games of the regular season. The Astros enter play on Friday with a magic number of 6 to clinch a postseason berth and hold a 3.0-game lead over the Oakland A's for the top spot in the AL West.

 

Fans can secure potential 2018 Postseason tickets by purchasing 2019 Season Tickets, available now by emailing seasontickets@astros.com or calling 713-259-8402. Limited group tickets, suite rentals and single game tickets for the remainder of the 2018 season are available now, but going quickly. Tickets can be purchased online at www.astros.com/tickets or by phone, toll free, at 1-877-9ASTROS (1-877-927-8767).

 

TICKET POLICY

As a reminder regarding tickets, all fans must either have their printed tickets in hand or utilize the MLB Ballpark App on their mobile devices to access Minute Maid Park and any Astros Street Fests. PDFs, screenshots or any photos of tickets on a mobile device will NOT be accepted, and the Astros will not be able to print tickets on-site. As part of the Astros' ongoing commitment to the safety of all fans, there is no re-entry into the ballpark once fans are scanned in, a policy consistent with the Astros postseason game day protocol as well as with other sports and entertainment venues around the country.

 

Friday, Sept. 14 vs. Arizona Diamondbacks - 7:10 p.m.

Prior to Friday's evening contest, longtime Houston Chronicle photojournalist Karen Warren will be inducted into the Houston Baseball Media Wall of Honor with a pregame ceremony on the field at Minute Maid Park. She will be the first photojournalist to receive this honor since the award's inception in 2007. Each season, a current or former Houston media member is inducted into the Houston Baseball Media Wall of Honor for significant and lasting contributions to the landscape of Houston baseball through their work in journalism or broadcasting. Each year, the winner is selected by the Houston media. Warren will be inducted by the Astros in recognition of her long and impactful career in the industry.

 

Additionally, actor Dean Cain, best known on TV as Superman and star of the upcoming feature film Gosnell, will throw out a ceremonial first pitch. Cain is in Houston for this weekend's Fandemic Tour taking place at NRG Center.

 

In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Weekend presented by Fiesta, the Astros and Diamondbacks will wear their "Los Astros" and "Los D-backs" jerseys all weekend long.

 

Big and Bright Friday Night returns to Minute Maid Park this Friday with a special Pregame Happy Hour presented by Budweiser at the Budweiser Brew House, where fans can enjoy $6, 16oz Budweiser Signature Draft beer and food specials, music, corn hole, jenga, and more from 5:00 - 6:30 p.m. before every Friday night home game. This Friday's Pregame Happy Hour will feature Latin music in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Weekend, presented by Fiesta.

 

Come get loud and rowdy every Friday night in the Astros dedicated fan-section, 'StroZone, presented by Texas Mahindra Dealers! This Friday night's 'StroZone includes an exclusive "Somos Latinos" 'StroZone T-shirt for fans, in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Weekend. Tickets for 'StroZone include a seat in the mezzanine and a custom 'StroZone T-shirt unique every Friday. For more information, please visit www.astros.com/strozone.

 

To cap off Big and Bright Friday Night, fans are invited to stay after the game for Friday Night Fireworks, presented by Occidental Petroleum. This Friday's fireworks display will be set to a Reggaetón musical theme, also in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Weekend. Upon conclusion of Friday's game and prior to the start of Friday Night Fireworks, fans will be asked to move from the following sections for their safety and enjoyment: Home Run Alley, Escalator Tower Stairs in Center Field, Budweiser Brew House Tiers, Budweiser Batter's Eye Bar, Torchy's Deck, Crawford Boxes and sections 100-109, 205-208, 305-309, and 405-409.

 

Saturday, Sept. 15 vs. Arizona Diamondbacks - 6:10 p.m.

Prior to Saturday's evening contest, fans are invited to come out early and enjoy the Hispanic Heritage Street Fest presented by Fiesta from 3:00 - 6:00 p.m. on the Plaza on Crawford St. The Street Fest will feature Latin food trucks, music from Johnny Be Good and his Latin band, beer and games for all ages. Please note, a valid game ticket is required for entry into the Hispanic Heritage Street Fest, and entrances are located at Center Field Gate, Left Field Gate and the Atrium.

 

The Astros will also have a special pregame ceremony on Saturday celebrating the Hispanic heritage of several Astros players, coaches and staff members, including Astros President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Jeff Luhnow, who was born and raised in Mexico.

 

Additionally, 10,000 fans will receive a Carlos Correa Replica Orange Jersey presented by H-E-B. Fans are encouraged to arrive at the ballpark early to receive any promotional giveaways, as supplies are limited and not guaranteed. However, fans will not be allowed to line up for giveaways prior to 8:00 a.m. on any giveaway day this season. Please note that all gates will open at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday.

 

Astros pitcher Joe Smith will be hosting families from HelpCureHD for a special meet and greet prior to Saturday's game. The meet and greet will be held in the press conference room following Astros batting practice.

 

Fans are invited to stay after the game on Saturday for the final Astros After Party presented by Budweiser of the season, located in the Budweiser Brew House in Center Field. The Astros After Party will begin in the 8th inning and go until one hour after the final out. Fans can enjoy live music, trivia, food and beverage specials, games and visits from the Astros Coca-Cola Shooting Stars.

 

Sunday, Sept. 16 vs. Arizona Diamondbacks - 1:10 p.m.

The Astros will celebrate Mexican Independence Day and conclude Hispanic Heritage Weekend presented by Fiesta with a Hispanic Heritage Street Fest on the Plaza on Crawford St. from 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. The Street Fest will feature Mexican food vendors, music by Cristina Amaro with a Selena Tribute Show, a live Q&A with Astros players from 11:45 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., beer, games, a special appearance from Dora the Explorer and more. A special Mariachi performance will also take place on the field during the first inning break of Sunday's ballgame. Please note, a valid game ticket is required for entry into the Hispanic Heritage Street Fest, and entrances are located at Center Field and Left Field Gates.

 

September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, and the Astros will be recognizing multiple childhood cancer support organizations during several games this homestand. Children from these organizations will be invited to participate in various gameday features, including Bank of America's Kid's First Call, a ceremonial first pitch, a pregame ceremony, the performance of our National Anthem and the in-game Chevy Base Stealer feature. Participating organizations include The Sunshine Kids Foundation, Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Family Alliance and Ronald McDonald House Houston.

 

The Astros will honor two very special guests during the Occidental Petroleum Military Appreciation feature on Sunday: WWII veterans John McCain and David Gertner.

 

Following Sunday's afternoon contest, young Astros fans 5-12 are invited to participate in Kids Run the Bases presented by Securian Financial. The line for Kids Run the Bases will begin at Section 131/132.

 

Monday, Sept. 17 vs. Seattle Mariners - 7:10 p.m.

For the fifth time this season, the Astros will give fans the opportunity to secure a Replica World Champions Ring presented by Coca-Cola. All ticketed fans in attendance on Sept. 17 will receive the popular giveaway at gates upon entry. Gates will open at the special time of 4:00 p.m. on Monday, so fans are encouraged to arrive at the ballpark early to receive the promotional giveaway and not miss any of the game. However, fans will not be allowed to line up for the Replica World Champions Ring giveaway prior to 8:00 a.m. Fans should also note that distribution of the Replica World Champions Ring giveaway will end at the completion of the 6th inning. Any fans entering the ballpark after the end of the 6th inning will not receive a giveaway.

 

The Astros Foundation will present native Houstonian Rick Overton with his personalized Astros World Champions Ring during a special pregame ceremony. Rick was the winner of the Astros Foundation Ring Raffle, which gave fans the chance to win a limited-edition Astros World Championship Fan Ring. All proceeds of the raffle benefited the Astros Foundation.

 

Additionally, Medal of Honor recipient Clarence Sasser will be honored during the Occidental Petroleum Military Appreciation feature on Monday.

 

Tuesday, Sept. 18 vs. Seattle Mariners - 7:10 p.m.

The Astros Foundation will host the Make-A-Wish Foundation and three-year-old Jacob Bolles from Austin, Texas for a special day at the ballpark.

 

Tuesday night marks the final $1 Hot Dog Night presented by Nolan Ryan Beef of the season! Fans can purchase an unlimited number of Nolan Ryan Beef hot dogs at $1 each while supplies last (limit of four per person per concession visit).

 

Sept. 18 also marks the final T-Shirt Tuesday of the season! Fans can still purchase the T-shirt Tuesday add-on, which is a supplement to a previously-purchased game ticket. T-Shirt Tuesday will feature an exclusive Astros T-Shirt featuring Justin Verlander. For more information or to purchase the ticket add-on, please visit www.astros.com/t-shirt.

 

Wednesday, Sept. 19 vs. Oakland A's - 1:10 p.m.

The Astros Foundation will host the Make-A-Wish Foundation and 17-year-old Tristen Woolsey from Fort Worth, Texas for a special day at the ballpark.

 

Friday, Sept. 21 vs. LA Angels - 7:10 p.m.

The Astros Foundation and AT&T SportsNet will be hosting the third-annual Astros Foundation Charity Game and live broadcast at Minute Maid Park as the Astros face off against the Los Angeles Angels. Proceeds from the event will benefit The Sunshine Kids Foundation and Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Family Alliance. During the September 21 game, fans can show their support by purchasing a VIP, MVP or Cooperstown Charity Bag, which include tickets to a 2019 game, autographed merchandise and more. Starting at 6:00 p.m., the bags will be available for purchase at the ballpark, over the phone and online. Links to purchase will be available at www.astros.com/charitygame on September 21.

 

The Astros Foundation will host the Make-A-Wish Foundation and 13-year-old Ismael Pagan Rivas from Puerto Rico for a special day at the ballpark.

 

Fans, don't miss out on the final Big and Bright Friday Night of the season with a special Pregame Happy Hour presented by Budweiser at the Budweiser Brew House, where fans can enjoy $6, 16oz Budweiser Signature Draft beer and food specials, music, corn hole, jenga, and more from 5:00 - 6:30 p.m.

 

Come get loud and rowdy in the Astros dedicated fan-section, 'StroZone, presented by Texas Mahindra Dealers! The final 'StroZone of the season includes an exclusive "Great White Shark" 'StroZone T-shirt for fans. Tickets for 'StroZone include a seat in the mezzanine and a custom 'StroZone T-shirt unique every Friday. For more information, please visit www.astros.com/strozone.

 

To cap off the last Big and Bright Friday Night of the regular season, fans are invited to stay after the game for Friday Night Fireworks, presented by Occidental Petroleum. This Friday's fireworks display will be set to a musical theme selected through a social media Fan Vote. Upon conclusion of Friday's game and prior to the start of Friday Night Fireworks, fans will be asked to move from the following sections for their safety and enjoyment: Home Run Alley, Escalator Tower Stairs in Center Field, Budweiser Brew House Tiers, Budweiser Batter's Eye Bar, Torchy's Deck, Crawford Boxes and sections 100-109, 205-208, 305-309, and 405-409.

 

Saturday, Sept. 22 vs. LA Angels - 6:10 p.m.

Prior to Saturday's contest, 10,000 fans will receive a 2018 Astros Team Photo and 2019 Astros Schedule Poster presented by Nolan Ryan Beef. Fans are encouraged to arrive at the ballpark early to receive any promotional giveaways, as supplies are limited and not guaranteed. However, fans will not be allowed to line up for giveaways prior to 8:00 a.m. on any giveaway day this season.

 

Additionally, the Astros Foundation will announce the recipients of the Astros Foundation Grant Program during a pregame ceremony.

 

Sunday, Sept. 23 vs. LA Angels - 1:10 p.m.

The Astros will celebrate the final home game of the regular season with Fan Appreciation Day, to honor and thank the best fans in baseball! Every half inning, fans in attendance will have the opportunity to win prizes, including a ceremonial first pitch next season, 2019 Opening Day tickets, batting practice viewing passes for 2019, roundtrip airfare on United Airlines, gift certificates for local food and entertainment destinations and more!

 

For the sixth and final time this season, the Astros will give fans the opportunity to secure a Replica World Champions Ring presented by Coca-Cola. All ticketed fans in attendance on Sept. 23 will receive the popular giveaway at gates upon entry. Gates will open at the special time of 10:00 a.m. on Sunday, so fans are encouraged to arrive at the ballpark early to receive the promotional giveaway and not miss any of the game. However, fans will not be allowed to line up for the Replica World Champions Ring giveaway prior to 8:00 a.m. Fans should also note that distribution of the Replica World Champions Ring giveaway will end at the completion of the 6th inning. Any fans entering the ballpark after the end of the 6th inning will not receive a giveaway.

 

Prior to Sunday's game, the Astros Foundation will recognize the recipient of the inaugural Jamie Hildreth Scholarship. This scholarship is given annually to a student attending University of Houston for broadcasting.

 

Following Sunday's afternoon contest, young Astros fans 5-12 are invited to participate in the final Kids Run the Bases presented by Securian Financial of the season. The line for Kids Run the Bases will begin at Section 131/132.

 

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP COLLECTION

The Houston Astros and Jostens partnered in producing a World Championship jewelry collection for Astros fans, who can purchase from this collection exclusively at the Astros Team Store at Minute Maid Park and www.jostens.com/astrosfan, all season long. The collection features unique pieces of jewelry for men and women in a variety of styles and price points. An exclusive Elite Fan Ring is also available for purchase, with additional non-precious options as well. The Astros created a special H Strong jewelry collection in partnership with Jostens, the net proceeds of which will benefit the Astros Foundation's ongoing Harvey recovery efforts.

 

COMMISSIONER'S TROPHY ON DISPLAY

For the final time this season, Astros fans can view and take photos with the Commissioner's Trophy, free of charge, Monday through Thursday, beginning when gates open until 30 minutes prior to first pitch. A limited number of vouchers for the photo opportunity will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. The Commissioner's Trophy will be available in the Atrium, just outside Union Station Lobby on the main concourse. During Astros home games Friday through Sunday, the Trophy will be on display in the Union Station Team Store from the time gates upon through the end of the game.

 

PROMOTIONS AND VALUE DEALS

The Astros Buddies Club presented by BBVA Compass is now sold out for the 2018 season. Be sure to visit www.astros.com/buddies to pre-register for the 2019 memberships and to get the latest information.

 

Astros fans can also catch the deal of the season with Double Play Tuesdays, presented by Powerade. Participating fans receive two View Deck II tickets for only $22. Present two (2) labels from any Powerade product containers at the Minute Maid Park Box Office to receive two (2) View Deck II tickets for $22. Offer good at every Tuesday home game. For more information, please visit www.astros.com/doubleplay.

 

The Coca-Cola Ballpark Bundle is one of the best ballpark bargains. Available for select Monday-Thursday regular season games throughout the 2018 season, this offer includes one View Deck I ticket, one hot dog, one 20 oz. bottle of Coca-Cola product and one popcorn, a $37 value for just $20! For more information, please visit www.astros.com/ballparkbundle.

 

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