The Houston Astros return home on the heels of a 6-1 road trip, extending their division lead to 13.0 games, to take on the Oakland A's (June 27-29) and New York Yankees (June 30 - July 2) in the final homestand of the first half of 2017. The Astros have played very well against division opponents this season, going 28-11 thus far. On June 22, Houston hit the 50-win benchmark, becoming the first team in MLB to do so. The Astros, who currently own an MLB-best record (52-25) and winning percentage (.675), did not win their 52nd game in 2016 until July 22.
Voting for the 2017 All-Star Game ends this Thursday at 10:59 p.m. CT, so Astros fans only have a few more days to make sure Houston is represented at the All-Star Game in Miami! Currently, 2B Jose Altuve, SS Carlos Correa and OF George Springer are leaders in their respective categories, but the race is close, especially in the outfield. Fans can vote at www.astros.com/vote or by using the MLB.com Ballpark App.
Tickets for the upcoming homestand are still available for purchase at www.astros.com/tickets or by calling 1-800-9ASTROS.
Tuesday, June 27 vs. Oakland A's - 7:10 p.m.
Starting Tuesday, HomeAid Houston's Project Playhouse will be on display at Minute Maid Park at the top of section 150 until Wednesday, July 19. The "All American Playhouse," built by Darling Homes and Taylor Morrison, features air conditioning and a flat screen TV/DVD combo and more. Raffle tickets for a chance to win the playhouse will be on sale at the same location. This is the 11th season that the Houston Astros and HomeAid Houston have partnered for Project Playhouse and money raised from the project furthers HomeAid's mission to build new lives for homeless families and individuals through construction and community outreach.
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/value.
Wednesday, June 28 vs. Oakland A's - 7:10 p.m.
House Astros of Houston continue the battle for AL Westeros as they take on House Athletics of Oakland during Game of Thrones® Night, which is now sold out! Good lords and ladies who have purchased a Game of Thrones® Night ticket package will receive a Chris "Dragon" Devenski bobblehead and learn the tale of how he earned the name Dragon. The Iron Throne will be set up for photo opportunities for fans in attendance. Those who pledged their honor to House Astros of Houston and purchased a Game of Thrones® Night ticket will also have the opportunity to participate in a pregame parade around the warning track. Space is limited and fans must be wearing Game of Thrones® costume/attire in order to participate.
The 2017 national PLAY (Promoting a Lifetime of Activity for Youth) campaign will stop at Minute Maid Park to promote the importance of children living a healthy and active lifestyle. Astros players Dallas Keuchel and Jake Marisnick will join members of the Astros training staff to educate members of the Astros MLB Youth Academy about the dangers of steroid abuse as well as promote a healthy and active lifestyle. PLAY is a program of the Professional Baseball Athletic Trainers Society, The Taylor Hooton Foundation and Major League Baseball Charities.
Prior to Wednesday's game, the Astros will host a Spanish-language press conference featuring Astros General Manager Jeff Luhnow and Astros players in the press conference room at 2:45 p.m. The press conference will be moderated by Astros Spanish radio broadcaster Francisco Romero.
Astros pitcher Charlie Morton will host 30 Wounded Warrior veterans at Wednesday's game as part of the Astros Salute to Heroes program. The veterans will participate in a meet and greet with Morton prior to Wednesday's 7:10 p.m. first pitch. Date and player subject to change.
Every Wednesday night home game is $1 Hot Dog Night presented by Nolan Ryan Beef. 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).
Thursday, June 29 vs. Oakland A's - 1:10 p.m.
Kids will have the opportunity to run the bases following Thursday's 1:10 p.m. weekday game, rescheduled from June 18.
It's summer time which means it's the perfect time to join the best kids club in town, the Coca-Cola Astros Buddies Club! Being an Astros Buddies member includes premium items, exclusive Buddies-only experiences, tickets to select Astros games, newsletters and more. Coca-Cola Astros Buddies memberships are for kids 12 and under. For more information on the Coca-Cola Astros Buddies Club, please visit www.astros.com/buddies.
The Coca-Cola Value Nights package is one of the best ballpark bargains. Available for select Monday-Thursday regular season games throughout the 2017 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 $18! For more information, please visit www.astros.com/value.
Friday, June 30 vs. New York Yankees - 7:10 p.m.
Friday kicks off MLB Play Ball weekend in Houston! Prior to Friday's evening game, the Astros Foundation will host a special Play Ball clinic at the Astros MLB Youth Academy as part of their summer camp programming from 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. including appearances by Astros mascot Orbit and the Coca-Cola Shooting Stars.
Big and Bright Friday Nights begin with a special pregame Budweiser Happy Hour at the Budweiser Brew House, where fans can enjoy $6, 16oz Budweiser Signature Draft beer and food specials, a live DJ, corn hole, jenga and more from 5:00 - 6:30 p.m. before every Friday night home game.
Get ready to cheer on the Astros in the loudest and most energetic part of the ballpark for every Friday night home game in the 'StroZone presented by Texas Mahindra Dealers! This Friday night, which is now sold out, fans will receive an exclusive "Ready the Realm" Game of Thrones®-inspired 'StroZone T-shirt and get to show their hometown pride by throwing their H's in the air with a custom H-Town foam hand. Tickets for 'StroZone include a seat in the newly-renovated Mezzanine Level, a custom 'StroZone T-shirt unique every Friday and an Astros rally item. 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 theme is Game of Thrones® featuring music from the TV series. 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.
Gates will open two hours prior to game time on Friday and Saturday, and an hour and a half before first pitch on Sunday.
Saturday, July 1 vs. New York Yankees - 6:15 p.m.
Saturday's 6:15 p.m. game vs. the New York Yankees will air exclusively on TV on FOX. Fans can also catch the game on the radio on the Astros flagship radio station KBME 790 AM or in Spanish on La Nueva 94.1 FM.
Astros second baseman Jose Altuve will be featured on Saturday on MLB Network's new show, "Play Ball," which will air at 9 a.m. CT. Hosted by Eric Byrnes and additional MLB Network analysts, the half-hour show features one-on-one baseball demonstrations and conversations with some of the top personalities in the game. Each week, Play Ball will also include tips on how kids can participate in all forms of baseball activities, plus highlights on and off the field throughout MLB.
Prior to Saturday's matchup, Congressional aide Zachary Barth will throw out a ceremonial first pitch. Barth, a legislative correspondent for Representative Roger Williams, was among those tragically shot during practice for the Congressional Baseball Game for Charity in Alexandria, Virginia on June 14.
Sunday, July 2 vs. New York Yankees - 1:10 p.m.
The Astros will wrap up Play Ball weekend on Sunday with a pregame ceremony as members from the Astros MLB Youth Academy take the field and participate in a "cap exchange" with Astros players.
Additionally, 10,000 fans will receive a Play Ball Bat & Ball Set presented by Chevrolet as they exit the ballpark.
Create memories for the whole family at Minute Maid Park with Kroger Family Sundays, starting at just $60. The family-friendly package includes four Field Box IV or View Deck I tickets, four hot dogs, four sodas and access to Minute Maid Squeeze Play kids zone (ages 5-12), kids run the bases after Sunday home games (ages 5-12) and a "My First Baseball Game" certificate at the Fan Accommodations booths at sections 112 and 323. For more information, please visit www.astros.com/family.