Kiké Hernandez’s Family is Awesome

I was going to write a whole thing about how one of the perks of my job is getting to know the players and their families, etc. But really if you can’t share a photo like this on a team blog, what’s the point of having a team blog?  This, my friends, is a photo of Kiké Hernandez’s entire family at last Saturday’s game against the Marlins. Yes, they are all wearing orange “Team Kiké” shirts. And yes, they are all wearing the orange Astros sunglasses that were the giveaway at that game. You can’t see them, but the backs of the shirts say, “Hernandez 6.” Yes, it is all kinds of awesome.

Team Kiké is awesome

Team Kiké is awesome

I talked to Kiké after the series. (If you’re just joining us, Enrique is Hernandez’s given name, but he’s been going by Kiké most of his life). He told me that while he knew his entire family — 40+, including his abuela and abuelo — planned to come to the game on Saturday, visiting from home in Puerto Rico and all over, he wasn’t supposed to know about the shirts. Of course a cousin who couldn’t make the trip spoiled the surprise when he called him and said he couldn’t make it. “But wait until you see the shirts!” the cousin said. “What shirts?” Kiké replied. Uh oh. He admitted he was a bit nervous about seeing his entire family decked out in orange at the game.

No worries. The family looked fantastic, had a great time and could not be more proud of their boy. Team Kiké in the house!

- Amanda
@amandarykoff

 

Astros “Beach Weekend” at Minute Maid Park vs. the Marlins

Hello and thanks for stopping by at Mission Control. Once again this is your friendly Astros social media manager, Amanda Rykoff. The Astros are back tonight for a 10-day, 10-game homestand that starts with a three-game “beach weekend” interleague series against the Miami Marlins. In honor of our visitors from Miami Beach, you’ll notice there’s a bit of a “beach theme” going on. We’ve got the lowdown on some of the special events, promotional giveaways and fan-friendly highlights for this weekend’s fun at the ballpark. (And don’t worry, the Minute Maid Park roof will be closed).

Friday, July 25 – 7:10 p.m. vs. Miami 

Big and Bright Friday Night returns with a postgame fireworks show, presented by Marathon Oil Corporation, following Friday night’s game vs. the Miami Marlins. This week’s show features a “TV Land” themed fireworks display.

Additionally, 10,000 Astros fans will take home an Astros beach towel, presented by Coca-Cola. 

Astros Beach Towel is our Friday night giveaway

Astros Beach Towel is our Friday night giveaway

Foodie Friday: New to this year’s All-Star Game was the “Hot Dog Derby,” where chefs representing baseball venues from across the country presented their best hot dogs in an all-out competition. This year, Houston and Minute Maid Park’s own Chef Bryan Caswell won for his “Freddy Fender” by unanimous decision! In honor of the victory, the Freddy Fender will be featured at Street Eats (section 126) and at its normal home of The Caz (Club Level section 232) during the entire upcoming homestand.

Yes, that’s chorizo sausage wrapped in a corn tortilla and deep fried, topped with tequila braised onions, pico de gallo and Cotija cheese on a pretzel bun. How good is it? Don’t take our word for it — check out what Travel Channel’s food expert Andrew Zimmern had to say.

Beer lovers? We’ve got you covered with two great options.  Every Friday from 4:30-6:00 p.m. is St. Arnold Happy Hour, featuring $5, 12-ounce beers at the St. Arnold’s Bar in left field (behind Section 105).

Also on Fridays, the Budweiser Patio serves Budweiser Day Fresh Draught, kegged and delivered the same day.

Friday night will also be Hockey Night at Minute Maid Park. Back-to-back Olympic Gold Medal USA Sled Hockey Team Captain Andy Yohe and 2014-15 USA Sled Hockey National Team member Kyle Huckaby will be signing autographs before the game in Union Station Lobby where young fans will have the opportunity to give Sled Hockey a try (on wheels)!

Saturday, July 26 – 6:10 p.m. vs. Miami 

Academy Autograph session — 11 a.m. – 12 noon: Astros two-time All-Star second baseman Jose Altuve will be signing autographs at the Academy Sports + Outdoors store located at 9470 FM 1960 Bypass, Humble, TX 77338 from 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. 

Astros Sunglasses: We’re continuing the beach theme with another fun giveaway for Saturday’s game!  10,000 Astros fans will be well-equipped to take on the Marlins from the Sunshine State with the Astros sunglasses giveaway, courtesy of Nolan Ryan Beef. 

Orbit and a young fan model the Astros sunglasses!

Orbit and a young fan model the Astros sunglasses!

Jason Derulo postgame concert: following the game, pop and R&B sensation Jason Derulo will hit the stage at Minute Maid Park for a special postgame concert open to all ticketed fans. 

Jason Derulo post-game concert!

Jason Derulo post-game concert!

Sunday, July 27 – 1:10 p.m. vs. Miami 

Kroger Family Sunday: Bring the whole family out to Minute Maid Park this Sunday for only $70 with a Kroger Family 4-Pack (ticket package includes 4 View Deck II tickets; 4 hot dogs; 4 sodas, Lot C parking pass). For tickets and more information, click here.

Every Sunday is also a Family Sunday presented by Kroger. Kids 14 and under can run the bases after each Sunday game. (And don’t forget Astros Buddies get front-of-the-line access!)

Kids run the bases every Sunday at MMP!

Kids run the bases every Sunday at MMP!

We look forward to seeing you at the ballpark this weekend!

- Amanda

Welcome to Astros Mission Control!

Howdy and welcome to Astros Mission Control! This is your friendly Astros social media manager, Amanda Rykoff, here to share some of the behind the scenes action at Minute Maid Park and on the road, the stories behind the tweets and anything else that seems worth posting about.

Like George Springer’s batting practice dancing:

Or Astros Dog Day highlights:

A well-dressed pooch on Astros Dog Day

Or a special pre-game visit with the Sunshine Kids:

Or the Monster Claw:

And of course the shenanigans of our beloved mascot, Orbit.

Altuve and Orbit rock the Astros shades

Altuve and Orbit rock the Astros shades

(Since we’re talking about Orbit, we have to include this famous dance-off as well):

 

We’ll have information about upcoming specials and promotions at Minute Maid Park, including giveaways and new food items. We’re also looking forward to sharing occasional guest posts from players, team executives and friends of the Astros.

Welcome aboard and prepare for liftoff!

- Amanda
@amandarykoff

 

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