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Astros Altuve, Fowler and GM Luhnow accept ALS #IceBucketChallenge

Fowler, Luhnow and Altuve accept the Ice Bucket Challenge at Fenway Park. (Photo credit: Mark L. Baer-USA TODAY Sports

OF Dexter Fowler, GM Jeff Luhnow and 2B Jose Altuve accept the Ice Bucket Challenge at Fenway Park. (Photo credit: Mark L. Baer-USA TODAY Sports

It’s time for another installment of the daily Astros #IceBucketChallenge update. (If we need to explain what the Ice Bucket Challenge is at this point, then I’m not sure what to tell you). You should know that ALS is a horrible, debilitating disease and this incredible viral movement is working. The ALS Association reports that more than $3 million has been raised since it started, triple the amount usually raised during this time period.

Earlier this week, LHP Dallas Keuchel accepted the challenge from CSN Houston’s Julia Morales and OF L.J. Hoes accepted the challenge on behalf of his late grandfather who died of the disease. On Friday, our out of this world mascot Orbit accepted the challenge from the Rays Raymond as only he knows how — in a BIG way. On Friday at Fenway Park, George Springer and Carlos Corporan accepted their challenges in back to back pre-game dousings.

Springer and Corporan in turn nominated OF Dexter Fowler, second baseman Jose Altuve and GM Jeff Luhnow. All three nominees accepted concurrently on Saturday afternoon before game 3 of the Astros-Red Sox series.

 

Altuve nominated teammate Marwin Gonzalez and fellow Venezuelan Miguel Cabrera. Fowler nominated Astros owner Jim Crane. Luhnow nominated fellow Houston GMs, Rick Smith (Texans) and Daryl Morey (Rockets).

Stay tuned…

To find out more about the Ice Bucket Challenge, ALS or to donate, visit the ALS Association.

 

Triple Astros dousing at Fenway.

Triple Astros dousing at Fenway.

- Amanda
@amandarykoff

George Springer and Carlos Corporan Accept #IceBucketChallenge at Fenway

George Springer takes the Ice Bucket Challenge at Fenway (photo credit: Evan Drellich/Houston Chronicle)

George Springer takes the Ice Bucket Challenge at Fenway (photo credit: Evan Drellich/Houston Chronicle)

Boston — Astros OF George Springer had been nominated to accept the ALS #IceBucketChallenge so many times by current and former teammates, he really had no choice but to accept. Carlos Corporan had largely avoided the challenge until his compadre from Puerto Rico and former Astros teammate Kiké  Hernandez nominated him (and Springer) via Instagram on Thursday night. The rules dictate that once challenged, you have 24 hours to accept. (Except when the plan involves a giant Caterpillar truck which requires a bit more planning, like Orbit’s Ice Bucket Challenge acceptance).

Springer and Corporan accepted the challenge(s) before Astros batting practice at Fenway Park on Friday.

We’ve got video of the dual dousing courtesy of CSN Houston’s Julia Morales:

Springer and Corporan challenged teammates Jose Altuve and Dexter Fowler as well as Astros GM Jeff Luhnow. Will they accept the challenge? Stay tuned!

- Amanda
@amandarykoff

To find out more about the Ice Bucket Challenge, ALS or to donate, visit the ALS Association.

Orbit Accepts the ALS #IceBucketChallenge in a BIG Way

Ice Bucket Challenge accepted!

Ice Bucket Challenge accepted!

You knew that our amazing mascot Orbit was going to accept the Ice Bucket Challenge from Tampa Bay Rays’ mascot Raymond to strike out ALS. It was just a question of when and how big to go. And if you know Orbit, you know that he only knows how to do things BIG. He is, after all, a mascot for a Texas team.

After a couple of days of planning (please forgive him, Raymond, for not accepting within the 24 hour window, there were a lot of logistics to arrange), Orbit headed to Mustang CAT in Houston for the ultimate Ice Bucket Challenge: Alien vs. Heavy Machinery.

 

Out of this world, right?

Here’s our best photo of Orbit being doused by hundreds of gallons of ice water by a Caterpillar 740B Articulated Truck.

Under an ice waterfall...

Under an ice waterfall…

 

If you’ve been following the Ice Bucket Challenge (and really, who hasn’t?), you’ll know that accepting the challenge is just one part of the process. The next step is to issue a challenge of your own to friends/teammates/frenemies/random people on the internet. Orbit calls out three people to accept the Ice Bucket Challenge.

First: Hashtag the Panda from The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon

Orbit challenges Hashtag the Panda from the Tonight Show

Orbit challenges Hashtag the Panda from the Tonight Show

 

Next: Mets Bucket Hat Guy also from The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon

Mets Bucket Hat Guy you're up!

Mets Bucket Hat Guy you’re up!

 

And finally, Orbit’s newest frenemy and trolling rival, Rangers catcher J.P. Arencibia:

"J.P. Arencibia, your move!"

“J.P. Arencibia, your move!”

 

In case you missed it, Dallas Keuchel and L.J. Hoes also accepted the Ice Bucket Challenge this week. To find out more about the Ice Bucket Challenge, ALS or to donate, visit the ALS Association.

We’ll keep you posted here on any further Ice Bucket Challenges and Orbit’s developing rivalry with Arencibia. Your move, Hashtag the Panda, Mets Bucket Hat Guy and J.P. Arencibia!

UPDATE: J.P. Arencibia accepted Orbit’s challenge within 24 hours! Here’s the video.

Well played, sir. Well played.

- Amanda
@amandarykoff

Astros Keuchel and Hoes Accept #IceBucketChallenge to Strike Out ALS

Dallas Keuchel and L.J. Hoes each took the Ice Bucket Challenge. (Photo credit for Keuchel: Karen Warren, Houston Chronicle)

Dallas Keuchel and L.J. Hoes each took the Ice Bucket Challenge to strike out ALS. (Photo credit for Keuchel: Karen Warren/Houston Chronicle)

 

Unless you’ve been living under a rock or just arrived from another planet (welcome to Earth!), you’ve heard about or seen the #IceBucketChallenge, a viral movement to raise awareness for ALS (aka Lou Gehrig’s Disease). Celebrities, politicians, athletes and even team mascots have been dousing themselves with ice cold buckets of ice water over the past week and it’s impossible to go onto Facebook, Twitter or Instagram without seeing photos and videos posted.  The Astros are no exception, with LHP Dallas Keuchel and OF L.J. Hoes accepting the challenge this week.

Keuchel received his challenge from CSN Houston reporter Julia Morales and made good before Tuesday night’s Astros game. Of course we’ve got video.

 

Keuchel in turn challenged fellow Arkansas Razorbacks Patrick Beverley of the Rockets and his former college roommate Drew Smyly of the Rays. We have no word yet on whether any of them have accepted.

L.J. Hoes’ Special Connection to ALS

While most athletes and celebrities take the challenge out of a desire to help the ALS cause (and because they don’t want to disappoint a friend), the motivation for Astros outfielder L.J. Hoes go much deeper. The Ice Bucket Challenge has an extra significance because Hoes’ grandfather, Charles Eguster Hoes, died two years ago — on August 16, 2012 —  from complications related to ALS. Hoes was 78 and had been suffering from the debilitating disease for several years before it was finally diagnosed.

“It was pretty advanced.” Hoes said of his grandfather’s condition before getting soaked with the ice water. “They kept misdiagnosing it and he was getting hip surgeries. Then they realized it was nerves and it was too late.”

Hoes’ grandfather passed away just months after his diagnosis, as L.J. was coming up through the Orioles’ system. L.J. knew that the latest viral craze was something he had to do.

“When I heard about the Ice Bucket Challenge, I wanted to do it for my grandfather,” Hoes said.

Hoes got the chance when a former baseball teammate A.J. Lee challenged him via Instagram. L.J. accepted in the comments and was honor-bound by the Ice Bucket Challenge code to make good on his promise within 24 hours.

And here’s video of Hoes’ Ice Bucket Challenge at Minute Maid Park on Wednesday before the Astros-Twins game:

 

If you can’t quite hear it in the video, Hoes challenged several Astros teammates — fellow outfielders Dexter Fowler and George Springer, first baseman Jon Singleton, relievers Tony Sipp and Chad Qualls and pitcher Brad Peacock. We’ll keep you posted on the status of any future Ice Bucket Challenges for the team.

We’ve also got L.J.’s Instagram video of the challenge — in two parts:

Part 1:

Part 2:

To find out more about the Ice Bucket Challenge, ALS or to donate, visit the ALS Association.

- Amanda
@amandarykoff

 

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