Astros Score Big Off the Field
Blake Peoples | 6/25/2009, 6:20 p.m.
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Houston Astro’s pitcher, LaTroy Hawkins kicked back amongst friends and fans Wednesday June 24th at a local Houston Whataburger. The Astros and Whataburger have teamed up to give Astro fans the chance to register to win the Ultimate Whatafan prize. The winner will receive autographed jerseys from the Houston Astros, Round Rock Express and the Corpus Christi Hooks. The winner will also receive two luxury suite tickets to the Astros vs. Reds game on September 26. Along with the luxury suite tickets, the Ultimate Whatafan will have the opportunity to be on the field for batting practice and to throw the opening pitch at the Astros Minor League MVP Ceremony.
The Astros and Whataburger will join forces again on July 7th and August 4th. Hawkins was the second Astro player to make an appearance at a Whataburger. The 14th year man, used the opportunity to give back to his community and it’s Astro’s faithful. In an era when baseball’s star players are answering questions regarding the use of steroids and human growth, it is important to acknowledge the positive efforts of MLB players. Hawkins is a model citizen. He is active with the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and also extended his services to the Volunteers of America, joining in the recovery efforts following Hurricanes Rita and Katrina. As part of the organization, Hawkins helped to rebuild homes, serve meals and also provided devastated families with basic necessities.
Fans welcomed Hawkins and were enthusiastic to visit with the former Yankee pitcher. Many customers were surprised to see their hometown pitcher hanging out at a Whataburger. Imagine rushing in for a morning coffee to be greeted by the towering presence of a 6’5 MLB pitcher, posing for pictures and answering questions. Fans gathered and shared laughs with the Astro pitcher. Hawkins interacted with fans as if they were childhood friends. The collaboration was a great success. LaTroy Hawkins and the Houston Astros scored big off the field and in the hearts of their fans.