HOUSTON ASTROS TO HOST 2009 FANFEST SATURDAY, APRIL 4

Style News Wire | 3/26/2009, 5:04 p.m.
The Houston Astros and the Astros in Action Foundation will host the team’s annual FanFest on Saturday, April 4. FanFest ...

The Houston Astros and the Astros in Action Foundation will host the team’s annual FanFest on Saturday, April 4.  FanFest events will take place throughout the main concourse of Minute Maid Park and include autograph sessions with the current roster of players and former Astros, Talkin’ Baseball seminars with Astros broadcasters and staff, a TRISTAR Productions sports card and memorabilia show, a silent auction and the popular Garage Sale of Astros promotional merchandise and “memory lane” autographed items.  Kids will also enjoy face painters, clowns and other free activities.

FanFest starts at 9:00 a.m. and will end at the conclusion of the exhibition game between the Houston Astros and Cleveland Indians.  Admission to FanFest is free with the purchase of a game ticket.  Additional fees apply for the autograph sessions, with all proceeds benefiting the Astros in Action Foundation.

Tickets to the April 4 exhibition game are on sale now with prices starting as low as $7 for adults and $1 for kids ages 3-14.  Tickets can be purchased online at www.astros.com, at the ballpark box office on Texas Avenue or by phone toll free at 877-9ASTROS (877-927-8767).  Ticketmaster retail centers in all Fiesta and select Macy’s, H-E-B, F.Y.E., Wherehouse Music and Ritmo Latino stores also sell Astros tickets during store hours.

The following is an overview of 2009 Astros FanFest:

ASTROS AUTOGRAPHSAutograph Session Details

•    There will be 10 autograph sessions and nine will feature multiple players and/or coach.

•    Buying a voucher for an autograph session entitles the purchaser one autograph from each player in that session.

•    Autograph schedule and participants are listed below.

9:30 a.m. – 10:20 a.m.  Autograph Sessions - $20 per session (Additional players may be added; schedule subject to change)

Session #1–Club Level 228    Miguel Tejada, Jose Valverde

Session #2–Upper Concourse 405    Darin Erstad, Hunter Pence, Ed Romero

Session #3-Lefty’s/Atrium    Brian Moehler, Humberto Quintero, Dewey Robinson

Session #4-Champions Pavilion    Jason Michaels, Kaz Matsui, Chris Sampson, Cecil Cooper

Session #5-Upper Concourse 436    Doug Brocail, Tim Byrdak, LaTroy Hawkins, Jose Cruz

Free Session–Lefty’s/Atrium    Drayton McLane, Milo Hamilton (*No ticket required)

11:40 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.  Autograph Sessions - $20 per session(Additional players may be added; schedule subject to change)

Session #6-Club Level 228                  Michael Bourn, Carlos Lee, Wesley Wright, Mark Bailey

Session #7-Upper Concourse 405                  Geoff Geary, Mike Hampton, Roy Oswalt, Sean Berry

Session #8-Lefty’s/Atrium                   Lance Berkman, Geoff Blum

Session #9-Champions Pavilion                   Ivan Rodriguez, Wandy Rodriguez, Dave Clark

1:00 p.m. – 1:50 p.m.  Autograph Session - $50 Session #10-Champions Pavilion    Jeff Bagwell

1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.  Autograph Sessions – FreeLOCATION: MAIN CONCOURSE BEHIND HOME PLATE AND ATRIUM AREAIn addition to autographs from current players and coaches, fans will have the opportunity to get FREE autographs from former Houston Astros players.

Free Sessions    Kevin Bass, Enos Cabell, Larry Dierker, John Hudek, James Mouton, Terry Puhl, Shane Reynolds, Alex Trevino, Brian Williams, Jimmy Wynn (*No ticket required)

Autograph Voucher Purchase Details•    Fans will need a wristband and an April 4, 2009 exhibition game ticket to purchase an autograph voucher.