The Yankees’ legendary closer, Mariano Rivera, will be in Houston for the final games of his illustrious career. The Astros host the Yankees for their final three games of their 2013 season this weekend.
Rivera’s 19-year career began in 1995 and his 652 career saves are the most all-time in Major League history. He was honored at Yankee Stadium on Sunday and could take the mound for the final time of his career this last weekend at Minute Maid Park, pending the Yankees playoff hopes.
To honor Rivera, the Astros will hold a special pregame ceremony on Sunday, Sept. 29, with appearances by former Yankees teammate and current Astros Special Assistant to the General Manager Roger Clemens, former manager and current Executive VP of Baseball Operations for MLB Joe Torre, Astros President Reid Ryan, and it will be emceed by Astros Hall of Fame broadcaster Milo Hamilton. The Astros will also present Rivera with a special gift commemorating his career.
Sunday is also Fan Appreciation Day at Minute Maid Park. Between innings, prizes will be given away to several lucky fans in attendance and 10,000 fans will receive the 2013 Astros Team Poster.
However, the final homestand will begin on Friday with a special pregame ceremony to honor Bob Ford, who is in his 20th season as the Astros PA announcer. The last Big and Bright Friday Night fireworks show presented by Marathon Oil Corporation will take place after the game.
On Saturday, the Astros will celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with several fan attractions, starting with the pregame Hispanic Heritage Street Festival presented by State Farm from 2-6 p.m. on the Plaza on Crawford Street outside the ballpark. Events include live salsa music with La Orquesta Salmerum, a salsa and merengue dancing show and lesson, an autograph session with Astros legend Jose Cruz, Astros pitcher Jarred Cosart and Astros Spanish radio broadcasters Alex Trevino and Francisco Romero as well as an on-stage Q&A with current Astros players. Food will also be available from eight local Houston food trucks including Sabor Venezolano, Chilantro, Bernie’s Burger Bus, Good Dog and Sweets by Belen.