Astros to play Veracruz in March

Astros to play Veracruz in March
September 28, 2013, 8:30 pm
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The Astros announced on Saturday that they will play two exhibition baseball games next year against one of the oldest, most established Mexican League teams. The Astros will play the Veracruz Red Eagles at Minute Maid Park on March 29 and March 30.

“I think it is going to be fun for our fans that don’t know the Mexican League,” said Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow. “It’s also going to be fun for the fans who do know the Mexican League. It’s a great way for us to display how baseball really is an international game.”

The March 29 game will start at 7:05 p.m. and the following day’s game will start at 1:05 p.m.

This will be the first time that Rojos de Aguila de Veracruz from the Mexican Baseball League will have played a major league team in a major league stadium, and the first time the Astros will have hosted a club from the Mexican League.

“It’s a novelty but it’s also a way to learn more about what’s happening globally with baseball,” said Luhnow. “Because we have such a large Hispanic community, and predominately Mexican, I’m hoping that people who haven’t come to Minute Maid Park, and haven’t checked out the Astros the last couple of years, will come and check it out.”

Luhnow signed the contract on Saturday along with representatives of the Red Eagles, including chairman Jose Antonio Mansur.

Luhnow, who was born in Mexico City and lived there for 15 years, said the exhibition games will be more than just baseball games.

“It’s going to be a lot of pomp and circumstances surrounding the two games,” said Luhnow. “It’s going to be not only be two baseball games but a celebration of Mexican culture in Mexico and in Texas.”

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