Former Rockets Legends Hakeem Olajuwon, Clyde Drexler To Throw First Pitch before Game 6 of World SeriesBy Staff Reporter, UniversityHerald Reporter
Former Rockets and University of Houston basketball legends Hakeem Olajuwon and Clyde Drexler are set to go back to Texas for the ceremonial first pitch before the Houston Astros and try for their second World Series Win in three years, Tuesday night at Minute Maid Park.
We're going back, to #TakeItBack!! pic.twitter.com/4eFUCKOyxS — Houston Astros (@astros) October 20, 2019
In an announcement, the Astros, who are as proud to come home, asked their fans, to "orange out" and show their support as they play against Washington Nationals at the Game 6 on Tuesday night.
Shoutout to our fans in D.C. and Houston for the support this weekend! Y'all brought the noise. pic.twitter.com/KGzOTA7lkU — Houston Astros (@astros) October 28, 2019
They also asked them to use the hashtag #TakeItBack when they post their photos while wearing orange clothing and decking out their buildings in orange.
He's only 22. #TakeItBack pic.twitter.com/eCnL8cquAK — Houston Astros (@astros) October 28, 2019
It is in the same announcement that they made public some details regarding the festivities, including the fact that ticketed fans will be enjoying the Postseason Street Fest from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m and that the gates to the ballpark open at 4 p.m.
AJ Hinch and the #Astros address the media in Houston. https://t.co/SR7hMTHBnH — Houston Astros (@astros) October 28, 2019
It was also revealed that the pre-game program will start off with the presentation of the nation's colors headed by the Houston Fire Department Honor Guard. The National Anthem, which will be sung by Country Music Legend Clay Walker will follow suit.
The Astros announced that Olajuwon, who led the Rockets to Houston's first two major league sports championships in 1994 and 1995, will throw to Clyde Drexler, Astros' good luck charm at the ALCS Game 6 where they beat the Yankees 6-4. Drexler is also set to make the "Play Ball!" call to kick off Tuesday's game.
Other notes said that as it has been for all postseason games, the Minute Maid roof will be closed when Game 6 starts at 7:07 p.m.
The Astros are now leading the series 3-2. Vegas, according to Khou News, said this leaves the Astros with an 86 percent chance of winning. Statistically, they already have nine wins in the books, and with one more victory, the Astros can be looking at taking home another title in the best-of-7 World Series event.
Regardless of statistics, the fans of the Nationals continue with their support. Celebrity chef Jose Andres, who threw the first pitch for Game 5, took to Twitter to show his support for the Nationals. He praised the team and encourages them to "steal" the next game from the Astros at their home field.
Whatever happens @Nationals had an amazing season so far! So proud of the city, of the fans, and obviously the team and every player! Now let’s go to @astros and steal next game from them in Houston... @MLB https://t.co/gBBMxEiO7C — José Andrés (@chefjoseandres) October 28, 2019