The Houston Astros have been temporarily forced to play in Tampa for a short while due to Hurricane Harvey. But good news surfaced Wednesday when Astros president of baseball operations Rob Reid confirmed that the Astros will be back in Houston on Saturday to play a doubleheader against the New York Mets at Minute Maid Park.
“We feel that the Astros playing this weekend will provide a much-needed boost for our city,” Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner said in the statement. “With all of the difficulties that many of our citizens are facing, the games will provide an opportunity for families to start returning to some aspect of normal life.”
The Astros are donating 5,000 tickets to first responders, volunteers and evacuees.
Originally scheduled to give away 10,000 Carlos Correa jerseys on Saturday to fans, the Astros will instead donate them to families at the George R. Brown shelter.
The Astros, along with wives and families, will collect food at the gates for Houston Food Bank.
Spending time in Tampa with family back home in Houston, it’s been a tough pill to swallow for the organization.
“There are a lot of people struggling,” Hinch told MLB.com. “There are some people here with family that’s stranded. It’s not comfortable, it’s not fun; this is real life and real emotion.
“We’re humans first. You can manage them all you want, but you’ve got to let people be humans. These guys do a really good job of bring together; I think we’re all leaning on one another. We’re all going through the same thing together. All you can do is hope and pray and stay in contact with your loved ones.”
Houston is currently playing a series against the Texas Rangers at Tropicana Field.