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Astros Fans Hoping For Another Exciting Season

There’s a big celebration at Minute Maid Park as the Astros get ready for their home opener.

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  • Minute Maid Park
    Minute Maid Park
  • A full slate of activities is planned at Minute Maid Park for the Astros' home opener.
    A full slate of activities is planned at Minute Maid Park for the Astros' home opener.
  • The Astros are continuing their theme this season of  "More Than Just A Game." (Photo Credit: Gail Delaughter)
    The Astros are continuing their theme this season of "More Than Just A Game." (Photo Credit: Gail Delaughter)

For a lot of folks around Houston, rooting for the Astros is a family affair. And it can even inspire some creativity.

We met Janet Bernard at Minute Maid Park as she was getting ready for a tour with her grandkids. She says she passed along the tradition a few years back with a special heirloom quilt she made for her son.

"King-sized, navy blue, and I handmade the orange star with the white H and put it in the middle of the bedspread,” says Bernard. “That's what he grew up with on his bed."

Inside the ballpark we talked to Astros Promotions Director Christie Feliz. She says expectations are high after last year's season that propelled the young team into the American League Division Series.

But they wound up falling to the eventual World Series Champion Kansas City Royals. Feliz says they're coming back with something to prove as the meet the Royals for a rematch.

"We need more heart. We need more hustle. We need more determination,” adds Feliz. “And those guys are coming out with a chip on their shoulder and ready to really take it to the next level this year."

And Feliz says the fans could play a big part in making that happen.

"When they walk out into the crowd and see a fan base that has their back, it really is motivational for them," says Feliz.

And the Astros should have lots of motivation for the home opener. All that's left are standing room only tickets. Fans lucky to be there will be treated to a streetfest with live music and a pep rally.

There will also be a ceremony to name the Minute Maid press box after longtime announcer Milo Hamilton, who died last year.

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Gail Delaughter

Gail Delaughter

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From early-morning interviews with commuters to walks through muddy construction sites, Gail covers all aspects of getting around Houston. That includes walking, driving, cycling, taking the bus, and occasionally flying. Before she became transportation reporter in 2011, Gail hosted weekend programs for Houston Public Media. She's also covered courts in...

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