Astros hoping for big weekend as Correa makes Minute Maid Park debut
Rookie Carlos Correa will make his first appearance with the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park this weekend, and the club is hoping that his arrival will spark some extra-special fan interest.
Correa, who made his Major League debut earlier this week at U.S. Cellular Field in Chicago, is arguably the Astros' most alluring prospect, and has an especially high profile as a #1 Draft pick.
Speaking to Jose de Jesus Ortiz of the Houston Chronicle, Astros president Reid Ryan expressed the club's enthusiasm about his debut on Friday night: "We are excited about this weekend. We have a number of promotional events, including giveaways and a concert featuring ‘Mercy Me.’ We expect Correa will have an impact on the crowds but do not have a prediction on how much it will be.”
Ortiz notes that Correa memorabilia has been among the Astros' most popular merchandise sold this week, something Astro legend and fellow Puerto Rican Jose Cruz said is a result of his heritage: “All the Latinos, especially all of the Boricuas, are super happy to have Carlos Correa in the majors. I’m sure a lot of Boricuas will be out in force at Minute Maid Park to see him."
Considering the seven-game losing streak the 'Stros will bring into Friday night's game, those fans are probably pretty hungry for a glimpse of Correa AND a victory.