6/4/2013 9:02 P.M. ET
Astros honor fallen firefighters
Pregame Ceremony Included Moment of Silence; Players Wearing Special Patch During This Week's Homestand
By / MLB.com
HOUSTON, TX - Throughout this week's homestand, the Astros are honoring the courageous Houston firefighters whose lives were lost during the tragic fire that took place last Friday, May 31.
The Astros players are wearing a special patch on their uniforms in honor of the firefighters for all three games this week vs. the Baltimore Orioles (June 4-6). Additionally, today's pregame ceremony included a moment of silence as well as the Houston Fire Department Honor Guard and Houston Pipe and Drum Band. The Astros are flying flags at half-staff at Minute Maid Park this week.
The Astros are also continuing to offer free tickets to the rest of this week's games to local and national firefighters and their immediate family members at the Minute Maid Park Box Office (with firefighter ID).
In addition to those lost in the blaze, 13 others were hospitalized in what the Houston Fire Department called the most deadly fire in its 118-year history.
"Our prayers go out to the families and friends of the firefighters who lost their lives or were injured in last week's tragedy," said Astros President Reid Ryan. "We all owe a debt of gratitude to all of our firefighters, who risk their lives to keep others safe."
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