The presence of hip hop impresario Drake only further legitimized the resurgence of the Houston Astros on Thursday night. In town promoting his Houston Appreciation Weekend, the Grammy winning recording artist and noted sports freak took in a ballgame at Minute Maid Park and saw the Houston Astros beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 5-4 in walk-off fashion.
(Hey, it beats hanging out with the Miami Heat right now.)
Drake's first sold-out concert happened in Houston, and he's been keen on returning the appreciation ever since with activities that include community service projects. He hosted 50 kids from the Astros' Urban Youth Academy and met with some of the Astros players before the game. That's Jon Singleton, Collin McHugh, George Springer and Dexter Fowler, from left to right, with Drake in the photo above.
From the Houston Chronicle:
“Houston is really important to me,” Drake said. “I have it tattooed on my skin and in my heart. That was a line I was working on, on the way here. I just want to let you to know that it means a lot for me to be here today.”
After finishing last in the majors for three consecutive seasons, the Astros have embraced Drake’s hit “Started from the Bottom.”
With their big win against the D-backs, the Astros are 31-37 and only 4 1/2 games out of the AL wild card lead. It should be stressed that the only team really out of the race is the Tampa Bay Rays but, like the song implies, the Astros aren't hanging out at the bottom anymore.
And Drake really does have an Astros logo tattoo — on his shoulder:
Well, holy J.R. Richard. Just like Craig Biggio would do, if he got tattoos. The Astros of today seem to like Drake too:
“I got a lot of (Drake’s) songs on my Ipod,” Jose Altuve said. “I think it’s good. We all are excited to see him here.”
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