Mattress Mack to throw first pitch at World Series Game 6

The Astros are turning to two Texas legends for the first pitch and the “play ball” call as they look to close out a World Series title.


HOUSTON, TEXAS - OCTOBER 28: James Franklin McGingwale, also known as "Mac mattress", poses with fans before Game 1 of the 2022 World Series between the Philadelphia Phillies and the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park on October 28, 2022 in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Bob Levy/Getty Images)

HOUSTON, TEXAS – OCTOBER 28: James Franklin McIngvale, also known as ‘Mattress Mac’, poses with fans before Game One of the 2022 World Series between the Philadelphia Phillies and the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park on October 28, 2022 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levy/Getty Images)

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With the Houston Astros just one win away from securing their second Commissioner’s Trophy, the team will have some help moving the crowd at Minute Maid Park in the moments leading up to Game 6 of the World Series.

Jim “Mattress Mac” McIngvale – Gallery Furniture owner and Astros superfan – will throw out the ceremonial first pitch before Saturday’s game against the Philadelphia Phillies, while George Strait – Texas native and Country Music Hall of Famer – will make the “play ball” call . Multi-platinum singer/songwriter Andy Grammer will sing the national anthem.

McIngvale became a bit of a national phenomenon during Houston’s playoff run, both for his outsized fandom and his big bets — the latter of which would net him a record $75 million payout if the Astros won the World Series. He also endeared himself further to a significant portion of Houston supporters after an incident following the team’s Game 3 loss earlier this week, when a viral video caught him getting into it with at least one Phillies fan. The Astros, trailing in the series 2-1, have since won two straight games to take a 3-2 lead.

George Strait performs on stage during the 2021 iHeartCountry Festival presented by Capital One at the Frank Irwin Center on October 30, 2021 in Austin, Texas.

George Strait performs on stage during the 2021 iHeartCountry Festival presented by Capital One at the Frank Irwin Center on October 30, 2021 in Austin, Texas.

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Straight — who grew up in Pearsall, Texas, about an hour outside of San Antonio — is also a bit of a Houstonian. Straight first performed at RodeoHouston in 1983, when it was held at the Astrodome, and he has been a staple of the event in the decades since. The Grammy winner was inducted into the RodeoHouston Walk of Fame in 1996.

First pitch in Game 6 of the World Series between the Astros and Phillies is scheduled for 7:03 PM CT on Saturday.



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