Mattress Mack to throw first pitch at World Series Game 6

The Astros turned to two Texas legends for the first pitch and play ball call as they look to lock down a World Series title.


HOUSTON, TEXAS - OCTOBER 28: James Franklin McIngvale, aka "The Mack 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 Levey/Getty Images)

HOUSTON, TEXAS – OCTOBER 28: James Franklin McIngvale, also known as ‘Mattress Mack’, 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 Levey/Getty Images)

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With the Houston Astros one win away from securing their second Commissioner’s Trophy, the team will have some help getting the Minute Maid Park crowd going in the moments before Game 6 of the World Series.

Jim “Mattress Mack” McIngvale – owner of Gallery Furniture and an Astros superfan – will throw out the ceremonial first pitch before Saturday’s game against the Philadelphia Phillies, while George Strait – a 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 has become somewhat of a national phenomenon during Houston’s playoff run, both for his excessive fandom and his heavy bets — the latter of which would earn him a record $75 million payout if the Astros win the Series Worldwide. He’s even more beloved by a significant portion of Houston fans after an incident following the team’s 3-game loss earlier this week, when a viral video captured him getting into it with at least one Phillies fan. The Astros, falling behind 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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Strait — who grew up in Pearsall, Texas, about an hour outside of San Antonio — is also a bit of a Houston fixture. Strait first performed at RodeoHouston in 1983, when it was held at the Astrodome, and has been a staple of the event for decades. The Grammy winner was inducted into the RodeoHouston Star Trail of Fame in 1996.

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



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