JJ Watt's 5th annual Charity Classic at Minute Maid Park
HOUSTON – For the fifth straight season, J.J. Watt and his foundation held his annual charity softball classic Saturday, and as usual, the fans filled the seats at Minute Maid Park to get to see their Texans up close and personal.
Part of this charity event is getting the fans close to the players.
“I can’t thank our fans enough, we have the most incredible fans in the entire world, so thank you guys,” Watt told the fans just before the first pitch.
“It’s amazing what he can do for the community and what his foundation has done for everybody, he’s just an amazing person,” Texans fan Wendy Hedgepatch said.
Her husband Keith got her tickets to the game for Mother’s Day because Watt is her favorite player.
Watt’s foundation has raised into the millions of dollars, and on Saturday night that was through competition.
First up was the homer run derby, which before the evening began, Watt vowed to win -- especially if he could out-homer good friend, Texans punter Shane Lechler.
That’s exactly how it played out, with Watt topping Lechler on his final swing in the home run derby playoff.
The game offered the same result with the defense winning 9-3 behind back-to-back home runs from Watt and Lechler.
The defense now holds the all-time series lead 3 games to 2.
With Watt’s mom Connie running the foundation, Watt worked in a happy Mother’s day too, bringing all the moms, wives and girlfriends of the players on to the field so they could be presented with flowers by the players.
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