Astros fans rally at City Hall ahead of postseason start

By Aaron Barker - Senior Digital Editor

HOUSTON - Astros fans gathered at Houston City Hall Wednesday to show support for the team before they start the postseason.

The defending World Series champions will face the Cleveland Indians on Friday at Minute Maid Park during the first game of the American League Division Series. First pitch is scheduled at 1:05 p.m.

Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner was joined by Astros players Tony Kemp and Ryan Pressly, team owner Jim Crane, general manager Jeff Luhnow and Orbit, the Astros mascot, for a rally on the steps of City Hall.

Astros fans cheered as Turner told everyone to wear orange Friday.

"This Astros team has really, really made Houston proud," Turner said. "People all around the world are talking about the Houston Astros."

"I want to thank the fans. We set a record at the ballpark for attendance. We're happy to give away those rings. Without the fans, we're not here," Crane said. "You're the key to making this happen. We appreciate your support."

Team president Reid Ryan encouraged all Houstonians to get their Astros signs and flags out, whether at their homes or businesses.

"Somebody told me a fact about Houston sports teams -- when they win one championship, they end up winning two. The Rockets, Dynamo and hopefully us," Luhnow said.

"Let's root on the Astros. This is a city of champions!" Turner said.

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