Houston Astros get ready for start of playoffs with rally at City Hall

By Cathy Hernandez - Reporter

HOUSTON - Mayor Sylvester Turner and dozens of fans kicked off the Houston Astros' postseason at a pep rally outside Houston City Hall Thursday.

"I will always remember right after Hurricane Harvey how the Astros carried us in their hearts, on their backs," said Mayor Sylvester Turner. "Now, here we're here again and they have won 107 games!"

Astros will take on the Tampa Bay Rays in the American League Division Series starting Friday.

"It's been amazing and I know it's gonna be rocking tomorrow when y'all get out there," said Astros pitcher Chris Devenski, who was joined by Team Pesident Reid Ryan and General Manager Jeff Luhnow, Orbit and the Shooting Stars to pump up the crowd.

Luhnow asked a favor of all Houstonians.

"We've been in the playoffs four of the last five years. You're starting to get a little spoiled. I want you to treat tomorrow at 1 o'clock and Saturday at 8 o'clock like it's the first playoff game in 10 years," he said.

Many fans say the feeling now is the same they had back in 2017 when the Astros won the World Series. 

"There's just an extra element to the playoffs, from everybody with the towels to the shirts, feeling that unity, feeling that city pride together, it just sets a fun atmosphere to be here for the playoffs," said fan Dusty Vandenverg.

Game 1 of the ALDS is set for 1:05 p.m. Friday.

Turner encouraged everyone in Houston to wear orange and support the Astros.

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