Mattress Mack throws out first pitch before Game 6 of World Series
The Houston legend made an appearance on the field at Minute Maid Park on Saturday.
Jim “Mattress Mack” McIngvale, Astros superfan and the owner of Gallery Furniture, gained national acclaim entering the Fall Classic due to his massive $10 million bet on Houston to win the 2022 World Series. And Mattress Mack’s fame grew when the series turned to Philadelphia. McIngvale was filmed in a shouting match with Phillies fans after Game 3 of the World Series, an incident in which McIngvale says he was defending Astros second baseman Jose Altuve. You can question McIngvale’s taste for the spotlight if you wish. But his love for the Astros seems beyond reproach.
A petition was created in support of McIngvale after the incident in Philadelphia as fans urged the Astros to let McIngvale throw out the first pitch before Game 6. That wish was then granted Friday night as it was announced McIngvale would be taking the mound on Saturday. McIngvale received a loud ovation on the first pitch, heading out to the middle of the diamond before the traditional “play ball” call from country music legend George Strait.
Both McIngvale and Strait have emerged as Houston legends in recent years, with the Country Music Hall of Famer becoming a staple at the city’s annual rodeo. Perhaps these two familiar faces will give the Astros good luck in Game 6 on Saturday night.
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