June 26, 2022

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Why Astros’ ceremonial first pitch was extra special for Alex Bregman

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Players don’t often pay attention to the ceremonial first pitch before games – frequently still loosening up during the festivities – but Tuesday night’s pregame moment was important for Alex Bregman.

Bregman squatted behind the plate – with Orbit crouching behind him, playing the role of umpire – as 9-year-old Brady Columbus handled first-pitch duties.

Brady is Bregman’s godson and also the son of Bregman’s personal hitting coach Jason Columbus. Brady also is autistic and partly the inspiration behind the Astros third baseman’s charitable organization Bregman Cares, which among other causes, helps raise money so autistic children can have access to the best available resources.


Bregman’s organization has raised money to provide iPads to classrooms in the Houston area and his hometown of Albuquerque, N.M., and he hopes to raise $10 million to eventually build a school in Houston specifically for autistic children.

Brady’s big moment came on the Astros’ first Autism Awareness Night. The Astros designated special sections on each level of the ballpark where the volume on music and announcements was turned down, since people with autism sometimes can be negatively affected by loud noises. There also was a sensory room provided for families of children. Half of the proceeds from the Astros Foundation’s 50/50 raffle also went to Bregman Cares.

Bregman told reporters on the field before the first pitch that Brady, who was able to attend his first Astros’ game last May, was nervous but had been practicing with his dad and brother in their backyard. He also got lots of encouragement from his classmates in Katy, including a “Let’s Go Brady!” chant that Bregman posted on Instagram.

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“(Brady’s) made a difference in all of our lives,” Bregman said. “Just the impact that he’s been able to have on us, I feel like his impact has been able to affect so many kids and helped so many kids better their lives.”

J. C. Hartman throws out the first pitch with Houston Astros manager Dusty Baker Jr. before the start of an MLB baseball game at Minute Maid Park on Tuesday, April 19, 2022 in Houston.
J. C. Hartman throws out the first pitch with Houston Astros manager Dusty Baker Jr. before the start of an MLB baseball game at Minute Maid Park on Tuesday, April 19, 2022 in Houston.Karen Warren/Staff photographer

Also throwing out a first pitch was 88-year-old J.C. Hartman, the first Black player in Astros franchise history. Hartman played 90 games for the Colt .45s in 1962 and 1963 before going on to become a Houston police officer.



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