The 79th installment of the league’s mid-season classic is scheduled for Tuesday, June 30, at Whataburger Field. First pitch is 7:30 and fans will enjoy a postgame fireworks Show at the “Ballpark by the Bay,” plus a pregame home run derby.
“Time and again, CITGO has stepped up to the plate to support the community’s quality of life through our national pastime,” Hooks founder and Houston Astros president Reid Ryan said. “We are delighted to team up with CITGO on what promises to be an afternoon and evening of remarkable entertainment.”
“CITGO has been a great friend of the Hooks since the very beginning,” team president Ken Schrom said. “I like to think the Hooks are entrenched in the Coastal Bend; certainly that is the case with CITGO. Meaningful community service through volunteerism and social responsibility through development programs help set CITGO apart.
“We are attracted to many of our sponsors by shared values and vice-versa. That is certainly the case with CITGO.”
“CITGO is passionate about baseball and about doing good in the neighborhoods we serve,” Doyle Dommert, vice president/general manager of CITGO Corpus Christi Refinery, said. “CITGO has a long history of supporting baseball and its diverse athletes who help enrich our communities through this beautiful sport.”
The 2015 All-Star Game is one of numerous notable projects in CITGO-Hooks history.
In 2007, a CITGO-National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum tribute to Latino baseball players was on display at Whataburger Field and enjoyed by the public during the season’s second half. That same year, the 50-foot CITGO sign was installed beyond the right-field wall. It’s reminiscent of the iconic 50-year-old trimark at Fenway Park. Houston’s Minute Maid Park also sports a CITGO sign.
Since 2009, Hooks fans have enjoyed the famed CITGO jersey series. Thirty unique jerseys – five per season – with six different themes have been distributed to patrons at Whataburger Field.
Corpus Christi has hosted the Texas League All-Star Game on one previous occasion and Hooks second baseman Jonny Ash was the hero. The South Division edged the North at Whataburger Field, 5-4 in 10 innings, on June 26, 2007, before 8,676.
Ash’s walk-off base hit through the left side off Tulsa right-hander Ryan Mattheus scored Frisco RoughRider Casey Benjamin from third base. In an ironic twist, Ash and Mattheus were the last players added to their respective squads.