Houston Astros mascot to “orbit” around West Palm Beach this week

Don’t be surprised to see a large furry baseball mascot hanging out in West Palm Beach this week.

To help advance the arrival of the Houston Astros’ baseball team to their new spring training complex, the team’s mascot – Orbit – will make several appearances around town on Wednesday and Thursday.

Orbit, the Houston Astros mascot. (Photo courtesy of Astros)

Orbit, the Houston Astros mascot. (Photo courtesy of Astros)

Some of the appearances are open to the public. Here’s the schedule.

WEDNESDAY

Orbit and the Astros’ promotional team will arrive from Houston with the team’s equipment truck at The Ballpark of the Palm Beaches early Wednesday morning. That’s open to the media only.

At 10 a.m., Orbit will spend an hour at the Palm Beach Children’s Hospital at St. Mary’s Medical Center on 45th Street. Media only.

At 12:30 p.m., the Astros’ promotional team will be at Duffy’s Sports Bar at 721 Village Blvd. That is open to the public and will last until 2 p.m.

From 4-7 p.m., Orbit and the promotional team will visit the Palm Beach Gardens Youth Athletic Association at 4301 Burns Rd. in Palm Beach Gardens. Open to public.

THURSDAY

At 8:30 a.m. Thursday, Orbit will host an anti-bullying show for students at Egret Lake Elementary School in West Palm Beach. School only.

From 10:30 a.m. to noon, Orbit will stroll down Clematis Street and ride the trolley.

He will be at Duffy’s Sports Bar at 225 Clematis St. from 12:30 p.m to 2 p.m. At 2:30 p.m., Orbit will head over to City Hall to meet with Mayor Jeri Muoio.

No Astros players will attend but they will report to spring training in West Palm Beach on Feb. 14.

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