Muoio and Mascot….The Astros are coming


Mayor Jeri Muoio, left, with Orbit, the Houston Astros mascot.

They say the appearance of a robin is a harbinger of springtime. But Thursday’s harbinger was the green alien mascot of the Houston Astros, Orbit.


Orbit beamed into city hall to present Mayor Jeri Muoio with an Astros jersey with her name on it, in time for the start of spring training at the new Ballpark of the Palm Beaches. The major leaguers — Astros and Washington Nationals — hit the practice fields on Feb. 18 and a month of spring training games starts on the 28th.

The Nationals’ mascot, an eagle named Screech, likely will be swooping in for public appearances soon, as well. Not to worry, Jason Wooden, Vice-President of Marketing for the Astros, said: Orbit and Screech get along well. “It’s a very very friendly rivalry,” he said.


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