HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- The Astros' rally nuns whitethorn not person made their mode wrong Minute Maid Park if it wasn't for Mattress Mack's precocious schoolhouse background.
During the American League Championship Series, it was hard to miss the Astros angels successful the outfield. In centerfield, a radical of astir 60 waved towels and cheered for the Houston team.
But they weren't your emblematic fans. Instead, it was a radical of nuns.
The sisters were capable to people tickets from Gallery Furniture's Jim McIngvale, besides known arsenic "Mattress Mack," who recalled it wasn't casual astatine first.
"My nuns request to beryllium doing acquisition plans for the children the adjacent day," McIngvale recalled. "I said, springiness them a break!"
McIngvale thought Astros fans would bask seeing the nuns, but helium had nary thought the attraction they'd receive.
"I thought radical would similar it," McIngvale recalled. "They're successful the Coke suite which is benignant of high. They emotion putting the TV camera wrong Minute Maid connected them."
The nuns are nary alien to Mattress Mack. They thatch a people wrong the schoolhouse astatine his furnishings store. But the transportation goes deeper.
"I went to the Dominican High School successful Dallas galore years ago," Mcingvale explained. "Bishop Lynch High School, my begetter founded that precocious schoolhouse 50 years agone and truthful I've been adjacent to immoderate of the Dominican priests and Dominican nuns for years."
Over the years, Mcingvale said he's donated mattresses and furnishings to the group. This time, helium decided connected Astros playoff tickets for the nuns.
"They've dedicated themselves to a cause. A singular cause. And, successful this time successful age, that's worthy admiring," McIngvale said.
It's an admiration Astros fans are falling successful emotion with arsenic good -- Angels successful the outfield that volition beryllium astatine the archetypal 2 games of the World Series.
"In galore ways, we're successful a acheronian property close now, and the nuns bring immoderate shining light, arsenic President Bush 41 would've said," McIngvale said.
The Astros haven't mislaid with the nuns here. They won crippled 1 and six of the ALCS with the nuns.
If they triumph the adjacent 2 games, ABC13 asked Mattress Mack if he'll alert the nuns to Atlanta. He hasn't gotten that far.
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