The impact of Hurricane Harvey has been widespread, but being in the direct route of the storm, the city of Houston was hit particularly hard. With the flooding now subsiding, and attention turning to recovery, Astros pitcher Joe Musgrove took to the mound wearing a very special pair of footwear in support of his team's hometown.
When the Astros returned to Houston for their first home series since the storm hit, the team traveled to the GRB Convention Center on Friday which was being used as an emergency shelter for victims of the storm who'd been forced from their homes. Musgrove brought along an all-white pair the Adidas PowerAlley 5 with an idea in mind.
He told the Sporting News that it was an opportunity to give the kids something to be excited about, and let them design, color, sign, and draw on the cleats however they liked. “I told them I was going to wear them, told them ‘Watch the game tomorrow and you might see your name on TV and see the shoes and know you’re a part of it.’ So that was really special.”
Musgrove says that close to 50 people signed the cleats, and that they would be authenticated and auctioned off to raise money for the relief effort. "I feel like we were carrying everybody in our hearts today, and having the shoes on my feet was a constant reminder of what some people are going through and how fortunate we are.”
Check out a closer look at the cleats below.