Houston Astros Player Funds High School Pizza Party

AP US History has never been so tasty.

By Ethan L. Johns
November 16, 2017

Image: James Yasco/Twitter

When you send a tweet out into the ether, you never really know who’s going to find it. Sometimes they go unnoticed. Other times, however, they get picked up by a World Series-winning Houston Astros player, who offers to buy pizza for your whole AP US History class.

James Yasco, a history teacher at Waco High School in Waco, Texas, is a Houston Astros fan in Dallas-based Texas Rangers territory. So when he told his class in August that he would buy them pizza if the then-struggling Astros won the World Series, the kids shrugged.

Well, the Astros ended up winning it all in November, and the class got its pizza party. Yasco jokingly snapped a picture of the Little Caesars boxes and tweeted it at the Astros to tell them just how much money their win had cost him: $54. He was naturally surprised when Astros first baseman Tyler White replied, “Got venmo?

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“If you’re serious, I'll set up a Venmo account. These kids would flip if they found out a member of the World Champion Astros bought them pizza,” said Yasco in response.

But White was dead serious, and sent $60 to Yasco the following day.

"I was totally kidding," Yasko said. "It wasn't like I couldn't afford to pay rent because of the pizza party."

Ask and ye shall (sometimes) receive. You never know; your baseball heroes might just become your pizza heroes.

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About Ethan L. Johns

Ethan is the Food News Writer at Genius Kitchen. An expert on the Parisian bistrot, he likes bitters and salted butters, and is no fan of dessert unless it's made with fruit. His hobbies include reading up on the history of borscht and attempting to roll perfect couscous by hand. Twits & Instagram @EthanLJohns