I freely admit that I am prone to knee jerk reaction and I over react to many things (spiders, snakes, small tight spaces, 100 lose seasons, etc.). So, when the announcement came of the hiring of Bo Porter my first reaction was, "WHAT THE.......". I was honestly hoping that Defrancesco would be the Astros manager going forward. I felt that he knew these young players and knew how to handle young players. I really liked the success he had had in his career, albeit in the minor leagues, but my opinion on that is winners win at all levels. So I was upset. Then I took a little time to see what Porter had done. He wasn't much of a player, but that doesn't really matter. Most really good managers were not good players. For instance; Tommy LaSorda. I consider him one of the greatest Managers of all time...he couldn't get out of the minors but he led the Dodgers to 4 Pennants and 2 World Series wins. So, Bo at least was in the Majors but ....who cares. I also wondered about his coaching experience and how well he would work with young players. Many good things popped right out as I searched. But slowly my little brain keyed in on one thing......He's the third base coach for the Nationals......the Nationals have SEVERAL young players......this guy knows how to work with young player. So, my anxiety slowly slipped away and I felt very good about this guy. Now, even I am even fairly enthusiastic about next season.
It does appear, on paper, that the Astros have made a wise choice. He understands what it means to be building. I don't believe we are rebuilding any longer....the building process should begin in 2013. With the handful of solid young players we have now, an injection of talent in the off-season via free agency and a young (40) hungry manager we may finally have something to get excited about. Something that even a negative, blow hard like me can get excited about and finally find some positives in a team that I have loved my whole life.....maybe too much at times.
You always hurt....the one you love. (Thank you Spike Jones)