January 14, 2013
Last night it was standing room
only for new Houston Astros Skipper Bo Porter
as he presented us with a number of "Oh
My" moments. An "Oh My" moment
is when during the normal course of an event
you suddenly recognize that someone is way ahead
of you and you are forced to react in a manner
you did not anticipate or are prepared for.
Such is Bo Porter's vision and passion for the
2013 Astros and how they will play baseball
by forcing the opposition to play faster than
they want to and force errors. It worked in
Washington and it can work in Houston.
45 SABR members were dazzled by
Bo's teaching concepts, many of which are based
on his former college football days at the University
of Iowa that helped shape the man he is today.
Not only will Bo and his staff tell his team
what to do in each situation but they will tell
them the how and why also, thus allowing each
player to play to their potential. Don't be
surprised if a football becomes a part of the
spring training experience.
The new manager spoke to us for
an hour and a half and answered numerous questions
too. It was an exciting and eye opening night
for all concerned.
Mike McCroskey and Herb Whalley
tied in the trivia contest with Mike winning
Our next meeting will be on Saturday
January 26th at the Home Plate Grill directly
across the street from Minute Maid Park starting
at 12 noon and will be a part of the National
SABR' Day in America activities. Come eat lunch
with us and share in the fun activities Matt
Remaniak and Stan Curtis have put together including
a display of the new Houston Astro uniforms,
a video on Monte Irvin's return to Cuba after
50 years, multiple trivia contests and a few
surprises. Please wear your favorite baseball
uniform plus participate in a book exchange.
Bring friends and lets talk some baseball.