Bo Porter wows Astros with energy at CAREavan
HOUSTON -- Last week's Astros CAREavan, in which manager Bo Porter and a handful of players made stops around the city and the state to spread excitement in advance of Spring Training, also served as a weeklong get-to-know-you event for the first-year Houston skipper.
Porter got his first chance last week to spend time and to finally talk face-to-face with several of the team's key players, including shortstop Jed Lowrie, second baseman Jose Altuve, catcher Jason Castro, first baseman Brett Wallace, outfielder Justin Maxwell and pitcher Lucas Harrell.
Porter was hired to replace Brad Mills in September, but he did not take his seat in the managerial chair until October, when the Astros players had already scattered for the winter. The players who got to spend time with Porter last week said he made a good first impression.
"I've gotten a chance to talk to him a little bit, and being here this week for the [CAREavan], I've had a chance to talk to him, too," Wallace said. "I think he's awesome. He seems like he's definitely got your back, and he's definitely passionate. I think any time you play for someone who's really into the game and invested and you know will be there every day with the same energy, the same passion, you want to fight for him. I think that's what we need. We need to go out there with that attitude of, 'We're never going to give in,' and see what happens."
As beneficial as it was for Porter to meet the players, he said their conversations were limited. The players and Porter will have plenty of time to get to know each other better when pitchers and catchers report to Kissimmee, Fla., in a little more than two weeks. They will be around one another every day for seven months..
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