Saturday, February 14, 2009

Your Houston Astros, the hardest working team in show business

Some great comments on the intangibles from under-utilized outfielder Darin Erstad from his hometown paper:

“I really had a great time in Houston and with my teammates. We have a bunch of guys who approach the game the right way. It’s a scrappy group. They work very hard before the game and during the game. It’s probably the hardest-working team I’ve ever played on. I’m excited to get back and get started.”

On going from a two-time All-Star, everyday player to a utility role?
“It’s different and hard at first. But I can’t really be upset. I put myself in that situation with my injuries. For most players, the window for being an every-day player usually closes at some point. But I still love the game and love to step on the field.”

On the transition from the American League to the National League?
“With interleague play and guys moving from team to team, there just aren’t many teams or pitchers you don’t see from year to year. Historically, the NL has been more of a fastball league and the AL more off-speed stuff, but there’s really no big difference between the two."

Good article there, Dave Selvig.