Richard Bray, Sports Editor of the Brenham Banner-Press, reflects on Brenham native Cecil Cooper:
"It’s possible that the Astros can find a manager who will turn things around, maybe even one who can inspire this core group of players on to the playoffs next season.
But the Astros won’t find someone with a greater appreciation for the game of baseball, or anyone who could match his dignity.
He may not have gotten that World Series ring for the Astros, but Cooper represented that team and his hometown as well as anybody could have asked. He truly is one of the nice guys in baseball, and that shouldn’t be lost in the disappointments of the Astros’ 2009 season."