Thursday, September 3, 2009

The real reason the Astros wanted Boone back? For something good to talk about.

Congratulations to Aaron Boone, who returned to Major-League action yesterday.

“It’s great to get back out there and be a part of a real game. It didn’t go our way, but it’s good to get out there and get the competitive juices flowing and deal with your nerves.”

“Well, I’m just tickled that the guy’s back and healthy, first of all. That’s important because health comes first. It looks like he’s got all the clean bills of health and all the things and he’s good to go. This is all secondary, but I know he’s excited, and I’m excited for him. He’s a good person. You know he’s worked hard to get to this point.”

“He’s a great character guy. That’s one of the reasons we signed him in the first place. I don’t know too many guys who make the effort to come back from open-heart surgery, and it’s really incredible that he can, considering the procedure he had done. I thought he was done permanently, not just this year. It’s a testament to him wanting to come back. It’s great that he’s going to get an opportunity to play. And everybody across baseball is happy to see him out there.”