Thursday, September 24, 2009

Think you're having a tough day?

The Astros' coaching staff is probably worse.

Problem is, nobody knows who's coming back. And Easy Eddie told everyone to go ahead and start looking for jobs, if they want (which is like your landlord saying, "Go ahead and pack up, and you can leave if you want.").

Hitting coach Sean Berry:
"It's a tough time for us, because of the uncertainty. It's a tough time on your families and stuff like that. That's the worst part about this game. This is a pressure cooker up here. That's the unfortunate thing. You work to get to the top and over the years, there's probably been some warranted and some unwarranted decisions that are made, but that's the nature of the business. The problem is there are so few jobs. It's one of the tough things. I grew up with some of these kids that are now men, from Hunter [Pence] to all these guys, really. I would rather stay here the rest of my career, but that's tough to do. There are few situations in baseball where it happens, and those are some of the most successful situations."

1st base/outfielder coach Jose Cruz:
"I'm going to wait just like everybody else and see what happens. I've been here 13 years [as a coach]. This is a tough job, and I'm just happy doing what I'm doing, coaching the outfielders and coaching first base."

Pitching coach Dewey Robinson:
"I guess it's just part of the business. There are rewards for having a job like this. It's very rewarding, but at the same time, you know it can be very temporary, so you just try to take the good with the bad. All I'm trying to do is get my name out there in case I don't come back, so that I do land on my feet. I've got to pay bills. I hope I get a chance to come back, but I also understand the uncertainty of things where the manager should have the right to hire his own pitching coach and hitting coach, because those are very important positions. I'm very thankful to Ed and Tal and Coop for giving me a chance in his position... I'm glad my wife has a full-time job.

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