Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Further Astro reaction

In a larger McTaggart piece on the reaction from the Astros themselves, we hear from:

"Certainly I'd love to get together with him before we get started at some point to meet him and talk to him and see kind of what he's all about and that sort of thing. It's weird because at least with the other managers we've had, going into the season we knew a little bit about him. He's kind of an unknown to me, but I'm looking forward to getting to know him. I've heard great things."

Hitting coach Sean Berry, who lives close to Mills:
"He's got everything you need to be a successful manager and bringing those intangibles and that experience from Boston, that should really help him."

Bud Norris, who played with Mills' son in the AFL:
"He had a good demeanor and good approach. It's good to hear him say the fact he appreciates the veteran guys and he's going to push them and it sounds great because I know he's going to push me, too, and I liked to be pushed. If we can fill in those last pieces in the lineup card, we should have a good outlook for next year."

Hunter Pence:
"We all have to get to know each other and really get on the same page and get started winning and get a winning attitude and mentality. It's the first time since I've been here a manager has come in from outside the organization, so I'm just looking forward to seeing what he's going on. Ed Wade and Drayton and all the Astros management believe in this guy. He must have something going on and he was with a winning ballclub in Boston. It's exciting to have a leader like that."