IOWA CITY, Ia. — As he stood on the field at Kinnick Stadium field Saturday with AC/DC blaring in the background, Bo Porter felt transported in time.
The body language of the youngest manager in Major League Baseball had find-me-some-pads written all over it.
“It’s awesome,” said Porter, a baseball player and defensive back for Iowa who lettered in football from 1992-94. “My adrenaline is flowing and I’m not even playing.”
Porter played three major-league seasons with the Cubs, As and Rangers after being drafted by Chicago in 1993. He’s known by more Iowa fans, though, as one of the Hawkeyes’ football MVPs as a senior.
This season, Porter took over Houston — the team with baseball’s worst record in 2012. The Astros changed leagues, but not immediate fortunes, as the shift to the American League West resulted in the fewest wins in the sport (51).
Porter said the Astros front office realized that the transition would take some time — and feels optimistic that results will show in lap two.
“Coming into the season, all I knew was that I had a second baseman in Jose Altuve,” said Porter, 41. “Now I know I have an All-Star catcher in Jason Castro, I have a potential Gold Glove third baseman in Matt Dominguez, we have Chris Carter who can hit home runs and our young pitchers are coming along.
“A lot of the pieces are coming together.”
As the volume of the pregame music Saturday rose, it caused Porter to rewind his time wearing black and gold.
“It seems like yesterday that I was actually playing on this very field,” he said. “My wife and I were walking around and I said, I’ve never really experienced the pregame atmosphere because I’ve always bee in the locker room.
“I said, ‘This is pretty cool.’ It’s exciting.”
The game-day experience at Iowa, Porter said, is unique.
“I’ve been to NFL stadiums,” he said, “ and Kinnick Stadium is an NFL atmosphere in a college town.”
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