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Wright: Porter 'lives and dies and breathes baseball'

HOUSTON -- Monday's CAREavan stop in Houston marked the first time that Astros pitcher Wesley Wright, the longest current tenured member of the club, had a chance to talk extensively with first-year manager Bo Porter, who will be the third full-time manager Wright has played for while with the Astros (Cecil Cooper, Brad Mills).

"I definitely think Bo is a passionate guy," Wright said. "He lives and dies and breathes baseball. The fact he's able to pass on his energy and passion to his players is going to be very important during the course of a long season, and when times are a little tough, to have someone to keep you motivated and focused on the task at hand."

Porter said how he approaches his job will set a tone with the players.

"One of the main jobs as a manager is to show up every day, and you want to basically have a sense of pride, because that energy is contagious," he said. "It's contagious throughout the clubhouse, it's contagious after we take the field. Not just myself, but the staff included, we all talked about it. We will set the tone for the ballclub every day, and they will start to display that."