Another Ryan Joins The Houston Astros
by: Pat Hernandez, May 17, 2013 5:05:00 pm
Reid Ryan called coming back to Houston both a homecoming and the pinnacle of his career in baseball.
"It's a honor and a privilege to get to work in this game. You know, my goal really is that I'm a caretaker for the game and I want to leave this game — whether it's being here a couple of years, or being here a long time — I want to leave the game better than I found it. And that's gonna be my goal, and if we do that, then we'll have had some success."
Ryan was a bat boy during their 80s, while his father, Hall-of-Famer Nolan Ryan was a pitcher. After the brief news conference, Reid's proud father said things will be different when it comes to baseball matters.
"It'll be different because it'll be the business side of it, and the relation side of it with the fans. And Reid's a thinker outside the box and he's shown that with the success that we've had in Round Rock and Corpus. So I'll be observing like a lot of other people, about what happens down here and be very supportive of it."
Team owner Jim Crane called it a big day for both the team and Reid, and looks forward to his contribution in helping turn things around.
"We'd like to win some ballgames on the field. I think that would keep everybody happy. So, we're focused on that right now, and just continue to execute the plan. We'll get Reid up to speed with the staff, we have a little gathering with the staff for him after this, introduce him to everybody and get him acclimated. I don't think it'll take him very long to hit the ground running."
The 41 year old Ryan will be responsible for all of the Astros business operations and will report directly to Crane. He replaces former president and CEO George Postolos, who resigned earlier this week.