Hoes on being traded

I’ll have a full story up later on Orioles.com, but here is what LJ Hoes had to say about being traded from his hometown Baltimore team to the Houston Astros…

[on the move]
“My mind’s just racing. I kind of got my dream come true the other day, getting to start for the hometown team. Now, getting traded and going to the opposite dugout and locker room, I’m going to be able to make another start tonight and play against the Orioles. It’s different. I never saw it coming but it’s part of the game, it’s part of life so I’ve just got to keep it moving.”
“I look at it as a positive thing. This is a key piece they feel like can help in getting them over the hump. Knowing that another team values you that much to give up one of the keys pieces on their team to acquire you and help them build a future. So I’m going to go over there in Houston, hopefully [if I] work hard and go over there and start winning some games and make it to the playoffs [in] a couple years.”

[Did it hit you yet?]
“It’s still all surreal. Talking to [Adam] Jonesey this morning, I was staying with him, and he was saying, ‘You could get traded. You never know.’ As the day went on and I got here, I went outside and did some work with [outfield coach Wayne] Kirby. Came back in and saw Twitter, saw on MLB Network that I got traded. Now just kind of trying to make sure my family’s all situated, they’re all coming to the game tonight. It’s kind of a whirlwind but I’m enjoying it.”

[on going to Houston]
“I’m definitely excited for the opportunity to start with Houston and hopefully I’ll be able to play a lot and help them build a future over there with a lot of young talent they have. With Altuve and now Cozart and Robbie Grossman and some of the young guys they have over there. So hopefully I can go over there and be able to contribute any way I can.”

[on leaving his hometown team]
“It’s rough because I have a great relationship with some of the guys, [Adam] Jones, [Manny] Machado and even J.J [Hardy]., I went fishing with him a couple times in spring training. You develop that relationship but you also have to understand that this is a business and the Orioles are in contention to make it to the playoffs and they feel like they have to add another arm to help them get there. So it’s something I understand and I wish those guys the best of luck. I think they have a tremendous team, tremendous guys over there and I hope they are able to make it back to the playoffs.”

[On being traded to a team across the field]
“Yeah, I’m going to have to go down the hall, get ready for BP I guess, meet the coaches and stuff. Talk to some of the players, get familiar with some of their stuff, learn the signs and then strap it on at 7 o’clock and take on the Orioles. Definitely a lot going on right now, but hopefully I’ll have some time to slow it down and take everything in and play baseball.”

[on his talk with Orioles manager Buck Showalter]
“Pretty much I just thanked Buck for everything that he’s done. He’s a great manager and has taught me a lot, I’ve learned a lot from him. It seems like he really liked me a lot. We had a good conversation and stuff like that. He said this is a great opportunity for me to go over there and be able to play every day. ‘It’s definitely going to be tough to be able to get an opportunity here [in Baltimore], we have three gold-glove outfielders out there. Just go over there and make the best of the opportunity and play hard.’”

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WOW- what a great column!!

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