Welcome to Appy Astros, a blog dedicated to following current & former Greeneville Astros, the Appalachian League affiliate of the Houston Astros. Here you will find reports on current G-Stros, updates on the development of former G-Stros and occasionally an update on what has happened to the guys who have hung up their spikes.

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Towles Goes Deep

J. R. Towles hit his first home run of the season last night. This lead Chronicle columnist Richard Justice to pen the following about J.R.:

...there’s something special about a guy who keeps peeling himself off the canvas and getting up to try again. For three straight seasons, Towles has been summoned to the manager’s office and told he wasn’t good enough.

He must really love baseball if he’s willing to keep starting over in the minor leagues. Somewhere deep inside him, there must be both an inner-toughness and an inner-confidence.

Don’t you root for guys like that? Aren’t guys like J.R. Towles the ones we talk about when we try to define character and fight and resilience in professional sports?

This is exactly why I pull for J.R. and other players like him. Let's hope this year is his year.

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