Josh Anderson Clubhouse Media Session: August 5
New Kid(s) on the Block
Newly acquired outfielder Josh Anderson spoke with the local media today for the first time since becoming a Kansas City Royal last Thursday. First and foremost was the health and status of his newly born son Easton Aaron Anderson. ‘My wife and child (Easton) are healthy and doing just fine, we are very blessed to have had such a healthy baby boy born yesterday morning at 8:11 a.m. in Somerset, Kentucky.” He went on to say that the name Easton is no way a reference to the sports-related brand name, nor does the middle name Aaron have anything to do with Hall of Fame great Hank Aaron.
Baseball was brought up in time and it was quickly made clear to reporters Anderson’s intentions and admiration for the Royals organization (mainly GM Dayton Moore) for giving him another shot at the big leagues. “I’m just glad to part of a team again, you never know in this game, I look forward to playing hard whenever called upon and I will do my best to contribute to this wonderful organization. Being in the big leagues is a great thing. I love playing the game of baseball. I just thank Dayton Moore and the Royals for giving me a second chance and standing by my family and I while our son was being born. They gave my family and I all the time we needed to go through this wonderful experience.”
Anderson was asked what his biggest asset is to the team, and where he thinks he’ll contribute the most. “My speed, I steal bases, use my legs to disrupt opponents and run down balls in the outfield, that is when I am most dangerous.” Royals fans, let me tell you, this gentlemen surely will not hurt the chemistry of this clubhouse, he was a class act to be around!
Manager Trey Hillman will be back for tonight’s game against the Seattle Mariners, although he couldn’t quite make it in time for the daily pregame media session. Hillman has been in Texas tending to family matters since Sunday night. “He is doing fine right now, we are really looking forward to having him back behind the bench tonight,” said bench coach John Gibbons.