A.J. Hinch received a warm reception from Houston Astros fans in his first game back at Minute Maid since being fired as manager and suspended by Major League Baseball.
Before the game, the Detroit Tigers manager exchanged hugs with Astros third baseman Alex Bregman, hitting coach Alex Cintron and second baseman Jose Altuve.
During a Zoom news conference with Houston-area reporters, Hinch struggled to find words to express how he’s feeling about returning to Minute Maid Park.
“I wish I had a great quote or the words or the right thing to say about what I’m feeling,” he said while admitting it’s “weird.”
“I do have to focus on the good things that happened here.”
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