Now Commenting On:

Houston native Loney recalls rooting for Astros

Houston native Loney recalls rooting for Astros

Houston native Loney recalls rooting for Astros
HOUSTON -- Dodgers first baseman James Loney said it will seem weird next year when the Astros move to the American League.

Loney grew up in Houston, cheering for Astros legends Craig Biggio and Jeff Bagwell. He remembered the excitement when Houston acquired left-hander Randy Johnson in 1998.

"I remember going to games back at the Dome," Loney said of the old Astrodome, where the Astros played before 2000.

Loney, who hit a solo shot in the second inning Saturday off Astros starter Kyle Weiland, played several high school playoff games at the Astrodome and one at Minute Maid Park, current home of the Astros.

"It was cool, getting the chance to play in a big league park in high school," he said.

Loney starred as a pitcher in high school as well as with his hitting. He posted a 9-1 record with a 1.08 ERA his senior year at Elkins High School. He also batted .509 with eight homers and 56 RBIs.

"They pretty much told me they wanted me as a hitter," said, a first-round Draft choice of the Dodgers in 2002. "I thought about [pitching]."

He still owns a home in Houston and said he is "back-and-forth" between southeast Texas and the West Coast. He contributed a double in a 1-for-4 performance in Friday night's 3-1 win at Minute Maid Park.

Matt Carpenter, St. Louis' rookie first baseman, and Chad Huffman, an outfielder for the Indians, were teammates of Loney's in high school when Elkins won the state championship his senior year.

Boys and Girls Club of America

©2014 MLBAM, LP. All rights reserved.

The following are trademarks or service marks of Major League Baseball entities and may be used only with permission of Major League Baseball Properties, Inc. or the relevant Major League Baseball entity: Major League, Major League Baseball, MLB, the silhouetted batter logo, World Series, National League, American League, Division Series, League Championship Series, All-Star Game, and the names, nicknames, logos, uniform designs, color combinations, and slogans designating the Major League Baseball clubs and entities, and their respective mascots, events and exhibitions. Use of the Website signifies your agreement to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy (updated May 24, 2013).

View MLB.com in English | En Español