Porter named Iowa's honorary captain for homecoming

Porter named Iowa's honorary captain for homecoming

CLEVELAND -- Astros manager Bo Porter will serve as the honorary captain for the University of Iowa football team when it faces Michigan State during its homecoming game Oct. 5 in Iowa City, Iowa. He spoke with Iowa head coach Kirk Ferentz about the honor on Friday.

Porter was a three-year football letterman at Iowa from 1992-94, earning team MVP honors as a senior. He was also Iowa's starting center fielder in '93, hitting .318 with 33 RBIs, eight doubles, four home runs and nine stolen bases.

"It's going to be exciting," he said. "My wife [Stacey] and I always go back. To be asked to be honorary captain, it's an honor, especially at a place where you played. It's always an exciting time to see the University of Iowa play, but it's even more exciting when you start to factor in homecoming and having a bunch of your teammates back in town."

Porter said he will attend the team's walkthrough the Friday prior to the game and talk to the players pregame. There will be a homecoming dinner Friday night that he and his wife will attend before being on the field for the coin flip.

Brian McTaggart is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, Tag's Lines. Follow @brianmctaggart on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.