Bidge is In – A Great Day for Houston Sports By Dan Peschong
I met Craig Biggio once in my life. Years tend to run together, but I think it was 1991, his last year as a full time catcher. They were opening a store called Sports Town out in Sugar Land, which disappeared almost as quickly as it came. The store announced that Craig was going to sign autographs for the first 200 fans and so I took my two oldest sons who were playing little league at the time along with a couple of Biggio baseball cards and went off to meet a real major leaguer.
He came cruising in a couple minutes late, but I have to say. He was great! He did not just sign cards and hand them back, but he asked the kids if they played, what position, how they liked it, etc. It was a very positive experience and stuck in my mind as we watched him develop into an All Star and then an icon.
Along with his great way with kids, the other thing that struck me about him was his size. He is listed at 5’-11” – but, I doubt it – maybe in his wife’s high heels. There are pro athletes you see and say – that person is such a physical freak – I could never be like him or her. With Biggio – he looked like an altar boy (which I imagine he was once), Beaver Cleaver as an adult, a normal sized everyman.
I’m not going to talk about his stats that helped cement him into the Hall. I want to talk about how he played the game. He was not the biggest, fastest or strongest guy to play the game. But very few players ever played harder than Bidge – he played the game the right way. It is surprising that the infield in the Astrodome and Enron/MMP did not have erosion problems like Galveston Beach after a hurricane with how much dirt he took home every day on his uniform.
It has been a tough year for Houston sports fans. The Astros continued their search for bottom.
Craig Biggio – hard-nosed altar boy, dirty scamp, doubles machine, baseball pin cushion, great Astro — and now Hall of Famer. It is a very great day for Houston Sports.