For a few years it has felt like Ketchup made the Condiments Hall of Fame, while Mustard was left waiting…..Like Laurel got a star on the Walk of Fame while Hardy was left on the outside.
When Craig Biggio made the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2015, fans were left hanging waiting for the other shoe to drop and today that shoe hit the ground in a thundering way as Jeff Bagwell joined his long time playing partner in election to Cooperstown.
ESPN’s Tim Kurkjian even calls it a “good day for baseball”.
Over time seven other former Astro players made it into the Hall. Randy Johnson and Eddie Matthews had partial years here, Don Sutton, Robin Roberts and Nellie Fox all made late career two season tours with Houston and Joe Morgan and Nolan Ryan both had longer term stints with the Astros that made their enshrinement with other caps on their heads painful.
But Bagwell and Biggio were never anything but Houston Astros and now, just as they were conjoined in lording over the Astros clubhouse for many seasons, they will be where they both belong together in the Hall of Fame.
One or the other is the greatest Astro of all time. Bagwell is 1st in HR/RBI/BB/SF and is 2nd in Games/ABs/Runs/Hits/Doubles/HBP and TB to Biggio. He is also 2nd in BA to Jose Altuve and barely 2nd in OBP/SLG/OPS to Lance Berkman. Heck, the medium speed 1B is 6th all time in SBs for the Astros. And obviously he accomplished a ton in his 15 seasons and we can only speculate what he would have toted up in 20 seasons like Biggio and without the injuries.
But it does not matter today. The steroid speculation, the shortened career, the post season struggles all do not matter anymore, because Jeff Bagwell was honored today for what he did and no longer punished for what others thought he might have done.