Biggio on Pace for Milestones
Earlier I posted about the 10,000 franchise losses soon to be accomplished by the Phillies, but there's a milestone about to be reached in our own division.
Craig Biggio of the Houston Astros will soon achieve 3,000 hits. Perhaps not so impressive to Reds fans, but hardly a number to sneeze at. He's still three short of this milestone, and, apparently someone loves the suspense, because he got the day off today in the Astros' 6-3 loss to the Brewers.
Of course, I won't be really impressed until he gets 3,000 HPB, but since he's currently sitting on 283 (just four short of Hughie Jennings), I'm guessing I won't get to see that particular achievement. But imagine how amazing that would be: he'd be like a human quilt with all the stitch marks in his skin.
Thanks for the tip from AstroCast. Facts from The Official Site of the Houston Astros and Plunk Biggio.
PS - Since I'm apparently writing about the Astros tonight, you can find out more about the team at Astro Asylum, where all those crazy Astronomicals fans hang out.
Biggio didn’t just get the three hits he needed, but five tonight! He is now the 27th player to break the 3000 barrier.
I kind of missed this thread because the weekend of June 29 was a busy one for me. There was a nationwide disaster preparedness exercise that weekend, and I’m co-coordinator of an emergency communications team which, naturally, participated…and then one of my guys half-fell and half-jumped off a ladder and busted up his foot and leg. Plus, I was asked to write a hurry-up feature article for the magazine I write for so I had work to do besides.
But, I digress. I am not, never have been, and never will be an Astros fan, but Biggio in my mind is a Hall of Famer. He’s the kind of guy I can look at and wish he played for the Reds (and we have a bona fide HOF’er of our own here right now in Ken Griffey, Jr.). We have Griffey and Dunn hitting homers more frequently than almost anybody else in the league, but because we don’t have enough guys like Biggio getting on base in front of them, we get games where Junior homers twice while the Reds lose 3-2.
More than 10,000 guys have played major league baseball. Only 27 have ever reached the 3000-hit milestone. Then he refuses to soak up the limelight all by himself despite having every right to do so, and goes and drags Jeff Bagwell out on the field with him, reminding everybody that baseball is a team game after all. Class act. Dust off a spot in Cooperstown for this guy, he deserves it.