Jeff Bagwell thanked plenty of people Sunday during his induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame, from his family to former coaches.
Of course, you knew he’d thank Craig Biggio, his longtime teammate with the Astros, but his heartfelt thanks were even more touching than you’d expect.
Biggio played alongside Bagwell during the first baseman’s entire 15-year career in Houston, and the two players were close on and off the field, as were their families. They’re both commemorated with statues outside the Astros’ Minute Maid Park, second baseman Biggio hurling a ball to an outstretched Bagwell at first.
And now the two Astros legends are enshrined in Cooperstown together (Biggio was inducted in 2015). Biggio appeared in a video introducing Bagwell at his introduction, and Bagwell gaves his thanks near the end of his acceptance speech.
“The last teammate I want to talk about obviously is Craig Biggio,” Bagwell said. “Thank you, kid, for that wonderful intro. That was great.
“Craig could do anything that he wanted to. You’ll never meet a player who ever put more effort and time into his craft than Craig. As I sit here today and we go in the hall of fame … Craig and I, in Houston, we were known to be together, ‘Biggio and Bagwell, Biggio and Bagwell, Bagwell and Biggio,’ however you want to say it. But now we’re here, and we’ll always be here in the hall of fame together.
“I can’t thank you enough for just giving me inspiration to how to play every single day. … Go out there and give it everything you can. And Craig and I just wanted to win, and we wanted to win one way, and that was the right way, and I hope that’s what we did. I really thank Craig for that.”
In case you missed it, here’s Biggio’s video intro for Bagwell’s induction.
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Bagwell also remembered several former teammates who have passed away, including Darryl Kile, Ken Caminiti, Jose Lima and Andujar Cedeno.
“Lastly I want to thank the Astros fans. You guys have been absolutely wonderful,” Bagwell said. “I can’t tell you how much being around you guys in the city have shown me the love … my family, it’s where my kids were born, it’s where my kids were raised. I love you so much for everything that you’ve done for me.”