In 2015, Astros fans celebrated when Craig Biggio was rewarded for his achievements by being inducted into Baseball’s Hall of Fame. This Sunday, those fans get their chance again.
After waiting for years, Astros legend Jeff Bagwell will be enshrined in Cooperstown, New York. Bagwell was elected earlier this year, and says now that induction day is finally here, he is a little nervous.
“It’s coming quick. It’s sneaking up on me real quick. It’ll be special,” Bagwell stated.
Bagwell came to the Astros in one of the more famous trades in history. The Astros sent Larry Andersen to Boston for Bagwell in 1990, and Bagwell says things could not have turned out any better for him.
“I got to play every day. There was no pressure on me. On a winning team you know you have to produce right away. We were in a rebuilding phase,” Bagwell said.
Bagwell’s career was cut short because of shoulder problems, and he says that was from too much weightlifting. It’s the one regret he has.
“I enjoyed it so much. I pushed too much weight. I was told I shouldn’t do that because it would hurt my throwing. But I enjoyed it so much I continued to do it,” Bagwell explained.
Sunday’s induction ceremonies also features Tim Raines and Ivan ‘Pudge’ Rodriguez, who played for the Astros during the 2009 season.
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