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RodeoSchro

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Field of Dreams - It's Baseball Time!


Dang, it's a Sports Cornucopia! We've got March Madness; the Masters; the upcoming Rockets NBA championship run; and now.......BASEBALL!

Hopefully the anomaly of the Boston Red Sox's victory last year will be rectified with another Houston Astros' Words Series title. The 'Stros have gotten stronger, and recently locked up All-Star third baseman and The Second Coming of Craig Biggio, Alex Bregman, to a long-term deal. We've lost some pitching but added other pitchers, and Michael Brantley is tearing it up in Spring Training.

In non-Astros-related news, the Angles just made Mike Trout a gazillionaire; the Phillies added Bryce Harper (and made him a gazillionaire too); and I'm sure the Yankees bought whatever they wanted.

Plenty to discuss but the most important news of the day is this:

The Real Hit King retired today! Ichiro took the opportunity in the Marniers' season-opening series held in Japan to announce his permanent retirement. Click on this link and watch the video. It's really cool!

https://deadspin.com/ichi...1833460270


Batter up!

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Reply #1 posted 03/21/19 9:12am

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I thought I'd share my one and only Craig Biggio story. It's a classic!

Back in the mid-to-late 90's I was at an Astros game in the Astrodome. We were playing the Chicago Cubs and their catcher was a guy named Tyler Houston. Biggio was at bat, got some chin music, and hit the ground. When he got up, I didn't know what happened, but Biggio freaking LOST IT and I thought he was going to kill Tyler Houston.

Biggio NEVER got mad. EVER. I've been to, seen or listened to the vast majority of Biggio's games and this was the only time I ever saw him do anything like that. I had to know why!

Well, it took me 20 years but last year I got my answer. I ran into Biggio at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. He was riding in a golf cart and had stopped to sign autographs. There were probably about 100 people in the group, and a lot of them were kids.

I asked Biggio about that situation and what happened. He knew IMMEDIATELY what I was talking about. Here, in pretty much his exact words, was his response:

"That year Major League Baseball had a thing on about speeding up the game. The Cubs knocked me down with a pitch and Tyler thought I was taking too long to get up, and said so with some unkind words." (At this point, Biggio's eyes got wide and I swear a vein popped up on his neck.)

"I said, 'Shut the f*** up mother f***** or I'll rip your f****** neck off!' And then the umpire said, 'Yeah Tyler - shut the f*** up!'"

Z.O.M.G. I was speechless. I didn't even know Biggio knew those words, much less would say them in a crowd!

Biggio laughed and said, "Later on Tyler came to me and apologized". I said, "Well I never knew that but I hope that you appreciate that every time I saw that guy in a game, I booed my a** off!"

The end.

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Reply #2 posted 03/21/19 2:41pm

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Great story smile. And as a Cubs fan I have to say...fuck you Tyler! razz. Not that I'm a Biggio fan, but Tyler is but a forgotten footnote in Cubs lore. Funny, that the ump got involved and said something to a catcher like that. Usually, they have a special kind of relationship with catchers. Maybe it was a legend v/s chump pov that the ump was coming from razz.

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Reply #3 posted 03/22/19 7:24am

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Here's my other favorite player story, courtesy of my son:

He and his buddies were at an Astros/Diamondbacks game two years ago. They were about 3 rows up, behind the DBacks dugout.

All-Star/hometown guy Paul Goldschmidt came off the field at the end of an early inning and the fellas noticed he stumbled on the clubhouse steps. No big deal, except that he stumbled again going UP the steps to take the field.

So the boys very helpfully assisted Mr. Goldschmidt each time he entered/left the dugout by chanting "Step...step...step step step!" each time Goldschmidt negotiated the stairs.

After three innings of this Goldschmidt stopped at the dugout entrance, looked up at the fellas and said, "You guys are ASSHOLES!"

falloff Dang, talk about NO sense of humor!

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