Second Funkiest White Man in America
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!"