Biggio came into tonight’s game needing just 3 hits to reach The Big One and he singled in the third, singled in the 5th (it should really have been a ROE as Atkins should have had more than enough time to throw him out, but hey, it was the hometown scorer) and drove in a run with a single he tried to stretch into a double in the 7th, ruining Aaron Cook’s shutout bid.
But the night was far from over.
Biggio singled to lead off the 9th, but was erased on Pences fielder’s choice. He then beat out an infield single to short with 2 out in the 11th – hustle all the way, every hit, every time, no matter the score. And this was the first time he had a 5 hit night since Opening Day 2001, and he hammered the first nail into the Rockies coffin in the Astros 4th come from behind win in the bottom of the 9th victory this year.
I know it’s not good for marketing purposes, but THIS was the way to make a mark.
Biggio NEEDS to be remembered for being the great player he was for so many years – one of the 10 best players of the 1990s. I wrote a retrospective on Biggio’s career for his 40th birthday a few years back – click here to read.
He was a no doubt about it Hall Of Famer at that time. This was just gilding the lily, as the saying goes.