Biggio holds court with several Astros

Biggio holds court with several Astros
August 29, 2013, 7:15 pm
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About four hours before Thursday’s game with the Seattle Mariners, former Astros great Craig Biggio was around Robbie Grossman’s locker, holding court with Grossman, Matt Dominguez, L.J. Hoes, Chris Carter and Brett Wallace.

Biggio, who is a special assistant to general manager Jeff Luhnow, was just being one of the guys, talking about what ballplayers talk about in a clubhouse.

“We were just getting caught up with baseball stuff and talking about life, baseball and travel,” said Biggio, who accumulated 3,060 career hits.”I enjoy that part of it. That’s the fun part.

“You’re here every day for the most part and to get to know these guys. Communication and dialogue is the number one thing for success. You learn a lot. You get an opportunity to ask questions, to ask what’s going on with their life. Just normal clubhouse stuff that goes on inside.”

The conversation between Biggio and the Astros players lasted about 20 minutes and touched on several subjects, some which included baseball.

“He came over and sat down like he’s one of us,” said Dominguez. “He did it (20 years in the majors) for so long. It’s awesome that a guy like that, how much he’s done in this game, talk to us and talk about when he played, talk about (Chicago’s) Chris Sale, how fast he looked.

“Just normal stuff you talk about with your teammates. Stuff that happened in his day and tell us stories. To talk to a guy like that is pretty special.”

It was extremely special for Grossman, a product of Cy-Fair High School.

“If you can pick up a little bit off of him, that can go a long ways,” said Grossman. “That tells you what kind of person he is, that he comes in here and talks baseball.

“It’s awesome, especially being a kid growing up in Houston. I listened to what he had to say and see how it can resonate with me and help me become a better player.”