Cavan Biggio plays first game at Minute Maid Park
It has been a long time since Bob Ford's booming voice over the sound system at Minute Maid Park has mentioned the iconic name Biggio during a starting lineup read.
With the Toronto Blue Jays in town to open a three-game series on Friday, for the first time since 2007 he got the chance to do it again - this time for Hall of Famer Craig Biggio's son Cavan.
"My first at-bat I felt a little emotional just because the announcer's voice I've heard his voice so many times announcing Biggio, so it was pretty cool," Biggio said following a 1-for-4 night.
The similarities between Cavan and his father were eerily close.
"At the end of the day it's Biggio leading off, playing second in Minute Maid Park," Biggio said. "So, overall it's really cool and a great experience for me and my family."
After striking out his first two at-bats against Gerrit Cole, Biggio finally connected with a pitch in the fifth driving it to dead center field and banging it off the wall for his first career double.
As Cavan stood on second, just feet away from where him and his brother Conor rushed out to years ago to be hoisted up by their dad after his 3,000th career hit, the 34,000-plus in attendance gave him an ovation.
"I was just glad Tal's Hill wasn't there anymore," Biggio said with a laugh. "Marisnick probably catches it. It was pretty cool, had a bunch of friends and family here. I think it just goes to show the amount of respect the name Biggio holds in this stadium. I think it's cool for me but it's even a better tribute to my father and what he did."
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Recording a double for his first hit at Minute Maid Park as a major leaguer, is special, considering who his father is.
In his Hall of Fame career, of the 3,060 hits for Craig, 668 of them were doubles. Now, Cavan just has 667 more to hit to catch dad in that column.
"Couldn't really write a better script where he had a million doubles and now I get my first one here. Now I have 1,000 more to go to catch up to him. It's pretty cool. Probably would have gone to third if it was a closer game but didn't really want to push it there. Overall, it's a pretty cool feeling."