Yesterday, in Houston, 41-year-old Craig Biggio of the Astros became the 27th player in the history of Major League Baseball to get 3,000 hits. He went 5-6 in the Astros’ 11-inning victory over the Colorado Rockies. See here for the story. I have always felt a connection with Biggio for the following reason. In August 1988, I moved from Tucson, Arizona, where I had attended graduate school, to College Station, Texas, to take a one-year teaching position at Texas A&M University.  (I was ABD.) Craig Biggio was a rookie catcher in 1988. I read the Houston Chronicle during my year in College Station and listened to the Astros’ games on the radio. You might say that Houston was my adopted team, just as the Texas Rangers now are. Never would I have dreamed that, 19 years later, Biggio would still be playing, but here he is. He is a shoo-in for the National Baseball Hall of Fame. Have you ever heard the slightest negative thing about Biggio? He is a class act. If I had a son, I’d point to Biggio and say, “Be like him.”

Addendum: Here is the video of Biggio’s 3,000th hit. It gives me chills.