These Astros fans drove 25 hours straight to see Craig Biggio inducted into the Hall of Fame
Cooperstown is teeming with Astros fans who haven't let a little thing like distance deter them from watching the first and, so far, only Astro to be inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum.
Thanks to four Astros fans who are here this weekend to salute Craig Biggio -- Jeffrey Fountain, Jennifer Fountain, Lauren Ward and Jason Plotkin -- we now know exactly how long it takes to drive from Houston to Cooperstown while making no overnight stops to sleep: 25 hours.
Stopping off only to eat and use the facilities, this foursome, traveling in a normal car (no flux capacitor here), left Houston on Friday around 1:30 p.m CT. They arrived in Binghamton, N.Y., their destination headquarters, on Saturday and headed straight to Cooperstown, arriving around 6:30 p.m. ET.
Most of the group has to work on Tuesday, so hanging around baseball utopia, while tempting, isn't on the itinerary. After Sunday's ceremony, they planned to head back on the road and are due to arrive in Houston in the wee hours of Tuesday morning -- sometime around 2 a.m.
While a little fatigued, they didn't let something insignificant like sleep deprivation get in the way of a good time.
"Probably about halfway through I was really dreading it, like, what are we doing?" Plotkin said. "I was thinking about the drive back. We were only going to be here for a day, so we're driving 25 hours back."
But it's all worth it for this particular group of Astros fanatics who realize there is only one opportunity in life to see the first Astro ever be inducted into the hallowed Hall.
"When you think of the Astros you think of Jeff Bagwell and Craig Biggio," Ward said. "Seeing him, the first person to go to the Hall of Fame, is amazing. It's a great experience."
This may not be their last trip, however. Jeffrey Fountain is certain he'll be back if Bagwell is inducted.
"But maybe not drive," Jennifer Fountain said.