LOS ANGELES -- Jeff Bagwell and Craig Biggio stood side by side on the right side of the baseball diamond for the better part of 15 years. They also stood side by side in Cooperstown in July, as the only Astros to have been inducted into the National Baseball Hall
LOS ANGELES -- Jeff Bagwell and Craig Biggio stood side by side on the right side of the baseball diamond for the better part of 15 years. They also stood side by side in Cooperstown in July, as the only Astros to have been inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame.
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So it was only fitting that Bagwell and Biggio were together on the field at Dodger Stadium on Wednesday night, celebrating the first World Series championship in Astros history after a 5-1 win over the Dodgers in Game 7.
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"You're old, you cry now," Biggio said. "It's what you're supposed to do."
The two Houston icons and their wives found each other in a chaotic, crowded scene following the Astros' final out of the clincher and celebrated together, reveling in how far the team had come in the past four years and marveling about the young talent that carried the team through Game 7 of an epic World Series.
Bagwell and Biggio played on seven playoff teams together but reached the World Series only once -- in 2005, when they were swept by the White Sox.
Though they never won a championship as players, they felt very much a part of the win over the Dodgers.
"We tried in '05 and it just wasn't meant to be," Biggio said. "Thirty years here, getting an opportunity again, and being involved with the organization, it's special. And it's got to go down as one of the greatest World Series of all time. What an emotional roller coaster it was. It's incredible. It's everything I thought it would be."
Bagwell, who was at Dodger Stadium for Games 6 and 7, said he could not be happier for this year's Astros.
"I'm ecstatic," he said. "They're great kids, they play hard, they never gave up. To see them win, the celebration, excitement, the relief ... the city of Houston, I'm sure, is going crazy right now.
"I couldn't be more proud of the guys that represent the Houston Astros right now."
Biggio was drafted by the Astros in 1987 and played his entire 20-year career in Houston. Bagwell, acquired by the Astros as a Minor Leaguer in a 1990 trade, also never wore another uniform during his Hall of Fame career.
In four tries from 1997-2001, the Astros never got past the Division Series. In 2004, Bagwell and Biggio helped them beat the Braves in the National League Division Series, but they lost to the Cardinals in Game 7 of the NL Championship Series.
In 2005, with both nearing the end of their careers, the Astros won their first pennant, but they lost four games to the White Sox by a total of six runs.
That's all in the past now. Watching the celebration on the field at Dodger Stadium, Bagwell and Biggio felt nothing but elation for the current personnel who made Houston history.
"This is their deal," Bagwell said. "Anybody that played would love to be with those guys right now. But it's not about us, it's about them, about A.J. [Hinch] and the coaching staff, the front office and the players. What they did, it's just special."
Alyson Footer is a national correspondent for MLB.com. Follow her on Twitter @alysonfooter.