Yesterday, Houston Astro Craig Biggio set a major league record for getting plunked the most times in a career - 268 hit by pitches. He's been hit by pitchers from 24 different teams. I watched him for his entire career - for the most part, he just stands there, never gets out of the way, and lets the ball sail into him. A few weeks ago at a ballgame, a fan sitting behind me cracked on Biggio for using the infamous elbow pad that is now on its way to Cooperstown - the Baseball Hall of Fame. Fan was questioning Bidge's manhood for using the pad - unlike the players of an earlier era. I'd like to see the fan out there and not flinch at a 78 mile per hour curve ball or a 91 mile per hour fast ball that is running in on you. The Houston Astros now have a major league baseball career record holder in the offensive category. Commentary salutes Craig Biggio.
June 30, 2005, 9:00AM