Craig Biggio: watching Cavan from stands is more nerve-wracking than batting in the World Series

By , Audacy Sports

Of all the important baseball-related calls that Craig Biggio has received throughout his successful playing and post-playing career — his call to the bigs, his Hall of Fame call, and more — perhaps none is as important as the phone call that didn't affect him directly at all. The call that came not from a team, not from the Hall of Fame, but from his son. On May 24, 2019, Cavan Biggio was called up to the Toronto Blue Jays, and it's a day his father will never forget.

The Hall of Fame second baseman and Astros all-time great joined the "Major League Beginnings" podcast and discussed just how meaningful Cavan's MLB career is to him. It all started with that phone call, when Craig was sitting out on the back porch and preparing to watch Cavan, then on the Buffalo Bisons, play against the Lehigh Valley IronPigs. But when his son called, he was told that he might want to change the location he entered into his GPS.

"I go, 'what are you talking about?' He goes, 'I'm going to the show,' " Biggio recalled. "...All of a sudden, your son gets that phone call and then the next day, 24 hours later, you're in Toronto watching your son play against the San Diego Padres, and I'll never forget that. Ever.

"Because that's what his dreams were. He's got, in this house here, he's got 'My First All-Star Game' from the Toronto Blue Jays. It's been hanging above his bed here for 30-something years. He got drafted by the Blue Jays, and then he got the opportunity to go to the big leagues and chase his own dreams down. That, to me, that is something I'll never forget."

Biggio remembers watching his son's debut almost just as well, though it could have gone a little better, with him finishing 0-3 with two strikeouts. But dad knows best, and Craig had gone 0-8 to start out his big league career before recording his first hit. It was only a matter of time before Cavan would deliver, and he did so in a big way, going 3-4 with a home run in the final game of that road trip.

As much as Biggio loves watching his son play and find success, however, it sure isn't easy on the nerves. In fact, it's more nerve-wracking for him to watch Cavan play than it was for him to play in a pressure situation himself.

"Sitting in the stands watching your kid, one million percent," Biggio said about which situation was more nerve-wracking. "You can't control it. I stood in the box, I got a bat in my hand, I control that. I'm sitting in the stands, and I don't control anything.

"It's kind of like, you want to put things back in perspective, go back to when they're in little league and they're pitching, and you're just sitting in the stands going, 'Oh my God, he's trying to throw strikes, but he's throwing to the backstop,' you know what I mean? You don't control it.

"You just want him to be successful, that's it!"

Listen to Biggio's full interview on "Major League Beginnings" here.

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