Astros legend and Hall of Famer Jeff Bagwell joined the ATT Sportsnet broadcast last night, even dropping an s-bomb on the air.
Outside of the current bunch of Astros, who won the first World Series title in franchise history, two guys were the faces of the franchise in the 90’s -00’s. Craig Biggio and Jeff Bagwell are both Hall of Famers after Bagwell’s induction last year. While those two never won it all, they did make it to the World Series in 2005 before losing to the White Sox.
Current Astros broadcaster, Geoff Blum, hit a big grand slam back in 2005 to deny Biggio and Bagwell a chance to win the World Series. Blum was joined in the booth by Todd Kalas last year en route to the Astros winning the World Series. By doing so, Blum received his second WS ring this year to add to the one he got with the White Sox.
Speaking of Kalas and Blum, they were joined by Bagwell during last night’s TV broadcast on ATT Sportsnet. Bagwell will make a guest appearance once a month to offer a different insight into the game. Unfortunately, I was at the game and was not able to experience this first hand. However, people gave his debut a George Springer two thumbs up.
When Alex Bregman got thrown out trying to steal third base for the third out, Bagwell gave his honest opinion. This guy was a no-nonsense baseball player in his playing days. You have to wonder how he would have fit in with this energetic group. Even ESPN’s Robert Flores tweeted that Bagwell sounded like a natural.
Fans want more Bagwell in the booth, but they will have to settle for once a month.
Bagwell offered some great insight on baseball and apparently compared this team to the 2005 team. Because of the real-time nature of a baseball broadcast, Bagwell apparently dropped a couple of s-bombs. Since his retirement, he has tried to stay out of the public spotlight. He probably is not used to censoring his speech, but I’m sure they will talk to him about it.
Apparently, Blum and Bagwell had a great time talking baseball. I’m looking forward to the next time he joins the broadcast, so I will be able to listen to my favorite player growing up. Bagwell has made it be known that he is uncomfortable in the spotlight in the past. It’s great to see him insert himself in front of a new group of fans who may just know his name.
We knew him as a smart baseball player. Now we get to hear him occasionally talk about the Astros. He also brought the Astros the win tonight.