Hall of Famers Biggio, Guerrero, Rodríguez celebrate their sons' success
Actually, those who know old No. 7 best realized it was silly to expect him to have divided loyalty.
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“Obviously you have to have the skill set for one, right?” Craig Biggio said. “Also, if they were old enough to see what their dad did, they had a golden opportunity to see how your dad acts and how his teammates act day in and day out.
“I think that’s huge in the industry because you get a little bit of a tiny head start because you understand it. You still got to go out there and perform. Don’t get me wrong, it’s extremely difficult. But I think it’s exciting for me and I’m sure a lot of the other pro guys to see the sons ... make it.”
Cavan and his older brother used to hold fake press conferences at Minute Maid Park as kids. They would go into the media conference room, sit behind the mic, pretend they were former manager Phil Garner and talk about their father collecting the winning hit.
On June 14 Cavan sat near his father in the Astros’ media conference room for a real press conference.
“It feels great,” Patty Biggio said. “It feels very natural. It’s a place he grew up in, a place he feels very comfortable at. We’re just so excited for him and so proud of how hard he’s worked to get to this moment of having a dream of his come true.
“Playing at Minute Maid has always been a dream of his, either as an Astros or any team. Seeing him so excited makes us so happy.”
Guerrero has been one of the top AL Rookie of the Year contenders. He stole the show during the Home Run Derby during the All-Star Game festivities at Cleveland’s Progressive Field. He finished second even though his father advised him to skip the derby.
Guerrero Sr. missed the derby because he had business back in his native Dominican Republic.
“Thank God I saw him with many people in my home, and we were proud of the job he did,” Guerrero Sr. said. “”Like we say, ‘He didn’t just shut me up; he shut those up that didn’t want him to go.’ But I knew he could do a good job.”
Dereck Rodríguez shuttled between the majors and minors in his second season. Pudge handled so many pitchers, he usually knows exactly the pitch his son will throw.
Despite his legendary career, he agonizes over close calls that go against his son, just as any pitcher’s parent would.
“You just try to be composed,” Iván Rodríguez said. “But when it's a close call obviously I don't scream at the umpire but I (make) a little face or something.”
Cavan has been a steady producer while serving as a super utility player. As fate would have it, he actually played his father’s old position, second base, at Minute Maid Park in his first visit home. He even collected the first double of his career at Minute Maid Park, which was quite poetic because his father was known as one of the best doubles hitters of his era.
“I think it’s a lot harder to watch them do it because the one thing that I control is myself,” Craig Biggio said. “I don’t control him. He’s pretty good. He understands himself. It’s like anything, it’s a hard game.
“The guy that’s throwing the ball at you is pretty good. The guy that’s catching the ball is pretty good. Everybody’s pretty good. It was definitely easier for me when I played because I controlled everything. Now watching you have a different perspective on things.”
For Craig Biggio, Iván Rodríguez and Vladimir Guerrero Sr., their perspective is a Hall of Fame perspective.
Jose de Jesus Ortiz covered the Astros from 2001 through 2015 for the Houston Chronicle